The Royal Australian Mint has produced a silver kangaroo piece
every year since 1993. This was the second curpro-nickel piece minted as part of the series. It was produced to provide a
more affordable entry point to for collectors who appreciated the designs. The
reverse was designed by the iconic Australian artist Reg Mombassa and features a caricatured kangaroo holding a
football with the denomination "one dollar". The obverse houses the Ian
Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the
"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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