25 Australian dollars coins

25 Australian dollars is a series of coins from precious metals for collection and investment purposes. The Mint issues each item in a limited edition (from 1,000 to 5,000 in a particular year). Australian gold coins of the Lunar series and Australian coins of the Gold Nugget series are the most famous and valuable in the world of numismatics.

History

The first coins of 25 Australian dollars were minted in 1992. Silver collectible series “Outstanding Personalities” is dedicated to the 40th anniversary of the reign of Catherine II. In total, four types were issued. The recognizable image of the Queen in different years of her life is on the reverse of each of them.

40th anniversary of the reign of Catherine II

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Investment and collectible coins from precious metals are made in “Proof” quality. They are made in an individual mode with a high share of manual labor. They have a mirror surface and a multifaceted design.

Royal theme is present in the gold collection of 25 Australian dollars:

  • 2015 – The longest rule in the history of Britain;
  • 2015 – The birth of Princess Charlotte-Elizabeth Diana;
  • 2015 – 90th Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth the Second.

In 2002, the first coin of 25 Australian dollars from the limited “Lunar” series was issued. It is minted of gold with a fineness of 0.999 and is dedicated to the symbol of the year according to the Eastern calendar – horse. In 2003, a coin with the image of a goat was minted, 2005 – rooster, 2007 – pig, 2008 – rat, 2009 – ox, 2010 – tiger, and 2012 – dragon image. Other versions of this theme are found on the15 dollar coins (this collection also contains Australian silver coins of the Lunar series) and 100 dollars denomination. Experts of the Mint of Perth worked on their creation.

2005 - rooster

Do you know? Popular Australian gold coins of 25 dollars face value are issued at the Mint of Perth. This enterprise is the largest in the country to produce the items from precious metal. During a year, about 18 billion dollars in gold, silver, and platinum coins are exported from here to more than 100 countries. Perth Mint is a part of a limited group of gold mining companies accredited on the five largest gold exchanges. Their products meet all existing standards of high quality.

The most popular collectible and investment coins of 25 dollars denominations are Australian gold coins of the Kangaroo series. There were several versions issued at once for collectors and investors: flawlessly executed coins with different designs in 2007, 2008 and 2009. These coins are appreciated all over the world for excellent quality of minting and constantly changing design.

Australian gold coins of the Kangaroo series

Not less popular and demanded are the coins dedicated to other endemics:

  • platypus – a coin of non-standard rectangular shape (15.4×25.4 mm) made of gold, with a face value of 25 dollars was issued in 2011;
  • koala – coins were minted in 2014, 2015 and 2016 (there is a koala’s head, and eucalyptus leaves on each of them)

In 2013 the gold collection of coins with a face value of 25 dollars was enriched by a new series “The Earth upside down”. The circulation is limited, only 1,000 copies. The circulation includes copies dedicated to the national symbols of the country “Surfing”, “Didgeridoo” (national wind instrument of the aborigines of Australia), James Cook, “Gold washing” and “Shepherd”.

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The name “didgeridoo” was given to the musical instrument by the inhabitants of Australia, but the aborigines themselves call it the Yedaka. The basis is made of eucalyptus wood. They take a trunk that was eaten inside by termites. Then the instrument is decorated with paintings and images of local animals. There is no identical didgeridoo in the country.

In 2014, the first Australian coin with a face value of 25 dollars dedicated to military affairs was issued. There were only 1,000 copies with the famous phrase from the speech of Prime Minister Andrew Fisher during his election campaign “To Our Last Man and Our Last Shilling”. Military theme was supplemented by the coins minted in 2015 with a circulation of 1,000 copies. It is easily recognizable by the head of the ghost and the red poppy. At the top, there are inscriptions “1915 ~” “Goodbye Cobber. God bless you”; the mint mark “R” is to the left. In 2016 and 2017, ANZAC coins were issued dedicated to the military formation of Australia and New Zealand.

Goodbye Cobber. God Bless You

Do you know? ANZAC remains one of the most significant dates in the military history of Australia. Commemorative coins of the $ 25 series are dedicated to Australian and New Zealand soldiers who showed courage and self-sacrifice in Gallipoli in 1915. Every year on April 25, Australians pause to remember the men and women who fought for the freedom of the country. Ceremonies in the temples are held at dawn, at the time of the first Gallipoli landing, and then marches and meetings are held in all major cities.

Design

The obverse of the Australian 25 dollars coins from the Lunar series represents the work of a talented engraver Ian Rank-Broadley («IRB»).

Year of the Horse

Metal: Gold

Weight: 7.7759 g

Diameter: 20.1 mm

Reverse: running horse; year of minting 2002; Chinese hieroglyph; inscription «1/4oz 9999 GOLD».

Obverse: legend: «ELIZABETH II», «AUSTRALIA», «25 DOLLARS».

Year of the Goat

Metal: Gold

Weight: 7.7759 g

Diameter: 20.1 mm

Reverse: goat with a turned head; year of minting 2003; Chinese hieroglyph; inscription«1/4oz 9999 GOLD».

Obverse: legend: «ELIZABETH II», «AUSTRALIA», «25 DOLLARS».

Year of the Rooster

Metal: Gold

Weight: 7.75 g

Diameter: 20.1 mm

Reverse: rooster; year of minting 2005; Chinese hieroglyph; inscription «1/4oz 9999 GOLD».

Obverse: legend: «ELIZABETH II», «AUSTRALIA», «25 DOLLARS».

Year of the Pig

Metal: Gold

Weight: 7.7759 g

Diameter: 18 mm

Reverse: pig; year of minting 2007; Chinese hieroglyph; inscription «1/4oz 9999 GOLD».

Obverse: legend: «ELIZABETH II», «AUSTRALIA», «25 DOLLARS».

Year of the Rat

Metal: Gold

Weight: 7.7759

Diameter: 21 mm

Reverse: rat; Chinese hieroglyph; inscription «Year of the Mouse».

Obverse: legend: «ELIZABETH II», «AUSTRALIA», «25 DOLLARS».

Year of the Ox

Metal: Gold

Weight: 7.7759

Diameter: 21 mm

Reverse: ox; Chinese hieroglyph; inscription «Year of the Ox».

Obverse: legend: «ELIZABETH II», «AUSTRALIA», «25 DOLLARS».

Year of the Tiger

Metal: Gold

Weight: 7.7759 g

Diameter: 21 mm

Reverse: head of a tiger; Chinese hieroglyph; inscription «Year of the Tiger».

Obverse: legend: «ELIZABETH II», «AUSTRALIA», «25 DOLLARS».

Year of the Dragon

Metal: Gold

Weight: 7.7759 g

Диаметр: 20 mm

Reverse: dragon in Chinese style; Chinese hieroglyph; inscription «Year of the Dragon».

Obverse: legend: «ELIZABETH II», «AUSTRALIA», «25 DOLLARS».

Circulation

Gold coins of the Lunar series were issued in a circulation of 7,000 copies. Items with the symbols of Australia – kangaroos (250 copies in 2014) and koalas (1,000 copies) are rarer ones. The remaining versions of collectible and investment 25 Australian dollars are minted in 1,000 copies.

Cost

  • Gold coins of the Lunar series– 480-500 $;
  • Silver coins of the series “Outstanding Personalities” Elizabeth II – 33 $;
  • Gold coins of the Kangaroo series – 2004 for 131 $, 2007 for 372 $;
  • Military theme– from 500 $;
  • “The Earth upside down” – from 400 $.
  • Sources:

    1. Каталог и характеристики монеты 25 долларов
    2. Каталог и характеристики монеты 25 долларов
    3. Характеристики монеты «Год собаки»
    4. Качество чеканки монет
    5. Australian Small Gold Coins
    6. Australia 25 Gold Coins
    7. Факты об австралийских монетах
    8. Факты о монете 25 долларов «Коала»
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