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Australia Silver Kangaroo

2008 Gold Overlaid One Dollar reverse 2008 Gold Overlaid One Dollar obverse

2008 Gold Overlaid One Dollar

Reverse Designer:Reg Mombassa Obverse Designer:Ian Rank-Broadley Size:40.6mm Weight:31.1g Edge:Interrupted Composition:99.99% Silver


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The Royal Australian Mint has produced a silver kangaroo piece every year since 1993. This piece was designed by iconic Australian Artist Reg Mombassa and features a caricatured kangaroo holding a football. The reverse also features the denomination "one dollar" and the text "ONE OUNCE FINE SILVER". The obverse houses the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2008".

The Kangaroo is probably Australia's most iconic animal. It is a marsupial mammal with over sixty different species ranging from the large Red Kangaroo to the small Wallabies. The Red Kangaroo is the largest marsupial in the world and can weigh up to 90 kilograms. Kangaroos of differing species can be found all across Australia whether the climate is cold or hot and in desert or tropical areas. Some can even be found on beaches whilst others live in trees. All kangaroos are herbivorous, eating a range of plants and shrubs and most are nocturnal but some are active in the early morning and late afternoon. The Kangaroo, along with the Emu, were selected as symbols of Australia and are featured on the official Australian coat of arms.

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