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Silver Kangaroos

2003 Proof

99.9% Silver

Produced in Proof finish and presented in packaging that retains the warm red and ochre colours of the 2001 $1 Kangaroo coins, the 2003 coins are the third and final in the series that depict Aboriginal designs and the eleventh 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, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II features on the obverse.

The proof has frosted designs with mirror fields and are encapsulated in plastic, packaged in a special, plush presentation case, accompanied by a numbered certificate. The packaging uses typical Australian outback colours creating a distinctively Australian feel.
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 a design by acclaimed Aboriginal artist Ray Thomas of the Gunnai people in Gippsland, Victoria, the coin depicts "Jirrah-Watty" – the Big Kangaroo – in full flight. With bold muscular line work underscoring the animal’s power and predominance, a delicate finish applied to the background envelopes the horizon in a shimmering heat haze, along with the distant silhouettes of another stalwart of the outback, the grass tree. Ray Thomas has spent many years researching his Gunnai people’s myths, legends, designs and body marks. The patterned line work and motifs are characteristic of the indigenous peoples throughout South-East Australia.
The raised polished image with frosted background was crafted by Vladimir Gottwald, Engraver at the Royal Australian Mint.

Nominal Specifications

Denomination: $1
Metal: 99.9% Silver
Silver Content: 1.00 oz
Mass: 31.6 grams
Diameter: 40.80 mm
Reverse: Ray Thomas / Vladimir Gottwald
Obverse: Ian Rank-Broadley