The Perth Mint has just started accepting orders for a variety of new products. The new releases include both 2012 Year of the Dragon and 2013 Year of the Snake coins, the fourth release in the Dragons of Legend series, the first release of a new series featuring the four seasons, the second release within the Australian birds series, and many others.
For collectors in the United States, sales will begin as of October 31, 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 2012 High Relief Silver Proof Four Coin Collection includes four high relief designs featuring the Kangaroo, Koala, Kookaburra, and Year of the Dragon. As discussed in the previous post, each of these coins has been released individually, but will make another appearance together within this set.
Both the obverse and reverse of each coin are minted on concave surfaces to ensure optimum metal flow is achieved by the strike of the die. The high relief design struck in proof quality makes for an impressive rendition of each design.
The sets are limited to 1,000 worldwide. Each is housed in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The Australian Lunar Series II 2 oz. Silver Proof Coin Collection is also available. Each set contains the first six coins of the 12-coin collection. These features the Year of hte Mouse (2008), Ox (2009, Tiger (2010), Rabbit (2011), Dragon (2012), and Snake (2013). Each of these coins was previously released within a three coin proof set for each year.
The coin are presented in a display case with allocated spaces for the future annual releases. According to the product page, “The Perth Mint guarantees the availability of the forthcoming 2 oz silver lunar designs between 2014 and 2019.”
The fourth release within the Dragons of Legend series features the Bulgarian Three Headed Dragon. The reverse design is based on an original illustration by Howard David Johnson with the dramatic portrait of the three-headed dragon against a mountainous scene. Each coin is struck in one ounce of 99.9% silver to proof quality. A product limit of 5,000 coins is indicated.
Previous releases of the series have featured the Red Welsh Dragon, Chinese Dragon, and St. George and the Dragon. The final release will feature the European Green Dragon.
A colored proof one-half ounce 2013 Year of the Snake Silver Coin is available. This joins a one ounce colored proof coin released last month. The one-half ounce size features the same design of a black and yellow colored snake curled around a tree branch. There is a limit of 10,000 for this product.
Colored editions of the 2013 Year of the Snake Gold Coins are available in three different sizes. Individual one ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce colored 99.99% pure gold coins are available. Each coin is struck to proof quality and features a colored image of a snake among bamboo shoots. Each size is sold individually and carries a product limit of 5,000.
A Lunar Calendar Series 1 oz. Silver Rectangle Four Coin Set features four unique snake designs. The rectangle coins are Cook Islands legal tender and minted in 1 oz. of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. Measuring 47.60 mm by 27.60 mm, the coins each feature a colored snake set against a background depicting an Eastern scene. The four coin sets are limited to 3,000 worldwide and come housed in a black framed clear case packaged in an illustrated shipper.
A final product celebrating the Year of the Snake is the Tuvalu legal tender Cute Baby Snake Coin. Struck in one-half ounce of 99.9% silver to proof quality, the reverse design depicts a baby snake with a festive wreath and decorations. Each coin is housed in an illustrated shipper and accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. The product has a limit of 7,500 worldwide.
The second release within the Australian Birds series is available. The one-half ounce 99.9% silver coin features the Budgerigar in color amidst representations of Australian vegetation. This product has a limit of 10,000 worldwide and comes in a presentation case with themed shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The first release in the series featured the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo and still remains available for sale. Subsequent releases within the series Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet, Splendid Fairy-wren.
The Perth mint will begin a new series highlighting the beauty of Australia’s seasons. The first of the square-shaped one ounce 99.9% silver coins features summer, which takes place during the months of December, January, and February. The reverse design features a Red Kangaroo against a colored background of an Australian beach scene. With a worldwide product limit of 5,000, each coin is housed in a presentation case with themed shipper and accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Subsequent releases within the series will features the seasons Spring, Winter, and Autumn.
Two of this month’s releases are listed as available in Australia only. The first is the 1 oz. Gold Proof High Relief Year of the Dragon Coin shown above. The mintage for the product is indicated to be 388 worldwide. The obverse and reverse designs are minted on concave surfaces resulting in a maximum thickness of 5.00 mm and diameter of 27.30 mm.
Also within Australia only, the Perth Mint is issuing a colored edition of the 2013 Year of the Snake Kilo Silver Coin. This product has an indicated limit of 500 worldwide. The design is the same as the other colored editions, the size is 100.60 mm in diameter and 14.60 mm in thickness.
Additional releases for the month also 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 around 8:30 AM Perth Time (8:30 PM ET). This provides another opportunity to order for anyone who missed the initial availability.