May 31, 2018 – One of the most enduring series in Australian numismatic history is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2018. The popular Kangaroo Series, produced by the Royal Australian Mint, has featured artistic depictions of Australia’s iconic kangaroo since 1993.
Beginning with an image that echoes the reverse of the Australian penny from 1937, the Kangaroo Series has appeared in various forms and with various themes over 25 years. Each annual release has depicted different aspects of Australia’s beloved kangaroo, from its contribution to Australian biodiversity to its role as a cultural icon.
Eastern grey kangaroo with joey. Photo: fir0002 / GFDL 1.2
Ross MacDiarmid, CEO of the Royal Australian Mint, says the Mint has produced a special product to mark the 25-year milestone.
‘The Kangaroo Series is one of our most popular annual releases, loved by collectors both in Australia and overseas. This year the Mint looks back at a quarter-century of artistic and engineering excellence with pride,’ he says.
‘To celebrate the anniversary, the Mint has released a 1 Dollar fine silver frosted uncirculated coin housed in a 2 ounce silver bar that was produced in collaboration with MDM in Germany.’
Australia / 1 Australian Dollar / 99.9 silver / coin: 1oz, bar: 2oz / coin: 40.00mm, bar: 50.00mm x 80.00mm / Mintage: 5,000.
The 25th-anniversary design features a mob of kangaroos in an outback landscape, a detailed portrait of an eastern grey kangaroo and an exclusive ‘25’ privy mark. The coin and bar set is made from 3 ounces of fine silver, with a strictly limited mintage of 5000.
As part of the Kangaroo Series, the Mint has also released a 2018 1 Dollar Silver Frosted Uncirculated Kangaroo Coin and a 2018 1 Dollar Silver Proof Kangaroo Coin.
These coins are a continuation of the Seasons Change theme, which has been released annually since 2016.
Here you find displayed all reverses of Australia’s iconic kangaroo series which have been released since 1993:
One dollar coin 1993.
One dollar coin 1994.
One dollar coin 1995.
One dollar coin 1996.
One dollar coin 1997.
One dollar coin 1998.
One dollar coin 1999.
One dollar coin 2000.
One dollar coin 2001.
One dollar coin 2002.
One dollar coin 2003.
One dollar coin 2004.
One dollar coin 2005.
One dollar coin 2006.
One dollar coin 2007.
One dollar coin 2008.
One dollar coin 2009.
One dollar coin 2010.
One dollar coin 2011.
One dollar coin 2012.
One dollar coin 2013.
One dollar coin 2014.
One dollar coin 2015.
One dollar coin 2016.
One dollar coin 2017.
One dollar coin 2018.
Find more information at the website of the Royal Australian Mint.
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Interesting and surprising facts about the Kangaroo can be found on this page.