This pure silver coin depicts the classic Koala road sign that has been posted along Australian roads for decades.
The Koala is the second coin in the 3 year road sign series with 2013 having the Kangaroo and 2015 depicting the Emu.
A frosted finish brings the diamond-shaped sign to the foreground, where the words 1 OZ .999 AG line the bottom-left edge. The coin shines with a polished finish for the background, including a hexagonal shape and Australian stars from the flag.
The coin shines with a polished finish for the background, including a hexagonal shape and Australian stars from the flag.
It has a wonderful cameo type appearance which is brought about by sand-blasting the field and then polishing the high points. This style is extremely popular with coin collectors.
The quality of the strike is second to none and the coin is presented in a luxurious black leatherette case with an attractive yellow outer box.
These original coins come with the full certificate of authenticity. Certificate numbers may vary from the one displayed here for information purposes.
A mintage of only 3,393 will see these coins steadily rise in value.
Grade: Brilliant Unc
Grade Service: None
Metal Content: 1 troy oz .999 fine silver.
Manufacturer: Royal Australian Mint
Thickness: 2.90 mm
Diameter: 40 mm
The reverse side of the 2014 1 oz Australian Koala Road Sign coin is the simple image of the classic Koala road sign. It showcases a pair of koalas, a mother and her joey, climbing a branch. The mother holds tight with all four of her opposable paws while the joey clings to her back, peeking out at the viewer. The road sign itself has engravings for the weight, purity, and metal content of the coin.
The obverse has a likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley set inside an octagonal stop sign.
Koalas are not really bears. They are not placental or ‘eutherian’ mammals, but marsupials, which means that their young are born immature & they develop further in the safety of a pouch. It’s incorrect to call them ‘Koala bears’ – their correct name is simply ‘Koalas’.
Koalas have 5 digits on each front paw, two of which are opposed to the others, much like our thumbs are able to be moved differently from the fingers. This helps them to hold firmly onto the branches and to grip their food. The 2nd and 3rd digits on their hind paws are fused together to form a grooming claw.
Koalas are mostly nocturnal. Nocturnal animals are awake at night and asleep during the day. Koalas, however, sleep for part of the night and also sometimes move about in the daytime. They often sleep for up to 18-20 hours each day.
There is a myth that Koalas sleep a lot because they ‘get drunk’ on gum leaves. Fortunately, this is not correct! Most of their time is spent sleeping because it requires a lot of energy to digest their toxic, fibrous, low-nutrition diet and sleeping is the best way to conserve energy.
Koalas do not live in rainforests or desert areas. They live in the tall eucalypt forests and low eucalypt woodlands of mainland eastern Australia, and on some islands off the southern and eastern coasts. Queensland, NSW, Victoria and South Australia are the only states where Koalas are found naturally in the wild.