Australian Silver Kookaburra
The Silver Kookaburra is a silver bullion coin originating from Australia, and produced at the Perth Mint starting in 1990. The coins were .999 fine silver until the 2018 edition, which increased in purity to .9999 silver. While the obverse of the coin always depicts Queen Elizabeth II, the reverse side changes every year, always featuring a kookaburra, a bird native to Australia. Due to the yearly design change and limited production of the one-ounce coins, they have higher collectible value than some other bullion coins. The Perth Mint generally ships the coins in individual plastic capsules. One-ounce coins ship in shrink wrap rolls of 20, with 5 rolls in each box of 100. They are minted in four sizes; 1000g, 10, 2 and 1 troy ounces.
|Value||1 Dollar (face value)|
|Mass||31.1 g (1.0 troy oz)|
|Diameter||40.6 mm (1.52 in)|
|Thickness||2.98 mm (0.117 in)|
|Edge||Reeded slanted left|
|Years of minting||1990-present|
|Design||Queen Elizabeth II|
|Design||A kookaburra at sunset|
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the kookaburra coin, the 2015 coin features the same image of the kookaburra as the original 1990 coin. To differentiate the 1990 and 2015 coins the date on the reverse reads 1990-2015 and 2015 has been added to the obverse. The 2015 coin had a release date of September 1, 2014.
One Ounce HistoryEdit
The maximum mintage of the one troy ounce coin is capped, while the others have unlimited mintage based on demand. Perth Mint originally intended to expand the 2013 mintage to one million coins, however, they later reduced this number to 500,000 and declared that future years would continue to be limited to this amount. In addition to the annual design change, there is also a design change between the bullion and proof versions of the coin each year. No proof coins were minted between 2006-2011; however, there was a 1-ounce silver proof Kookaburra colored coin struck in 2012 for the Discover Australia coin series. Since 2012, the proof coin has been struck in high relief only.
|Year||Bullion mintage||Proof mintage|
|1992||Eagle||Proof coins only||750|
|1993||Sydney Opera House||Proof coins only||15,000|
|1994||Team Australia - Commonwealth Games||15,000|
|Tricentennial naming of the Swan River||5,000|
|Eiffel Tower (France)||5,000|
|Brandenburg Gate (Germany)||5,000|
|Tower Bridge (Great Britain)||5,000|
|Colossus of Rhodes (Greece)||5,000|
|The Hague (Netherlands)||5,000|
|Goya's La Maja desnuda||Gilded privy||2,500|
|Date on edge of coin||Date and serial number||1,500|
|Little Mermaid (Denmark)||5,000|
|Roman Colosseum (Italy)||5,000|
|Monument of the Discoveries (Portugal)||5,000|
|Utrecht Coat of Arms||2,500|
|Zurich Coat of Arms||2,500|
|Japanese Golden Yen||Gilded privy||2,500|
|Thomas Edison||Gilded privy||2,500|
|1998||St. Stephen's Cathedral (Austria)||5,000|
|Celtic harp (Ireland)||5,000|
|Schuman Building (Luxembourg)||5,000|
|Alhambra palace (Spain)||5,000|
|Vasa warship (Sweden)||5,000|
|1999||1999 Australian Gold Sovereign coin||Gilded privy||5,000|
|Austrian 20 Schilling||5,000|
|Belgian 50 Frank||5,000|
|Finnish 1 Markka||5,000|
|French 5 Francs||5,000|
|German 1 Mark||5,000|
|Irish 1 Punt||5,000|
|Italian 1000 Lire||5,000|
|Luxembourg 50 Francs||5,000|
|Netherlands 1 Gulden||5,000|
|Portuguese 50 Escudo||5,000|
|Spanish 100 Pesetas||5,000|
|Australian 1919 square penny||3,500|
|16th century Japanese Koban coin||Gilded privy||2,500|
|2001||Commonwealth Star||Gilded privy||10,000|
|Santa Claus||Colored privy||1,000|
|2002||US Flag||Colored privy||18,496|
|2005||Zodiac (12 coins total)||5,000|
(for each month)
|2012||Lunar calendar dragon||64,989|
- 2020 Standard Catalog of World Coins - 1901–2000, 47th Edition, publication date 2019, Krause Publications, ISBN 978-1-4402-4896-2
- 2020 Standard Catalog of World Coins - 2001–Date, 14th Edition, publication date 2019, Krause Publications, ISBN 978-1-4402-4897-9
- "Unveiled - The 2015 Australian Bullion Coin Program". Perth Mint Bullion Blog. 13 August 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "Kookaburra". bullionweb.de. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
- Currie, Ron (30 April 2013). "1oz Australian Kookaburra Mintage Declared At 500,000". Perth Mint Bullion Blog. Retrieved 16 May 2014.
...the mintage of this year's release has been declared at 500,000. For consistency going forward, ... the maximum mintage of 500,000 will be applied to all future 1oz Kookaburra releases.
- "The Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series" (PDF). Perth Mint. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
- "Numismatic mintages". Perth Mint. Retrieved 20 February 2020.
- "Australian Silver Bullion Privy Coin" (PDF). Perth Mint. Retrieved 21 February 2020.
- "Silver Kookaburra - Privy Mark". bullionweb.de. Retrieved 21 February 2020.