The 32.15 oz Kookaburra (also known as the Kilo Kookaburra) is one the largest silver coins minted regularly by a national government in the world, and for that reason it is an undeniable favorite among collector’s of semi-numismatic silver coins.
The Kilo Kookaburra is minted in 32.15 troy ounces of 99.9% fine silver and is popular for its beautiful, artists’ grade finish. Each coin comes enclosed in a plastic air tight case and bears a stunning near-lifesize image of the Kookaburra, a native bird of eastern mainland Australia and Australia’s head of State, dignity Queen Elizabeth II, on the reverse side of the Kilogram Kookaburra.
Kookaburras are the world’s largest Kingfisher, with a body length nearing 1/2 meter. They are known as “laughing jackasses” because of their chattering calls and they form communities within Eastern and Southern Australia.
Silver Purity: 999 Fine Silver
Weight: 1 Kg (32.15 troy Oz)
Face Value: $30
Diameter: 101 mm
Refiner: Perth Mint (Perth, Australia)
Specifications for 2013 Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins
|Size||1 Kilo||10 oz||1 oz|
|Silver Content||32.151 Troy oz||10 Troy oz||1 Troy oz|
|Face Value||$30 AUS||$10 AUS||$1 AUS|
|Minimum Gross Weight||1,001.002 gms||311.347 gms||31.135 gms|
|Maximum Diameter||100.60 mm||75.60 mm||40.60 mm|
|Maximum Thickness||14.60 mm||8.70 mm||4.00 mm|
Considered the flagship coin series of the Perth Mint, silver Kookaburras were first introduced in 1990. This Kilogram silver semi-numismatic coin stands out in a league of its own.
The Kilogram Australian Kookaburra is probably best known of all the Australian silver coins on the market today. The Australian Silver Kookaburra was first released by the Perth Mint in 1990. These silver semi-numismatic coins have been a major hit with collectors, and oftentimes they are minted in limited numbers.
The Australian Silver Kookaburra has been minted in various bullion types and sizes. These silver bullion coins have been minted and released in proof finish, gild finish as well in many privy marked designs. These semi-numismatic silver coins are released in a number of weights and sizes, from the 1 oz silver semi-numismatic coin to the 1kg semi-numismatic weight.
The design of the Kookaburra on each Australian silver coin release changes year-to-year, thus making the silver Kookaburra a favorite collectible silver coin. The figures for mintage of the silver Kookaburra changes from year to year, but the usual yearly mintage is approximately 300,000 coins.The Silver Kookaburra Kilogram semi-numismatic silver coin are sought after by collectors, and a number of the earlier released coins carry very high premiums over the silver price.
Presently, the series has 23 coins in its collection, each with a unique image of the most famous bird in Australia on the obverse. The obverse design changes annually; one reason the silver coins are appealing to both investors and collectors.
What’s even more interesting is that the reverse, which bears the image of Queen Elizabeth II, is set in a proof finish. The coins from 1990 to 1998 have the Queen Elizabeth sculpture of Raphael Maklouf, while the coins from 1999 to 2013 depict the sculpture of Ian Rank-Broadley.
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