When early European settlers first encountered koalas in Australia, they thought the tree-climbing animals were monkeys or bears. Even though they’re still referred to by some as “koala bears”, they’re actually marsupials like kangaroos and wombats.
The reverse of the coin depicts a single koala perched on the branch of a eucalyptus tree. Also included is the year, weight, and the traditional Perth Mint “P” mintmark.
The obverse portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.