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Silver Kangaroos

1998 Proof

99.9% Silver

Produced in proof finish for the very first time, the 1998 coin is the sixth release in the Royal Australian Mint's Kangaroo Coin Series which began in 1993.
The reverse design of this $1 one Troy Ounce coin celebrates Australia's best known animal, the Kangaroo, it has the 'C' mintmark incorporated into the design,Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II features on the obverse.

The kangaroo is an icon that symbolises Australia through out the world, not only because it stands on our coat of arms but also because its spirit of fighting to survive in one of the world's harshest climates, Australia.
Featuring the Red Kangaroo, the largest species of kangaroo. Commonly known as a "Big Red", the male Red Kangaroo is a huge, robust animal with a wine-red coat, while the blue-grey colouring of the female, and the swift yet graceful movements she displays at full pace, are reflected in her name, "Blue Flyer". These "Roos" - as they are colloquially known - can be found throughout the arid regions of Australia, from woodlands, mulga and mallee scrub, to shrublands, desert and grasslands. Forced to compete with domestic livestock for food and water, they must travel great distances in search of sustenance. Unrestricted by farm and station fences - which can be cleared in a single leap - the Red Kangaroo is the epitome of freedom in the outback of Australia.
The raised polished image with frosted background was crafted by Horst Hahne, Chief Engraver at the Royal Australian Mint.

The proof has frosted designs with mirror fields. 5,000 of the proof coins were packaged in a special, unofficial plush presentation case, accompanied by a numbered certificate. The remainder of the mintage of approximately 15,000 were released individually, encapsulated in plastic, without packaging.

Nominal Specifications

Denomination: $1
Metal: 99.9% Silver
Silver Content: 1.00 oz
Mass: 31.6 grams
Diameter: 40.80 mm
Reverse: Horst Hahne
Obverse: Raphael Maklouf