|Coin||Silver Five Ounces 2018 Australian Koala|
The Australian five ounces silver piece (abbreviated as 5 oz and designated with Ag for "silver") is a bullion and commemorative 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.
The Mint says about the coin:
"The koala is loved by Australians and overseas visitors alike for its endearing bear-like appearance and soft grey fur. Each year we celebrate this adorable marsupial with highly anticipated original artistry."
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 · 8 DOLLARS ·.
The coin’s reverse features an artistic impression of a koala in its customary habitat - the canopy of a eucalyptus tree. Recognised throughout the world as one of Australia’s remarkable native animals, the docile creature is surrounded by representations of gum leaves and two delicate blossoms.
To the left, the P mint mark of the Perth Mint; on the branch to the left of the koala, the designer's initials NM (for Natasha Muhl).
Around above, the name of the coin series: AUSTRALIAN KOALA.
Around below, the year of issue and the precious metal content: 2018 5 oz 9999 SILVER (five ounces of 99.99% silver).
||AUSTRALIAN KOALA 2018 5 oz 9999 SILVER
Finish: proof, high relief.
Packaging: each coin is housed in a classic presentation case within a themed shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18327KAAA
Issue price: AU$ 575.00, US$ 401.54
Coins issued by Perth Mint in the Australian Koala series in 2018 include:
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2018
- 2 oz Gold Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2018
- 1 oz Gold Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2018
- 2 kg Antique Silver, Australian Koala 2018
- 1 kg Silver Bullion, Australian Koala 2018
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Australian Koala 2018
- 2 oz Silver Bullion Piedfort, Mother and Baby, 2018
- 1 oz Silver Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2018
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Australian Koala 2018