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Two of the world’s hottest annual semi-numismatic silver coin series are the the Silver Lunar series and Silver Kookaburra coins from the Perth Mint. With mintage limits of 300,000 for the 1 oz Silver Lunar coin, and 500,000 for the 1 oz Silver Kookaburra, these particular coins sell-out rather quickly every year due to continually strong collector demand.
Another big hit every year is the Silver Koala coins. These argent representations of Australia's cuddliest marsupial have an enthusiastic following of their own, and have no mintage limit year to year. Each of these silver coin series are back again for 2015, giving coin collectors an attractive precious metal option while also appealing to bullion investors looking for artistic flair in their investment.
The Kookaburra series from the Perth Mint celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2015. In honor of 25 years of continuous minting, these coins use a dual-date “1990-2015” inscription and a return to the original 1990 Silver Kookaburra reverse design. This 25th anniversary offering--fittingly, the “Silver Anniversary” of the series--is expected to have an even higher demand than normal due to this special occasion.
The reverse design of the Silver Kookaburra coin features the bird known for its childlike laughter, the kookaburra, nestled on the branch of a red ash tree and surrounded by gum leaves. This is the same image that originally appeared on the Silver Kookaburra during its first year of production in 1990. The coin’s obverse uses an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by acclaimed British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.
This year’s Silver Lunar coins commemorate the Year of the Goat in the Chinese Lunar calendar, with a design showing a scene of a goat family in a forested meadow. A wispy-furred trio of goats stands in the meadow amidst the shade of an overarching tree branch. The Chinese symbol for goat hovers above the creatures on the left side of the field. The last time the Year of the Goat occurred was in 2003, and it won’t return in the Lunar cycle until 2027.
This year, the familiar Silver Koala series literally broadens its horizons with a design showing a koala sitting in the fork of a eucalyptus tree, with the broad expanse of the Australian Outback stretching behind it. The koala looks over its shoulder to the right in a regal pose, and is imparted with great detail and texture showing the animal’s fur. The coins contain the same .999 fine silver as previous years, and feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.