Australian nugget

Learn about the different kinds of Australian gold coins. Know the different kinds of Australian gold nuggets minted by the Perth Mint. Find out the various denominations and intriguing shapes of Australian gold coins.

The Australian gold coin is one of the most attractive and well produced modern gold bullion coins. Australian nuggets were created by the Perth Mint in Western Australia.

These gold coins are minted in the following denomination: 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kg.

Australian kangaroo gold coin

1989 proof Gold Australian Nugget coin features a hopping Red Kangaroo

The obverse of the Australian gold coin features the image of the Queen Elizabeth ll, as designed by Ian Rank Broadley. Surrounding the Queen’s portrait are the face value, the Queen’s name, and the word “AUSTRALIA”. 

The coin’s reverse side shows either of the Australian Kangaroo or the Australian Nugget design, along with the purity and the gold content.

In 1989, the design was replaced to feature the world-recognized symbol of Australia – the Australian kangaroo. As a result, the Australian Nuggets were now known as the Kangaroo Nuggets.

Australian Lunar gold bullion coins

1996 Australia 1 oz Gold Bullion Coin Lunar Rat Series
1996 Australia 1 oz Gold Bullion Coin (Lunar Rat Series)

Australia began producing the Lunar gold coins series in 1996 with the first design for “Year of the Rat” or “Year of the Mouse”. The Australian lunar gold bullion coins were minted by the Perth Mint to celebrate the Chinese New Year. 

The Lunar series is based on the 12 animal characters of the ancient Chinese calendar. The Australian Lunar gold series changes their design each year to match the 12-year cycle of the Chinese calendar. The reverse side depicts Queen Elizabeth’s portrait by Ian Rank Broadley.

The .999 Lunar proof coin is legal tender and has a denomination of one, 1/4, 1/10, and 1/20 ounces.

Australian koala gold bullion coins

2012 Australian Koala Gold Proof Coin
2012 Australian Koala Gold Proof Coin

The Perth Mint’s gold Koala coin series was introduced due to the collectors’ demand for a Koala theme. The reverse design of the koala gold coin changes annually.

The coins are available in four different sizes; 2 ounces, 1 ounce, 1/10 ounces, and 1/25 ounce.

The Koala gold coins have a limited mintage. The monetary denomination of 2 oz is $200, 1 oz is $100, 1/10 oz is $15, and 1/25 oz is $5.

The Kookaburra gold coins

2012 Discover Australia – Kookaburra Gold Proof Coins
2012 Discover Australia – Kookaburra Gold Proof Coins

The Kookaburra coins depict the Kookaburra birds found in Australia. The Kookaburra gold coin is an Australian legal tender. The Kookaburra 20th edition is a set comprising 20 coins.

Each coin is struck from 1/20oz of .999 pure gold in proof quality. The obverse is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth ll designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

The Australian Dreaming series gold coin

2008 Australian Dreaming series gold coin
2008 Australian Dreaming series gold coin

The Dreaming series is designed by Darryl Bellotti. The Australian Dreaming series depicts the Australian wildlife, landscape, and culture. 

An example is the 2008 Australian Dreaming series gold coins which comprises five different animal designs on the reverse showing a kangaroo, a dolphin, a king brown snake, a brolga and an echidna.

The .999 Dreaming series gold coin has a size of 1 oz., 1/10 oz., and 1/25 oz.

The Australian Sovereign gold coin

The Perth Mint’s Australian sovereign gold coin has the portrait of Queen Elizabeth ll on the obverse.

However, their reverse differs in design showing the Commonwealth Coat of Arms, the St. George and the dragon theme, and the St. Edward’s crown and laurel wreath design. 

The fourth design of the Australian sovereign gold coin is a set comprising of four different designs on the obverse. Each coin depicts the bust of the four monarchs, namely: Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, and King George V.

Treasures of Australia

The Australia locket coin series encapsulates gemstones mined in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia. The Treasures of Australia gold coin indicates the abundance of their gemstones like sapphires, opals, diamonds, gold, and pearls.

The coin’s reverse design shows an abstract interpretation of Australia’s beautiful landscape. It has a transparent half-circle locket embedded on the coin, and it contains 1-carat gemstones.

The obverse is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth ll designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. The coin is struck in 1oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality.

The Chinese Mythological Coin series

The Chinese Mythological Coin series comes in four different designs. The Chinese Mythological coins are illustrated with a Chinese mythological character on the reverse of the coin. 

The illustrations of the Chinese mythological characters are accompanied by the Chinese word for fortune, success, wealth, and longevity. 

The coins are available in two denominations $25 and $8, with respective weights of 10g and 5g. The obverse is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth ll designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

Australian Themed coins

The Australian Themed coin depicts Australian people, culture, symbol, royalty, sports, war, and wildlife. These coins show interesting shapes and designs. Some Themed coins are designed as pendants. 

Others are depicted from World War 1. The Themed coin also depicts landscapes like Buckingham Palace, Sydney opera house, and Sydney Harbor Bridge. 

The Themed coin depicts famous people like Queen and Prince Philip, and Sir Edmund Hillary. Themed coins depict symbols and characters that represent luck and fortune.

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