The 1/2 oz "Discover Australia", Gold Proof Goanna
The 2012 Goanna 1/2 oz proof gold coin is part of a five coin set that comes as a special extremely low mintage edition of the Perth Mint
’s "Discover Australia" series. This startling coin is made from 24 karat proof quality gold, it is attractively packaged in a luxury wooden presentation box and wrapped in the typical Pert Mint’s box picturing an Australian landscape. The extremely limited certified and collector appealing issue of the Perth Mint carries their 'P' mintmark and contains a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity, certainly adding numismatic value to the coin. Other items in this collector’s series include the Red Kangaroo
, the Kookaburra
, the Green and Gold Bell Frog
, and the Whale Shark
Why buy the 1/2 oz "Discover Australia" Gold Proof Goanna?
The coin carries a high premium and is not targeting at invest-in-gold buyers, but rather at collectors of high taste, and an appreciation for quality and rarity. This is the first time that the exotic-looking indigenous Australian lizard appears on the reverse side of a Perth Mint coin. And what a supreme piece this is: 24 karat proof quality gold, excellent manufacturing and presentation quality, and with a proof finish showcasing the brilliantly detailed design. The extremely low mintage guarantees a substantial return if and when you decide to part with probably the rarest piece in your collection. Issued as Australian legal tender, all coins of this series come with a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Description of Australia Goanna coins
The 2012 Goanna 1/2 oz proof gold coin weighs 1,560 g of 99.99 % pure gold. It is 25.60 mm in diameter, its thickness is 2.40mm and it carries a face value of AUS $ 50. On the obverse side we find Ian Rank-Broadley’s regal effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, queen regnant of Australia facing right. Inscribed we find Her Majesty's name at the top-left quarter of the rim, followed by "AUSTRALIA" to the right of the Queen's portrait, and the legal tender denomination of AUS "50 DOLLARS" at the bottom, with bullets on either side. The reverse features an impressive depiction of a large monitor lizard
stepping on thick grass, its preferred feeding terrain. This varied group of carnivorous reptiles vary greatly in size. As in most cases in Perth Mint issues, the motif overlaps the rim boundaries, one of the Australian Mint’s anti-fraud secrets. Inscribed we see "DISCOVER AUSTRALIA","GOANNA," the "P" mint mark, and the year of issue, purity, and weight of the coin.
History of Goanna gold coins
There is no previous issue of a Perth Mint coin featuring a goanna lizard. One thing is certain though: the coin’s rightful place in numismatic History has been established for more reasons than one.
Security of 1/2 oz Goanna, "Discover Australia" coins
Special state-of-the-art 3D dies were manufactured by the Perth Mint for the 500 proof Gold Goanna coins, and both the detail and approach to the half-rimmed design are simply a work of Art, ensuring both the authenticity protection and security of your investment against counterfeit. Setting authenticity numbered certificates aside, any gold expert will assure you that attempting to duplicate this coin would be an act of sheer vanity.
Buying and selling 1/2 oz "Discover Australia" Goanna coins
CoinInvest, a well-established and leading dealer in gold bullion products, offer highly competitive rates, whether buying or selling 2012 ½ oz Gold Goannas. To purchase your highly collectible coins add the desired quantity to your basket by clicking on the orange strip in the volume pricing section. Provided that the coin is available in stock, we will process your order in due time, but please allow a minimum of 10 working days for delivery as some bank transfers do not reach us for up to 7 days depending on your bank and country of residence. If you own 2012 1/2 oz "Discover Australia" Gold Proof Goannas and no longer wish to include them in your collection, do not hesitate to contact a member of our customer service staff to discuss a fair price and prepare a fixed fee offer for a limited time only. We will send you confirmation of the offer by email