The 2 Oz. Kookaburra - Modern Rarity

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Dan Hughes

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At least it is for me.

What makes this Series rare (in my view only) is the population of the coins in the series. There are, to my knowledge, a total of 89 coins in the Series dating from 1991 up until 2009, when the Perth Mint discontinued the 2 Oz. version of it's popular Kookaburra Series coins.

Similar to the 1 Oz. version there are many varieties for several of the annual releases with the difference being the Privy marks added to that year's release. An example is on the coin I uploaded for this journal entry.

The side effect of such a low population of each release was the difficulty, and for me the enjoyment, of hunting down and finding / purchasing / grading / and finally adding each coin to its slot in the Registry Set. There were several of these varieties I didn't even know existed until I stumbled across them in auctions. One example of this is the 2000 S$2 Kookaburra Proof with the Victoria Cross Privy Mark. Only 1,000 were issued and they were sold as part of a presentation piece with a mock up of the original Victoria Cross and a history of the first Victoria Cross all put into a picture frame you would mount on a wall.

From my research (and don't quote me) about 20 of the 89 coins in the Series had population counts under 1,000 pieces. Hence I would only occasionally run across these coins at auctions or on suppliers web sites.

Here is an incomplete list I have which only goes up to the year 2000 but shows the population quantity on most as well as whether BU or Proof:

Mintmark Mintage Mint Brilliant

Uncirc. Proof Notes

1991 Kookaburra on Tree Stump $10 Denomination

1992 Kookaburra Feeding Nestling 4,000 Perth Proof Type

1992 Kookaburra on Tree Stump Perth Bullion Type

1992 NAA Logo Privy 500 Perth Proof Type

1992 Adelaide Pound Privy 500 Perth Proof Type

1992 Holey Dollar Privy 1,000 Perth Bullion Type

1993 Two Kookaburras 3,290 Perth Proof Type

1993 Kookaburra on Tree Stump Perth Bullion Type

1993 Eagle Privy 500 Perth Proof Type

1993 Sydney Mint Sovereign Privy 750 Perth Proof Type

1993 Perth Fair Ingot 500 Perth Proof Type

1993 Dump Privy 1,000 Perth Bullion Type

1993 Whales Privy 1,000 Perth Bullion Type

1993 Emu Privy 1,000 Perth Bullion Type

1993 Kangaroo Privy 1,000 Perth Bullion Type

1994 Kookaburra on Tree Branch 500 Proof Type

1994 Two Kookaburras Perth Bullion Type

1994 Edward VII Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1994 George V Small Head Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1994 Victoria Privy 1,000 Perth Bullion Type

1994 George V Large Head Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1995 Kookaburra in Flight 650 Perth Proof Type

1995 Kookaburra on Tree Branch Perth Bullion Type

1995 USA Eagle Privy 800 Perth Proof Type

1995 WWII Peace Privy 1,000 Perth Proof Type

1995 1927 Florin Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1995 1934/35 Florin Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1995 1951 Florin Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1995 1954 Florin Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1995 With Perth Mint Ingot 500 Perth Bullion Type

1995 World Vision Privy 15,000 Perth Bullion Type

1996 Kookaburra & Chick 632 Perth Proof Type

1996 Kookaburra in Flight Perth Bullion Type

1996 Spade Guinea Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1996 Johanna Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1996 Ducat Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1996 Star Pagoda Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1996 Hague Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1996 With Perth Mint Ingot 500 Perth Bullion Type

1996 Golden Eagle Privy 800 Perth Proof Type

1997 Kookaburra on Fence 650 Perth Proof Type

1997 Kookaburra & Chick Perth Bullion Type

1997 Pattern Penny Privy 2,000 Perth Proof Type

1997 Pattern Threepence Privy 2,000 Perth Bullion Type

1997 Pattern Florin Privy 2,000 Perth Proof Type

1997 Pattern Shilling Privy 2,000 Perth Bullion Type

1997 1937 Crown Privy 4,000 Perth Bullion Type

1997 With Perth Mint Medallion 500 Perth Bullion Type

1998 Two Kookaburras 1,850 Perth Proof Type

1998 Kookaburra on Fence Perth Bullion Type

1998 Jubilee 1887 Sovereign Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1998 Shield 1871 Sovereign Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1998 St. George 1871 Sovereign Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1998 Sydney Mint 1855 Sovereign Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1998 With Perth Mint Medallion 750 Perth Bullion Type

1999 Kookaburra on Branch 1,850 Perth Proof Type

1999 Two Kookaburras Perth Bullion Type

1999 1930 Penny Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1999 1933 Shilling Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1999 1923 Halfpenny Privy 1,500 Perth Bullion Type

1999 1932 Florin Privy 1,500 Perth Proof Type

1999 With Perth Mint Medallion 750 Perth Bullion Type

2000 Two Kookaburras 750 Perth Proof Type

2000 Kookaburra on Branch Perth Bullion Type

2000 Roman Antoninianus Privy 2,000 Perth Bullion Type

2000 Byzantine Bronze Privy 2,000 Perth Bullion Type

2000 English Hammered Penny Privy 2,000 Perth Bullion Type

2000 Hungary Denar Florin Privy 2,000 Perth Bullion Type

Dan

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