The Perth Mint is famous for producing not just pure silver and gold coins, but also creating images for its product lineup that rely heavily upon the Australian continent for inspiration. The kangaroo is among its most famous designs, and it is available for a limited time on a brilliant proof coin with ¼ oz. weight. Right now, the 2016 ¼ oz Proof Silver Australian Kangaroo Coin is available on to purchase on Silver.com.
- Arrives in a presentation package including capsule with a Certificate of Authenticity.
- Total mintage capped at 13,000 coins for this design release.
- Issue from the Proof Silver Australian Kangaroo collection.
- Consists of One-Quarter Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $.25 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Obverse features the image of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse bears the latest Kangaroo design from Perth Mint.
- Proof specimen!
Kangaroos are the world’s largest marsupial species, and are loosely related to the wallaroo and wallaby. The other known marsupial species of the world that resides in Australia is the lovable koala. Both the kangaroo and the koala are fixtures in Australian society, and are also popular design elements on Perth Mint coinage.
The obverse side of each Proof Silver Australian Kangaroo coin listed here features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. This image is a 1998 creation by Ian Rank-Broadley, and is considered the fourth-generation depiction of Her Majesty since her ascension to the throne in 1952.
On the reverse of all 2016 ¼ oz Proof Silver Australian Kangaroo coins is the image of a kangaroo as it hops across the Outback of Australia, with lines radiating out toward the edges representing the rays of the sun. Kangaroos are unique in that their primary mode of movement is hopping, which makes them distinct but also prevents backward motions from the creatures.
The 2016 ¼ oz Proof Silver Australian Kangaroo Coin has a total mintage capped at 13,000 coins, however not all of those are available for individual purchase. The Perth Mint has set aside 3,000 of those 13,000 coins for release in a four-coin Proof Silver Australian Kangaroo set, leaving 10,000 for individual purchase.
Perth Mint is located in Perth, which is the capital city of the state of Western Australia. Originally opened in 1899 as part of the Royal Mint system, today it operates as an independent, private mint controlled by the state of Western Australia. Though not related to the Royal Australian Mint, its coins enjoy legal tender status under the Currency Act of 1965.
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