The koala is an internationally recognised symbol of Australia. The Australian Koala silver coin series itself dates back to 2007 and has featured annually changing designs ever since. That adds deeper interest for coin collectors as most other legal tender bullion coins bear the same designs year after year.
Shown on the reverse of the 2011 coin is a design by Australian artist Elise Martinson. She created the image of a young koala, also known as a joey, clinging to a branch of a Eucalyptus tree. An adult rests nearby in the fork of that same tree. Surrounding the design are the inscriptions of "AUSTRALIAN KOALA" and "2011 1/10 oz 999 SILVER." The Perth Mint's historic 'P' mintmark is found on the right side of the design near the branch of the tree.
Struck as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, the obverse of the Australian Koala silver coin contains Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscribed around the portrait are "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "10 CENTS."
Each ten cent strike contains 1/10 oz of 99.9% pure silver, or 3.135 grams of the precious metal. The coin has a diameter of 20.60 mm and a thickness of 2.0 mm. The Perth Mint places each 1/10 oz Koala on a full-color illustrated presentation card.
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