The Royal Australian Mint has recently started accepting orders for their 2013 Kangaroo Series gold and silver coins. Three different options with limited mintages are available.
The reverse design begins the theme “Explorer’s First Sightings” with George Stubbs’ 1773 impression of a kangaroo. Botanist Joseph Banks had brought a kangaroo back to England and commissioned Stubbs to paint its portrait. The unusual animal quickly came to symbolize the Australian continent.
The available options include one ounce 99.9% pure silver coins in frosted uncirculated or proof versions. Each has a mintage of 20,000 pieces.
Also available is a one-tenth ounce 99.99% pure gold coin in proof. This coin has a mintage of 1,500 pieces and has a limit of two coins per customer.
These three coins can be found on the Royal Australian Mint website in the browse products section. Last year’s 2012 Kangaroo Series Silver Coins still remain available for sale in proof and frosted uncirculated versions. These coins feature the Mareeba Rock-Wallaby.
Although not listed on the website, the RAM’s printed catalog also includes two coins to be issued for the 20th Anniversary of the Kangaroo series. These coins feature the original kangaroo design by Horst Hahne which was used in 1993. Products include a one ounce 99.99% gold proof coin limited to 500 and a one ounce 99.9% silver proof coin limited to 5,000.