Australian Gold Kangaroo Coins
Perth Mint was established in 1899. Although it started out as one of three Australian branches of the Royal Mint, it is now under the authority of the government of Western Australia. Today, it is responsible for the production of Australian circulation coinage and various precious metals bullion products like coins and bars.
Many successful coin programs have emerged from the Perth Mint, such as the Gold Kangaroos, the Kookaburra Series, Lunar Series, and the Koala series, to name a few.
The Australian Gold Kangaroos are among the most illustrious bullion gold coins produced by the Perth Mint. Featuring annually changing designs, these coins have become mainstays in both coin collections as well as precious metals investment portfolios.
Although this coin series was originally launched as the Australian Gold Nugget in 1986, it took on the moniker of Kangaroo Coins in 1989 when the designs were changed to portray Australia’s favorite and most identifiable marsupial. This move aimed to represent Australia with a much more iconic symbol, and none beats out the Kangaroo in this regard.
The portrayal of these lovable marsupials, in conjunction with the quality and finesse everyone has come to expect of the Perth Mint resulted in a coin series that ignited a spark in the precious metals market. Seeing the success of this official gold bullion coin series, many other countries soon followed suit with their own coin offerings.
Every coin in the Kangaroo series enjoys legal tender status in Australia and bears a face value guaranteed by the government. They are struck using varying weights of 0.9999 pure gold. To date, Perth Mint has released 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kg variants of these coins.
However, there was a release that vaulted both the Australian Kangaroos and the Perth Mint into leagues of their own – the 2012 1 tonne gold coin – the largest gold coin ever struck! This coin still holds the Guinness World Record for the largest coin, and is on display at Perth Mint’s Gold Exhibition.
Although gigantic in size, the one tonne gold coin was minted carefully to adhere to the standards of Australian Gold Kangaroos – ensuring that no detail goes awry.
The reverse sides of Kangaroo Gold Coins bear an annually changing design revolving around the Kangaroo. These marsupials have been depicted hopping, streaking across the outback, looking around, standing in groups, and so much more with close to 3 decades worth of Kangaroo coin releases.
On the other hand, the obverses mimic circulation coinage in Australia and always feature the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The present portrait of the Queen has been in use since 1998; Ian Rank-Broadley, a celebrated designer, fashioned it for use on legal tender coins in Australia.
Choose from our broad selection of Australian Gold Kangaroos and complete your coin sets with authentic coins straight from Perth Mint. These legal tender bullion gold coins from down under also make excellent additions to precious metals portfolios – adding 0.9999 pure gold to your investments, while also procuring quality government-backed gold coins from Australia’s premier mint at the same time.