In addition to gold and silver collector coins which usually capture the most attention, the Perth Mint also periodically releases series of base metal coins. Since I have not covered these in the past, I wanted to take a post to highlight two of the most recently released collections.
The 2012 Young Collectors Animal Athletes series will contain a total of six different coins. The first three coins featuring the Kangaroo, Monarch Butterfly, and Cheetah have already been released. According to the upcoming products page, the fourth release featuring the Sailfish will go on sale August 7. The final two releases will feature the Rhinoceros Beetle and Rocket Frog.
The theme of the series is to showcase animals that have amazing abilities, which may resemble sports that human athletes compete in. For example, kangaroos often brawl with one another similar to boxing, the Monarch Butterfly can fly over 425 kilometers per day, and the Cheetah can run at speeds of up to 113 kilometers per hour.
Each $1 coin is struck in aluminum bronze composition with a weight of 13.80 grams and diameter of 30.60 mm. Either the animal or the background is colored. Each coin comes in an illustrated display card with the first issue also available within a display album to house all six issues of the series. The mintage for each release is 7,500 pieces.
The product pages for the available coins can be found here.
The following video provides a glimpse of the future releases.
A new series of base metal coins released last month is the 2012 Celebrate Australia $1 Coin Collection. The five coins of the series portray Australian landscapes and marine environments inscribed in the World Heritage List.
Specifically, the coins feature:
- Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park’s skyline and the native Perentie Lizard
- Lord Howe Island Group’s landscape and the Sooty Tern
- Fraser Island’s shoreline and the Australian Dingo
- Kakadu National Park’s primordial scenery and the Black Necked Stork
- Willandra Lakes Region’s rugged landscape and the Wedge-Tailed Eagle
Each $1 coin is struck in aluminum bronze with an unlimited mintage. Packaging consists of an illustrated presentation card for individual coins or a presentation album with the purchase of a complete set.
All five coins were released on the same date and can be found on the Perth Mint’s website here.
My personal favorite Perth Mint base metal coin was the aluminum bronze Year of the Dragon coin included within a Stamp and Coin Cover released earlier this year. The coin featured the same design as the silver version of the coin and was mounted within an illustrated envelope containing official Australia Post 60c and $1.80 stamps.
I believe this product was the only format within which the aluminum bronze Year of the Dragon Coin was released. A total mintage was not specified, but the product is now listed as unavailable.