This year the Perth Mint marks the 25th anniversary of the Australian Silver Kookaburra with a special commemorative design.
The reverse side image for the 2015 Silver Kookaburra features the original 1990 design of the kookaburra perched on a tree stump in the outback, with the years 1990-2015 printed below.
The coin’s obverse portrays the crowned profile of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II of England. Surrounding Ian Rank-Broadley’s iconic image of the Queen are the inscriptions ‘Elizabeth II,’ ‘Australia,’ and the coin’s ‘1 Dollar’ denomination.
Since it was introduced, the Australian Kookaburra has become one of the most sought after silver coins in the world. This is primarily due to the Perth Mint’s practice of changing the coin’s reverse design each year to feature a new image of the native Australian kingfisher and its extremely limited mintage.
The kookaburra’s boisterous call is one of the most familiar sounds in the forests of eastern Australia. The wild chorus of insane laughter that these birds create at dawn and dusk each day has earned them the nickname of the 'bushman’s alarm clock.'
Minted in one troy ounce of .999 Fine Silver and graded MS70 by ANACS, the 2015 Australian Silver Kookaburra is minted in a stunning ‘reverse-proof’ finish, which is the opposite of US proof coins. The background of the coin is frosted while the images themselves are rendered in a dazzling mirror-like finish, allowing them to catch the light beautifully.