Silver Kangaroo

The Kangaroo is an animal synonymous with Australia.  The hopping marsupial is seen on the Australian Coat of Arms and is a global pop-culture icon.  Seen in movies, advertisements, and stories, the Kangaroo immediately comes to mind whenever someone mentions the island nation. The animal is so intricately linked to Australia that both country’s renowned Mints, the Perth Mint and the Royal Australian Mint, annually release Silver Kangaroo coins to the delight of collectors around the world. With a history of excellence, an assortment of sizes, a variety of finishes as well as high relief and gilded options available, from day one, Australian Silver Kangaroo coins have been synonymous with both excellence and the essential spirit of its issuing Nation. Keep reading to learn more about one of the most quintessentially Australian coins that you could add to your collection, the Silver Kangaroo.  

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The Kangaroo as a Symbol of Australia

The Kangaroo is a marsupial native to Australia. Featuring powerful, spring-like hind legs meant for leaping, a strong tail meant for balance, and a pouch meant for holding its young, the Kangaroo can grow over 6 feet tall. As mentioned above, the creature is indisputably tied to Australia, the only country that it inhabits naturally. It is a symbol of the Australian Nation and appears on the National Coat of Arms alongside an Emu.

The Perth Mint’s Silver Kangaroo Series

While the Kangaroo has appeared on circulating Australian coinage for years, the Perth Mint debuted its versions of the Silver Kangaroo for the first time in 1993 by releasing a gorgeous proof coin. To this day, the Perth Mint annually releases a Proof Silver Kangaroo that features limited mintages, and since 2010 has even been releasing a High Relief Proof Silver Kangaroo every year. These coins are twice as thick as normal Proof coins and take multiple strikes to fully capture all the details and depth of a design. High Relief coins are generally considered to be a Mint’s masterwork due to the difficulty in making them.  This difficulty also means that the mintage on the Silver Kangaroo High Relief is significantly lower than the regular Silver Kangaroo counterpart.  Each year, the mintage of these High Relief Silver Kangaroo coins is only 20,000. There are also some gilded variants that have slightly different designs than their non-gilded counterparts. 

In 2016, the Perth Mint began issuing an annual bullion Silver Kangaroo series that would compliment their existing Silver Kookaburra and Silver Koala series. Struck from 1 ounce of .9999 fine silver, these brilliant uncirculated Silver Kangaroos were a welcome addition to the annual Perth Bullion series that all honor various Australian fauna. The obverse of the Perth Mint Silver Kangaroo features whatever effigy of Queen Elizabeth II that is currently being used by the Mint, while the reverse features a Kangaroo in mid-leap, surrounded by detailed, radial lines that emanate towards the frosted rim.  This annual bullion series also allows collectors to add large quantities of .9999 fine silver struck with an iconic design by ordering rolls or even monster boxes of Silver Kangaroos.  

The Royal Australian Mint’s Silver Kangaroo Series

The Royal Australian Mint also strikes the emblematic marsupial on the circulating coinage of Australia as well as on its own series of collectible Silver Kangaroo coins that debuted in 1993. The Silver Kangaroo coins released by the Royal Australian Mint are characterized by artistic representations of the kangaroo on stunning proof silver coins. The Royal Australian Mint’s Silver Kangaroo series celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2018, which was marked by the release of a special coin and bar set.