Perth Mint Unveils 2010 Australian Silver Bullion Coins: Kookaburra, Koala, Lunar Tiger

by Darrin Lee Unser on September 7, 2009 · 1 comment

The Perth Mint has unveiled its 2010 Silver Bullion Coin Program. Recognized throughout the world for their superior quality, superb artistry and Government guarantee of weight and purity, these magnificent pure silver coins are welcomed annually by both investors and collectors.

2010 Australian Silver Bullion Coins: Kookaburra, Koala, Lunar Tiger

The Mint’s 2010 offerings include: Australian Kookaburra Silver Coin Series, Australian Koala Silver Coin Series and the Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series. Each coin is composed of 99.9% pure silver with its purity and weight guaranteed by the Australian Government. Additionally, these coins are considered legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965.

The following described silver coins will be available worldwide through The Perth Mint Web site, or through its authorized distributors and coin dealers:

2010 Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins Series

The Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins were first issued in 1990 and have been featuring a new design of the laughing kookaburra annually since. Indigenous to Australia, these birds produce a call similar to human laughter which can be quite surprising to those not expecting it.

2010 Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins

The reverse design features a laughing kookaburra perched on a large branch facing to the right. Over the bird are the words ‘Australian Kookaburra’ while underneath is ‘2010,’ the coins size and ‘999 Silver.’

Surrounding the Ian Rank-Broadley image of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse is ‘Elizabeth II,’ ‘Australia’ and the denomination of the coin.

Only three sizes are available for the kookaburra silver: 1 kilo, 10 oz and 1 oz.

2010 Australian Koala Silver Coins Series

First introduced in silver in 2007, the Australian Koala Silver Coin Series has quickly become a favorite around the world. The furry marsupial is native to Australia and has quickly become iconic of the country.

2010 Australian Koala Silver Coins

The obverse contains a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with ‘Elizabeth II,’ ‘Australia,’ ‘2010’ and the denomination surrounding her.

The reverse portrays a koala sitting on a branch eating eucalyptus leaves. Underneath the animal is the size of the coin and ‘999 Silver.’

No mintage limit has been set for any of the Koala Coins which are available in four different sizes.

The Perth Mint offers the 1 oz Koala directly online while the other sizes are available through their distribution and coin dealer network. The 1 oz size is priced at $34.55 AUS or ~$30 US (changes daily based on exchange rates).

To order, visit The Perth Mint page (and CoinNews affiliate link):


2010 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Coin

2010 Australian Lunar Tiger Silver Coins Series

Portraying the Year of the Tiger, the Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series for 2010 is available in a staggering seven different sizes. Each year for twelve consecutive years, a different animal from the Chinese Calendar is featured on the reverse of this series of coins.

2010 Australian Lunar Tiger Silver Coins

The silver lunar coins were first introduced in 1999 by The Perth Mint which has since produced twelve different coins utilizing all of the Chinese calendar images. Consequently, the 2010 coin is considered part of the Series II set.

With an image of a sitting tiger on their reverse, the Lunar Silver Coins also contain the inscription ‘Year of the Tiger.’ The other animals on the Chinese calendar to be featured other years are a rat, ox, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep or goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig or boar.

The obverse’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II also shows the inscriptions ‘Elizabeth II,’ ‘Australia,’ ‘2010,’ ‘999 Silver,’ the size and the face value.

With the exception of the 1 kilo and the 1 oz size coins, there is no mintage limit established for this series. The 1 kilo coin will have a maximum of 500 units struck while the 1 oz coins will be limited to 300,000.

The Perth Mint also offers collector proof versions in 1 kilo, 1 oz and a 3-coin set, which includes the 2 oz, 1 oz and 1/2 oz sizes. To order these from around the world, visit The Perth Mint page (and CoinNews affiliate link):


Australian Lunar Series II 2010 Year of the Tiger Silver Proof Coin

 

2010 Australian Silver Bullion Coin Specifications

Size
Silver (Troy oz)

Face Value (AUD)

Gross Weight (gms)
Maximum Diameter (mm)
Maximum Thickness (mm)
Mintage Limits

Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coins
1 kilo
32.151
30
1,001.002
100.60
14.60
unlimited
10 oz
10
10
311.347
75.60
8.70
unlimited
1 oz
1
1
31.135
40.60
4.00
300,000

Koala Silver Bullion Coins
1 kilo
32.151
30
1,001.002
100.60
14.60
unlimited
10 oz
10
10
311.347
75.60
8.70
unlimited
1 oz
1
1
31.135
40.60
4.00
unlimited
1/2 oz
.5
.50
15.573
36.60
2.30
unlimited

Lunar Tiger Silver Bullion Coins
10 kilo
321.510
300
10,009.000
221.00
33.00
500
1 kilo
32.151
30
1,003.002
100.60
14.60
unlimited
1/2 kilo
16.076
15
502.500
100.60
7.40
unlimited
10 oz
10
10
312.347
85.60
6.60
unlimited
5 oz
5
5
156.673
65.60
5.80
unlimited
2 oz
2
2
62.270
55.60
3.60
unlimited
1 oz
1
1
31.135
45.60
2.60
300,000
1/2 oz
.5
.50
15.573
36.60
2.30
unlimited

 

About the Perth Mint

The Perth Mint, wholly-owned by the State Government of Western Australia, is the official issuer of the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. The Mint opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie.  It was Australia’s third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint – the others being the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint (both closed).

The Perth Mint remained under Britain’s jurisdiction until 1 July 1970, when ownership transferred to the State Government of Western Australia. 

In 2003, The Perth Mint officially opened an 8,400 square metre state-of-the-art manufacturing facility next door to its original limestone building.  Dominating the Mint’s heritage precinct, these two important buildings are powerful symbols of more than 100 years of minting excellence in Western Australia.

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Thomas Sylvester April 15, 2011 at 8:04 pm

I looking for a 10 oz. and or a kilo silver lunar dragon or snake .
Thanks!
Thomas

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