The Perth Mint has launched the 2014 Australian Kookaburra High Relief Silver Proof Coin. This limited mintage offering is struck in high relief on concave surfaces for a stunning display of the original artistry.
Kookaburras are terrestrial tree kingfishers native to Australia and New Guinea. The birds are best known for their loud call, which sounds like echoing human laughter. The Perth Mint has issued silver bullion coins featuring the kookaburra since 1990, with a new reverse design created annually. A limited mintage high relief silver proof version has been offered since 2012.
The reverse design for this year’s coin features a depiction of a kookaburra sitting on a tree branch and surrounded by gum leaves. The inscriptions include “Australian Kookaburra” and “2014 1oz 999 Silver”. The obverse design features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions “Elizabeth II”, “Australia”, and “1 Dollar”.
Both the obverse and reverse designs are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum metal flow is achieved by the strike of the die.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver with a diameter of 32.60 mm and thickness of 6.00 mm.
The coins come in a presentation case with an illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. No more than 9,000 coins will be released in this packaging from an overall maximum mintage of 10,000.
For more information on this and other new releases from the Perth Mint, please visit the recent releases section of their website.