1 oz Silver Kookaburras

The Perth Mint’s 1 oz Silver Kookaburra BU coin series features low mintages and unique designs, which provide the series with added value over time. While other bullion coins have unlimited mintages, often into the multi-millions, the 1 oz Silver Kookaburra coins have limited mintages with many years falling well below their set maximum.

Investor Advantages:

  • Longest-running bullion coin program from The Perth Mint. This series has been continually produced since 1990.
  • All 1 oz Silver Kookaburras come in a plastic capsule, protecting the unique design and Brilliant Uncirculated finish.
  • Maximum mintages of 500,000 coins starting in 2011. This is a relatively low number when compared to the popular Silver Eagle, which has seen mintages over 40,000,000 in recent years.

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1 oz Silver Kookaburra BU Coin obverse

Other unique attributes that add attraction for investors

The obverse of each release in this 1 oz Silver coin series features the likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, changing to match the likeness used on circulating British coinage at that time. These .999 fine Silver coins are produced by The Perth Mint, an Australian government-owned mint, allowing these coins to be legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. Each year, the reverse design changes, but always depicts the iconic Australian kookaburra. This design aspect adds a level of collectibility to the popular bullion coin series.

As the Silver Kookaburras age, they have a history of gaining value. While collecting historic coins can prove desirable for both collectors and investors, modern coins allow you to build up your portfolio without spending too much money. As modern bullion coins get older, they become more difficult to find on the open market, driving premium appreciation.

The buying habits of Precious Metals investors and collectors have changed over the years. Today, serious shoppers can search for Silver bullion on the internet and many enjoy collecting every coin in a series. The Silver Kookaburra offers the perfect opportunity because of its uninterrupted production since 1990. In fact, The Perth Mint increased the mintage from 300,000 to 500,000 in 2011 due to its continued demand on the global market. Easy liquidation combined with the low premium over spot makes Silver Kookaburras one of the smartest investment choices.

These .999 fine Silver coins derive their name from the famous laughing kookaburra, which hails primarily from Western Australia. You will see the kookaburra's distinctive profile on the reverse of the Silver Kookaburra. Every year, the specific kookaburra image changes, though each release features the iconic bird. The words "Australian Kookaburra" appear above the bird, and you will notice "1 oz .999 Silver" and the mint date is engraved below.


Premium Appreciation Over Time

This Premium Appreciation Over Time matrix gives you a better idea of how the 1 oz Silver Kookaburras are trending with approximate value increases.* The percentage of change is an indicator of increased value over time.

All premiums are dollars over the spot price.


The additional cost of a coin or bullion item, over and above the spot or metal price of the Precious Metal contained in the coin. The premium includes the costs of fabrication, distribution and a minimal dealer fee. Rare coins carry an additional premium representing numismatic value, which is based on scarcity, quality, demand and intangible factors.

Coin Premium Appreciation

Over time (usually at least 3-5 years after release), the premium of a particular coin may increase due to limited availability or other factors such as demand and quality of the coin.

Introductory Premium

APMEX’s initial premium above the spot or melt price at the time of a coin’s release.

Current Premium

The premium or additional cost of a bullion coin above and beyond the metal value of the Precious Metal it contains.

Buy Back Premium

The premium above spot or metal price that APMEX is currently paying to buy back a given item. These premiums are subject to change based on market conditions, inventory position, and quantity to be bought back.


Refers to the number of coins struck by a mint per release of a particular coin. This will vary by mint, year, design and size.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.

Grading and Warranties

Our company uses the numerical Mint State (MS) grading system, which rates uncirculated coins from MS-60 to MS-70.

Typically, the higher the grade, the better the quality of the coin and in turn, the higher the value. The grade assigned to a coin reflects its strike, luster, marks, scratches and overall eye appeal. Grading is a subjective art and depends on the opinion of the person grading the coin or currency. Thus, grading can and does vary from numismatic coin firm to numismatic coin firm, from grading service to grading service, and from expert to expert. A difference of one grade (e.g., MS-64 to MS-65) can result in a significant change in the valuation of a numismatic coin or currency. Grades and descriptions of numismatic coins and currency are opinions, not statements of fact or guarantees, and are based on standards and interpretations in place at the time of grading.

When you acquire a coin or currency from APMEX that is independently graded by a third-party grading service such as Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), APMEX relies entirely on the expertise/determination of the grading service. In addition, we rely upon definitions provided by these independent grading services, including definitions of such terms as PCGS' "First Strike®" which refers to coins packaged and delivered by the U.S. Mint in the thirty (30)-day period following the initial sales date of a new product. We do not re-grade or independently evaluate the product's grade in its sealed holder. APMEX reserves the right to deliver independently graded coins that have been graded by an independent grading service of APMEX's choice such as PCGS or NGC. APMEX guarantees that the numismatic coins and Precious Metals it sells are genuine. APMEX expressly disclaims any other warranties with respect to coins or Precious Metals, express or implied, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. See our User Agreement for a full disclaimer of warranties.

Premium Appreciation

You should know that different market factors may influence the price of a specific Precious Metal or the associated premium. For example, the price of a numismatic coin may be affected by such factors as grade, scarcity and marketplace demand, while the price of a bullion coin is closely tied to the spot price for the metal content of the coin as well as year-specific mintages. Past performance and growth projections for one type of Precious Metal may not apply to other types of Precious Metals that APMEX may offer.

Holding Period

Our experience suggests coins of specific quality or scarcity that have demonstrated historical premium appreciation tend to do so at least 3 to 5 years after the coin was produced. Market conditions and other factors will always impact the future value for coins, and therefore premium appreciation should never be considered to be guaranteed.

Our Prices

Our prices are set internally based upon our analysis of a variety of factors and are not necessarily tied to the prices quoted by any other organization. Prices are subject to change based on market conditions.
  APMEX acts as a dealer and generally owns the Precious Metals it buys and sells.


All investments involve risk and Precious Metals are no exception. The Precious Metals market is speculative, unregulated and volatile, and prices for these items may rise or fall over time.

APMEX generally classifies coins as bullion, semi-numismatic and numismatic. Some coins may fall within more than one category, depending on their specific grade or condition. Other dealers and organizations may define these terms or classify these coins differently.

Precious Metals generally have a premium above their melt value. Premiums may increase or decrease based upon current market conditions such as supply and demand. Changes in premiums may affect a Precious Metal’s pricing beyond changes in spot prices.

Precious Metals can go down as well as up in value. These items may not be suitable for everyone. APMEX does not determine the suitability of any specific person to purchase Precious Metals. You should consult with your independent financial advisor regarding whether such an investment is right for you. You should not acquire any products from APMEX if you are not competent or qualified to make your own financial decisions. You should obtain a thorough understanding of the Precious Metals products before you acquire these products as a collector or investor.

The investment value of Precious Metals depends in large part on the price you pay. If you are acquiring any of APMEX's products as an investment, you should evaluate its current market value, potential for appreciation and liquidity, and consult independent sources regarding these factors. APMEX does not guarantee that any client will be able to sell Precious Metals at the original purchase price or a higher price in the future.

APMEX is not responsible for any changes in tax laws or other statutes which may affect any profit or salability of your coins or currency.


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What People Are Saying

Great Lower mintage coin & good value. Bought 100 of the 2016 Kookaburras. Each arrived in individual plastic holder. Great looking coin in mint condition. Very happy with this order and really all the coins I've ordered from APMEX.
Matthew from Illinois
I have ordered several kooks now and they have all been fantastic additions to my collection. Product arrived in an airtight case, and in sealed plastic flap. These are becoming one of my favorite coins to collect.
TC from Indiana

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