2013 Didgeridoo Coins Second in Land Down Under Series

by Darrin Lee Unser on April 1, 2013 · 4 comments

2013 Didgeridoo 1/4 oz Gold Proof Coins and 2013 Didgeridoo 1 oz Silver Proof Coins mark the second designs under the Perth Mint of Australia’s one-year "Land Down Under" series.

2013 Didgeridoo Gold and Silver Coins

2013 Didgeridoo Gold and Silver Coins

Struck from either 99.99% pure gold or 99.9% pure silver, the reverse of each coin features a didgeridoo as a centerpiece.

"The didgeridoo is a wind instrument sometimes described as a wooden trumpet or pipe," describes the Perth Mint. "It was first used by Indigenous Australians in ancient times, although the exact age of the instrument is not documented."

2013 Didgeridoo 1 oz Silver Proof Coin

2013 Didgeridoo 1 oz Silver Proof Coin

Coins of the "Land Down Under" series portray reverse designs showcasing Australia’s culture, lifestyle and landmarks. Previously issued under the series were gold and silver Sydney Opera House coins. Yet to be released are designs emblematic of Captain Cook and surfing.

As for the Didgeridoo coins, their reverse was created by Perth Mint artist Tom Vaughan. The scene shows an Australian playing the didgeridoo.

On the silver coin’s reverse, the person is shown against a colorful backdrop of a mountain scene at sunset, framed in the shape of the Australian continent. Reverse inscriptions include THE LAND DOWN UNDER and 1 oz 999 SILVER.

2013 Didgeridoo 1 oz Gold Proof Coin

2013 Didgeridoo 1 oz Gold Proof Coin

The gold coin’s reverse depicts an individual playing the didgeridoo in an outback bush setting. Inscriptions read THE LAND DOWN UNDER and 1/4 oz 9999 GOLD.

Both Didgeridoo coins have an obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley. Inscriptions read ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 2013 and the legal tender face value of 25 DOLLARS for the gold coin or 1 DOLLAR for the silver.

Mintages are capped at 1,000 for the gold coin and 5,000 for the silver coin.

An Australian map-shaped latex case is included with each purchase along with a numbered certificate of authenticity and an illustrated shipper.

Both Land Down Under Didgeridoo coins may be ordered directly from the Perth Mint. Current pricing is shown as AUS $690.00 for the gold coin and AUS $94.55 for the silver. Pricing is subject to change based on the precious metal market. The coins may be ordered directly from The Perth Mint website at www.perthmint.com.au.

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Jeffrey April 2, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Did they mention ANYTHING about the Aborigines getting any percentage from the sale of these coins? Cause I didn’t read that part. Just more of the government using history they tried to destroy to help them make money. I will NOT be purchasing these.

Mike April 2, 2013 at 7:17 pm

They make very nice very expensive coins.

cherie April 7, 2013 at 9:11 am

I believe the Australians (Aboriginals) are a wonderful People rather then saying do they get money for the sale of the coins I don’t know I thought it was showing the fascinating Didgeridoo an instrument unigue to the Aboriginals
Many People and events are depicted on Coins issued by RAM..
They mark significant events People and Structures Wars and Celebrations.
I see this coin being a part of that.

C. C. COUNTS September 27, 2013 at 7:24 pm

THE QUARTER OUNCE GOLD DIDGERIDOO IS A BEAUTIFUL COIN AND I WOULD SUGGEST THAT THE ROYAL MINT SHOULD CONSIDER MAKING THE DIDGERIDOO GOLD COIN IN 1 OUNCE. 1/2 OUNCE, ONE TENTH OUNCE AND ONE TWENTIETH OUNCE SIZES.

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