2011 Australian Kangaroo High Relief Silver Coin Available
The Perth Mint of Australia continues a successful series with the recent launch of the 2011 Australian Kangaroo 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin. This strike marks the second year for the new series and is expected to achieve a sell-out like the debut coin.
When it first debuted last year, the 2010 Kangaroo coin chartered new territory for The Perth Mint. It had struck many kangaroo related coins in its history, but it was the first time it featured one of its intensely popular kangaroo coins in 99.9% fine silver. Typically, the Kangaroo coins were composed of gold.
Adding to the excitement surrounding the new precious metal composition was the fact that the coins featured a high relief, increasing the level of detail found on the design of the iconic marsupial of Australia. The combination of the new composition and high relief led collectors to purchase the complete mintage of 20,000 coins in short order.
The 2011 Australian Kangaroo High Relief Silver Coin will also be capped at a maximum mintage of 20,000.
Kangaroo proof silver coin design
Each 2011 Kangaroo High Relief Coin is struck from one ounce of 99.9% fine silver to a diameter of 32.60 mm. The result is a 6.00 mm thick strike that is double the thickness of a typical one ounce coin, permitting the high relief design of the kangaroo.
That kangaroo design features the marsupial in front of a background of sunrays as designed by Aleysha Howarth. Surrounding the creature are the inscriptions of "Australian Kangaroo," "2011 1oz 999 Silver," the Perth’s historic "P" mintmark and the designer’s initials "AH."
These coins are considered legal tender of the country of Australia with a face value of AUS $1. The obverse features a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of England as completed by Ian Rank-Broadley. Inscriptions include "Elizabeth II," "Australia," and "1 Dollar."
Each coin will ship in a display case along with a numbered certificate of authenticity in an illustrated shipper.
Those interested in purchasing one of the silver coins may do so from The Perth Mint website for AUS $100.00 (~$107 US).
About the Perth Mint
The Perth Mint (http://www.perthmint.com.au/) was originally established in Australia by the Royal Mint of England in 1899 to process and strike gold recovered from the rich deposits of the region. In 1970, ownership of the Perth was transferred to the State Government of Western Australia and it was declared the official issuer of the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. It continues in that role today along with operating as one of the most respected gold refineries in the world.