|Coin||Gold Tenth-Ounce 2016 Australian Koala|
The Australian tenth-ounce gold piece (abbreviated as 1/10 oz and designated with Au for "gold") is a bullion coin format. Uniquely, in Australia there are two mints independently 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.
The Australian Koala series by the Perth Mint comes in several sizes and compositions. The reverse design changes every year, always featuring a koala - one of the most famous and distinctive animals native to Australia.
||Mint Mark||Letter P
The obverse of the coin 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 tiny letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend and the face value: ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 15 DOLLARS ·.
The coin's reverse depicts depicts an adult koala walking along a branch of a eucalyptus tree.
On the right, the P mint mark of the Perth Mint; on the base of the branch to the left, the designer's initials IJ (for Ing Ing Jong).
Around above, the name of the coin series: AUSTRALIAN KOALA.
Around below, the year of issue and the precious metal content: 2016 1/10oz 9999 GOLD (one tenth of a troy ounce of 99.99% gold).
||AUSTRALIAN KOALA 2016 1/10oz 9999 GOLD
Gold content (Troy oz): 0.100
Packaging: each coin is presented in a prestigious display case within a themed shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 16117GAAA
Coins issued by the Perth Mint in the Australian koala series in 2016 include:
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2016
- 2 oz Gold High Relief, Australian Koala 2016
- 1 oz Gold High Relief, Australian Koala 2016
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2016
- 1/10 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2016
- 1 kg Silver, Bullion and Proof, Australian Koala 2016
- 5 oz Silver High Relief, Australian Koala 2016
- 1 oz Silver High Relief, Australian Koala 2016
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Australian Koala 2016