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The Silver Kookaburra coin minted by the prestigious Perth Mint celebrates one of the continent’s most special native birds; the Kookaburra. The coin was first introduced in 1990 and while it has not been around as long as others, it has since become one of the most sought out bullion coins on the market. The series is minted by Perth on an annual basis and they change up the design almost every year while the coin has always contained 99.9 percent fine silver.
Many of those familiar with coins or the precious metal industry have most likely heard of the Perth Mint. They were founded over 100 years ago as a branch of the Royal Mint which was to produce coinage for the British. They eventually went on to gain their independence; today the mint is well-known for the quality of the precious metal products it produces. One of the finest examples of their design artistry can be found on the Kookaburra coin.
The front of the coin features a side profile view of Queen Elizabeth II. In the image she is depicted wearing her regal tiara and is right-facing. Such great attention has been paid to the design that you can almost make out each precious jewel upon her tiara. Surrounding the Queen are marking for her name “ELIZABETH II,” the country “AUSTRALIA” and the legal tender value assigned to the coin.
The reverse side of the coin, and where the coin derives its name, features the Kookaburra bird while he rests upon a tree. The image is magnified and depicted with extreme detail. Each feather on the bird has been applied to the design with great care. In the background are a number of leaves completing the scene. Inscribed above the image are markings for the bird which read “AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA.” Stamped below the image are inscriptions for the mintage year, as well as the weight and purity of the coin.
Unlike most other investment grade silver coins available to investors, the Australian Kookaburra is produced in more than just the one ounce size. Though it can also be found in this standard size, it is also available in 1/2 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz and Kilogram sizes. This offers collectors and investors a wide range of versions to choose from. While the coins weight may vary, it will always contain .999 pure silver and feature the same design.
Since the Kookaburra coin is one of the official bullion coins of Australia and is produced on a large scale today, it is frequently available to investors. The coins are packaged in individual coin capsules and are also available in rolls of 20. Thankfully, Silver.com offers a selection of these coins which can be bought online or over the phone. Be sure to browse our galleries and feel free to give us a call with any questions at 888-989-7223.