Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin – £31m

Approximate value



In 2011, The Perth Mint celebrated a remarkable achievement by successfully minting the largest gold bullion coin globally – the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin. This monumental coin was inspired by the enduring appeal of the annual Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Series.

Weighing in at a staggering one tonne of 99.99% pure gold, this immense coin stands as a magnificent Australian emblem, representing one of the Mint’s most remarkable feats since its inception in 1899. With dimensions of approximately 80 centimetres in width and over 12 centimetres in depth, it claims the title of the largest, heaviest, and naturally, the most valuable gold bullion coin globally. Its estimated worth exceeds AUD50 million.

Gold Exhibition Centrepiece

At first, the formidable endeavour of crafting this colossal coin was embarked upon with the aim of fashioning a showcase piece to endorse the Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Series on a global scale. Following its exclusive tour throughout Asia and Europe in 2014, this monumental coin has found its permanent home within The Perth Mint’s splendid Gold Exhibition. It has since become a primary attraction, drawing visitors from far and wide to the Mint.

Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin
Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin

Record Breaking Coin

In 2012, the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin earned the distinction of being crowned the ‘largest coin’ by Guinness World Records. This acknowledgment from the leading authority on extraordinary achievements stands as a testament to the vision, commitment, and determination of the Perth Mint’s team, who encountered an astounding challenge in creating a coin of such immense size and magnitude.

Classic Artistry

As the pinnacle of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Series, this coin presents the timeless artistry of Dr. Stuart Devlin AO CMG, a goldsmith and jeweller to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This artwork has graced each annual 1-kilogram release in the series since the introduction of the kangaroo design in 1989.

On its reverse side, you’ll find a dynamic portrayal of a bounding red kangaroo, encircled by artful sun rays, and surrounded by inscriptions that read AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO 1 TONNE 9999 GOLD along with the year 2012.

This coin holds the status of legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, and its obverse side showcases the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Accompanying the portrait are inscriptions that read ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and the monetary denomination of 1 MILLION DOLLARS.

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