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2009 Koala and Kookaburra Silver Coins
By CoinNews.net

The Perth Mint revealed their stunning and newly designed 2009 silver bullion coins this week that include the series of Australian Koala Silver Coins and Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins. Both coin series are legal tender, struck in 99.9% pure silver, include guarantees in weight and purity, and offer intriguing designs with differing sizes.

Other common elements include the obverse or heads side design depicting Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. In addition, both series have The Perth Mint’s traditional “P” mint mark, a 109 year-old symbol “embodying its commitment to minting excellence.”

Collectors will not have to wait until 2009 to purchase these investor and collector bullion coins. October 1, 2008 is the worldwide release date.

Australian Koala Silver Coins
The 2009 Koala silver coins include the fractional 10oz, 1oz, and 1/2oz sizes. The reverse or tails side of the coin depicts a young koala — one of Australia’s most endearing animals, clutching a branch and surrounded by a contrasting, multifaceted background.

There are no limits set for the 12 months the coins are minted.

Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins
The 2009 Kookaburra silver coins include the fractional 1 kilo, 10oz, 2oz, and 1oz sizes. The reverse or tails side of the coin has an inner ring that portrays the laughing kookaburra — a native bird synonymous with the Australian bush, clutching a tree branch.

"THE AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA" inscription encircles the coin’s outer ring. An augmented ‘P20′ mint mark is etched on the reverse as well to signify the coin is part of the 20th annual issue.

There is a limit of 300,000 coins for the 1oz size. No mintage limits are in place for the 1 kilo, 10oz, and 2oz sizes.

Coin specifications
The silver coin series specifications by size are:

1 kilo 10oz 2oz 1oz 1/2oz
Silver Content (Troy oz) 32.151 10 2 1 0.5
Denomination (AUD) 30 10 2 1 0.5
Fineness (% purity) 99.9 99.9 99.9 99.9 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 1,001.002 311.347 62.27 31.135 15.573
Maximum Diameter (mm) 101 75.5 50.3 40.6 36.1
Maximum Thickness (mm) 14.6 8.7 4.5 4 2.3

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