2 oz 2023 Kangaroo Yongka Antiqued Coloured Silver Coin | Perth Mint
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The second of its kind, this beautiful 2 oz silver antiqued coloured coin features an original coloured painting of a kangaroo by Kevin Bynder, a proud Whadjuk-Yuet-Ballardong man.
- Ships individually in protective packaging
- Consisting of 2 oz of 9999 Fine Silver
- Obverse: Features the memorial effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, along with the metal weight and purity
- Reverse: Features the Yongka kangaroo, traversing through lands of the Nyoongar nation, its skin decorated with cultural motifs
During the past 250 years, the kangaroo has been recognized worldwide as Australia's most symbolic animal. For thousands of years, the remarkable marsupial lived alongside First Nations Australians, for whom it has always had enormous cultural and spiritual significance.
The kangaroo features in Dreamtime and other traditional stories handed down by Aboriginal people from generation to generation. Some mobs consider the kangaroo a totem, the subject of sacred beliefs and an important affirmation of their cultural identity. Kangaroos were integral to Aboriginal people's way of life, providing meat for sustenance and skins that were made into protective cloaks.
Kevin is a passionate artist and teacher whose diverse portfolio of vibrant and striking works includes many Indigenous guernsey and shirt designs for high-profile sporting franchises and murals in public and private spaces in and around Perth. Western Australia's natural environment inspires Kevin's works and reflects the history and knowledge of his people who have lived in Nyoongar country for tens of thousands of years.
ABOUT THE PERTH MINT
The Perth Mint opened in 1899 as the British Royal Mint's 3rd branch in Australia. The historical Hay Street location handled gold refining until moving to a modern facility in April 1990. Ownership of the mint was transferred to the Government of Western Australia in July of 1970. Under an agreement with the Commonwealth Treasury, they were empowered to mint and market gold, silver, and platinum as Australian legal tender to investors and collectors worldwide. Today, they are amongst one of the elite world mints whose pure gold, silver, and platinum items are trusted without question. Items such as the Australian Nugget, Silver Coin Series (Kangaroo, Kookaburra, Koala, and Platypus to name a few), as well as the Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Coin Series are extensively sought after by bullion investors worldwide.
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