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Australian Silver Kookaburra

2000 2oz Victoria Cross Privy Mark

On the 100th anniversary of the awarding of the first Victoria Cross to an Australian, The Perth Mint issued a limited number of commemorative, coloured privy mark coins, each presented in a serial-numbered frame with a replica of the Victoria Cross.

The first Australian recipient of the Victoria Cross was Captain Neville Reginald Howse, a doctor and volunteer in the New South Wales Medical Corps, serving in South Africa in 1900.
On 24 July Australian and Boer forces clashed near Vredefort and the Australians began to take several casualties. At the height of the battle, Howse saw a trumpeter fall, badly wounded, and despite heavy crossfire, he rode to his aid. Before reaching him, however, Howse's horse was shot from under him, yet he proceeded on foot and tended the soldier's wounds, eventually carrying the man back to safety.

His Victoria Cross is the only one awarded to a member of the Australian medical forces. This medal can be seen on display at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra
This commemorative issue contains a 2000-dated, 2oz proof Kookaburra coin, featuring a coloured privy mark of the Victoria Cross highlighted against the polished background of the coin.
A replica of the Victoria Cross is also presented with the special privy mark coin.


Composition: 99.9% Silver
Silver Content: 2 oz
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 62.770 grams
Size: 50.30 mm
Finish: Proof