Posted on November 05, 2020
One of the longest-running silver bullion collections at the Perth Mint is the Australian Silver Kookaburra. This magnificent coin set the standard by which all subsequent silver bullion coins at the Perth Mint would be produced. The Silver Kookaburra was the first to feature a native species from the Australian continent and the first to use new reverse design elements each year to attract collectors to the investment-grade coins. As the Silver Kookaburra enters the fourth decade in production in the 2020s, the 32nd new design of the collection arrives in 2021 with yet another beautiful depiction of the kookaburra.
For the reverse design on the 2021 1 oz Australian Silver Kookaburra, you will find an image of the kookaburra. The largest member of the kingfisher species is depicted seated upon its perch on a branch. Its wings are folded in at its side as its head looks to the right of the coin field, the left of the creature. Beneath the perched kookaburra, you will find small seed pods on a smaller branch. The seed pods are that of the gum tree, a type of hill that the Eucalyptus is found within. The Eucalyptus is a common tree on the Australian continent but is largely unique to the continent.
This side of the 2021 Australian Silver Kookaburra has a security element that was recently introduced by the Perth Mint on 2020-dated coins. Within the design field on the reverse, there is a single microscopic letter that is not visible to the naked eye.
In the obverse design element, the 2021 Australian Silver Kookaburra bears the latest effigy of the Queen to feature on Australian coinage. The sixth-generation effigy of the Queen, Her Majesty is shown here in right-profile relief in a design from Jody Clark. Mr. Clark created this bust of the Queen in 2015 for the Royal Mint of England. It has been adapted for use on Australian coinage starting in 2019, with wider adoption as of 2020. In this design, the Queen is shown at the age of 89 with the George IV State Diadem Crown on her head. The George IV State Diadem is a part of the official Crown Jewels. A stunning piece, it includes a total of 1,333 diamonds in its setting with a total weight in excess of 300 karats. For the first time since 1966, the Queen’s shoulders and neckline are included in the portrait.
The 2021 1 oz Australian Silver Kookaburra Coin offers the 32nd design to grace the reverse field of these coins. The 1 oz silver coin is the primary option in this series and comes with a mintage cap of 500,000 for the 2021 date mark. The coins are packaged in acrylic capsules individually, while multiples of 20 coins come in rolls, and multiples of 100 coins come in boxes. The box contains a total of five 20-coin rolls. The new 2021 design comes from Aleysha Howarth, an artist who has worked with the Perth Mint on a number of different coin programs.
In addition to the 1 oz Australian Silver Kookaburra, you can expect to find 10 oz and 1 Kilo silver coins available in the collection this year as well. These coins will have the same reverse designs, with unlimited mintages and individual acrylic capsules as the packaging option. An unlimited mintage indicates the Perth Mint will strike the coins in these particular weights until the release of the next design in the series.
Introduced in 1990, the Australian Silver Kookaburra Coin was the first of its kind from the Perth Mint. By that, we mean the first annual-issue silver bullion coin with a focus on native wildlife designs. The release of the Australian Silver Kookaburra that year coincided with the Perth Mint’s transition of the existing Australian Gold Nugget to the Australian Gold Kangaroo. This transition gave the mint an official silver and gold bullion coin to offer investors. More importantly, the release of the two coins set a standard for future coin programs to come in its use of new design elements on the reverse. Since 1990, the Silver Kookaburra and Gold Kangaroo have inspired the release of and designs for the Australian Silver Koala, Australian Silver Wedge Tail Eagle, Australian Silver Kangaroo, and the Australian Silver Emu.
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