Silver Kookaburra

Silver Kookaburra Coin

The Silver Kookaburra coin was first minted and issued back in 1990 by the Australian Perth Mint, and since it released it has become one of the most popular annually released silver bullion coins released by the mint. With its annually changing kookaburra bird designs the released coins have proven themselves popular with collectors eagerly awaiting the latest coin design release.

Kookaburra coins are released in a number of different weights and sizes and finishes, from the humble 1oz coin to the much larger and vastly more expensive 1kilo sized Kookaburra. There are also silver proof and special edition privy marked coins released yearly.

Silver Kookaburra

Silver Kookaburra Coins

Silver Kookaburra Coin Designs

The design on the reverse side of each annually released Kookaburra bullion coin is different from the previous years, which makes the Kookaburra series very desirable for collectors want to add the newest design to there collections. Each Kookaburra design features the Australian Kookaburra bird which is a very large terrestrial kingfisher native to Australia and New Guinea. The observe side of the Kookaburra has the portrait design of Queen Elizabeth II upon it, this design is by the mint engraver Ian Rank Broadley.

Every Silver Kookaburra bullion coin has like all other bullion coins released by the Perth Mint a .999 fine silver content. Another factor for their popularity is the limited mintage figures when released, since their introduction in 1990, the Perth Mint has had a mintage cap of 300,000 for their 1oz coins (which has risen to 500,000 since 2011). There is no mintage cap in place for the larger sized Kookaburra coin releases.

 

Kookaburra Coin Varieties

Kookaburra coins have been released in many different varieties, apart from the usual different sizes and weights, the Kookaburra  has been released in a silver proof coin, a gilded silver coin and many varieties of privy marked coins. The kookaburra is the flagship coin program for the Australian Perth Mint.

These Silver Kookaburra issued as legal tender under the 1965 Australian Currency Act.

 

Kookaburra Mintage Figures

Year1oz Coin2oz Coin10oz Coin1kg Coin1oz Proof1oz Gilded
1990105,000
21,671
1991300,000
6,673
1992300,000
7,766
1993300,000
5,121
1994300,000
2,500
1995300,000
3,000
1996300,000
3,500
1997300,000
3,500
1998300,000
2,500
1999300,000
2,500
2000300,000
3,000
2001300,000
350
5,000
2002300,000
350
5,000
2003300,000
350
5,000
2004300,000
8005,000
15,000
2005300,000
5,000
10,000
2006300,000
5,000
10,000
2007300,000
5,000
10,000
2008300,000
5,000
3,000
2009350,000
5,000
2010350,000
5,000
2011500,000
5,000
2012500,000
5,000
2013500,000
5,000
2014

Kookaburra Coin Specifications

TYPEWEIGHTDIAMETERTHICKNESSFACE VALUE
1 oz31.135 g40.60 mm4.00 mmA$ 1
10 oz312.347 g75.50 mm8.70 mmA$ 10
1 kg1002.502 g101 mm14.60 mmA$ 30

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