The Perth Mint has just started accepting orders for an array of new products. The new releases are dominated by different collector versions of the Australian Lunar Series II Year of the Snake Coins, including the low production Typeset Collection, the high relief version, gilded, colored, and gemstone editions. Other new products include the latest releases within the Bush Babies II and Animal Athletes series.
For collectors in the United States, sales will begin as of October 1, 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 product most likely to sell out quickly is the 2013 Year of the Snake Typeset Collection. This set includes four 1 oz. silver coins showcasing four different finishes. The product limit is only 1,500 sets.
The reverse design of each coin features a snake curled around a tree branch with the Chinese character for “snake” and the inscription “Year of the Snake”. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2013″ date and monetary denomination.
The different finishes include a silver proof coin with a frosted design and mirrored fields, a specimen quality gilded coin with the snake highlighted in 24 karat gold, a specimen quality colored coin with the snake in green and yellow, and a bullion version featuring a mirrored design and frosted background.
The 2013 Year of the Snake High Relief 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin will begin sales. The Perth Mint’s high relief coins are struck on extra thick planchets with concave surfaces, which present a stunning display of the design.
This coin carries a mintage of 7,500 pieces and comes in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The Perth Mint’s high relief silver coins have usually proven popular with collectors and are impressive in hand. Some other high relief coins that remain available for sale include the 2011 Kangaroo, 2012 Kangaroo, Sydney Cove Medallion (my favorite), and Pheidippidis Marathon Run.
The colored edition of the 2013 Year of the Snake Coin is also available. The same basic design is used on a 1 oz. silver coin, with the snake colored in black and yellow on a proof quality coin.
The mintage limit for this product is 10,000 worldwide. As typical, the coin comes housed in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The next Year of the Snake Coin features the snake gilded in 24 karat gold. These 1 oz. silver coins are produced in specimen quality and carry a mintage limit of 50,000.
Two different ordering options are available for the product. The first is the coin in the individual presentation case, and the second is the coin in a capsule with certificate. The latter option is for those assembling a collection of the Gilded Australian Lunar Series II coins in the 12-coin collection case offered by the Perth Mint.
The final 2013 Year of the Snake Coin released today is the gemstone edition. This is a 1 kilo 99.9% pure silver coin in specimen quality, with a colored design and black diamond set in the snake’s eye.
The mintage is set at 5,000 coins, the same level used for at least the prior two years. I recently noted the low sales of the Year of the Tiger Gemstone edition in this post.
The second release within the Australian Bush Babies II series features the Australian Possum. The design features a colored image of a baby possum on a 1/2 oz. 99.9% pure silver coin struck in proof quality.
The mintage is limited to 10,000 pieces. Each coin comes in a display case with an illustrated box shipper with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
The first release of this series featuring a baby Kookaburra still remains available for sale. The future releases of the series will feature a baby Platypus, Echidna, and Wombat.
The final release within the Young Collectors Animal Athletes series is also available. The aluminum bronze $1 coins of the series depict animals with amazing abilities.
The coins come in illustrated presentation cards, which fold out with illustrations and information about the animals. A specially designed coin album to fit all six coins of the series is available for purchase with the kangaroo coin.
Individual versions of the initial five releases of the series featuring the kangaroo, monarch butterfly, cheetah, sailfish, and rhinoceros beetle, all remain available for purchase.
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 9:00 AM Perth Time (9:00 PM ET). This provides another opportunity to order for anyone who missed the initial availability.