Introduced in 1990, the Australian Silver Kookaburra is the series that started it all for Perth Mint. This collection was the first to introduce native animals on the reverse and the first to use new reverse designs each year.
The Australian Silver Kookaburra coins are known for their annual changing reverse designs featuring the kookaburra, a beloved native Australian bird. The kookaburra is renowned for its distinctive call, which sounds like laughter. Each year, the Perth Mint releases a new design that showcases the kookaburra in different poses, settings, or natural habitats. These captivating designs capture the beauty and charm of this unique Australian bird.
The Silver Kookaburra coins are minted in a variety of sizes to cater to different preferences and investment goals. The most common size is the 1 oz coin, but the series also includes larger sizes such as 2 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kg. The coins are struck with high-quality, 99.99% pure silver as of 2018, making them valuable not only for their collectibility but also for their precious metal content.
One of the appealing aspects of the Australian Silver Kookaburra Series is its limited mintage. The Perth Mint imposes a maximum mintage for each size, making these coins relatively scarce compared to other bullion coins. This limited availability enhances their desirability among collectors and investors alike. The annual changing designs also contribute to the collectibility of the series, as enthusiasts strive to obtain each new release to complete their sets.
In addition to BU specimens, this collection frequently releases high-relief, proof, and gilded versions to deliver unique collectibles for numismatists.
The Australian Silver Kookaburra coins carry a face value denominated in Australian dollars, which signifies their status as legal tender in Australia. The obverse of the coins typically features the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, as is common on many Australian legal tender coins. The specific effigy may vary based on the year of minting. With Her Late Majesty’s passing in 2022, the 2023 issue in the series is the last to feature Elizabeth II. King Charles III features on the coins as of 2024.
To ensure the authenticity and security of the Australian Silver Kookaburra coins, the Perth Mint has recently incorporated various anti-counterfeiting measures. These include micro-engraved lettering and a unique authentication feature called a micro-laser engraved letter within the design. Additionally, the coins are individually packaged in protective capsules, making them easy to handle and store while preserving their condition.
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