The 2012 1/2 oz gold "Discover Australia" series Whale Shark is most certainly a highly intriguing coin, a true gem of Australian coinage guaranteed to please every potential collector. Part of a One Year issue of the Perth Mint, it belongs to a five-piece set of proof golden coins, issued in an extremely low (500 piece) mintage. It is placed individually in a wooden presentation box (the whole set is also available), it is a certified issue of the Perth Mint and carries the familial 'P' mintmark as well as a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Other items in this collector’s series include Australian indigenous species: the Kookaburra, the Green and Gold Bell Frog, the Goanna, and the Red Kangaroo.
This is an astonishing showcase piece of 24 karat purity, supreme production quality, and proof tinted finish highlighting its design. Elegant presentation boxing and packaging, together with numbered certification are also a serious plus. Rarity guarantees a hefty return potential if you ever decide to part with your gold proof Whale Shark. Issued as Australian legal tender, these very special Whale Shark coins can be purchased individually with the seal of the Perth Mint adding numismatic status and collector value. For all these reasons the coin is truly worth every penny it costs.
The 2012 1/2 oz Whale Shark gold coin weighs 1,560 g of 99.99 % pure gold. It is is 25.60 mm in diameter, its thickness is 2.40mm and it carries a face value of AUS $50.
Ian Rank-Broadley’s latest royal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II adorns the obverse of the 2012 ½ oz Proof Gold Whale Shark. Her Majesty is facing right, directly at the inscription of the issuing country. Her name is inscribed along the top-left quarter of the rim, while the legal tender denomination of AUS "50 DOLLARS" is at the bottom, bordered by bullet points on each side.
The reverse features a rather impressionistic depiction of a Whale Shark, the massive animal having its large mouth wide open, and surrounded by fish. It is impressive that these slow moving, timid creatures are a species of shark and do not surface for air. They are filter feeders; feeding mainly on plankton, fish eggs or vert small fish. The seabed is brilliantly designed. We find the inscriptions "DISCOVER AUSTRALIA" , "WHALE SHARK," the "P" mint mark, as well as the year of issue, purity, and weight of the coin are inscribed on the mirror-like surface of the rim
The Discover Australia Series was launched by the Wirrpanda Foundation and the Perth Mint coin designer Darryl Bellotti who was responsible for the first coin of the series - the 1oz silver Kangaroo. The series has an impressive collection of gold and silver issues. It is the first, and probably the last- time that we will see this loveable creature on the surface of an Australian coin, after all, it is not clearly an indigenous species of Australia. What is as clear as daylight is the fact that the 2012 1/2 oz "Discover Australia" Proof Whale Shark gold coin will make numismatic History as a precious showpiece that will adorn excusive collections all over the world.
The latest technology minting techniques incorporated by the Perth Mint ensure the protection and security of your investment against counterfeit. Special dies were manufactured for the 500 proof finish coins, and any experienced dealer will guarantee their authenticity.
As a leading dealer in gold bullion products, CoinInvest buy and sell 2012 ½ oz Gold Proof Whale Sharks at highly reasonable rates. To purchase your coins, use the link provided at the top of the page and add the Whale Shark to your basket by clicking on the orange strip in the volume pricing section. If the coin is available in stock, we will promptly process your order, but you should allow at least 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 wish to sell 2012 ½ oz Whale Sharks included in your collection, do not hesitate to contact us to discuss a price with a member of our staff who will prepare a fixed fee offer for a limited time.
1 The weight displayed is the fine metal content of the item. It does not reflect the actual weight of the product which may be higher.
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