Australia's Perth Mint is known for some of the most popular gold bullion coins series, including the Gold Kangaroo and the Gold Lunar Series. The Perth Mint also strikes a large number of specialty and collectible gold bullion coins. These are often limited mintage strikes, proof quality, or both.
Many Perth Mint gold collectibles are issued as part of limited edition sets. Among the many highly demanded coin sets at Gainesville Coins, the most popular may just be the Gold Koala collectible set. Collectible sets generally include a box or display case and a Certificate of Authenticity. Gainesville Coins offers certified or graded Perth Mint Gold Coins. The two best known coin grading services include PCGS and NGC. These collectible sets, when graded or certified, are considered invaluable.
The Gold Koala
Gold Koalas make an exceptional investment. Not only are they made of 99.99% fine gold, but they also present a captivating design, making them a perfect collectible coin.
Kooky Koala K-lues
Koalas are an iconic Australian animal who have an interesting history. For example, did you know koalas drink very little water? Koalas keep most of their moisture by eating eucalyptus leaves. Because koalas eat so many of these eucalyptus leaves, they have a distinctive smell of cough drops. The oils in the eucalyptus leaves permeate through a koala's skin, giving them a peculiar aroma. Koalas only eat about 10 to 15 types of eucalyptus leaves out of more than 600 varieties in Australia. Additionally, male koalas have vocal folds on the outside of their larynx that can potentially produce sounds that are 20 times lower than the sounds that they should be able to make, at least based on a male koala’s average body size. Sadly, koalas are considered an endangered species. About half of Queensland female koalas are infertile because of rampant disease.
The Australian Gold Rush
Just after the 1849 California Gold Rush, the world had been struck with fever for gold. Australia was no stranger to that fever. The Mount Alexander alluvial goldfield was one of the most prosperous goldfields in Australia in the 1850s. The site is said to have yielded about four million ounces of gold. The largest nugget found at the Mount Alexander site weighed 69 kilograms (roughly 152 lbs.)! The nugget was christened the "Mr. Heron," after the region’s famous gold commissioner. By today's standards, the Mr. Heron nugget would be worth about 2.6 million dollars. *based on Feb. 23rd, 2015 spot prices.