The 2022 Gold Kookaburra is in its third year of production. This 1/10th ounce bullion was first struck in 2020 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Perth Mint’s first silver Kookaburra coin. It is also struck in Platinum. Both coins are offered to Dealers exclusively by Dillon Gage.
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The reverse of the .9999 fine Gold Kookaburra features a kookaburra perched on the edge of a birdbath. Also included is the inscription ‘KOOKABURRA’ (using the same new graphic style as Perth’s other 2022 coins), ‘2022,’ the weight and purity, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
The obverse bears the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
The Silver Kookaburra has been a very popular product from the Perth Mint for many decades. It was first struck in 1990 as a .999 fine silver coin. Last year, the coin was elevated to .9999 fine silver.
To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the kookaburra coin, the 2015 coin featured the same image of the kookaburra as the original 1990 coin. To differentiate the 1990 and 2015 coins the date on the reverse reads 1990-2015 and 2015 has been added to the obverse. The 2015 coin had a release date of September 1, 2014.
The laughing kookaburra is the largest member of the kingfisher species. It grows to between 28–42 cm (11–17 in) in length). The name is an aboriginal loanword. In the original language “guuguubarra” sounds like the bird’s distinctive call. This loud call of the laughing kookaburra is widely used as a stock sound effect for movies and television shows that depict the Australian outback. It’s unusual call has actually been used for scenes outside of those in the bush, to lend an exotic flavor. It can be heard in The Wizard of Oz (1939), The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, Swiss Family Robinson (1960), and The Lost World: Jurassic Park and more.
The Kookaburra thrive in a wide range of habitats from humid forest to arid savanna, as well as suburban Australian areas that offer tall trees or flowing water.