As I have done in the past, I wanted to share the arrival of a new world coin for my collection. From the Royal Australian Mint, it is the 2013 Kangaroo in Outback $1 Silver Proof Coin.
The coin presents a striking rendition of the iconic kangaroo bounding across the outback with a shadow beneath. A windmill appears in the distance of the otherwise barren landscape. An inscription at right reads “1 oz. Find Silver” with the Fabulous Fifteen “F15” privy mark at left.
The design represents a progression from last year’s coin, which can be seen here. Last year’s issue had portrayed the kangaroo at the beginning of a leap, with the windmill towards the right side of the landscape. This year’s coin features the kangaroo near the end of a leap with the windmill at the center. The two designs together create the impression of the kangaroo moving across the landscape. I would not be surprised to see another coin issued next year, continuing the progression.
On the obverse of the coin is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the monetary denomination and “2013” date. Each coin is struck to proof quality in 99.9% silver with a weight of 1 troy ounce and diameter of 40 mm. The mintage limit is 5,000 pieces.
Similar to last year, these coins have not been offered by the Royal Australian Mint in Australia or on their website. Rather the entire mintage was dispatched overseas. I was able to pick up mine from a major world coin dealer, and I have seen the coins also offered by others.
The overall design is reminiscent of the popular Kangaroo at Sunset design, which has appeared on numerous gold and silver coins issued by the Royal Australian Mint over the years. The design creates a sharp contrast between the land and sky with frosted and mirrored surfaces across a horizontal divide.