Several new products recently went on sale at the Perth Mint. These can all be found as the most recent entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The 2012 Discover Australia Platinum Coins have been released. These join the gold and silver coins previously released for the program.
Five separate designs are issued featuring the Kookaburra, Whale Shark, Red Kangaroo, Goanna, and the Green and Gold Bell Frog. Each design depicts the animal against a colored background. The one-tenth ounce .9995 pure platinum proof coins are limited to 1,000 pieces each and may be purchased either individually or as part of a complete five coin set.
An Australian Map Shaped Coin featuring the Kookaburra has been released. This 1 ounce .999 fine silver coin depicts the iconic bird before a colored background.
This represents the first release within a new coin series. The mintage limit is 6,000 pieces.
The final coin within the series Australian Sea Life II- The Reef has been released. This coin features the Manta Ray with the reverse designed by Wade Robinson, who was profiled in this Coin Update article.
Each coin is struck in 1/2 ounce of .999 silver to proof quality. The mintage limit is 10,000 coins. Previous designs within the series featuring the Hawksbill Turtle, Starfish, Surgeonfish, and Octopus remain available for sale.
The final new release for this month is the 2012 Year of the Dragon 5 oz. Silver Proof Coin. Unfortunately this product cannot be ordered by customers in the USA. (See this previous article on Perth Mint exclusive products.)
Each coin is struck in 5 ounces of .999 fine silver to proof quality. The reverse features a dragon with the pearl of wisdom, as previously seen on bullion and other numismatic releases. The mintage is limited to 5,000 pieces.
Customers from the USA are directed towards www.newyorkmint.com to make their purchase. I don’t see the coin listed for sale anywhere on that website yet. The price listed on the Perth Mint product page is AUS $450.00 or US $436.94.