The Perth Mint has launched the first Australian Kookaburra coin ever offered in high relief. The one ounce 99.9% pure silver coin is struck in proof quality with a limited mintage of only 10,000.
The reverse design of the coin portrays a kookaburra perched on a tree branch with gum leaves. This native Australian bird is known for its unmistakeable call, which sounds like human laughter. Reverse inscriptions include “Australian Kookaburra”, “2012 1 oz 999 Silver” and the “P” mint mark for the Perth Mint.
On the obverse of the coin is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The inscriptions indicated the denomination “1 Dollar”, “Elizabeth II”, and “Australia.
Both the obverse and reverse are rendered in high relief, minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die. The coins have a diameter of 32.60 mm and maximum thickness of 6.00 mm. Each coin is housed in a presentation case with a custom designed shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
For additional information and ordering, please visit the Perth Mint product page.
The Perth Mint has previously released 2012 Silver Kookaburra bullion coins featuring the same design as the new high relief offering. The bullion coins are available in 1 kilo, 10 ounce, and 1 ounce sizes, with a mintage limit of 500,000 coins for the one ounce size.
Previous high relief silver proof offerings of the Perth Mint have included Silver Kangaroo coins in 2010 and 2011, and the high relief 2012 Year of the Dragon. In July, the 2012 High Relief Silver Kangaroo is scheduled for release.