Gold Half Ounce 2018 Kangaroo, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Half Ounce 2018 Kangaroo, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Half Ounce 2018 Kangaroo

The Australian half-ounce gold piece (abbreviated as 1/2 oz and designated with Au for "gold") is a bullion coin format. 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 to introduce new designs and themes often, in order to raise the numismatic value of the coins over the value of previous metal used.

This half-ounce gold coin with a face value of $50 is part of the Royal Australian Mint's Kangaroo series of bullion coins. Its reverse design is reminiscent of George Kruger Gray's iconic design of the Australian pre-decimal penny featuring a leaping red kangaroo.

The series started in 2016; the coins are issued in Brilliant Uncirculated grade and are securely sealed within PAMP’s CertiPAMP™ packaging, identifiable through PAMP’s investment identification security system VERISCAN™ (a system that uses microscopic details within the metal's surface topography to identify registered coins) and authenticated by the Royal Australian Mint. Bullion traders call this packaging "in assay".

MintRoyal Australian Mint Mint MarkNo mint mark Total Mintageunknown
Australia / Gold Half Ounce 2018 Kangaroo - obverse photo

The obverse of the coins shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.

In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).

Around the effigy is the monarch's legend: ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·.

The effigy, legend and face value are in a circle at centre, surrounded by an ornamental border of eucalyptus leaves, eucalyptus flowers and gumnuts (from a Tasmanian Blue Gum).

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II · AUSTRALIA · 50 DOLLARS ·
Australia / Gold Half Ounce 2018 Kangaroo - reverse photo

The reverse of the coin shows at its centre a red kangaroo leaping to the left. In the background, a representation of eucalyptus leaves, a eucalyptus flower and gumnuts (typical examples of Australian vegetation.

Below left, the seven-pointed Star of Federation of Australia. Below right, the date of issue 2018.

Around above, the inscription AUSTRALIA.

Around below, the precious metal content: 1/2 oz .9999 Au (half ounce of 99.99% gold; Au is abbreviated from the Latin "Aurum" and is used internationally on gold bullion coinage).

The rim consists of dots separated by small vertical lines. The face value is on the obverse.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIA 2018 1/2 oz .9999 Au
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone

The coin design was approved by the Minister for Small Busines in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 5) 2017 on 17 August 2017.

Bullion Star - Buy and Store Bullion in Singapore
Bullion Star - Buy and Store Bullion in Singapore
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Kangaroo: Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Half Ounce (1/2 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value50 (x Dollar)
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size30.000 mm
Thickness2.500 mm
Mass15.550 g
Share or Bookmark this Page
Gold Half Ounce 2018 Kangaroo: Photos
2018 $50 Gold Kangaroo Investment Coin
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint
2018 $50 Gold Kangaroo Investment Coin
Copyright: Royal Australian Mint