Long a staple of the Royal Australian Mint, it was back in 1993 that its signature Kangaroo series began, one that continues to this day. The most recent issue was released last October and was the third of four coins in a subset called ‘Seasons Change’ – the fourth release is expected later in 2018. A decent series, although not one pushing any boundaries, it’s good to see the RAM make a special effort for the quarter-century anniversary.
Giving small artistic nods to the past with the use of miniature elements from previous releases, the coin reverse is a beautiful composition, expertly combining gilded highlights with a coin-within-a-coin layout. The combination of kangaroo views and flora is very attractive in our view and the whole thing is highly successful. Inscriptions (composition and title) are sympathetically placed and do not infringe on the artwork. The gold coin carries exactly the same art, although is all gold, thus eschewing the silver coins bi-metallic look.
Certainly there are no surprises on the obverse. Like all RAM releases, this carries the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, surrounded by the issuer details, the date and the denomination. The silver coin carries over the gilded border, but is otherwise unmodified. Packaging looks sumptuous enough. A wenge-style polished wood box holds the coin in a premium capsule, alongside which is the certificate of authenticity. It all sits inside a stylish themed shipper box. There’s little difference between the presentation of the gold and silver coins
Available to purchase today, the gold coin has a mintage of 750 pieces and a price set at A$2,600. The silver coin will sell for A$500, but as we publish there seems to be a discrepancy on the mintage of this variant. Early mint information has both 2,500 and 1,993 as the mintage, but we’re sure clarification will come later today. They can be purchased directly from the mint if you’re Australian. Everyone else will need to head on over to German dealer MDM for one as they have exclusive worldwide distribution rights (although we’re sure other dealers will get them shortly). A great issue for the classic coin collector. A shame there isn’t a more affordable two-ounce silver version.