The Perth Mint has released new silver 2022-dated collector editions of the Kangaroo coin annual series. First issued in 1989, the Australian Kangaroo coins are an iconic annual series portraying the country’s most recognised animal symbol. Kangaroos, indigenous to Australia, remain a curiosity for the way they hop on elongated hind legs and rear young joeys, kangaroo offspring in the female’s pouch. Tens of millions of kangaroos still inhabit diverse landscapes across the vast Australian continent with four commonly recognised breeds: The red kangaroo, the eastern grey kangaroo, the western grey kangaroo, and the antilopine kangaroo.
The two-ounce pure silver Kangaroo coin is the first Perth Mint release to feature reverse gilding, while the one-ounce silver coin is minted using a high-relief method adding extra depth to the raised surfaces of the design and benefiting from vivid colour overlays.
The reverse design, which is the work of artist Neil Hollis, is shared on both coins portraying a bounding kangaroo and its joey in colour ($1) or highlighted in reverse gold plating ($2). Other colourised elements in the design comprise a grassy plain with red soils, golden grasses, and hillocks on the horizon of the Australian outback. A stylised inscription of KANGAROO is shown in the upper-right along the rim with the coin’s weight, purity, and 2022 shown on the left. The Perth Mint’s P mintmark is seen just above the horizon line on the design to the lower-left.
Each coin’s obverse bears Jody Clark’s commonwealth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II. The denomination of 1 DOLLAR or 2 DOLLARS is placed under the Queen’s likeness.
|31.1 g||32.6 mm||Proof with applied colour||
|62.2 g||50.8 mm||Proof with gold plating||
Each coin is encapsulated and housed in a classic display case with a clear lid for display and is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity and illustrated outer protective box. For additional information about these and other coins available from the Perth Mint, please visit their website: