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Special Koala release features lunar dog privy mark

For the precious metal investor who likes to stack limited mintage bullion coins, this privy mark edition of the popular Australian Koala fits the bill perfectly.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, it portrays one of Australia’s unique marsupials which uses a pouch to carry its young. Docile, sleepy koalas live in Australian eucalyptus trees where they consume an exclusive diet of leaves

The coin’s reverse incorporates a small secondary motif inspired by the traditional ‘privy mark’. These symbols were often used to indicate where a coin was manufactured. In modern coining they create extra interest in the design while distinguishing the mintage from comparable releases in the series.

On this special Australian Koala the privy mark portrays a labrador retriever to mark the Chinese lunar year of the dog. The animal ‘ruler’ of 2018, 2006, 1994 and every 12th preceding year back to the time of Buddha, the dog has good-natured and loyal characteristics which are said to exist in everyone born under its influence.

No more than 15,000 of these 2018-dated Australian legal tender coins will be issued by The Perth Mint. Each coin is housed in a protective acrylic capsule which makes them easy to stack.

Prospective buyers can visit The Perth Mint Bullion Trading Room at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, or call our Bullion Line on 1300 201 112. Alternatively, registered clients can order online at perthmintbullion.com.

This coin is also distributed by Apmex internationally.

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