In 2015, The Perth Mint released a limited edition version of the Australian 1oz. Silver Kangaroo Bullion Coin.
The 2015 bullion coin had a slightly different design and it had a silver purity of .999. ('Click here' to read more about the 2015 Silver Kangaroo, or scroll down the page.)
Then in 2016, The Perth Mint started the production of the unlimited mintage version of the Australian 1 oz. Silver Kangaroo Bullion Coin and it was made with a purity of .9999 silver.
The reverse side pays tribute to Australia's most recognizable and largest native terrestrial mammal; the Red Kangaroo.
The design of the silver bullion coin's reverse captures the mighty Red Kangaroo in their distinct bounding movement, inside the rays of the sun.
Since 1991, the same design has been depicted on the reverse side of the Australian 1-kilo. Gold Kangaroo bullion coin.
The 1oz. Silver Kangaroo bullion coin has become a favorite among investors and collectors alike.
The Perth Mint offers the bullion coin with an unlimited production mintage, unlike its other silver bullion coins that have limited mintages of under 1-million.
In its first year of production, The Perth Mint sold over 10-million Silver Kangaroo bullion coins.
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The obverse side displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initials "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.
"ELIZABETH II" is inscribed around the outer perimeter of the coin, along with "AUSTRALIA and the bullion coins face value of "1 DOLLAR."
Obverse Coin photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint
The reverse of both 1oz. Silver Kangaroo depict the classic artistry of a bounding red kangaroo surrounded by rays of sunlight.
Along the top of the coin are the words "AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO."
The silver bullion coin's 'year of issue,' weight of "1 OZ" and purity of "9999 SILVER" are inscribed along the bottom perimeter of the coin.
The Perth Mint's mint mark of 'P' is found in the outer perimeter, directly below the last 'O' in the coin's name.
The silver bullion coin has a reeded edge.
Reverse Coin photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint
The Perth Mint has added a new Security Authentication Feature to the Silver Kangaroo coin’s reverse side in the form of a micro-laser engraved "A" found within one of the "A's" in the coin’s AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO heading.
The letter can be detectable under a magnifying glass.
In 2016, it was specifically stated that the 'micro-laser engraved' 'A' would only be found in first 'A' of AUSTRALIAN.
In 2017, the Perth Mint mint stated that the 'A' would be found in the third 'A' in AUSTRALIAN.
For 2018, the Perth Mint's Marketing brochure states that the 'A' can be found "within the coin's AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO heading;" no specific 'A' was specified.
In 2016, after the introduction of the 'New' Australian Kangaroo Silver Bullion coin hit the market, a coin collector started reading post's in different coin forums that a 2015 version of the coin had been previously released.
'CoinWeek' investigated the matter and wrote the following about the coins:
"It turns out that the 2015 issue was produced at the initiative of eBay and Bay Precious Metals (BPM), a division of Coins ‘N’ Things, a U.S. Mint-Authorized Purchaser and the largest supplier of precious metal planchets to the United States Mint.
Ofcl. Coin Name..."Australian Kangaroo"
Face Value:..........$1 AUD
Silver Content:.....1 troy oz. (ozt.)
Total Weight:.......31.107 grams
Purity:.................99.9% / .999 (2015)
Purity:.................99.99% / .9999 (2016 - Present)
Designers:............Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse)
Mint Mark:............Yes ('P' - The Perth Mint)
TBA - To be announced
*Limited Edition bullion coin
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