Silver Two Kilos 2018 Australian Koala, Coin from Australia - detailed information

Silver Two Kilos 2018 Australian Koala, Coin from Australia
CoinSilver Two Kilos 2018 Australian Koala

The Australian two kilos silver piece (abbreviated as 2 kg and designated with Ag for "silver") is a very large 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 is part of the Perth Mint's Australian Koala bullion coin series. It weighs slightly more than 2 kg so that, accounting for the small amount of other metals in the alloy, it contains exactly 2,000 grams of silver.

The mint says about it:
"New for The Perth Mint this masterfully crafted 2 kilo coin celebrates the koala, one of Australia’s most beloved native animals, in 99.99% pure silver. Struck in high relief, this release has been ‘antiqued’ to give a unique and highly appealing finish that accentuates the detail of its artistry."

MintPerth Mint Mint MarkLetter P Total Mintage200
Obverse
Australia / Silver Two Kilos 2018 Australian Koala - obverse photo

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 · 60 DOLLARS ·.

Obverse Inscription ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA · 60 DOLLARS ·
Reverse
Australia / Silver Two Kilos 2018 Australian Koala - reverse photo

The design depicts an adult koala doing what this iconic marsupial enjoys most - sleeping in a eucalyptus tree surrounded by gumnuts, gum leaves and gum blossoms.

The design also includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KOALA around above, and the Perth Mint’s P mint mark in the shrubbery above and to the left of the koala.

Around below, the year of issue and the precious metal content: 2018 2 KILO 9999 SILVER.

Reverse Inscription AUSTRALIAN KOALA 2018 2 KILO 9999 SILVER
EdgeMilledEdge InscriptionNone
Notes

Finish: antique.
Packaging: in acrylic clear casing and decorative black wooden presentation case, with numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint Item ID: 18B92AAA
Issue price: AU$ 3599.00, US$ 2595.96

See also

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

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Silver Two Kilos 2018 Australian Koala: Details
CountryAustralia
CurrencyAustralian Dollar
Coin TypeSilver Two Kilos (2 kg)
Issued2018
MonarchQueen Elizabeth II
EffigyQueen Elizabeth II - Fourth Portrait, by Ian Rank-Broadley
Face Value60 (x Dollar)
Total Mintage200
Mintage Limit200
CurrentYes
Material0.9999 Silver
DesignerJennifer McKenna
TechnologyMilled (machine-made)
ShapeRound
OrientationMedal Alignment (Axis 0)
Size101.000 mm
Thickness36.000 mm
Mass2,000.200 g
OCC IDLGVB-ELDC-YLMX-EMPX
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