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.
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."
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.
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.