2012 Australian Kangaroo at Sunset Silver Proof Coin
The Royal Australian Mint continues an extremely popular numismatic silver series with the one-fifth ounce 2012 Kangaroo at Sunset Silver Proof Coin.
As indicated by the name of the strike, the reverse design of the coin showcases the elegantly simplistic image of a kangaroo against a setting sun.
This design was first seen on gold coins from the Royal Australian Mint back in 2007. The demand for them was so intense that a sell-out occurred in just four days. Two years later, the design was featured again, this time on a one ounce silver coin.
By 2010, a loyal customer following for the Kangaroo at Sunset design led the Mint to feature it on a more affordable option — a 1/5 ounce silver coin. The design and size (along with an extremely limited mintage) also proved desirable to collectors and the series has appeared annually from that point.
Since their debut, the Kangaroo at Sunset Silver Proof Coin has featured a mintage of 5,000. That same mintage is repeated again with the newest release.
Kangaroo at Sunset Coin Design & Specifications
The reverse design of the Kangaroo at Sunset coins is the work of Wojciech Pietranik. It shows the image of a bounding kangaroo in the plains of Australia with the sun setting behind the marsupial. A reflective shadow of the kangaroo extends towards the bottom of the coin. Reverse inscriptions include just ".999 Ag."
As legal tender of Australia, the obverse of the proof coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley image of Queen Elizabeth II. Obverse inscriptions include "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA 2012" and "ONE DOLLAR."
The 2012 Kangaroo at Sunset Silver Proof Coin is currently offered for AUD $65.00, or AUD $59.09 for international orders. They may be ordered directly from the Royal Australian Mint via the website of http://www.ramint.gov.au/.
Each proof coin features a diameter of 21.69 mm and a gross weight of 6.03 grams. A presentation case is included with each along with an illustrated shipper.