The Perth Mint Silver Kookaburra Coins
The Perth Mint Silver Kookaburra Coins
The Perth Mint Silver Kookaburra Coins, sometimes casually referred to as Kookaburra Silver Dollars, are highly sought after by collectors and investors for their unique beauty and purity. Unlike the American Silver Eagle coins, the Silver Kookaburra coins are not trade-able on the Bullion market; thus, they hold less liquidity than some other bullion coins on the market.
The Silver Kookaburra coins are sold for a higher premium than other bullion coins due to their limited mintage and unique yearly designs. Silver Kookaburra coins are minted in one troy ounce size and are made of .999 pure Silver. The Perth Mint releases a new design for the Silver Kookaburra coin every year, making them a popular choice for collectors.
The History of the Perth Mint
The Perth Mint is the official mint of the government of Western Australia. It was founded in 1829 by Britain's Royal Mint in response to the newly discovered Gold deposits in the colony of Western Australia.
This world-famous mint played a vital role in the development of Western Australia's economy, refining Gold into Gold coins that were used to purchase goods and services from around the world. The mint also produced Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns for the British government, helping establish the Gold industry in Australia.
Along with playing a historically vital part in Australia's economy, the mint is also the official producer of Australian Silver Swans, Lunars, Koalas, Kangaroos and Kookaburra coins. In addition to circulating coinage for general use in Australia, the Perth Mint also creates collector coins, precious metal bullion and medals. The Perth Mint is the fourth oldest mint in the world still in operation today.
With a long and proud history of minting coins for Australia and the world, the mint's high-quality products and attention to detail make it a favorite among collectors and investors. The Perth Mint Silver Kookaburra Coins are a shining example of the mint's craftsmanship and are highly sought after by bullion buyers due to their limited mintage and yearly design changes.
The Perth Mint has a rich history which makes its coins highly collectible. For collectors and investors looking for unique Australian coins with a bit of history, Perth Mint Silver Kookaburra Coins are a great choice.
Silver Kookaburras Over the Years
The Silver Kookaburra coin series from the Perth Mint is a significant part of the world's bullion coin market. They have been issued annually since 1990 in four different sizes, all containing .999 fine Silver: 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz and 1 kilo. The Silver Kookaburra coins are the official legal tender of the island nation of Tuvalu.
All the coins have the same design on the obverse every year. The obverse side carries the new effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This image was designed and first appeared on the United Kingdom's Gold and Silver bullion coins in 1998. It is considered one of the most attractive figures on any modern British coinage obverse. Since the original release, the image has been updated a few times, but the basic design has remained the same.
The reverse side of the coins receives a new design yearly, all featuring an image of the Australian Kookaburra. The Kookaburra is the largest bird in the Kingfisher species on the western coast of Australia, measuring 20 to 30 inches in length with a wingspan of nearly one meter.
The Perth Mint Silver Kookaburra coins are an excellent way to add variety to a Precious Metals portfolio. They are also a great way to celebrate Australia's unique beauty and wildlife.
Famous Design Updates
Coin collectors around the world eagerly anticipate the new design each year on the Perth Mint Silver Kookaburra coins. They are a great way to commemorate special occasions, celebrate Australian culture, and invest in Precious Metals.
A few of the standard design characteristics that remain over the year include:
- The year of production struck on the reverse underneath the bird's image.
- Fineness and weight encircling each coin stating its .999 rating for purity, fineness and total Silver weight along with the words "The Australian Kookaburra."
- A Mint Mark of "P" for Perth Mint is located on the reverse, typically the left of the Kookaburra. Some commemorative coins featured an altered Mint Mark, such as the 1999 coin celebrating the Perth Mint's centennial used a "P100" and the 2015 coin for the coin's 25th year in production used a "P25."
Along with some of the standard features, countless popular reverse designs have been released to commemorate a world event or historical marker. Some of the more famous designs featured on these coins throughout the years include:
- Released in 1992 to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the discovery of America, a coin was released featuring Christopher Columbus.
- The 1 oz coin issued in 2000 celebrated the Sydney Olympics. This millennial coin featured a design of athletes, coaches and officials.
- Released in 2002 to commemorate the Australian bicentenary, this Silver 1 oz coin featured a traditional sailing ship.
- In 2006, for the 40th Anniversary of the decimal currency in Australia, the design featured an Aussie $10 note.
- A coin was released to celebrate the 2008 Beijing Olympics displaying the Olympic rings.
- Issued in 2009 for the International Year of Astronomy, the 1 oz coin featured an astronaut on the moon.
- In 2011, the 1 oz coin was released during the Year of the Rabbit and featured two rabbits.
Many other years celebrating milestones and significant Australian events are celebrated in Silver on the yearly Kookaburra, making these coins perfect for any historical collection.
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