Unveiled with the announcement of the Perth Mint’s Annual Australian Bullion Coin Program, the 2016 Australian Gold Kangaroo features a revamped reverse on the classic 1-ounce gold coin. Released with unlimited mintage, the Gold Kangaroo coin contains 1 troy ounce of 99.99% pure gold and holds a face value of $100 AUD. The State Government of Western Australia guarantees the weight, purity, and content of the Australian Gold Kangaroo, and it is legal tender backed by the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Currency Act of 1965. Originally introduced in 1986, the Australian Gold Kangaroo has experienced several design alterations throughout its existence, including the switch from the portrayal of gold nuggets to Australia’s emblematic kangaroo in 1989. While the kangaroo was officially included in Australia’s coat of arms in 1908, its recognition as a symbol of the island continent dates back to 1773. The worldwide fascination for the creature, as well as its immediate association with Australia, contributes to the coin’s success in the precious metals market.
The 2016 release of the Australian Gold Kangaroo coin introduces a brand new reverse. In the foreground, a realistically detailed Australian kangaroo stands on his hindquarters, peering over his right shoulder. A smaller silhouette of a kangaroo mirrors his movement in the background. A variety of texture creates an eye-catching contrast throughout the artwork. The “P” mintmark of the Perth Mint is located to the right of the main kangaroo for added validity of the coin’s origin. “Australian Kangaroo” arches over the artistic kangaroo scene, and the coin’s specifications – “2016 1oz 9999 Gold” – are engraved beneath.
Queen Elizabeth II is gracefully depicted on the obverse of the Australian Gold Kangaroo. Her Majesty, pictured at 70 years old, appears realistically regal in this right-facing portrait designed by sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the coin’s face value, “100 Dollars,” is written in the space surrounding the effigy.
A 1 oz. Australian Gold Kangaroo is 32.1 mm in diameter and 2.8 mm thick.
A 1/2 oz. Australian Gold Kangaroo is 25.1 mm in diameter and 2.4 mm thick.
A 1/4 oz. Australian Gold Kangaroo is 20.1 mm in diameter and 2 mm thick.
A 1/10 oz. Australian Gold Kangaroo is 16.1 mm in diameter and 1.5 mm thick.