|Coin||Silver Ten Ounces 2017 Australian Koala|
The Australian ten ounces silver piece (abbreviated as 10 oz and designated with Ag for "silver") 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 coin marks the 10th Anniversary Australian Koala Coin Series by the Perth Mint.
The ten-ounce format is not normally part of the series, and this coin differs in design from the other Australian Koalas issued in 2017.
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 10 oz 9999 SILVER 2017 10 DOLLARS.
The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content. "10 oz 9999 silver", which would normally be on the other side.
The coin's reverse depicts an adult koala hugging the branch of an eucalyptus tree.
On the right, the P mint mark of the Perth Mint; below left at the base of the branch, the designer's initials SB (for Shevaun Buschenhofen).
Around above, the name of the coin series: AUSTRALIAN KOALA.
Around below, the anniversary dates of the coin series: 2007 - 2017.
||AUSTRALIAN KOALA 2007 - 2017
Packaging: each coin is presented in a classic display case within a themed shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 17127BAAA
Issue price: AU$ 799.00, US$ 571.60
Coins issued by Perth Mint in the Australian Koala series in 2017 include:
- 5 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 2 oz Gold Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2017
- 1 oz Gold Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2017
- 1/4 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 1/10 oz Gold Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 1 kg Silver Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 10 oz Silver Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 5 oz Silver Proof, Australian Koala 2017
- 2 oz Silver Antique High Relief, Australian Koala 2017
- 1 oz Silver Proof High Relief, Australian Koala 2017
- 1 oz Silver Bullion, Australian Koala 2017