The Discover Australia coin program from the Perth Mint has featured some of the unique animals and rich landscapes of Australia depicted on gold, silver, and platinum coins. From 2009 to 2011, the program featured fifteen different animals within the three year “The Dreaming” series. For 2012, a one year series will feature five different animals on coins with reduced mintage levels.
The five animals featured for the current year are the Red Kangaroo, Whale Shark, Green and Gold Bell Frog, Goanna, and Kookaburra. The silver coins are 1 oz in weight and struck in proof quality with colored backgrounds. The gold coins are struck to proof quality and come in 1/2 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/25 oz sizes. Based on preliminary information, the upcoming platinum series will include only 1/10 oz coins. All coins are available either individually or as part of a five coin set for the given metal/weight.
As mentioned, the maximum mintage levels for this years coins are reduced in some cases significantly compared to the prior year releases. In the most extreme case, the 1/25 oz. gold coins have had their mintage reduced by 90%.
Here is a comparison of the mintage levels for the previous 2009-2011 series to the current 2012 one year series.
|1 oz silver||10,000||7,500|
|1/2 oz gold||1,000||500|
|1/10 oz gold||2,500||1,000|
|1/25 oz gold||25,000||2,500|
|1/2 oz platinum||1,000||n/a|
|1/10 oz platinum||2,500||1,000|
Some of the coins from the 2009 to 2011 “The Dreaming” series have sold out based on the status listed on the Perth Mint’s website, while others remain available.
The Perth Mint recently provided information on the sales levels of the 2012 releases for an article on Coin Update. The silver coins have seen the strongest sales with approximately 60% of the entire mintage sold to date. For the gold coins, the percentage of the maximum mintage sold is 24% for the 1/2 oz coins, 16% for the 1/10 oz coins, and 12% for the 1/10 oz coins.