1990-2015 Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Designs

by Darrin Lee Unser on October 21, 2014 · 3 comments

In 1990, the Perth Mint introduced Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coins, a 99.9% pure silver series that would become one of the world’s most popular by featuring annually changing Kookaburra reverses.

2015 Australian Kookaburra 1 Oz Silver Bullion Coin

A portrait of Queen Elizabeth II graces the obverse of all Kookaburra silver coins. The 2015 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin features the original reverse design from 1990.

To celebrate 25 years of coins, the 2015 Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coin features the original design from 1990. It showcases an adult kookaburra sitting on a tree stump surrounded by eucalyptus leaves and a fern. A dual date of 1990-2015 is inscribed around the scene which differentiates it from its classic 1990 counterpart. Other inscriptions include THE AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA and 1 OZ. 999 SILVER.

A graphic published by the Perth Mint, which is embedded directly below, shows designs on each of the 26 coins issued since 1990.

Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Designs from 1990 to 2015

Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Designs from 1990 to 2015

Kookaburra silver bullion coins are a favorite of investors and collectors who seek them out because of their annually changing designs and limited mintages. The table below shows the maximum and declared mintages for the one-ounce Kookaburra coins.

Australia Kookaburra Silver Bullion Mintages

Year Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
1990 300,000 300,000
1991 300,000 300,000
1992 300,000 219,964
1993 300,000 190,581
1994 300,000 174,561
1995 300,000 154,247
1996 300,000 170,105
1997 300,000 159,497
1998 300,000 103,119
1999 300,000 109,364
2000 300,000 104,169
2001 300,000 169,265
2002 300,000 91,604
2003 300,000 109,439
2004 300,000 84,455
2005 300,000 95,145
2006 300,000 87,044
2007 300,000 213,436
2008 300,000 300,000
2009 300,000 300,000
2010 300,000 300,000
2011 500,000 500,000
2012 500,000 500,000
2013 500,000 500,000
2014 500,000 500,000*

 

*The Perth Mint indicated a sell-out of the 2014 Australian Kookaburra 1oz silver bullion coins on Dec. 31, 2013.

Throughout the years, the Perth Mint has also issued special numismatic versions along with three different sized bullion coins — 1 kilogram coins, ten ounce coins and two ounce coins.

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SalivateMetal October 21, 2014 at 8:46 am

This is a wonderful series. I don’t have them for every year. But, I did purchase and filmed an unboxing for all three sizes of the 25th Anniversarry coins. I wish they produced the 2 ounce versions of these.

Jesse October 21, 2014 at 10:26 am

Great series! Nice video Salivate!

Jamil October 22, 2014 at 1:07 pm

Salivate love your videos! Please feature Kitty more! 🙂

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