New Releases from the Perth Mint May 2012

The Perth Mint has many new products which will go on sale today. For collectors in the United States the products should start to appear within the new releases section starting April 30, 2012 at 12:01 PM ET.

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For the first time, the Perth Mint will offer a high relief proof version of the Silver Kookaburra. The Perth Mint’s high relief coins are struck on thicker planchets with concave surfaces, which produces a stunning effect. Previous high relief coins such as the 2010 and 2011 Kangaroo and 2012 Year of the Dragon coins have been well received by collectors.

The 2012 High Relief Proof Silver Kookaburra has a limited mintage of 10,000 coins. This is lower than the 2011 High Relief Silver Kangaroo, which has a limited mintage of 20,000 pieces and still remains available for sale. The 2012 High Relief Dragon had a mintage limit of 7,500 and quickly sold out.

The 2012 Silver Koala Gilded Edition will also go on sale. These coins feature the current year Koala design in specimen finish with the Koala image highlighted in 24 karat gold. The one ounce silver coins carry a mintage limit of 10,000 coins.

Gilded Silver Koalas have been offered by the Perth Mint for each year from 2008 to present.

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A five ounce silver proof version of the 2012 Silver Koala will also be offered. This will represent the second time that the Australian Koala has been offered in this size.

The specifications are 60.60 mm in diameter, with a thickness of 7.90 mm. The coins are struck in 99.9% purity and contain 5 troy ounces of silver. The mintage limit is 5,000 pieces.

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With potential to appeal to a broader market, the Perth Mint will offer a one ounce silver proof coin featuring Marilyn Monroe. This is an officially licensed product produced by the Perth Mint and issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.

The reverse of the coin features a photographic image of Marilyn Monroe set against a background of film with stars.  The mintage for this offering is limited to 12,500 coins worldwide.

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The fifth and final release of the series Ships That Changed the World will go on sale. This release features the Cutty Sark, one of the last tea clippers to be built and one of hte fastest. (Wikipedia page)

The coin is struck in one ounce of 99.9% silver in proof quality. The mintage limit is only 5,000 pieces.

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Previous releases of the series have featured the Santa Maria (sold out), Golden Hind, Mayflower (close to sell out), and USS Constitution.

The only gold release for the month will be the 2012 Proof Australian Gold Sovereign. The Perth Mint resumed production of the historic sovereign coins starting in 2009 with proof quality examples struck for collectors.

These coins are struck in 22 karat (91.67%) gold and have a legal tender value of 25 Dollars. The gold content for each coin is 0.2354 troy ounces.

Mintage is limited to 2,500 pieces.

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One final release will be the second release within the Dragons of Legend series. This release will feature the Chinese Dragon.

These coins are struck in one troy ounce of 99.9% silver to proof quality. The mintage is limited to just 5,000.

The previous release featuring the Red Welsh Dragon was a quick sell out.

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  1. Shutter says

    I’m sure Paradise got a really good deal from Perth. You would too, if you bought that many. Fortunately Paradise isn’t gaming the system by sending all of the coins for grading. I am grateful that they are making lots of coins available at around the issue price.

  2. Shutter says

    Oh and lest we forget. Perth is able to make such deal with Paradise et al., because they charge roughly double what US Mint charges. So I am also grateful that our own Mint hasn’t yet joined this race.

  3. Louis says

    Thanks for the info. on the previous discover issues, which probably means they won’t do that well as far as price appreciation. However, I do like Kooks a lot, and if I get one, it would be just because it looks nice.

    By the way, the good folks at Perth read this blog.

    I too am pleased with how Paradise is handling the Kook release. I don’t know how long it will take to sell their stock, or if dealers will buy directly from them in some cases (such as the lots of 100 to someone like MCM), but eventually once they are gone, prices should move.

  4. Samuel says

    i like the way paradisemint handles this coin as well. this is my 2nd time buy from them. i once bought several colored dragons from them. their volumn is much bigger than MCM at bay. it seems they have 1500 plus 5 100-coin lot at their website.

  5. Shutter says

    As long as you’re going into it with eye wide open about potential appreciation, liking the coin is the best reason for acquisition. For example, I ordered Boxing Kangaroos from the Animal Athletes series, fully realizing that it will never be worth what I paid for it. However it is a nice design and makes a nice companion to the 2010 HR Kangaroo.

  6. Schalk says

    For those guys that lost out on the Tuvalu 2012 $1 Dragons Of Legend – Chinese Dragon 1oz Silver Proof – it is now available from Downies for $114.

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