The Perth Mint has usually released a batch of new products on a single day at the start of the month. Recently, they have separately released two silver coins before the big batch of coins scheduled to go on sale next week.
The first coin is the 2012 Christmas Locket 1 oz Silver Proof Coin. The reverse design of the coin by Aleysha Howarth features an abstract design inspired by snow crystals and Christmas ornaments. A transparent locket is included which is filled with an array of multi-colored semi-precious gemstones. The obverse features a small sized portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, beneath the locket.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver to proof quality with a diameter of 40.60 mm and maximum thickness of 4.50 mm. The coins are presented in an illustrated gift card which opens to provide a space to write a personalized message. A limited mintage of 5,000 pieces is indicated.
The second coin is the 2013 Tasmanian Devil 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin. This is the third release of the Endangered and Extinct series. The two prior releases featuring the Tasmanian Tiger and the Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle have sold out.
The reverse design of the current release features a color image of two Tasmanian Devils. The background includes representations of fern leaves and a rocky den. The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver to proof quality. The diameter is 40.60 mm and the thickness is 4.00 mm. The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the government of Tuvalu. A limited mintage of 5,000 pieces is indicated.