The 2003 Masterpieces in Silver- Proof sterling silver four coin set celebrates the 150th anniversary of the establishment of the Port Phillip/Kangaroo Office. The coins in the Masterpieces in Silver depict the original face values: Quarter Ounce, Half Ounce, One Ounce and Two Ounces.
This unique piece of numismatic history involving the production of the Port Phillip Patterns. The story of the Port Phillip Patterns, also known as the Taylor Patterns or Kangaroo Office Patterns is about an early nineteenth century entrepreneur for whom this venture brought no success, yet left behind an Australian Numismatic enigma. The designs of the patterns are each produced within a fine silver 'Host' coin. The silver replicas enable each collector to own a full set of the original Kangaroo Office Patterns, with their designs as close to the original as possible. While the original patterns were in gold and because of their history the Patterns, produced in fine silver would make a beautiful modern Masterpieces in Silver set.
Each set includes a coined silver plaque, as well as in informative booklet which gives a further detailed background to the story of the Patterns and includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
The actual mintage of this set of silver proof coins was 7,489