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1 oz. Silver Kangaroo
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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.

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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 mintage 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 Silver Kangaroo portrays the profile of her majesty Queen Elizabeth II, by designer Jody Clark, his initials "JC" can be found on the Queen's shoulder.

Jody Clark’s 2015 depiction of the Queen shows her at the age of 89 wearing the George IV State Diadem Crown on her head.

Inscribed at the top of the 2023's Silver Kangaroo's obverse side shows the the dates 1952-2022, which represents the duration of Queen Elizabeth II's reign.

"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 image provided courtesy of The Perth Mint


The reverse of the 1oz. (troy) Silver Kangaroo depict the classic artistry of a bounding Red Kangaroo surrounded by rays of sunlight.

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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 KANGAROO.

The silver bullion coin has a reeded edge.

 Reverse Coin image provided courtesy of The Perth Mint

Security 'Authentication' Feature
Silver Australian Kangaroo

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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.

Australian Kangaroo Heading


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.

Click here and here to see examples of the 2017's 'A' placement 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.

The 2015 Silver Kangaroo
Bullion Coin

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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.

In addition, only 300,000 of the 2015-dated kangaroos were minted by Perth on BPM’s behalf and, perhaps most interestingly, the coins were held back from sale by BPM since last year and were offered only this past May exclusively on eBay, with the first sales recorded on May 10.

As for the physical differences between the 2015 and 2016 issues, the 2015 coins have a silver purity of three nines rather than four and they have a different finish (frosted or matte rather than brilliant). There are also design elements–small wavy lines that circle around the outer edge of the design are present on both the obverse and reverse of the 2016 coin–that do not appear on the 2015 issue. Instead, the relevant area is blank and frosted."

See the full article here >>> The Coin Analyst: Australian Silver Kangaroo Series Began in 2015, Not 2016 - CoinWeek

Australian 1 oz. Silver Kangaroo
Coin Information


Ofcl. Coin Name..."Australian Kangaroo"

IRA Approved:......Yes


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)

Diameter:............40.60 mm

Thickness:............2.98 mm

Designers:............Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse) (2015-2018)

Designers:............Jody Clark (obverse) (2019 - Present)

Mint Mark:............Yes ('P' - The Perth Mint)


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*Limited Edition bullion coin

*2015........300,000...........300,000.........Red Kangaroo

2016......11,245,615..........unlimited........Red Kangaroo

2017.........5,178,016.........unlimited........Red Kangaroo

2018.........4,395,517.........unlimited.........Red Kangaroo

2019.........5,650,501.........unlimited.........Red Kangaroo

2020.........13,169,939.........unlimited.......Red Kangaroo

2021.........11,735,394.........unlimited.......Red Kangaroo

2022.........1,980,440.........unlimited.......Red Kangaroo

2023.........TBA.................unlimited.......Red Kangaroo

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Mintage figures were last updated on 3/24/23

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