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Kangaroo at Sunset

2009 - 13


The Kangaroo at Sunset coin was struck in sterling silver and the reverse was designed by famous entertainer and artist, Rolf Harris. It shows a solitary kangaroo on the horizon with a low sun, which casts a long shadow on the animal across the plain. The legend reads 1 OZ. FINE SILVER. The obverse of the coin features the traditional Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, right-facing with tiara and earrings along with the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009 1 DOLLAR around the edge. This coin was named Kangaroo at Sunset and originally came in a beautifully crafted wooden box with a sliding lid. It was embossed in gold with the Australian Government Crown along with Royal Australian Mint. A Certificate of Authenticity came with the coin, which includes a short description of the coin and information regarding the designer.

The kangaroo is a marsupial mammal of which there are over sixty different species. They range from the largest (Red Kangaroo) to the smallest (Wallabies). The Red Kangaroo is the largest marsupial mammal in the world and can weigh up to 90 kilograms. Kangaroos of differing species can be found all across Australia whether the climate is cold or hot and in desert or tropical areas. They can even be found on beaches whilst others live in trees! All kangaroos are herbivorous, eating a range of plants and shrubs. Most are nocturnal but some are active in the early morning and late afternoon. Kangaroos are also exported, but live exports are prohibited by law. Exportation began in 1959 and it is known that kangaroo meat is exported to over fifty-five countries and their skin is also widely sought (Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2008). The Kangaroo, along with the Emu, were selected as symbols of Australia and are featured on the official Australian coat of arms.

The tails side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coinThe heads side of the coin(Dept of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2008)
 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692009 7,28090981001103401,1003,3009,00022,0002010 11,290         2011 2,129         2012 1,956          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2009 Proof4,366      2010 Proof3,500      2011 Proof11,000      2013 Proof2,400      Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.