There is no creature more commonly associated with the continent of Australia than the kangaroo. The kangaroo is a native species of Australia and cannot be found anywhere else on the planet. An unofficial symbol of the nation of Australia, the kangaroo is a fixture on national currency and graces the reverse side of the 2016 1 oz Australian Silver Kangaroo coin.
Kangaroos immediately captured the imagination of explorers upon arrival in the South Pacific. Found only in Australia, the kangaroo is a unique species with a gait and movement unlike any other animal in the world. These massive marsupials hop across the open spaces of the continent on large, powerful legs, and use an oversized, muscular tail to help balance their bodies.
The design for this brand-new coin from Australias Perth Mint has been a closely guarded secret that was only revealed to the public at the World Fair of Money. The American Numismatic Association oversaw the unveiling of this new coin, which is set to rival the American Silver Eagles dominance of the precious metals coin market.