Bullion coin enthusiasts are more than familiar with the image of the koala on gold and silver coins, especially those coins originating from Australia and Australian-based mints. The Australian Koala bullion series from the Perth Mint is a perfect example of a long-running, popular bullion coin series. Now, the nation of Niue has its own Proof Koala and Joey, and these beautiful gold coins are a must-have for any collection.
As is standard with most coin programs from Commonwealth Nations, an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is found on the obverse side of the 2022 Proof Niue Koala and Joey 1 oz Gold Coin. This coveted design was created for the Royal Mint in 1998 and captures the Queen in right-profile relief wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. The portrait is surrounded by inscriptions that include ELIZABETH II, NIUE 2022, 100 DOLLARS, and 1 OZ 9999 GOLD.
Koala and Joey Reverse
For the reverse design of 2022 Proof Koala and Joey Gold Coins, the mint offers a very detailed image of a mother koala and its young Joey. The design shows the trunk of a eucalyptus tree along the left side of the design element. The mother koala is tightly clutching this trunk to hold up herself and her young Joey, the latter of which is clinging to her back as leaves of the tree surround the both of them. Inscriptions on this side include only the word KOALA.
The 2022 Proof Niue Koala and Joey 1 oz Gold Coin contains .9999 pure gold content with a face value of $100 (NZD). The coins are packaged in capsules and delivered with both an inner case and a koala-themed outer shipper. The included Certificate of Authenticity offers a unique serial number for each coin within the overall mintage of 150 gold coins.
History of the Koala
Often inaccurately called the koala bear, the koala is an herbivorous marsupial native to Australia that is considered arboreal due to the amount of time it spends in the trees. It is the only extant member of its family but is closely related to the wombat, another of Australia’s native marsupials. Koalas give birth to young that are underdeveloped and end up living in the mother’s pouch for up to seven months following birth. These young are known as Joeys and are typically weaned by one year of age.
Build Your Koala Collection with the Koala and Joey Release
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