Thursday, August 16, 2012

Australian Outback 2012 Coloured Kangaroo, Koala and Kookaburra 1/2 Ounce Silver Coin Collection - Perth Mint

Australian Outback 2012 Coloured Silver Coin Collection at The Perth Mint, featuring:
  • Original 2012 Kangaroo, Koala & Kookaburra Designs
  • 99.9% Pure Silver
  • Limited Release – 5,000
  • Australian Legal Tender
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • Presentation Packaging
The kangaroo, koala and kookaburra are the most iconic of Australia’s fauna. For the first time, all three designs are being offered in a prestigious and highly collectable three-coin presentation.

The kangaroo represents Australia all around the world. This magnificent creature is designed to hop great distances required for survival in the outback, where water and vegetation can sometimes be scarce. The kangaroo also comes with a ready-made pouch so that it can carry and nurture its young while on the move.

Like the kangaroo, the koala symbolises all things Australian. Often thought to be a member of the bear family, the koala is really a marsupial, with a pouch for its young. In the outback, this wonderful creature has adapted to the country’s extreme conditions by spending its life in trees and feeding on eucalypt leaves. It’s a little known fact that the koala’s fingerprints are remarkably similar to those of human beings.

The Australian kookaburra is world-renowned for its laughing call, which can be heard usually at sunrise and sunset. The eerie laughing has found its way into popular culture, which makes this bird even more unique. Related to the kingfisher family, the extraordinary kookaburra is actually a carnivore and extremely territorial.
The sound of kookaburras singing in a dawn chorus, in the Australian outback, is a truly incredible experience.

Original 2012 Kangaroo, Koala and Kookaburra Designs

The kangaroo coin’s reverse portrays a coloured image of a kangaroo set against a bush scene and windmill. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO.

The koala coin's reverse depicts a coloured image of an adult koala sleeping on the branch of a eucalyptus tree. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KOALA.

The kookaburra coin’s reverse portrays a coloured image of a kookaburra perched on a tree branch with gum leaves. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA.

The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the 2012 year-date are also included on each coin’s reverse design.

99.9% Pure Silver

Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in specimen quality.

Limited Release

No more than 5,000 of these 1/2oz three-coin collections will be released.

Australian Legal Tender

Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin’s obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.

Presentation Packaging

This three-coin collection is presented in a prestigious display case with an illustrated shipper and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.