I wanted to share the arrival of a new coin produced by the Royal Australian Mint, the 2012 $1 Kangaroo in Outback 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin with F15 Privy.
The reverse design of the coin contains the striking image of a kangaroo in the desolate Australian outback. The land is shown as a uniformly frosted space which extends beneath a horizontal plane. Above is the open sky, shown as a brilliantly mirrored field. The kangaroo takes central focus, shown bounding across the landscape with a shadow beneath. The image is completed by a windmill pictured in the distance, the inscription “1 oz. Fine Silver”, and the F15 privy mark.
The obverse of the coin includes the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with inscriptions including the date and legal tender denomination.
Each coin is struck in .999 purity and contains 1 troy ounce of silver. The diameter is 40.00 mm. The mintage is 5,000 proof coins.
Based on information that I have found, the entire mintage for this issue was sent overseas and the Royal Australian Mint does not plan to offer any via website or catalog sales. As such, you can look for the coin at your favorite world coin dealers.
The design is of course, highly reminiscent of the Kangaroo at Sunset design, which the Royal Australian Mint has used for a number of years on 1 oz. silver proof coins, gold proof coins, and smaller sized silver coins. I had briefly discussed this coin on the original Mint News Blog, when I was covering some of my favorite world coin issues. Here are the posts from the old world coins category that would eventually lead to expanding to World Mint News Blog.