Gold Half Gram 2021 Mini Koala, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Half Gram 2021 Mini Koala, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Half Gram 2021 Mini Koala

The Australian gold half gram coin is a mini-coin format occasionally used to complement issues in larger sizes. Uniquely, in Australia there are two mints authorised to strike legal tender: the Royal Australian Mint (which also makes the country's circulating coinage) and the Perth Mint which only makes collector and bullion coins, as well as other bullion products.

Both mints endeavour to create coins with attractive designs, and have long-running bullion series of coins with different themes. As part of these, they sometimes issue a mini-version of the theme's annual design.

This gold Mini Koala is part of Royal Australian Mint series dedicated to the native animals of Australia.

The first issue features the most famous marsupial in the world - the koala. Along with the kangaroo, the koala is the most familiar representative of the Australian fauna and one of the most popular symbols of Australia. Due to disease and loss of habitat, the population of koalas has sunken significantly and led to them being classified as an endangered species.

At first glance, koalas seem to be solitary animals. Only on closer observation is it possible to see that they live in a stable social system. The cute marsupials can be found in the coastal regions of eastern and southern Australia. There, each animal has its own territory with a fix feeding and sleeping tree. Koalas eat only the nutrient-poor leaves of the eucalyptus tree. They are still very fussy. Of the approximately 600 eucalyptus species in Australia, they accept only a very small number as food.

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintage5,000
Obverse
Australia / Gold Half Gram 2021 Mini Koala - obverse photo

The obverse of the coin depicts the crowned old head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right, wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem crown and the Victoria Coronation necklace worn for her Coronation. This is her effigy known as the "Fifth Portrait" worldwide and "Sixth Portrait" in Australia, in "uncouped" version - showing the Queen's shoulders and not terminating at the neck as the normal version.

On the left, in small letters on the Queen's shoulder, the artist's initials J.C (for Jody Clark).

Running continuously around the rim is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the face value: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 2 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA 2021 · 2 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Gold Half Gram 2021 Mini Koala - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin depicts a smiling koala sitting on a branch among eucalyptus leaves. The designer's initials AWB (for Adam William Ball) are inscribed on the tree next to it.

Around below left, the precious metal content: 1/2 g .9999 Au (one half of a gram of 99.99 gold; Au is abbreviated from Aurum, the Latin word for gold).

Reverse Inscription 1/2 g .9999 Au
EdgePlainEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: Brilliant Uncirculated
Packaging: in capsule with Certificate of Authenticity.
RAM Product Code: 10672
Issue price: AU$ 85.00

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Gold Half Gram 2021 Mini Koala: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Gram (0.5 g)
Issued2021
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Portrait by Jody Clark (Australian version)
Face Value2 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage5,000
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Gold
DesignerAdam Ball
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size11.150 mm
Thickness0.700 mm
Mass0.500 g
OCC IDRMKG-EZAC-XWBZ-ONXQ
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