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New era dawns for gold, silver and platinum Kangaroo coins

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo platinum coin silver coins gold coin ]

For the first time Australia’s signature bullion coin series, the Australian Kangaroo, has been struck in three prime investment metals – 99.99% pure gold, 99.99% pure silver, and 99.95% pure platinum.

As Australia’s most potent animal icon, the famous marsupial has appeared on The Perth Mint’s premier gold bullion coin series since 1989. Memorably captured by renowned coin designer Stuart Devlin, the classic ‘red’ kangaroo encircled by symbolic rays of the Australian sun is one of the world’s preeminent investment coin designs.

 

The kangaroo has been emblematic of Australia since the 18th century.

James Cook’s intrepid expedition of discovery along the east coast in 1770 provided the first European record of kangaroos. He and his crew spent seven weeks ashore at what is now Cooktown in Queensland having been forced to beach HMS Endeavour for repairs after she was damaged on the Great Barrier Reef. They supposedly named the extraordinary animal after an Aboriginal word – quite probably gaNurru – from the local Guugu Yimidhirr people.

Commissioned by Cook’s botanist Joseph Banks, The Kongouro from New Holland by George Stubbs was the earliest painted representation of a kangaroo in Western art. The study, based on an inflated skin brought back to England by the expedition, imprecisely represented the extraordinary native animal. Nevertheless, the intense interest it generated helped establish the word ‘kangaroo’ and widespread knowledge of the creature’s existence on the far side of the world.

Neil Vance, Group Manager - Minted Products, said the kangaroo remained an exotic and striking species to many people outside Australia. “The unusual way in which it hops and the fact that females rear their young inside a pouch makes it one of the most endearing and fascinating animals in the world. As a powerful symbol of The Perth Mint’s uncompromising quality for almost 30 years, there was certainly a need to portray the animal’s unique characteristics on Australian bullion coins across our suite of three investment metals.”

The recent launch of the 1oz Australian Silver Kangaroo created significant interest worldwide. Demand for the 2016-dated release exceeded 10 million coins.

The trio is now complete with the addition of the first Australian Platinum Kangaroo coin. Offered solely as a 1oz release, it replaces the Australian Platypus as a convenient and cost-effective way to own pure platinum in the form of official legal tender.

Methods of Purchase

Australian Kangaroo Gold Coin Series

 • Individual 1 kilo coin

 • Individual 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coins with exclusive 2018 design

Australian Kangaroo Silver Coin Series

 • Individual 1oz coin

 • Tube of 25 1oz coins

 • Mini monster box (10 tubes)

Australian Kangaroo Platinum Coin Series

 • Individual 1oz coin

Registered clients can purchase these and other Australian bullion coins from our bullion website - www.perthmintbullion.com. We also welcome walk-in customers at our Shop located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, and callers on 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218.

For those who prefer to deal with a local supplier, The Perth Mint markets the complete range through a network of authorised distributors in Australia and around the world.Save


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