A number of new products go on sale today at the Perth Mint. This includes the next releases within the Australian Opal, Dragons of Legend, and Map Shaped Coin series. Additional products include the 2012 Australian Outback Silver Collection, a silver coin marking 40 years of friendship between China and Australia, coins for the FIFA World Cup Brazil, and the next Animal Athletes aluminum bronze $1 coin. Sales are slated to begin on August 6, 2012 at 12:01 PM ET.
These coins can all be found as the most recent entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The second release within the Australian Opal series features the Wombat. This series showcases nocturnal Australian animals created in pure Australian Opal. The first release, which featured the Koala, quickly sold out and currently commands a premium on the secondary market.
The Australian Opal Wombat Coin depicts a wombat within an inner panel of pure opal. The outer panel includes Bottlebrush leaves and blossoms, a waxing crescent moon, and the Southern Cross constellation.
Each coin contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver struck in proof quality. The coins are housed in a display case with a light that turns on when the case is opened along with an illustrated shipper and a numbered certificate of authenticity. The mintage is limited to 8,000 coins, the same level as the previous release.
There is an initial ordering limit of one per member.
The third release within the Dragons of Legend series also premieres. This coin features St. George and the Dragon.
The Tuvalu legal tender coin features a colored portrait of Saint George as he is about to slay the dragon. The background contains an ancient landscape.
The coins are struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver to proof quality. The mintage is limited to 5,000 pieces. The previous releases featuring the Red Welsh Dragon and Chinese Dragon each sold out quickly.
The second coin within the Australian Map Shaped Coins series features the Emu, which is a large flightless bird. The Emu is pictured against the colored background of a bush scene.
Each coin contains 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver and comes in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. The maximum mintage has been set at 6,000 pieces.
There is an initial ordering limit of one coin per member.
The Australian Outback Silver Collection includes three coins featuring the kookaburra, koala, and kangaroo in color. These are the designs that were used for the 2012 Australian Kookaburra and Koala silver bullion coins and the 2012 Australian Kangaroo gold bullion coins.
All three coins are struck in 1/2 ounce of .999 silver in specimen quality, with colored reverse designs. This appears to be a new product type with the three annual bullion designs brought together for a set of colored silver coins.
The three coin set comes in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. No more than 5,000 of the 1/2 oz three coin sets will be released worldwide.
There is an initial ordering limit of five sets per member.
Formal diplomatic relations between China and Australia were established on December 21, 1972. A silver coin has been issued to mark the 40th anniversary of the friendship between the two countries.
The reverse design of the coin features the animal emblem of each country, the kangaroo for Australia and the Giant Panda for China. The flags of each country appear above in color. The inscription “China and Australia 40 Years” appears in both English and Chinese with the anniversary dates “1972-2012”.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 silver to specimen quality. The mintage is limited to 5,000 pieces.
Additional New Releases include:
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil 1/2 oz Silver Coin
- 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil 1/2 gram Gold Coin
- Animal Athletes Sailfish $1 Coin
These products should start to appear within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website at the start of sales. This post will be updated with direct product links.
As a reminder, in the past some of the most popular releases have quickly changed status to “unavailable” after the initial rush of orders from US based customers. For previous months, sales have re-opened for some of these unavailable coins at 9:00 AM Perth Time (9:00 PM ET). This provides another opportunity to order for anyone who missed the initial availability.
Update: There are some additional new products released for the ANA World’s Fair of Money.