AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA

 

There are two coin production mints in Australia: the Royal Australian Mint and the Perth Mint. The RAM produces the currencies of the day, and the silver coins are 0.925 pure. The 89 Kookaburra and 90 Cockatoo are RAM pieces of the ^Birds of Australia Series ̄ made in standard and piedfort sizes. RAM also produces the Kangaroo series. The Perth Mint has produced all of the 0.999 pure silver Bullion Coins since 1990.

KOOKABURRA: common name for four species of birds of the family Alcedinidae KINGFISHER, living in Australia and New Guinea. The laughing kookaburra, Dacelo novaeguineae, a stocky grayish bird about 46 cm (about 18 in) long, is the largest member of the family. It rarely catches fish, living mainly on large insects, mice, small birds, and small snakes. Its raucous call, which inspired its common nickname of ^laughing jackass, ̄ is often heard on television and motion picture soundtracks to typify ^jungle sounds. ̄ Originally native to eastern Australia, this species was successfully introduced into the western part of the continent. A slightly smaller species, the blue-winged kookaburra, D. leachii, occurs in northern Australia; the two species overlap in Queensland. Two other species live in New Guinea.

 

KOOKABURRA 1 OZ SILVER

 

The Kookaburra is one of the major silver bullion coin to change its design yearly. It is issued in four popular sizes, 1oz., 2oz., 10oz. and kilo (32.5 oz. - the world¨s largest silver bullion coin) through the Perth Mint. The official bullion 1 oz series started in 1990, although 2 Kookaburra coins (1oz & 2oz piedfort) were issued as the first in the Australian Bird series by the Royal Australian Mint in 1989. Many variations exist with extra stamps or seals (`privies¨) issued for special occasions & coin shows. The mirrored proof design of one year (issued from 1990 to 2005) became the model for the frosted uncirculated, or ^specimen ̄, of the next. The last proof (2005) had a blue tint. Gold plated ^specimens ̄ have been mint issued since 2004.

 

YEAR

FACE VALUE

SIZE

METAL

MINTAGE

   

(mm)

   

1989 P

$10

32.0

1 oz Silver

50,000

1989 P

$10

32.0

2 oz Si-pdft

15,000

         

1990

$5

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1990 P

$5

40.5

1 oz Silver

35,000

1991

$5

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1991P

$5

40.5

1 oz Silver

35,000

1992

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1992 P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

35,000

1993

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1993 P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

35,000

1994

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1994P

$5

40.5

1 oz Silver

2,500

1995

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1995P

$5

40.5

1 oz Silver

3,000

1996

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1996 P

$5

40.5

1 oz Silver

3,500

1997

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1997 P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

3,500

1998

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

1998 P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

2,500

1999

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

w1999P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

2,500

2000

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

2000P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

3,000

2000Oly

$5

40.5

1 oz Silver

100,000

2001

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

2001 P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

5000

2002

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

w2002P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

5,000

2003

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

2003 P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

5,000

2004

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

2004gp

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

10,000

2004 P

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

5,000

2005

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

300,000

2005gp

$1

40.5

1 oz Silver

10,000

2005 P

$1

40.5

1oz Si/paint

5,000

PRIVIES

       

93P

$1

40.5

Op hs privy

15,000

94

$1

40.5

kangaroo

15,000

94P

$1

40.5

Team AU

 

96

$!

40.5

Panda

?

97

$!

40.5

Panda

20,000

97

$!

40.5

Dragon

20,000

97

$1

40.5

Zurich arms

 

99

$1

40.5

CentenSovn

5000

99

$1

40.5

GA privy

 

99

$1

40.5

DEL privy

 

99

$1

40.5

Koban priv

2500

 

2oz Kookaburras (Proof)

YEAR

FACE VALUE

METAL

MINTAGE

     

P

1991

$2

2ozSilver

5,000

1992

$2

2ozSilver

5,000

1993

$2

2ozSilver

3,290

1994

$2

2ozSilver

 

1995

$2

2ozSilver

600

1996

$2

2ozSilver

 

1997

$2

2ozSilver

 

1998

$2

2ozSilver

 

1999

$2

2ozSilver

650

2000

$2

2ozSilver

750

2001

$2

2ozSilver

 

2002

$2

2ozSilver

800

2003

$2

2ozSilver

800

2004

$2

2ozSilver

5,000

2005

$2

2ozSilver

5,000

 

 

½ 0z Square $.50 Kookaburras

 

Minted in the square format of the unreleased 1919-21 Australian Kookaburra pennies

 

YEAR

FACE VALUE

SIZE

METAL

CASE

MINTAGE

2002P

AU$.50

square

1/2oz Silver

Vinyl

75,000

2003P

AU$.50

square

1/2oz Silver

Vinyl

30,000

w2004P

AU$.50

square

1/2oz Silver

Vinyl

30,000

2005P

AU$.50

square

1/2oz Silver

Vinyl

30,000

 

All Kookaburra information on this page is provided by Mr. Jerry Ciullo.

 

 

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