With the release of the latest edition of the 2019 Australian Kookaburra coin, we’re taking a look at the history of this Perth Mint bullion series and the symbolism behind the wondrous bird. 


Kookaburra Bird sitting on a log eating a bug


The Kookaburra Bird

The Kookaburra is part of the kingfisher family and is most native to Australia, although they’re also found in New Guinea. Kookaburras are a well-known symbol of Australia and have been nicknamed ‘The Laughing Jackass’ because of their distinct song. They’re normally very territorial birds and have been found to build nests, not only in trees, but also in termite mounds.

A kookaburra is a carnivore and doesn’t drink much water. Like birds of prey, kookaburras receive their moisture through the blood of the prey they hunt, including mice, snakes, insects, small reptiles, and the young of other birds. In some parts of the world, Kookaburras are so tame that they’ll eat food from an outstretched hand, in some cases, Australians have even reported a kookaburra swooping in to steal some of their precious BBQ food!

All of these characteristics allow the Kookaburra to become a symbol of boldened fearlessness with a pursuit of getting what they want. 

The kookaburra itself has a large head and a short, thick neck. It has a very large, heavy beak which is black on the top and beige on the bottom and measures up to 10 centimeters (4 inches) in length. They normally have prominent brown eyes with dark brown stripes extending through them. Their back and wings are brown and they have blue shoulder spots. They have longish tails that are rusty red in colour with dark brown barring and white feather tips.



The Kookaburra’s laugh

The Kookaburra has a hugely legendary song that will keep you very entertained for hours or ripping your hair out. Physically, it’s to mark their territory, but aboriginal legend says the kookaburra’s infamous songs of laughter each morning is a sign for the sky people to light the great fire that illuminates and warms the earth by day, the sun. 


1oz Silver 2019 Kookaburra Bullion Investment Coin


Coin Design

In 1990, The Perth Mint introduced the Silver Kookaburra series to the world and issued the first release of 1oz coins from 99.9% pure Silver. The Kookaburra coin has actually only ever been minted in silver, although, The Perth Mint did issue a one-off Gold Proof Set to celebrate an anniversary of the Silver Kookaburra coin series.

The coins always feature a kookaburra bird, but the design changes each year. On the 2018 coin design, the Kookaburra is pictured mid-flight, whereas the 2019 design features a kookaburra sitting on a tree branch protruding out of the water with the sun setting over the horizon. Inscribed are the words ‘AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA’ with the coin’s weight, purity and its year of issue.

On the reverse side of the coin is the traditional profile of Queen Elizabeth II, a significant figure as she has been the constitutional monarch of Australia since 1931. The 2019 Kookaburra is one of the first coins to feature the queen’s shoulders as well as her head.



Past Series Designs 

The unique individuality of each coin makes the Kookaburra series irresistible to collectors. We’re proud to have had many of these designs pass through the Bleyer vault, and each design is something we look forward to seeing every year. Some of the older Kookaburra coin designs are now extremely rare and difficult to get a hold of, so well done if you’ve managed to collect them all.

Read ‘The Most Expensive & Rare Coins Sold at Auction’ here.

The 1996 Silver Kookaburra coin features an image of a Kookaburra bird in flight, and the 2006 Silver Kookaburra features a pair of Kookaburra birds sitting on a piece of tree branch – every Kookaburra coin tells a different story of this amazing creature. The only two similar designs are the original 1990 version and the anniversary 2015 edition. How many of these coins do you have in your stack?

Reverse of 1oz Silver Kookaburra produced in the series from The Perth Mint



There are various sizes in the Kookaburra silver series including 1oz, 10oz, and 1KG. These will make for a delightful addition to a collector’s stack. Bleyer currently only offer current year silver Kookaburra coins, but pre-owned silver passes through our vaults on a very regular basis. Please contact one of the team for more information on 01769 618618. If you’d like to see more information about The Perth Mint’s Kookaburra mintages, you can find their full records on the Kookaburra coins.


1oz Silver Australian Kookaburra Coin, 2019

1oz Silver Australian Kookaburra Bullion Investment Coin available at Bleyer


  • Price Inclusive of VAT and fully insured Delivery
  • This coin contains one troy ounce (31.1035 grams) of fine .999 silver
  • Australian legal tender with a face value of one dollar (AUD)
  • UK stock available for immediate despatch
  • Each coin is supplied in a hard plastic capsule
  • Order your 1oz Silver Kookaburra Coin today.



1KG Silver Australian Kookaburra Coin, 2019

1KG Silver Australian Kookaburra Bullion Investment Coin available at Bleyer


  • Price Inclusive of VAT and fully insured Delivery
  • This coin contains 1 kilo (1,000 grams) of fine .9999 silver
  • Australian legal tender with a face value of $30 (AUD)
  • Each coin is supplied in a hard plastic capsule
  • Fantastic value for 1kg silver!
  • Order your 2019 1kg Silver Kookaburra Coin today.




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