The kookaburra is a small and distinctive bird native only to the island continent of Australia. It is the subject of children's songs and other similar homages, and its call is said by locals to resemble laughter. These admirable qualities have earned the "kook" a lasting place in the country's bullion coin series with the popular Silver Kookaburra coins. Each of these coins is struck from extra-pure .9999 fine silver (for the first time in the history of the series) and bears a legal tender face value of 1 Dollar. The actual silver weight (ASW) of each coin is 1 troy ounce.
The reverse design for 2018 shows a vivid image of a kookaburra flying through the moonlit night. The moon, pocked with crater marks, hangs high in the sky behind the kook's intricately detailed spread wings. The "P" mintmark for Perth is placed in the bottom-right of the field. In a ring around the outer rim, the year-date "2018" and the metallic composition "1oz 9999 SILVER" are inscribed at the bottom rim, while the legend "AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA" curls across the top rim.
On the obverse, Ian Rank-Broadley's right-facing effigy of Queen Elizabeth II is shown. Rim inscriptions include the issuing nation "AUSTRALIA," the denomination "1 DOLLAR," as well as the Queen's name. The edge of the coin is reeded.
For all of the warranted attention that the other various bullion coin series from the Perth Mint receive, the Silver Kookaburra remains one of the favorites. This is also the first time that Perth has chosen to strike the coin in .9999 fine (99.99% pure!) silver, which also makes this year's Kookaburra a special first-time issue, as well. For industry-competitive pricing, make sure to get yours from Gainesville Coins!