Founded in 1896 as a branch to the British Royal Mint, Perth Mint today is one of the largest minting plants globally, owned by the Western Australian government. Manufacturer of the iconic ‘Kangaroo’ gold and silver investment coins, Perth Mint also produce a popular lunar series and a range of sought-after collector coins.
The Gold Nugget was introduced in 1986 by the Gold Corporation, a company wholly owned by the government of Western Australia. Gold Kangaroos have been produced by Perth Mint since 1989 and are one of the purest gold coins in the world at .9999 purity. The Nugget is minted in denominations of 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz and 1 kg. The motif of the Nugget varies from year to year, giving the coins a slightly higher numismatic value over their bullion value.
The reverse of the coin features a kangaroo surrounded by stylised rays of sunlight. Bordered by the inscription "AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO", the year-made, weight and its purity.
The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
The coin is presented in a protective acrylic capsule.