The Perth Mint of Australia has released a high relief coin featuring one of the most iconic creatures found in the country. The 2012 Australian Kangaroo 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin is available now from the Perth Mint for AUS $100.
As indicated by the name, the reverse of the coin features a design showcasing a kangaroo. Each one ounce coin is struck to high relief from 99.9% pure silver and features a thickness of 6.00 mm. Continue reading
According to a post on the Perth Mint of Australia's Blog, the recently released Australian Map-Shaped Kookaburra 2012 1oz Silver Coin is fast approaching a sell-out. The Blog indicates a "rapid rate at which collectors have snapped up (the) retail allocation of Australian Map Shaped Kookaburra coins."
Not that there was exactly a large amount of the coins available to begin with - the Perth indicates a maximum mintage for the strike of just 6,000. Likely owing to that extremely limited mintage and the unique design of the coins, collectors ordered enough of them directly from the Perth that the product page now displays "unavailable."
This forces those still interested in obtaining the coin to look elsewhere such as one of the authorized distributors of Perth Mint products. Once those are gone, only the secondary market will remain as a viable option for purchases of the strike. Continue reading
The Perth Mint of Australia has released two new koala silver coins that are sure to delight many collectors. The 2012 Australian Koala 5 Oz Silver Proof Coin and the 2012 Australian Koala 1 Oz Gilded Silver Coin are both available now for ordering.
Both strikes feature the same koala image first seen on the 2012 Koala Silver Bullion Coins released by the Perth Mint last year. This image depicts the koala resting on the branch of a eucalyptus tree and is the work of Perth Mint artist Aleysha Howarth.
The Discover Australia 2012 Silver Five-Coin Set has been released by the Perth Mint of Australia. Showcased on the reverse of the strikes are five unique colorized designs depicting both the picturesque landscape of the country and some of the unique creatures that can be found there.
Included among the creatures featured in the set are the Green & Gold Bell Frog, the Red Kangaroo, the Kookaburra, the Goanna and the Whale Shark. The Perth Mint is issuing these 99.9% pure silver coins individually and as part of the five-coin set.
A new series of strikes has debuted from the Perth Mint of Australia with the release of the 2012 Opal Series Koala Silver Proof Coin. This coin showcases a Koala detailed on an inner panel of pure Australian opal.
The Australian Opal series is scheduled to contain a total of eight new strikes with this Koala Coin being the first of two issued in 2012. Additional strikes will be released also at a rate of two per year.
All of the strikes of the series will showcase a different nocturnal Australian animal featured in the opal. Each design will also reflect the moon at one of its different eight phases along with the Southern Cross constellation and native flora.
Likely the koala was chosen as the debut strike of the series owing to its status as perhaps the most loved and iconic creature of Australia. The koala lives solely on a diet of eucalyptus (gum) leaves and spends almost its entire life up in the branches of the trees. It can sleep for up to 18 hours a day and feeds at night.
Opal Series Koala Silver Proof Coin Design and Specifications
The 2012 Opal Series Koala Silver Proof Coin is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. Each 36.60mm coin is struck as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965 and features a legal tender face value of AUS $1.
Shown on the reverse is the Aleysha Howarth design of a koala on an inner panel of Australian opal. Surrounding the opal design on the outer panel are Eucalypt leaves and blossoms along with a new moon and the Southern Cross. Inscriptions of "KOALA" and "2012 1 OZ 999 SILVER" may also be found in the reverse.
As legal tender of Australia, a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is shown on the obverse. The portrait is by Ian Rank-Broadley. Obverse inscriptions include "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "1 DOLLAR."
The Perth Mint will release no more than 8,000 of these coins. Each will ship with a numbered certificate of authenticity and a presentation display case inside an illustrated shipper. The case is unique and new from the Perth in that it features a light that turns on when opened representing the moon shining down.
The 2012 Opal Series Koala Silver Proof Coins are available now for AUS $129. They may be found by using the affiliate link:
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Additional Australian coins are also available on the 2012 Australian Coins page of World Mint Coins.
The USS Constitution 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin was released by the Perth Mint of Australia today, February 7, 2012. The 99.9% pure silver coin features a reverse design emblematic of the USS Constitution, a wooden-hulled, three-masted, heavy frigate of the United States Navy.
Each Constitution Silver Proof Coin is struck as the fourth release of the Perth's Ships That Changed the World Series. This will feature a total of five coins when completed and has been extremely popular with collectors. Continue reading
The Perth Mint of Australia released the 2012 Australian Platypus Platinum Bullion Coin on December 5, 2011. The strike contains one ounce of 99.95% pure platinum and features a diameter of 32.60 mm.
This new platinum release marks the second time the Perth has issued a coin in the platypus series. The first Platypus Platinum Coin debuted earlier this year with a 2011-dated strike with indications by the Perth that the series will continue into the foreseeable future. Continue reading
Scheduled for release earlier this month, the Perth Mint of Australia has struck two new coins to mark the 60th Anniversary of the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II of England to the throne. The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Coins mark the occasion with extremely limited mintages and are available now directly from the Perth.
The Diamond Jubilee 2 oz Gold Proof Coin includes a diamond in the reverse design and features a maximum mintage of only 60 coins. The Diamond Jubilee 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin will be available in greater (albeit still relatively low) quantities with a maximum mintage of 7,500.
Reaffirming its position as one of the premier minting institutions of the world, the Perth Mint of Australia has struck what it claims is the "biggest, heaviest, inherently the most valuable gold bullion coin in the world" - the 1 Tonne Gold Kangaroo Coin struck from 99.99% pure gold.
As the name of the strike suggests, the coin was created as part of the Perth's extremely popular gold kangaroo series. All of the bullion coins in the series feature reverse imagery containing Australia's iconic marsupial - the kangaroo. Continue reading
The Perth Mint of Australia has issued the 2012 Year of the Dragon Gilded Silver Coin. This strike is composed of one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and features a reverse design including the mythical character of a dragon gilded in 24-karat gold.
In fact, the dragon design may be a familiar one to coin enthusiasts as it is the same one found on an associated 2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Bullion Coin. The bullion coin was released by the Perth Mint last month as part of its Australian Lunar Series II along with a gold bullion coin. Continue reading