The Perth Mint has announced the September 1, 2011 worldwide release date for the 2012 Silver Kookaburra bullion coins. These 99.9% pure silver coins will be available in 1 kilo, 10 ounce, and 1 ounce sizes.
The Kookaburra is best known for its call, which sounds like human laughter. The Perth Mint has issued silver coins featuring the Australian bird since 1990, with a new reverse design prepared for each year of release.
The latest design features the Kookaburra perched on a tree branch amid eucalypt leaves. The inscriptions read “Australian Kookaburra”, “2012”, the bullion weight, and “999 silver”. The Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark is also incorporated. On the obverse is a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions “Elizabeth II”, “Australia”, and the legal tender face value.
A mintage limit of 500,000 coins applies to the one ounce size. There are no mintage limits for the 10 ounce and 1 kilo sized coins. All Silver Kookaburra coins are issued in protective acrylic capsules.