Australian Silver Kookaburra

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Silver Kookaburra
Australia
Value1 Dollar (face value)
Mass31.1 g (1.0 troy oz)
Diameter40.6 mm (1.52 in)
Thickness2.98 mm (0.117 in)
EdgeReeded slanted left
Composition99.99% Ag
Years of minting1990-present
Obverse
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DesignQueen Elizabeth II
DesignerJody Clark
Design date2015
Reverse
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DesignA kookaburra at sunset
DesignerAleysha Howart
Design date2018

The Silver Kookaburra is a silver bullion coin originating from Australia, and produced at the Perth Mint starting in 1990. The coins were .999 fine silver until the 2018 edition, which increased in purity to .9999 silver. While the obverse of the coin always depicts Queen Elizabeth II, the reverse side changes every year, always featuring a kookaburra, a bird native to Australia. Due to the yearly design change and limited production of the one-ounce coins, they have higher collectible value than some other bullion coins. The Perth Mint generally ships the coins in individual plastic capsules. One-ounce coins ship in shrink wrap rolls of 20, with 5 rolls in each box of 100. They are minted in four sizes; 1000g, 10, 2 and 1 troy ounces.

To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the kookaburra coin, the 2015 coin features the same image of the kookaburra as the original 1990 coin. To differentiate the 1990 and 2015 coins the date on the reverse reads 1990-2015 and 2015 has been added to the obverse. The 2015 coin had a release date of September 1, 2014.[1]

Specifications[edit]

Specifications[2]
Weight
(troy oz)
Weight
(grams)
Face Value Diameter
(mm)
Thickness
(mm)
1002.50 AU$30 101.00 14.60
10 312.35 AU$10 75.50 8.70
2 62.77 AU$2 50.30 4.50
1 31.14 AU$1 40.60 2.98

One Ounce History[edit]

The maximum mintage of the one troy ounce coin is capped, while the others have unlimited mintage based on demand. Perth Mint originally intended to expand the 2013 mintage to one million coins, however, they later reduced this number to 500,000 and declared that future years would continue to be limited to this amount.[3] In addition to the annual design change, there is also a design change between the bullion and proof versions of the coin each year. No proof coins were minted between 2006-2011; however, there was a 1-ounce silver proof Kookaburra colored coin struck in 2012 for the Discover Australia coin series. Since 2012, the proof coin has been struck in high relief only.

Special editions such as privy marked, colored, and gilded are often available.

Mintages for
standard bullion and proof coins
Year Bullion mintage[4] Proof mintage[5]
1990 300,000 21,671
1991 300,000 6,673
1992 219,694 6,766
1993 300,000 5,121
1994 174,561 2,500
1995 154,247 3,000
1996 300,000 3,500
1997 159,497 2,466
1998 103,119 2,114
1999 109,364 1,646
2000 104,169 2,583
2001 169,265 3,241
2002 91,604 1,733
2003 109,439 1,571
2004 84,455 1,446
2005 95,145 2,346
2006 87,044 -
2007 213,436 -
2008 300,000 -
2009 300,000 -
2010 300,000 -
2011 500,000 -
2012 500,000 10,000
2013 500,000 5,378
2014 500,000 2,550
2015 500,000 8,000
2016 500,000 2,401
2017 406,265 2,845
2018 243,740 1,935
2019 126,812
Mintages for privy marked and special releases[6][7]
Year Privy Mark Particularity Mintage
1992 Eagle Proof coins only 750
1993 Sydney Opera House Proof coins only 15,000
1994 Team Australia - Commonwealth Games 15,000
1995 Panda Gilded privy 10,000
1996 Panda Gilded privy 15,000
Tricentennial naming of the Swan River 5,000
Eiffel Tower (France) 5,000
Brandenburg Gate (Germany) 5,000
Tower Bridge (Great Britain) 5,000
Colossus of Rhodes (Greece) 5,000
The Hague (Netherlands) 5,000
Goya's La Maja desnuda Gilded privy 2,500
Basler stab 2,500
Date on edge of coin Date and serial number 1,500
1997 Dragon Gilded privy 20,000
Phoenix Gilded privy 20,000
Panda Gilded privy 15,000
Little Mermaid (Denmark) 5,000
Elk (Finland) 5,000
Roman Colosseum (Italy) 5,000
Windmill (Netherlands) 5,000
Monument of the Discoveries (Portugal) 5,000
Utrecht Coat of Arms 2,500
Zurich Coat of Arms 2,500
Japanese Golden Yen Gilded privy 2,500
Thomas Edison Gilded privy 2,500
1998 St. Stephen's Cathedral (Austria) 5,000
Celtic harp (Ireland) 5,000
Schuman Building (Luxembourg) 5,000
Alhambra palace (Spain) 5,000
Vasa warship (Sweden) 5,000
1999 1999 Australian Gold Sovereign coin Gilded privy 5,000
Austrian 20 Schilling 5,000
Belgian 50 Frank 5,000
Finnish 1 Markka 5,000
French 5 Francs 5,000
German 1 Mark 5,000
Irish 1 Punt 5,000
Italian 1000 Lire 5,000
Luxembourg 50 Francs 5,000
Netherlands 1 Gulden 5,000
Portuguese 50 Escudo 5,000
Spanish 100 Pesetas 5,000
Australian 1919 square penny 3,500
16th century Japanese Koban coin Gilded privy 2,500
2001 Commonwealth Star Gilded privy 10,000
Santa Claus Colored privy 1,000
2002 US Flag Colored privy 18,496
2004 Gilded kookaburras 10,000
2005 Zodiac (12 coins total) 5,000
(for each month)
2007 Gilded kookaburra 10,000
2012 Lunar calendar dragon 64,989
2013 Lunar snake 50,000
Fabulous 15 7,600
2014 Lunar horse 50,000
Fabulous 15 7,000
2015 Lunar goat 50,000
Fabulous 15 7,350
2016 Lunar monkey 50,000
Fabulous 15 5,252
2017 Lunar Rooster 50,000
Panda 8,000
Shark 31,482
2018 Lunar dog 50,000
Panda 8,000
Fabulous 15 4,805

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
  • 2020 Standard Catalog of World Coins - 1901–2000, 47th Edition, publication date 2019, Krause Publications, ISBN 978-1-4402-4896-2
  • 2020 Standard Catalog of World Coins - 2001–Date, 14th Edition, publication date 2019, Krause Publications, ISBN 978-1-4402-4897-9
Specific
  1. ^ "Unveiled - The 2015 Australian Bullion Coin Program". Perth Mint Bullion Blog. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
  2. ^ "Kookaburra". bullionweb.de. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  3. ^ Currie, Ron (30 April 2013). "1oz Australian Kookaburra Mintage Declared At 500,000". Perth Mint Bullion Blog. Retrieved 16 May 2014. ...the mintage of this year's release has been declared at 500,000. For consistency going forward, ... the maximum mintage of 500,000 will be applied to all future 1oz Kookaburra releases.
  4. ^ "The Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series" (PDF). Perth Mint. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Numismatic mintages". Perth Mint. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Australian Silver Bullion Privy Coin" (PDF). Perth Mint. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
  7. ^ "Silver Kookaburra - Privy Mark". bullionweb.de. Retrieved 21 February 2020.