This attractive 2009 copper coin was released in extremely limited numbers by an Australian making his first attempt at striking his own rounds.
A very attractive coin hailing back to the days of the copper pennies which were likewise emblazoned with the kangaroo.
They are now no longer on offer and as such have become a highly desirable collectible. These make a wonderful gift for overseas friends. As a display item they are very nice as well.
Kindly note that this item is sold as copper bullion and not as a coin of circulation.
The coins are 1 ounce pure copper bullion running .999 fine.
Finely emblazened on one side is the bounding Kangaroo.
On the reverse is the map of Australia. Worthy of both collection and display it is beautifully crafted. The high quality strike is the first thing that appeals about it. The coin is in mint condition.
Stamped text is:AUSTRALIA 2009ONE TROY OUNCE 999 COPPER – THE COPPER KANGAROO
Mint Type: Business Strike
Mintage Date: 2009
Diameter: 39 mm
Thickness: 3 mm
Edge: Flat edge
Composition: 99.9% Copper ISO: Cu-ETP
Weight: 1.0000 troy oz. (31.1g)
Content: Copper 1 troy oz.
One troy ounce = 480 grains, or 31.10 grams. There are also 20 pennyweights to a troy ounce. A troy pound contains 12 troy ounces (over 13 avoirdupois ounces) and is equivalent to 373.24 grams. 32.15 troy ounces = 1 kilogram.
The word “kangaroo” derives from the Guugu Yimithirr word gangurru, referring to grey kangaroos. The name was first recorded as “kanguru” on 12 July 1770 in an entry in the diary of Sir Joseph Banks; this occurred at the site of modern Cooktown, on the banks of the Endeavour River, where HMS Endeavour under the command of Lieutenant James Cook was beached for almost seven weeks to repair damage sustained on the Great Barrier Reef. Cook first referred to kangaroos in his diary entry of 4 August. Guugu Yimithirr is the language of the people of the area.
A common myth about the kangaroo’s English name is that “kangaroo” was a Guugu Yimithirr phrase for “I don’t understand you.” According to this legend, Lieutenant Cook and naturalist Sir Joseph Banks were exploring the area when they happened upon the animal. They asked a nearby local what the creatures were called. The local responded “Kangaroo”, meaning “I don’t understand you”, which Cook took to be the name of the creature. The Kangaroo myth was debunked in the 1970s by linguist John B. Haviland in his research with the Guugu Yimithirr people.
Kangaroos are often colloquially referred to as “roos”. Male kangaroos are called bucks, boomers, jacks, or old men; females are does, flyers, or jills, and the young ones are joeys. The collective noun for kangaroos is a mob, troop, or court.
*All info taken from Wikipedia for educational purposes.