Australian Platinum Kangaroo Coins

platinum coin icon Australia flag icon Platinum Kangaroos - the Perth Mint's newest bullion coins

The Australian Platinum Kangaroos are the latest addition to the series of bullion coins that started out with the gold version in 1986. After introducing the silver version of the coins in 2015, the Perth Mint added a 99.95% pure platinum version in 2018. The reverse side of the Australian Kangaroo platinum coins displays the "Red Kangaroo" design that is also used on the silver version of the coins as well as the larger denominations of the gold version of the coins.

The Australian Platinum Kangaroos are only available as brilliant uncirculated coins in the single denomination of 1 oz for now. Each coin is individually packaged in a protective plastic capsule. Sealed mint rolls contain 20 coins and sealed mint boxes contain 100 coins. The legal tender 1 oz Australian Platinum Kangaroos have an official face value of AUD $ 100 and are fully backed by the Australian government. Annual mintage of the coins is unlimited and according to the current market demand.

reverse side of the 2018 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Australian Platinum Kangaroo coin
obverse side of the 2018 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Australian Platinum Kangaroo coin

Coin Specifications

Weight Face Value Purity Diameter x Thickness
1 oz AUD $ 100 99.95% 32.60 x 2.45 mm

Design

The British monarch Queen Elizabeth II is depicted in profile on the obverse side of the coins. She is shown with her royal tiara. The depiction of the British Queen is meant to symbolize Australia’s ongoing allegiance to the crown and the British Commonwealth. The coin's denomination of 100 Dollars appears below her majesty's image and the words AUSTRALIA and ELIZABETH II are engraved to the right and left of her image.

Whereas the Australian Gold Kangaroo coins depict a different kangaroo image on their reverse side every year, the Platinum Kangaroos will display the "Red Kangaroo" design that also appears on each edition of the Australian Silver Kangaroos. "AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO” is engraved along the upper edge of the coins above the kangaroo image. The year of mintage, platinum weight and purity are engraved along the lower edge of the coins below the kangaroo (2018 1 oz 9995 PLATINUM). The Perth Mint's mint mark P appears to the right of the kangaroo's tail on the reverse as well.

History & Mintages

The Australian Platinum Kangaroo coins are the Perth Mint's latest addition to the popular series of Australian Kangaroo bullion coins. The inaugural 2018 issue of the coins is available since the 23rd of October 2017 and mintage is unlimited according to the current market demand.

reverse side of the latest issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Australian Gold Kangaroo coins
obverse side of the latest issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Australian Gold Kangaroo coins

Australian Gold Kangaroos

The 99.99% pure Australian Gold Kangaroo coins are also known under their original name as Australian Gold Nugget coins. After displaying various gold nugget images starting with their inaugural issue (as proof coins) in 1986, the coins quickly switched to kangaroo images in 1990 (1989 for proof coins) that change every year since then. A wide variety of denominations are offered from a tiny 1/2 gram all the way up to the world-record 1 tonne coin. Both brilliant uncirculated (BU) and proof coins are issued. Annual mintages of the Australian Gold Kangaroos by the Perth Mint are quite low compared to other gold bullion coins.

The Australian Gold Kangaroo page gives more information about the coins and allows you to compare current prices.

reverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Australian Silver Kangaroo coin
obverse side of the 2016 issue of the brilliant uncirculated 1 oz Australian Silver Kangaroo coin

Australian Silver Kangaroos

A silver version of the Perth Mint's popular Australian Kangaroo coins exists since 2015. The limited number of coins that were minted that year were 99.9% pure. Since 2016, the Australian Silver Kangaroos are 99.99% pure. The brilliant uncirculated version of the coins is only minted in the 1 oz size. Proof coins of 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz exist as part of a set but the 1/4 oz proof coins are also available individually. Whereas the Australian Gold Kangaroo coins depict a different kangaroo image on their reverse side every year, the Silver Kangaroos depict the same "Red Kangaroo" design every year.

The Australian Silver Kangaroo page gives more information about the coins and allows you to compare current prices.