First issued back in 1993, the Royal Australian Mint’s flagship Kangaroo series of silver coins has been a collector favourite for many years. From it’s early days achieving mintages in the 50-70,000 range, the coins have settled down into fixed runs, this year at 10,000 for the frosted-uncirculated coin, and 5,000 for the proof. In recent years the mint has linked small groups of annual releases with a common theme, the last being a three year series called Explorers First Sightings that looked at early depictions and descriptions of the marsupial that is so inextricably associated with Australia.
This year sees the first in a new themed run called Seasons Change that means to highlight the beauty of this iconic creature and the environment it lives in. This first coin is, in our opinion, a great design to launch the series on. Depicting a kangaroo with a joey in its pouch, the reverse side is well detailed, with some spot on artwork moving away from the more stylistic representation to a far more appropriate natural one. The obverse is, as usual, adorned with the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Available as a nicely packaged proof, or as a card-mounted frosted uncirculated version, both coins carry identical designs, only the finish differentiating them. There’s a fairly noticeable premium for the proof version, $100 AUD instead of $80 for the frosted finish coin. Both are available to purchase from the RAM eshop.