Many new products went on sale at the Perth Mint today, including a special edition for the Dragons of Legend series, this year’s high relief silver proof Kangaroo coin, and new releases within the Australian Antarctic Territory, Deadly and Dangerous, and Wildlife in Need series.
These coins can all be found as the most recent entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
A special edition coin has been released for the Dragons of Legend series. The regular series has featured the Red Welsh Dragon and Chinese Dragon on 1 ounce silver coins with a mintage limit of 5,000 each. Both of these were quick sell outs.
The special edition coin is struck in 5 ounces of .999 silver and features two dragons encircling a pearl against a fish motif. The mintage is limited to 1,000 pieces.
The 2012 High Relief Silver Proof Kangaroo Coin is available. This is the third year that a high relief coin featuring the Kangaroo has been offered.
The reverse design features a kangaroo in the outback with a windmill in the background. This design is also used for the 2012 Gold Kangaroo coins. Similar to other high relief silver coins from the Perth Mint, the coins are made with a smaller diameter, extra deep blank for a dramatic impact.
This coin is limited to a mintage of 20,000 pieces. This is the same limit that was used for the 2011 High Relief Silver Kangaroo, which still remains available for sale.
A new release for the “Deadly and Dangerous” series features the Funnel-web spider. The 2006 Red Back Spider release from this series currently fetches a huge premium on the secondary market. Other coins of the series have featured the Great White Shark, Blue Ringed Octopus, Saltwater Crocodile, Eastern Brown Snake, and Australia’s Box Jellyfish.
The current release features the deadly Funnel Web Spider against a colored background of its web and leaves. An inscription above reads “Australia’s Funnel Web Spider”.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver in proof quality. The mintage limit is 5,000 pieces. There is an initial ordering limit of one coin per member.
The fifth and final release for the series entitled “Wildlife in Need” features the Siberian Tiger. Previous releases have featured the Giant Panda, Orangutan, Polar Bear, and Black Rhinoceros.
The current release depicts the Siberian Tiger and cub in color within a winter forest landscape. A pair of supporting hands appears in the lower portion of the design. The inscription above reads “Wildlife in Need – Siberian Tiger.”
Each coin is struck in 1 ounce of .999 silver in proof quality. The mintage is limited to 5,000 pieces.
A new release within the “Australian Antarctic Territory” series features the Emperor Penguin. The reverse design features a colored image of Emperor Penguins and two chicks standing on ice flows. The image appears within an outline of Antarctica.
Each coin is struck from 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver in proof quality. The mintage limit of 7,500 coins. There is an initial ordering limit of one coin per member.
Additional New Releases include:
- Australian Koala 2012 Gold Proof Coins (not available in USA)
- Australian Bush Babies II Kookaburra Silver Coin
- 2012 Young Collectors Animal Athletes Cheetah $1 Coin
- Celebrate Australia 2012 $1 Coins