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1 Dollar - Elizabeth II "Koala"; Gilded Edition

1 Dollar - Elizabeth II ("Koala"; Gilded Edition) -  obverse1 Dollar - Elizabeth II ("Koala"; Gilded Edition) -  reverse

© Adam Phillips

Features

Country Australia
Type Non-circulating coin
Year 2009
Value 1 Dollar
1 AUD = 0.68 USD
Currency Dollar (1966-date)
Composition Silver (.9999)
Weight 31.11 g
Diameter 40.60 mm
Thickness 4 mm
Shape Round
Orientation Medal alignment ↑↑
References KM# 1111a
Standard Catalog of World Coins
by George S. Cuhaj
(Krause Publications)

Obverse

4th portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara

Lettering:
ELIZABETH II
AUSTRALIA 2009
IRB
1 DOLLAR

Engraver: Ian Rank-Broadley

Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS is a British sculptor who has produced many acclaimed works, among which are several designs for British coinage.

Reverse

A young koala sitting on a branch gilded with 24-carat gold. A shimmer background is behind the koala. The Perth Mint mintmark is hidden on the branch.

Lettering:
P
1 OZ 999 SILVER
SB

Edge

Reeded

Comments

The Perth Mint started the silver koala series in 2007 and started offering them in a gilded version in 2008.
The 2009 design features a single young koala facing out while sitting on a branch.

Koalas are one the few iconic symbols strongly associated with Australia. They are indigenous only to Australia where they spend most of their life high up in Eucalyptus trees eating leaves. Most animals find the Eucalyptus leaves toxic, but the koala has developed the ability to digest them safely.

Wrongly considered a bear, the koala is actually a marsupial. The females have a pouch in which they carry and nurse their young. The koala portray an image of cuddliness, but with long sharp claws for climbing they can be quite vicious if provoked.

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Year Mintage G VG F VF XF AU UNC
2009 P 5,472

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