Kookaburra Silver Coins
Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins from the Perth Mint
One of the most collectible silver coin series in the world, the Kookaburra Silver coins are known for their beautiful designs and rarity. The fact that they are minted by the Perth Mint, a name that is now synonymous with high-quality and elegant bullion silver and gold coins, coupled with annual design variations makes these coins one of the most desired coin series in the world.
Established as a branch of the Royal Mint in London, the Perth Mint is now wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia and is responsible for minting Australia’s legal tender coins in conjunction with the Royal Australian Mint. Although the Perth Mint was originally set up to manufacture gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns, it is now a well-known gold and silver bullion producer that is known for making fine precious metal products such as coins, bars, and medals. In fact, till the year 2000, the Perth Mint had refined a massive 4500 tons of gold, which was just over 3% of all gold refined by man.
Collectors with an interest in Australian coins eagerly await every release of this series of coins due to the limited mintages that allow only a maximum of 500,000 coins (since 2011) to be minted and released by the Perth Mint. The Kookaburra Silver coins are minted in 4 weights of Silver, coins containing 1 troy ounce, 2 troy ounces, 10 troy ounces and one kilo of Silver are the variants released annually.
Every coin release in the Kookaburra Silver coin series features an image of the famed Kookaburra on the reverse of the coins, a majestic bird native and exclusive to the Australian continent; this is what gives the coin its name. It is a terrestrial tree kingfisher, which has a distinctive and loud call that sounds eerily similar to echoing human laughter. Although they are classified under the ‘Kingfisher’ category, they are not generally associated with water – humid forest areas and arid savannah regions are their habitats of choice.
Keeping in line with all other legal tender in the country, these coins, being Australian legal currency, portray the renowned Ian Rank-Broadley image of Queen Elizabeth II. This regal portrait is enclosed within a ring containing the words ‘Elizabeth II,’ ‘Australia,’ and the face value of the coin in question (these values range from 1 Dollar to 30 Dollars).
These coins are valued for their imagery and collectability rather than the silver it contains and is a brilliant product for both investors and Perth Mint silver coin collectors. Investors stand to reap the benefits of its annual appreciation due to the limited mintage, while coin collectors will be able to complete their collections without missing out on a single coin from the Kookaburra series.
These coins add diversity to precious metal portfolios by bringing collectible value to the table in addition to the precious metal value. Moreover, they make a thoughtful gift for someone who loves the rich wildlife of the Australian continent, as these coins display one of the unique and beloved Denizens of Wild Australia.