Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Kangaroo, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Kangaroo, Coin from Australia
CoinGold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Kangaroo

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 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 tenth-ounce gold coin with a face value of $15 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".

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Australia / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 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 · 15 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 · 15 DOLLARS ·
Australia / Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 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 2017.

Around above, the inscription AUSTRALIA.

Around below, the precious metal content: 1/10 oz .9999 Au (one tenth of an 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 2017 1/10 oz .9999 Au
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The coin design was approved by the Minister for Small Business in Currency (Royal Australian Mint) Determination (No. 3) 2016 on 24 August 2016.

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Gold Tenth-Ounce 2017 Kangaroo: Details
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeGold Tenth-Ounce (1/10 oz)
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value15 (x Dollar)
Material0.9999 Gold
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size17.530 mm
Thickness1.400 mm
Mass3.110 g
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