The Whale Shark is the world’s largest fish, yet despite its formidable size is considered harmless. Found in coastal waters and the lagoons of coral atolls and reefs of Australia, the upper body of the Whale Shark is blue-grey to brown in colour, with light spots. Boasting some 3,000 tiny teeth, the Whale Shark is a filter feeder, sieving food through its gills. This majestic creature was not discovered until 1828, although the species is millions of years old.
Proof Quality 99.99% Pure Gold
These 2012 coins are struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz, 1/10oz and 1/25oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality.
Whale Shark Design
The coin's reverse depicts a Whale Shark swimming through the ocean and the inscriptions DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and WHALE SHARK. The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the 2012 year-date are also included in the design.
Australian Legal Tender
The coins are issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
H.M. Queen Elizabeth II Obverse
Each coin’s obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Extremely Limited Mintage
The Perth Mint will release no more than 500 1/2oz gold coins, 1,000 1/10oz gold coins and 2,500 1/25oz gold coins.
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Each coin is housed in presentation packaging comprising a display case featuring a timber lid and a superbly illustrated box-shipper.
The Perth Mint is proud to announce the new releases in the epic Discover Australia coin program depicting aspects of Australian wildlife and landscape. These iconic coins represent the pinnacle of artistry and craftsmanship.