What Is a Kookaburra?

Published on 5/17/2021 by APMEX

What is a Kookaburra

What Is an Australian Kookaburra Coin?

Australian Kookaburra coins are a fine choice for collectors and investors due to their bullion content and timeless designs. Minted in .999 to .9999 fine Silver at The Perth Mint, the coins are a favorite in Australia and beyond. Silver Australian Kookaburra coins are guaranteed by the Australian government.

The laughing kookaburra bird is a beloved creature indigenous to the Australian bush. The coin’s namesake is known as “the king of the bush” and remains an Australian icon. The design is changed annually, boldly featuring a refreshed depiction of the remarkable kookaburra bird on the reverse.

One can also find an indication of the coin’s Silver content on the reverse. The obverse features a detailed portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The face value can also be found on the obverse of each coin.

Silver Australian Kookaburra Coins

Design Variations

Minted only in Silver, the Kookaburra coin offers Silver bullion enthusiasts the best of both worlds: collectible designs and high Precious Metal content. What the series lacks in Precious Metal options, it makes up for in design nuance. The kookaburra portrait is lovingly reimagined annually, leading collectors to devotedly collect each installment of the series. However, there have also been a wealth of varieties created for special occasions and coin shows. Collectors seek out the variations bearing special stamps, seals or privy marks.

Did you know? Gold versions of the Kookaburra were released in 2020 to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the well-loved design. Gold coins were also created in 2021.


The bullion coin was first released in 1990 as a 1 oz series. Subsequently, the coins were released in 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz and 1 kilo varieties. The face values for these variations are AU$1, AU$2, AU$10 and AU$30, respectively.

Did you know? Kookaburras made in 2018 and beyond were produced in .9999 fine Silver instead of .999.


Brilliant Uncirculated and Proof versions are available for purchase. One can also purchase slabbed and graded pieces at APMEX offers a wide selection of Silver Australian Kookaburra coins in various versions, such as MintDirect®, PCGS & NGC certified, and coin sets. These designations can contribute to elevated value retention.

Did you know? Located in Perth, Australia, The Perth Mint was opened in 1899 to refine Gold deposits from the surrounding areas, Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. The Perth Mint continued to refine Gold at its original location until 1990, the same year that the Kookaburra was first released.

How To Buy & Sell Australian Kookaburra Coins

Buying and selling Australian Kookaburra coins is easier than ever. Buyers and sellers can visit a local pawn or coin shop. However, investors frequently choose online shops like due to industry-leading selection, product expertise, pricing and integrity.

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