Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin

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The Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin has appeared annually from the Perth Mint of Australia since 1990 and has garnered a loyal following of collectors and investors in that twenty-plus year period. The 2013 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin was released on September 3, 2012.

Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin

Not only do individuals seek the coins for their 99.9% pure silver content, but also because the Perth Mint changes the reverse design on an annual basis.

Each reverse is based on the Kookaburra bird, native to Australia and nearby New Guinea. The birds are classified as terrestrial kingfishers and are probably best known for their unmistakable call described as echoing human laughter.

Some of the more recent Kookaburra Coins are described below:

The Perth Mint produces each Kookaburra silver bullion coin as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. The 1kg coin has a face value of $30, the 10 ounce strike is $10, the 2 ounce coin has a face value of $2 and the ounce is $1.

Literally hundreds of thousands of these coins have been sold by the Perth Mint since first introduced. However, the most popular by far is the one ounce Kookaburra. The smallest of the Kookaburras has had an annual mintage in place of 300,000 since first introduced, whereas the larger strikes have no mintage cap in place.

The chart below shows the final mintage as indicated by the Perth Mint for the one-ounce Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coin:

1990 300,000
1991 283,766
1992 198,356
1993 180,473
1994 164,327
1995 134,535
1996 146,642
1997 149,219
1998 92,902
1999 104,433
2000 99,388
2001 164,480
2002 81,160
2003 93,596
2004 79,732
2005 84,448
2006 76,943
2007 202,506
2008 300,000
2009 300,000
2010 300,000
2011 500,000
2012 500,000
2012 TBD


*These figures were last updated by the Mint on April 13, 2012.

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