The Perth Mint of Australia has released one of the more unique sets to be offered to the coin buying public in recent years - the 2011 Heroes and Villains 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin Set. Included in this set are five 99.9% pure silver coins featuring colorized reverses depicting classic hero and villain pairs taken from literature and mythology.
Each coin in the set is struck as legal tender of the country of Tuvalu and includes the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England on the obverse. Surrounding the image of the Queen are the inscriptions of "Queen Elizabeth II," "1 Dollar," "Tuvalu" and "2011." Continue reading
The Perth Mint of Australia has released the Golden Hind 1 Oz Silver Proof Coin as the second issue of the Ships That Changed the World Series. This coin is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and features a maximum mintage of only 5,000 pieces.
Shown on the reverse of the coin is a design depicting the majestic ship known as the Golden Hind. The ship was named the Golden Hind by Sir Francis Drake in preparation for his voyage around the Strait of Magellan. It was done in reference to one of Drake's primary sponsors of the voyage, Christopher Hatton, whose crest included the image of a hind (female deer). Continue reading
The Australian Koala 2011 Gold Proof Coin is now available from the Perth Mint of Australia after debuting earlier this month. The proof quality .9999 fine gold coins are produced in four different sizes including 2 oz, 1 oz, 1/10 oz and 1/25 oz.
This release of the Gold Proof Koala Coin marks the fourth annual issue of the series from the Perth which first appeared in 2008. The reverse of the strike is changed annually but always depicts Australia's indigenous koala in its natural habitat among the leaves and branches of the Eucalyptus Tree. Continue reading
The Perth Mint of Australia has introduced a new family member to its bullion coin line-up - the Australian Platypus Platinum Bullion Coin. Each is struck from one ounce of 99.95% pure platinum.
By introducing this new platinum strike, the Perth now offers bullion coins in three different precious metals - gold, silver and now platinum. The Platypus Coin joins other popular Perth bullion releases like the Silver Koala, the Silver Kookaburra and the Gold Kangaroo. However, unlike these strikes, the Perth Mint indicates that the Platypus Coin will not feature annually changing reverse designs.
“Once again we’re pleased to offer the Australian Bullion Coin Program in a trio of precious metals – gold, silver and platinum,” Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director Ron Currie said. “Growing interest in platinum, limited availability and a beautiful animal design provide plenty of incentive to acquire this stunning addition to the range.”
The Perth's use of a platypus for the design is in keeping with its tradition of striking bullion coins featuring creatures endemic to the country. Currently, the platypus are only known to exist in Eastern Australia, including Tasmania. Continue reading
With the release of the 2011 Australian Koala 1/10 Ounce Silver Bullion Coin, the Perth Mint of Australia has added another size option to its extremely popular Bullion Koala series.
Traditionally, the Perth issued these strikes in four sizes since first debuting in 2007 - one kilo, 10 ounce, 1 ounce and 1/2 ounce with face values of $30, $10, $1 and $.50, respectively. However, the addition of this new 1/10 ounce, ten cent strike brings the total of Koala Bullion coins up to five.
Coins in the series feature annually changing reverse designs dedicated to one of Australia's iconic marsupials, the koala. The 2011 reverse shows an adult and a joey (its young) in the branches of its favorite habitat, a Eucalyptus Tree as designed by artist Elise Martinson.
The adult is reclined in a nook of the tree while the younger koala is depicted clinging to one of the branches. Inscribed in an arch over the scene is "AUSTRALIAN KOALA" with the year of "2011 1/10 OZ 999 SILVER" shown below. Continue reading
The Perth Mint has released the final of five coins to be included as part of its highly successful Australian Sea Life Series - The Reef. The 1/2 oz. Silver Proof Moray Eel Coin became available on May 4th, 2010 and is sure to be a hit among collectors just like the previous coins.
This series of coins has proven to be in demand among many around the world for several reasons. The first of which is obviously the subject matter. Picking creatures known to reside in the reefs off of the coast of Australia immediately draws the attention of potential customers who have seen or would like to see some of them in their natural habitat.
Second, one attribute that the Perth is known for is its colorizing and the reverse of this coin is an excellent example. The Moray Eel is portrayed in life-like color so as to almost jump from the coin on which it resides. Continue reading
For those collectors interested in a unique limited mintage coin with a significant amount of history behind, the newly released 2010 Perth Mint Gold Proof Australian Sovereign might be just what you are looking for. Despite having a relationship to a coin dating back over five centuries, the Australian Sovereign is new in both its design and in its re-appearance in the last 100 years.
The first sovereigns date to 1489 and were minted for King Henry VII of England. Gold sovereigns continued to be produced over the next 400 plus years almost non-stop for the British Empire. As one of the colonies of Great Britain, Australia also used the coins as currency during the late 1800's.
To simplify the production and distribution of the coins to its colonies, the Royal Mint of Great Britain had branch mint's constructed to refine local gold deposits and strike sovereigns to be used in or near that colony. The Perth Mint of Australia was one such branch mint created just for that purpose.
The Perth continued to strike the sovereigns until 1931 when Great Britain went off of the gold standard. Last year, in 2009, the Perth started re-issuing sovereigns as collectible coins in an extremely limited mintage. This year marks the second installment of the coins which the Perth states will be a continuing annual series.
All of the coins are struck from 22-carat gold to what the Perth terms "supreme proof quality." The obverse (as legal tender of Australia) contains an image of Queen Elizabeth II while the reverse showcases the Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms along with a seven-pointed star, a kangaroo and an emu.
Initial price for the coins is listed at AUS $590 and includes a numbered certificate of authenticity and a timber presentation case.
See World Mint Coin's 2010 Australian Sovereign page for more information.