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2013 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark

The 2013 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark, minted and issued by The Perth Mint, can best be described as “elusive” in terms of its availability.

If you’re in the market for limited edition Koala coins, or to be more specific, limited edition Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coins with privy marks, then you might want to consider buying a 2013 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark. This is now provided that you can find one. You will discover that it is hard to get hold of these coins, especially if you’re not based in Australia. These legal tender coins have seen a declared mintage of only 10,392 coins, which is much lower than the maximum authorized mintage of a 100,000 coins as per The Perth Mint website.

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I couldn’t find any additional information pertaining to these coins at The Perth Mint website. This is now besides the information that I’ve discovered pertaining to the mintage figures itself, declared and otherwise, as mentioned above. In fact, the only additional information I could find on the coin elsewhere is that the coin is described in the Currency (Perth Mint) Determination 2012 (No.2) as follow: “The design on the 2013 Australian Koala – Chinese Characters (1oz) silver bullion coin, consists of a circle enclosing a representation of a koala sitting in the fork of a leafy tree. The coin includes the following inscriptions, ‘AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA’, the Pinyin pictographs pronounced ‘shé’ and ‘nián’ meaning ‘year of the snake’, the Pinyin pictographs pronounced ‘jí’ and ‘xiáng’ meaning either ‘auspicious’ or ‘propitiousness’, ‘2013 1oz 999 SILVER’ and the initials of the designer Natasha Muhl ‘NM’”.

The above is confusing to say the least, especially if one considers the ‘AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA’ inscription as per the Currency Determination, while in reality the relevant coin is inscribed ‘AUSTRALIAN KOALA’. In addition, it seems to be the first Chinese privy mark to have been minted by The Perth Mint. I could also only manage to find a few for sale at eBay Australia. In fact, at the time of writing, there were only about 3 coins left for sale.

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Is this coin a sleeper? How many people are aware of its existence? I’ve only learned of its existence when it was recently mentioned by MCF member, joe1320, at this link. It is hard to say with certainty how this coin will perform moving forward, but it seems to have a lot going for it. However, I guess a lot will depend on the declared mintage of the 2014 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Chinese Privy Mark, which can be pre-ordered here.

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Update from the Perth Mint:

Sorry for the delay in replying. The 2013 koala with Chinese privy mark was the first year this was done for the Koala coins. Previously the 2011 and 2012 koala had a Bear privy variant.

Mintage information and descriptions for the privy bullion coins can be found at http://www.perthmint.com.au//documents/The_Australian_Bu_Privy_Coin_2011_to_2014_Final.pdf

As we only produce the privy coins for a very small number of wholesale dealers and do not sell them to the retail market, there isn’t much in the way of information publicly available for the 2014 version. However one of the companies who have purchased it from the wholesaler has it up on their website at http://www.perthbullion.com/shop/detail/pmkoalaprivy14sco1/.

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  1. […] all was said and done, the declared mintage of the 2013 Australian Koala 1 oz. silver bullion coin with Chinese privy mark came in at a total of 10,392 coins. This was well below the maximum […]

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