The Perth Mint of Australia will open sales for a number of new products today. This will be highlighted by the release of the collector proof versions of the 2013 Year of the Snake Gold and Silver Coins from the Australian Lunar Series II. Other products will include the first release in a new series of one-half ounce coins featuring the Birds of Australia and the High Relief Silver Koala.
For collectors in the United States, sales are scheduled to begin on September 3, 2012 at 12:01 PM ET. These coins can all be found as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The 2013 Year of the Snake Silver Proof Coins features the design revealed last week depicting a snake curled around a tree branch. The inscription “Year of the Snake” is below with the Chinese character for “snake” in the right field. The 99.9% pure silver coins are struck in proof format and available in three different products for the current release.
The products include a 1 oz silver proof coin with a limit of 5,000, a 1 kilo silver proof coin with a limit of 500, and a three coin set (containing 2 oz, 1 oz, and 1/2 oz coins) with a limit of 1,000. Each coin or set is housed in a red and black presentation case with an illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The product limits are at the same levels used for last year’s Year of the Dragon silver proof coins, which sold out very quickly.
Update: For this year, the Perth Mint has introduced an individual 1/2 oz. silver proof coin option limited to 8,000. Also ordering limits of one per member will be imposed for the individual 1 oz. silver, 1 kilo silver proof, and three coin set.
The 2013 Year of the Snake Gold Proof Coins feature a snake among bamboo shoots and grass. The inscription “Year of the Snake” appears below, with the Chinese character for “snake” in the left field along with the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark. The 99.99% pure gold coins are struck in proof format and available in three different sizes as well as a three-coin set, containing one of each size.
The individual 1 oz coin carries a limit of 3,000, the individual 1/4 oz coin carries a limit of 5,000, and the individual 1/10 oz coin carries a limit of 5,000. The three-coin set has a limit of 3,000.
Each coin or set comes in an oval shaped display case, packaged in an illustrated shipper with numbered certificate of authenticity.
This month, the Perth Mint begins a new series known as Birds of Australia. Five different birds will be featured on limited mintage 1/2 oz. silver proof coins. The first release of the series presents the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo, a raucous, noisy, black parrot found throughout Australia where it lives in a variety of habitats.
The reverse design depicts the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo in color perched on a wooden log. The obverse of the coin carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with inscriptions indicating the weight and purity of the silver content, “2013” date, and monetary denomination.
The mintage limit for the coins is 10,000 pieces worldwide. The subsequent releases within the five coin series will feature the Budgerigar, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet, and Splendid Fairy-wren.
The high relief Australian Koala is struck in one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and represents the latest design to be featured in the popular high relief format.
The coin depicts an adult koala sleeping on the branch of a eucalyptus tree. The high relief obverse and reverse designs are minted on concave surfaces to achieve optimal metal flow by the strike of the die. The coins have a diameter of 32.60 mm and thickness of 6.00 mm.
The mintage is limited to 10,000 coins worldwide.
Note that US based customers cannot order this coin directly from the Perth Mint. (See this previous post on exclusive products.) In this case, GovMint has rights to 60% of the overall mintage and retains exclusive rights to sell within the US. You can find their offering for the coin on their website here.
Additional new Perth Mint releases for this month include:
All of these new Perth Mint product releases 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.