100th anniversary of the kookaburra square penny design

14 Feb 2019  Thu

Perth Mint issued a special 1oz 99.99% pure silver coin to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the kookaburra square penny design of Australia. The coin will be presented at the Perth Money Expo ANDA. The reverse side depicts a kookaburra on a branch by a river, as the sun sets in the background. Other inscriptions include AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA, 2019, the weight and fineness, and Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. The 1919 square kookaburra penny design is depicted on a square privy mark with the words AUSTRALIA and ONE PENNY. The reverse side depicts an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Jody Clark, along with face value.

The 31.107 grams coin has a diameter of 40.60 millimetres and a thickness of 3.21 millimetres. It has a face value of 1 Dollar (AUS) and a mintage limit of 2,000 pieces. A coloured presentation card has a fold-out stand to hold the coin upright.

Jody Clark has been a designer and engraver with Royal Mint UK since 2012. He is credited for designing the fifth official portrait of Queen Elizabeth in 2015. Aleysha Howarth has been a coin designer with Perth Mint since 2008. Her designs reflect her personal style and love for nature.

Alicia holds a Graphic Design degree from the Central TAFE School of Art and Design. She is well-known all over the world for her innovative colourized ballet coin series of 2011. She also led the design team for Perth Mint’s Opal coin series.

Image Courtesy: Perth Mint

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