The Perth Mint recently began accepting website orders for two coin show specials issued for the Beijing International Coin Exposition. The 1 oz. silver coins feature colored depictions of the Australian Kookaburra and Kangaroo.
Each coin features a colored depiction of the iconic Australian animals on the reverse with the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. The coins come in 2012 Beijing International Coin Exposition packaging, which consists of a vibrantly colored slide out display card and outer shipper. The Perth Mint indicates that no more than 5,000 of this coin will be released in the special packaging. Product pages can be found here and here.
In August, the Perth Mint released a 2012 Koala 1 oz. Silver Colored Coin for the ANA Coin Show. Together the three coins form the trio of Koala, Kookaburra, and Kangaroo that have sometimes been marketed together. The Perth Mint did release a three coin set featuring the same colored designs, used on 1/2 oz. silver coins.
I placed a question on the Perth Mint Blog as to whether the 1 oz. Silver Colored 2012 Koala, Kookaburra, and Kangaroo might be issued within any other products, or if they would only be issued as show specials. So far, they have not provided a response.
Earlier show specials featuring different colored versions of the 2012 Year of the Dragon 1 oz. Silver Coins were released within other sets.
Perth Mint on Mintages
Following weeks of critical comments and debate surrounding the Perth Mint’s interpretation of “mintages,” the Perth Mint has announced that they are working towards the publication of a new mintage policy.
The new policy would seem to remove the ambiguity surrounding the total number of coins that can be issued. In the past, the Perth Mint has used the term “mintage” to basically refer to the number of coins that may be issued within a certain type of packaging. Beyond this amount, there was also a total mintage authorized by Treasury, which left the door open to issue additional coins in different packaging.
Under their new policy, the Perth Mint will dispense with the concept of “packaging mintages” and use the term mintage to refer to the maximum number of pieces of struck metal. Every coin will now have its maximum mintage plainly stated. Read their full blog post here.