The Perth Mint has released its annual three-coin set featuring high-relief Proof strikes of its silver Kookaburra, Kangaroo, and Koala coins. Each .999 fine silver coin in the set contains one ounce of pure silver, struck in gleaming Proof format at a diameter of 32.6 mm and a maximum thickness of 6 mm.
The obverse and reverse of each coin is slightly concave, so that when the coins are struck by the polished, high-relief dies, the metal can flow properly. The Kookaburra reverse, designed by Natasha Muhl, depicts the compact Australian bird on a fencepost with a strand of barbed wire below; in the background is an arid Australian landscape. The bird’s beak is slightly open, perhaps as it issues its famous laugh. The Kangaroo, designed by Ing Ing Jong, depicts the animal facing forward to the right and looking back over its shoulder at the silhouette of another kangaroo. The Koala coin, also designed by Ing Ing Jong, shows an adult koala marching along a branch, with eucalyptus leaves hanging over it. All three coins bear the name of the animal above, the “P” mintmark (for “Perth Mint”) in the field, and “2016 1 oz 999 SILVER” below.
The common obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the denomination, 1 DOLLAR.
Each set is housed in a display case and comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The coins are legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, and the number of sets is limited to 1,000.
The coins can also be purchased individually from the mint; a 2-ounce high-relief Proof gold Kangaroo is being released as well. APMEX stocks the high-relief Australian series from 2016 and the last several years, both in official sets and as single coins. Some items are available graded and encapsulated.