Australian 1 Ounce Kangaroo Gold Coin Information
The obverse of the coin features the portrait of Ian Rank-Broadley's likeness of Queen Elizabeth II. It carries the inscriptions:
- ELIZABETH II
- 100 DOLLARS
- Letters 'IRB' at the base of the Queen's neck
The coins' reverse features a kangaroo with a different design for each year. The inscriptions can vary from year to year, however, they typically are:
- AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO or THE AUSTRALIAN NUGGET
- The letter 'P'for Perth Mint
- The date that the coin was minted
- 1oz 9999 GOLD
- 1990-1993 coins had the genre of the marsupial, e.g. 1993 had NAILTAILED WALLABY
The Australian gold Kangaroo coin is minted by the Perth Mint and has a purity of 99.99% (24-karat). The coins are individually encapsulated by hard acrylic plastic by the mint.
The gold 1 ounce Australian Kangaroo coin first proof edition was minted in 1989 and from 1990 and onwards they were minted for circulation. Until 2008 the 1 ounce coins still had 'THE AUSTRALIAN NUGGET' written on them, at which point the inscription was changed to 'THE AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO'.
Each year the kangaroo design changes, so no 2 years looks the same. Between 1994 and 2013 the mintage limit of its 1 ounce Australian Kangaroo coins was 350,000 but for 2014 & 2015 the numbers available for minting were unlimited. About 4 million coins have been minted between 1990 & 2015.
There have been some years where relatively few coins were produced. So if there are any budding collectors wanting to know which is a good year to keep an eye out for, look at the production numbers on Perth Mint’s production list for its minted coins.