2013 Kangaroo in Outback $1 Silver Proof Coin

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.

2013 Kangaroo in Outback

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.

kangaroo-at-sunset

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.

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  1. Broooster says

    Thanks for sharing Michael. I totally love these Kangaroo coins. I also purchased one, a few weeks back, and it has finally shipped, can’t hardly wait for it to show up.
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  2. Tom P. says

    Same here. As much as I dread paying $100/ounce, I have last years and this years is on it’s way. The RCM also twisted my arm with it’s buffalo coin.

  3. Louis says

    I know the RCM had these and sold out. Anyone know a dealer who still has them in stock for about $100? Thanks a lot.

  4. im just a bill says

    Louis, You can still get one at Euro Collections and Downies. They are the same company.

    I bought one from Downies when they first came out at the end of April. Received it about 3 weeks later along with the 1/5 oz 2013 Kangaroo at Sunset.

    Shipping is $10 at either place, unless you buy more than $500, then it is free.

  5. VABEACHBUM says

    I’m another huge fan of the “Sunset” and “Outback” Kangaroo coins. I’ve been following the RAM Silver Sunset coins ever since the series started in 2009. At the time, the offered 1 oz PR and UNC coins. Then, in some years, they also offered the 1 oz and 1/5 oz coins simultaneously. Sadly, they only have offered the 1/5 oz Silver Sunset coins in 2012 and 2013. However, I think that product change was to support the introduction of the Outback series; another fine coin and a part of my collection, as well.

    @ Louis – I’m into double digit transactions w/ Euro Collections (ECI) and have yet to be disappointed. Pricing is typically in line w/ the source mint & shipping at $5 to $10. Products priced in US$$, so no exchange fees or additional CC fees. Delivery is 2-3 weeks after the order, but your CC is not charged until the order ships. Top notch service from the North American franchise of Downies, Inc.

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