When it comes to popular silver bullion coin programs from the Perth Mint, the Australian Silver Kookaburra should be viewed as the coin that started it all. Available since 1990, these brilliant bullion coins feature an all-new design each year, and are currently available in three different weights in the bullion version. Right now, you can purchase the 2016 10 oz Australian Silver Kookaburra Coin from JM Bullion in BU condition.
- Each coin ships in an individual acrylic Perth Mint capsule.
- Features an all-new 2016 Kookaburra design. Click here to see historical Perth Silver Kookaburra mintages.
- Contains 10 troy oz of .999 pure silver.
- Face value of $10 (AUD) is fully backed by the government of Australia.
- Bears an all-new design of the kookaburra on the reverse.
- Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
- Ships in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
The Australian Silver Kookaburra was first released in 1990, and serves as the foundation for a number of the most in-demand coin products available from the Perth Mint. The Australian Kookaburra was sought-after to such a degree by investors and collectors that the mint decided to launch another silver bullion series in 1996, it’s massively popular Lunar Series I coin.
From there, the rest is history. The Australian Koala (2007), Lunar Series II (2008), and all-new Australian Kangaroo (2016) silver bullion coin programs all owe their existence to the popularity of and demand for the Australian Silver Kookaburra. Each kookaburra coin features an all-new design on the reverse with each year.
For the 2016 10 oz Australian Silver Kookaburra Coin you’ll find the depiction of a single kookaburra as it sits perched atop a fence post. The imagery around it represents a desolate Australian environment, with a barb-wire fence and post visible in the foreground, and a barren tree in the background.
The obverse features the familiar right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Designed in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, the image is surrounded by engravings of Her Majesty’s name, the nation of issue, and the face value of the coin, as well as an “IRB” below her bust in a nod to Rank-Broadley.
Perth Mint was founded in 1898 as the final of three British Royal Mint facilities during Australia’s colonial period. It remained in British control long after Australian federation and independence, not changing hands until it was turned over the government of Western Australian in 1970.
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