Following up on the release of the map shaped coin from the Shanghai World Expo in 2010 is this coin comes this wonderful series.
This coin is the first in this series of iconic Australian animals with the kangaroo, emu and platypus set to follow.
For this release, Peng Peng, the Australian Pavilion’s kookaburra mascot has been replaced with an idyllic rural scene and far more realistic engraving of our much loved kookaburra. I doubt if any other bird other than the American eagle has had its image represented more often in numismatic varieties over the years,
The strike on these 1 oz pure silver bullion quality coins is outstanding.
Made in the shape of the Australian continent, the coin’s reverse portrays the kookaburra and also incorporates The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mint mark. It is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, whilst the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2012 year-date.
The coin is encapsulated and comes in its original packaging with plush style clam case and certificate. Certificate numbers will vary from the picture shown here. A real numismatic novelty that is highly collectible and a great investment piece. A lovely item to add both colour and interest to any collection.
Designer Ing Ing Jong
Silver Content (Troy oz) 1
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 1
Fineness (% purity) 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.135
Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 4.52
Ing Ing Jong is a very talented graduate from Perth’s Central TAFE School of Art and Design in 2006 with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design.She specialized in illustration and multimedia. She furthered her studies by completing a Bachelor of Multimedia at Curtin University which encompassed studies in animation, web design, illustration and video editing.
She has done several works since beginning her career with the Perth Mint as a designer in 2011. Most notably the Year Of The Snake series. The kookaburra depicted on the map shaped coin was one of her first and more recently she has created the Tuvalu high relief bald eagle coin. Work in progress includes the 2014 Mother’s Love 1/2 oz silver proof coin series which captures the bonding between a mother and her offspring in the animal world. We have had the bush babies series and now the mothers are joining in as well. A happy family indeed.
Ing Ing Jong has no doubt added a great contribution to Australian numismatics as a whole and I am sure we all look forward to what ever the future holds as her career unfurls.