When it comes to innovation in the precious metals industry, you can count on the Perth Mint of Western Australia to deliver something unique for investors and collectors. While the Australian Koala Silver Coins are well-known among investors and collectors at this point, there is one thing the Perth Mint has yet to do with this series: an incuse design. For the 2020 issue of the coins, the Perth Mint issued its traditional Australian Koala in 1 oz silver and 1 kilo silver BU versions. It also issued a first-time incuse struck Australian Koala 1 oz Silver Coin. Before you buy, find out all of the impressive details of the latest release in this coveted series.
A New Reverse
The new 2020 Australian Incuse Koala 1 oz Silver Coin from the Perth Mint comes with yet another new depiction of the beloved marsupial. In this design, the cuddly koala is shown climbing to the top of a dead tree trunk. The sharp claws of the koala’s hands and feet allow it to effortlessly climb and dangle in trees for as long as needed. The details of the design capture the layers of fur on the koala. The inscriptions on this face of the coin read “Australian Koala,” “2020 1 oz 9999 Silver,” and come with a “P” mint mark from the Perth Mint.
The Queen Elizabeth II Obverse
On the obverse side of the 2020 Australian Incuse Koala Silver Coins is the sixth-generation effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. In use for just the second time on the Australian Koala Silver Series, this right-profile bust of Her Majesty shows the Queen at the age of 89 while wearing the George IV State Diadem Crown. The crown was commissioned in 1820 by King George IV during the first year of his reign. It features alternating crosses and clusters of the rose, thistle, and clover, the official flowers of England, Scotland, and Ireland. The crown has a total of 1,333 diamonds in its setting with a weight in excess of 300 karats.
This image of the Queen was created in 2015 by Jody Clark for the Royal Mint of England to use as its fifth-generation portrait of the Queen. The design shown here includes more of the Queen’s neck in the design field and her shoulders, a first on Australian coins since 1966. The design field is rimmed by inscriptions of “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and “1 Dollar.” The designer, Jody Clark, has his initials “JC” on the Queen’s right shoulder.
Incuse, High-Relief Details
The 2020 Australian Incuse Koala 1 oz Silver Coin comes with two distinctive design strikes. On the reverse side, the koala is struck incuse for the first time in the history of the series. An incuse strike sinks the design element into the surface of the coin, creating distinctive visual effects in the process. The obverse image of the Queen is struck in traditional high-relief, delivering visual depth for the background field and 3D relief for the portrait of Her Majesty.
The new 2020 Australian Incuse Koala 1 oz Silver Coin is available with 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver and a legal tender face value of $1 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia. The coins are packaged individually inside of the Perth Mint’s classic display with a unique, clear lid on the case. The coin and its case are packaged for shipping inside of a blue, themed Australian Koala shipper. The shipper has a picture of the koala and eucalyptus leaves, as well as printed identifiers of “Australian Koala Silver Coin Series,” “2020,” and “1 oz Silver Incused High Relief Coin.” For the first-ever incuse Koala Silver coin, the Perth Mint has set a mintage cap of only 5,000 silver coins.
Background on Koalas
An endemic marsupial species, the koala is an arboreal herbivore that is native to Australia. The only extant member of its family classification, the koala is found predominantly along the coastal regions of mainland Australia’s eastern and southern regions. This includes Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia. The animals are easily recognizable for its stout body, lack of a tail, and large head with round fluffy ears. Another of its distinctive features is its spoon-shaped nose.
The Perth Mint introduced its first Australian Koala Silver Coins in 2007. The series was just the second silver bullion wildlife collection following the 1990 release of the Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins. Both collections use new images of the representative species on the reverse each year. The Australian Koala was available in .999 pure silver until 2018, at which point the coin’s silver content was increased to .9999 pure silver.
Collect Your Australian Incuse Koala Silver Coin Now from Provident Metals
2020 Australian Incuse Koala 1 oz Silver Coins are now available to purchase through Provident Metals. Please feel free to contact us with any questions by calling us on the phone at 800-313-3315, chatting with us live online, or simply emailing us. You can also follow us on Facebook and read our weekly blog posts for more information on precious metals available from Provident Metals.