2013 Perth Mint Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

The Perth Mint has unveiled designs for their 2013 gold and silver bullion coins. This includes the 2013 Year of the Snake Gold and Silver Coins, the 2013 Silver Kookaburra, 2013 Gold Kangaroo, and 2013 Silver Koala.

Each of these series features a reverse design that changes annually, with mintage limits applicable for some sizes. The silver coins are struck in .999 purity, while the gold coins are struck in .9999 purity.

The 2013 Year of the Snake Silver Coins feature a snake curled around a tree branch. This is the latest release within the Australian Lunar Series II. Available sizes include 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo, and 10 kilo. A maximum mintage of 300,000 applies to the 1 oz size, and 200 for the 10 kilo size. The remaining coins do not carry a maximum mintage. The release date for the bullion coins is September 4, 2012, except for the 10 kilo size, which will be released later.

The 2013 Year of the Snake Gold Coin features a snake amongst grass and bamboo shoots. Available sizes include 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo, and 10 kilo. A maximum mintage of 30,000 applies to the 1 oz size and 100 for the 10 kilo size. Other sizes do not carry a maximum mintage. The release date for the bullion coins is September 4, 2012, except for the 10 kilo size.

The 2013 Australian Kookaburra Silver Coins feature an image of two juvenile kookaburras sitting on a tree branch amidst flowers. Available sizes include 1 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kilo. A maximum mintage of 1,000,000 applies to the 1 oz size, with no limit applied to the other sizes. The release date for the silver bullion coins is September 4, 2012.

The 2013 Australian Kangaroo Gold Coins feature a kangaroo set against a bush scene. As in the past, the 1 kilo release features the classic kangaroo design by Dr Stuart Devlin. The available sizes include 1/10 oz coins with a maximum mintage of 200,000; 1/4 oz coins with a maximum of 150,000; 1/2 oz coins with a maximum of 100,000; and 1 oz coins with a maximum of 350,000. The 1 kilo size coins do not carry a maximum. The release date for these gold bullion coins is October 1, 2012.

The 2013 Silver Koala Coins feature an adult koala sitting in the fork of a tree. Available sizes include 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kilo. There are no maximum mintages for any of the sizes. The release date will be November 5, 2012.

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  1. says

    I really like the new kangaroo, and the kookaburra design is outstanding as well. I find the silver snakes to be better looking overall than the gold snakes. Perth’s 2013 lineup is exceptionally solid.

    I’m going to have a post of my own up on what I think the prospects are for the silver snakes are in the next couple days. I think buyers will need to be much more selective with the snakes than they were with the dragons. There will be an initial rush to get these coins, but I expect it to quickly slow down. I would be very surprised if the “dragon-mania” phenomena is repeated for the 2013 Lunars.

  2. VABEACHBUM says

    C.O. – Agree on all counts. I was one of the many caught up in Dragon-mania 2012. I think I’ll focus on 2013 PF and HR issues, but especially their 3-Coin PF Lunar Set. Then again, if they come up with something completely fantastical, all bets are off. And for Perth, we all know that is completely possible!

    This 2013 Gold Kangaroo also should be indicative of their 2013 HR Silver Kangaroo, which I think will be extremely sweet in their HR format. Same goes for their 2013 Kooks and Koalas; should be two more great additions to their HR product line.

  3. says

    Then again, if they come up with something completely fantastical, all bets are off. And for Perth, we all know that is completely possible!

    VABB, I’ve had some thoughts along those lines too. The creation of the high relief dragon caused a lot of excitement and the black dragon also generated a fair amount of excitement as well. I wouldn’t be surprised if Perth tries to come up with some new coin type to stir up some more excitement for the snakes this time around. They have to be trying to brainstorm ways to keep the interest going for the snakes after the initial “crush” to buy them next month.

  4. Frankie says

    On a different note – has anyone received their order for the Wombat Opal and DoL St. George coins from Talisman yet? I ordered minutes after they were put up for sale on their website, but so far no cigar…

  5. says


    My group’s order for St. George arrived awhile ago. The coins were all in perfect condition. You may wish to contact Perth to confirm the status of your order.

  6. says


    Apologies, I typed “Perth” when I meant “Talisman.”

    Unfortunately, Talisman is notoriously spotty when filling orders. In my case it usually takes about a month to arrive. When the black dragons were released it took some people almost three months for their orders to be filled (this happened to one guy in my group). I avoid using them whenever possible because their customer service is so bad.

    For me personally, I’ve been lucky and managed to get both coins I’ve ordered from Talisman on a semi-timely basis.

  7. ibex says

    You guys did see they have raised the Kook mintage up to 1 million, up from 500K last year, up from 300K the year before. Kooks used to be great as an investment but with all the remintages of past years and doubling the mintage this year its pretty much a waste of time.

  8. Louis Golino says

    I received my DOL (St. George) last week from Talisman, just one week after my Perth order arrived (which came one week from the day I ordered).

  9. says


    I did notice, and I assume they have been raising the mintages due to demand. The kookaburras seem to be increasingly popular these days. It may also have something to do with the pace of sales of Perth Mint silver, though we don’t have a good historical record to work from unlike with the US Mint.

  10. Wes says

    So far I like the Lotus shaped Snake coin from the RCMint the best of the Year of the Snake coins.

  11. Louis Golino says

    I am not sure, but I think the policy required them not to pre-sell before the designs were released as opposed to the coins being released. Also other companies are pre-selling too. But note they do not yet have the one ounce snakes everyone wants.

  12. says

    Well, I couldn’t wait around given that the bullion coins are already being pre-sold, so my post on the snakes is now available for anyone who wants to read it.

  13. Louis Golino says

    FYI for VABEACHBUM- Have you seen/heard about the 20th anniversary Kangaroos from the RAM? Downies is taking pre-orders for it.

  14. VABEACHBUM says

    Louis – Thanks for the info. I had looked through the RAM website over the weekend, but did not see any reference. Tonight I found their cross-over link to their Facebook page, where in the RAM “Shows Their Hand” with product releases anticipated over the next 6 months. Nice to see that Downies had pics and mintage info, as the RAM FB page had neither.

    I am surprised that Downies is offering the 20th Anny Kangaroo (5K coins) and the 2013 PF Kangaroo Annual Issue (20K coins) for the same issue price of $100.00. The indifference kind of confuses the actual and potential values of the limited edition Anny Coin.

  15. Louis Golino says

    I was surprised by the price too. I am not really a kangaroo person, but the anniversary coin seems pretty appealing to me.

  16. PATRICK says

    Talisman has not had the best customer service and lately I haven’t had much success with ubercoins or gatewest either. I ordered coins in mid July and still dont have them.

  17. PATRICK says

    I want to correct my above statement about Gatewest. I did receive the coins I ordered within two weeks of when I placed my order.

  18. Frankie says

    Gatewest are at the mercy of the RCM. I’m still waiting for the Group of 7 coins and cases simply because the RCM hasn’t shipped them to their authorized distributors. Gatewest get a lot of stick for that, and probably lose quite a few customers for that, but it’s the RCM’s fault.

    On another different note – I just saw these two coins:
    Absolutely amazing (albeit some may say a tad cheesy) and much better looking than the RCM “Welcome to the World” coins (http://www.mint.ca/store/coin/fine-silver-10-coin-welcome-to-the-world-mintage-10000-2012-prod1270016).
    I hope some distributor will carry them over here.

  19. says

    I’ve been keeping an eye on APMEX today. It does not appear a single kookaburra has been sold. They have a stock of 2,500 still. Likewise, sales for the snake products seem very slow. It seems like the max stock for 5 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kg is 50 coins each. Someone bought ten 10 oz coins today, and a few two ounce coins look like they’ve been sold, but that is all.

    The stock of 1,200 half ounce snakes has not yet moved, either.

    I’m really surprised these products aren’t selling more quickly. I was expecting the initial production run of bullion coins to fly off the shelves, even in the non-one ounce varieties.

  20. says

    Nate, thanks for the heads-up. It must have just become available. APMEX seems to have 200 in stock currently, I’ll be interested to see how fast these sell.

    I was expecting the one ounce snakes to be priced high, like the one ounce dragons. Seems like I was wrong, that’s actually a pretty good price for a brand new Lunar coin.

    As for the high relief koala…

    But since we’re an authorized distributor for all Perth Mint coins, we were able to lock up the exclusive U.S. rights for this first—ever Aussie coin: 60% of the total mintage 6,000 new silver Koalas in all!


  21. Frankie says

    Ah – read the small print about the HR Koala:
    “But since we’re an authorized distributor for all Perth Mint coins, we were able to lock up the exclusive U.S. rights for this first—ever Aussie coin: 60% of the total mintage 6,000 new silver Koalas in all!”
    So they will be the only source, unless other US distributors buy a large chunk which happened with the HR Kookaburra this year. These were & are available from the likes of MCM, Talisman, Provident, APMEX…
    No need to push the panic button just yet.

  22. Hank says

    Sorry to hear that Frankie, but you are not alone when it comes to getting stiffed by Talisman. I’m still waiting for my Red Welsh Dragons, and yes they have them in stock on their website but never answered the phone, returned phone messages, or replied to emails. Horrendous service, spotty at best, and if you manage to get an actual person to answer the phone hike up your pant legs cause the excuses they bring will flow like a river of you know what. The good news is the St George is no longer a hot item so if they’re stuck with a bunch they might actually fill your order.

  23. says

    As of this morning, the one ounce snakes are gone on APMEX. Most of the other denominations seem to be selling a bit better, though still fairly sluggishly. The half ounce still hasn’t moved much. Kookaburras still seem a bit sluggish and have sold a little more than 50.

  24. Frankie says

    Gainesville had 500 listed yesterday – all gone…
    I clicked on the “alert me” from both dealers, but I hope my favorite (and cheapest) dealer Provident will carry them soon as well.
    In any case, you better wait until Bernake gave his speech on Friday. In case he dampens any hopes for QE3 then gold & silver prices will go down south again.

  25. Frankie says

    I just spoke to someone from Provident over the phone. I was told they will release them closer to the release date (around Sep12). So keep an eye on this site if you want to save some money: http://www.providentmetals.com/bullion/silver/foreign-slv/perth-lunar-series-2-australian-silver-coins.html
    Good hunting everyone!
    As I’m German I also checked several German dealers – they seem to be readily available from various sellers for prices similar to those from APMEX and Gainesville. I can’t see the bullion 1oz snake to appreciate in value as the dragon did; long term for sure, but there won’t be the mad rush we had last year. Patience is a virtue!

  26. says


    I agree with your comments on price appreciation. As I’ve said before, I think people looking to get snakes that will be valuable on the secondary markets need to stick to the “core” products – the standard proof coins, the typeset, and the one ounce bullion coin. Probably also the high relief proof will do well.

    Anything beyond that is “buy at your own risk.” Definitely avoid buying a lot of multicolored varieties.

  27. M says

    The High Relief Silver Koala…although again one of those New York Mint exclusives we have discussed on here before…seems to be reasonable. They are offering ungraded in mint packaging for $99…I am sure thats at or below Perth’s retail. First Strike Graded NGC Pr69 Koalas from New York Mint are $129 and PR70 FS $169. So at least they give choices for those who don’t want graded. My PR70 First Strike arrives tomorrow. I wish I could post pics on here.

  28. says


    You could set up a public gallery using flickr or photobucket and link the pictures here. I wouldn’t mind seeing them.

    My group’s koalas are also on the way, we got an email about it this morning.

  29. Louis says

    Got mine today. Very nice. But how come they were allowed to sell and ship before the official release date of Tuesday? I thought Perth required distributors not to sell before release day esp. for numismatic products. That’s different from taking bullion pre-orders as was happening with the snakes this past week.

  30. M says

    The high relief Koala arrived today from New York Mint. Here are some pics…very tough to take. I am very happy with it. It was released early because its essentially a NYM product. They own the program. I have never had anything less than perfect dealings with NYM (AMS). They are expensive but they clearly read the complaints on here an other places over the 5 ounce dragon. So here you have the exclusive coin availble early in graded and ungraded form. Ungraded is priced right at normal retail.


  31. M says

    I guess you can enjoy my other coin pics in the same album as well. The Cherry Blossom Medal in the postal cover is an offering from Franklin Mint Japan honoring the centennial of the gift of Cherry Blossom trees to the USA.

  32. Louis says

    M, Thanks for pointing out that this is NY Mint’s program. That definitely explains it. Enjoy your koala.

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