This pure silver coin depicts the classic kangaroo road sign that has been posted along Australian roads for decades.
It is the first coin in the 3 year road sign series with 2014 having the Koala and 2015 depicting the Emu. Quite a low mintage with only 7,652 being minted
It has a wonderful cameo type appearance which is brought about by sand blasting the field and then polishing the high points. This style is extremely popular with coin collectors.
The quality of the strike is second to none and the plush style clam case and packaging is also very high end.
These original coins come with the full certificate of authenticity. Certificate numbers may vary from the one displayed here for information purposes.
Grade: Brilliant Unc
Grade Service: None
Metal Content: 1 troy oz .999 fine silver.
Manufacturer: Royal Australian Mint
Thickness: 2.90 mm
Diameter: 40 mm
The reverse side of the 2013 1 oz Australian Kangaroo Road Sign coin is the simple image of the classic kangaroo road sign that has been posted along Australian roads for decades. On the sign, a hopping kangaroo serves as a warning to all drivers that kangaroos are in the area and caution needs to be exercised. The road sign itself has engravings for the weight, purity, and metal content of the coin.
The obverse has a likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley set inside an octagonal stop sign.
Kangaroos on the road.
A collision with a vehicle is capable of killing a kangaroo. Kangaroos dazzled by headlights or startled by engine noise often leap in front of cars. Since kangaroos in mid-bound can reach speeds of around 50 km/h (31 mph) and are relatively heavy, the force of impact can be severe. Small vehicles may be destroyed, while larger vehicles may suffer engine damage. The risk of harm to vehicle occupants is greatly increased if the windscreen is the point of impact. As a result, “kangaroo crossing” signs are commonplace in Australia.
Vehicles that frequent isolated roads, where roadside assistance may be scarce, are often fitted with “roo bars” to minimise damage caused by collision. Bonnet-mounted devices, designed to scare wildlife off the road with ultrasound and other methods, have been devised and marketed.
If a female is the victim of a collision, animal welfare groups ask that her pouch be checked for any surviving joey, in which case it may be removed to a wildlife sanctuary or veterinary surgeon for rehabilitation. Likewise, when an adult kangaroo is injured in a collision, a vet, the RSPCA Australia or the National Parks and Wildlife Service can be consulted for instructions on proper care. In New South Wales, rehabilitation of kangaroos is carried out by volunteers from WIRES. Council road signs often list phone numbers for callers to report injured animals.