The Perth Mint in Australia is well-known for producing some of the finest coins in the world. Its popular coin programs often feature the many native species that are only found on the Australian continent, particularly the kangaroo. In fact, the Perth Mint Silver Kangaroo coin series is among the most popular from the mint, and several are available for purchase from JM Bullion.
The kangaroo is the world’s largest marsupial, and is just one of the many species that is unique to the continent of Australia. Along with the koala and the crocodile, there are few animals that are as easily associated with the nation than the kangaroo. Although it is not an official symbol of Australia, the kangaroo does appear as the emblem of several government agencies and private companies, as well as appearing on various forms of currency and the Australian coat of arms.
Kangaroos are instantly recognizable for their one-of-a-kind movement. The animals navigate the wide-open terrain of the Outback on their large hind legs. As they hop along, their body weight and mobility are balanced by an oversized, muscular tale.
Investors and collectors looking for Silver Australian Kangaroo coins are bound to run into confusion. The kangaroo is so popular as a symbol on national currency, that a separate program is run by the Royal Australian Mint that features the kangaroo on official currency released into circulation for use by the public in transactions.
The Perth Mint Australian Silver Kangaroo was introduced in 1993 as a proof coin. Each year the Perth Mint produces the proof Silver Kangaroo in limited mintages. In recent years, the coin has been struck in a brilliant high-relief proof to add to the collectible value of these stunning coins. The design motif remains the same on the coins each year, but the specific design of the kangaroo is changed from one year to the next, adding value and demand to the coin.
All of the Australian Silver Kangaroo coins produced by the Perth Mint feature 1 oz of .999 pure silver. The coins are considered legal tender in Australia, and have been issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by the Australian government as a result.
Inspired by the demand for its Proof Silver Kangaroo coins and building upon the tradition of its other silver bullion coin programs, the Perth Mint unveiled an all-new Australian Silver Kangaroo coin in 2016. The coins are linked to the popular Australian Silver Kookaburra and Australian Silver Koala coins. These coins are bullion products struck on an annual basis by the Perth Mint, with consistent images on the obverse each year and a brand-new design on the reverse with each new year.
The all-new Australian Silver Kangaroo is similar in many fashions to the bullion coins that have preceded it, but stands apart in one key manner. While the Australian Silver Kangaroo will feature the same obverse image found on the obverse of all Perth Mint coins, that of Queen Elizabeth II. On the reverse, the nation’s largest marsupial will be featured each year in a new design motif.
In a step that is different from the other bullion coin programs, the all-new Australian Silver Kangaroo is struck using .9999 pure silver. It is the first .9999 pure silver coin ever produced by the Perth Mint. The coins will bear the same $1 (AUD) face value as other silver bullion coins, but boasts a greater purity.
Although the exact design features of the Australian Silver Kangaroo from the Perth Mint change annually, there are certain factors that remain the same from year to year. For example, the image of a kangaroo is always featured on the reverse side of the coin. In addition to the kangaroo motif on this side, the engraving of “Australian Kangaroo” is featured above the design set. Below, the year of minting, weight, purity, and metal content of the coin are included.
As an example, the 2015 1 oz Perth Mint Silver Kangaroo coin features an adult kangaroo hopping across the Outback. Grasslands and trees are visible in the background, and an oversized depiction of the moon is visible rising into the night sky above.
On the obverse side of all Perth Mint coins is the right-profile portrait of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. Created by artist Ian Rank-Broadley, the image appears on most coins from Britain’s Royal Mint, Australia’s Perth Mint (and Royal Australian Mint), and the New Zealand Mint in Auckland.
Her Majesty’s effigy is surrounded by engravings that include “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the face value of the coin, listed as “1 Dollar.” As high-relief proof coins in recent years, the Perth Mint Silver Kangaroo coin features concave faces and a depth of at least 38mm. The depth of the surface gives the impression of a 3D finish that heightens the focus on the design sets on either side.
For the Australian Silver Kangaroo bullion coin, the design on the reverse of the coin will feature that of the world’s largest marsupial in a new design each year. The motif will always focus on the kangaroo, but the specific images will vary from one year to the next. For the introductory year, the kangaroo is featured leaping across the center of the coin with rays of sunshine emanating from the center. “Australian Kangaroo” is engraved above, with the year of issue, weight, purity, and metal content included below. There is also a “P” mint mark from the Perth Mint.
A new security feature has been added to the new Australian Silver Kangaroo bullion coin that is not present on other bullion coins from the Perth Mint. The new authentication feature is found on the reverse and comes in the form of a micro-laser engraved latter “A.” This letter “A” is found within the first A of the engraving “Australian” on the top of the coin’s reverse image.
The Perth Mint has always tightly controlled the number of Proof Silver Kangaroo coins produced each year. The Perth Mint uses a maximum mintage policy on Silver Kangaroo proof coins, which means that a total quantity of coins is set for each coin, and once that mark is met no further coins will ever be struck for that particular year.
In recent years, mintage for the highly popular Silver Kangaroo coin have been capped around 20,000. Mintage numbers for recent years include:
The Australian Silver Kangaroo bullion coin will be struck with an unlimited mintage by the Perth Mint. While other coin weights are often restricted in bullion programs from the Perth Mint, the popular 1 oz coins are often produced with unlimited mintages. In addition to its availability for individual purchase, the Australian Silver Kangaroo coin is available from the Perth Mint in protective acrylic tubes of 25 coins, and Monster Boxes of 250 coins. The Monster Boxes contain 10 tubes of 25 coins each. To view other mintages, visit the Perth Mint Mintages page.
The Perth Mint is located in the state of Western Australia. Originally founded in 1899, it is the oldest operating facility in the country. It was the last of the facilities opened by the Royal Mint of London during British colonial rule, joining the Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint. Following closure of the other two facilities, and Australian independence, the Perth Mint passed into the hands of the government of Western Australia.
Today, it is considered one of the finest facilities in the world, turning out high quality products at its state-of-the-art coining press. Although it is not affiliated with the national government’s Royal Australian Mint, under the Currency Act of 1965, all of its coins enjoy status as legal tender currency in the nation.
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