The Royal Australian Mint has recently launched two new coins to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Canberra, the capital city of Australia. A 20 cent coin will be released into circulation, and a $5 silver proof coins is offered to collectors.
The Centenary of Canberra 20 Cent coin features the original blueprint for the city, as designed by Walter Burley Griffin and Marion Mahony Griffin. Here is a look at the original plan that I found.
A coin swap will be offered in Australia in the coming week, and the coin can be expected to be seen in circulation in the coming months.
The 2013 Centenary of Canberra $5 Silver Proof Coin features an interesting split image design. The upper portion features a skyline of the city as it appears in the present day with the anniversary dates “1913-2013”. At center is the inscription “Centenary of Canberra” with a division line separating a reflection of the inscription. The bottom portion of the coin features an image of what the city would have looked like 100 years ago, as if shown in reflection.
The coins are struck in 99.9% pure silver to proof quality, with a weight of 36.31 grams and diameter of 38.74 mm. The mintage is limited to 5,000 pieces. The product page of the RAM website can be found here.
Perth Mint Releases
Separately, the Perth Mint of Australia has recently started accepting orders for some new products, which will be followed a larger group of monthly releases tomorrow.
The Chinese Astrological series 2013 Year of the Snake 1/5 oz. Gold Coins are already available. These coins feature reverse designs with a snake motif representing the Chinese characters for “Shou”, “Lu”, and “Fu”, which mean “Longevity”, “Success”, and “Prosperity”.
Each coin is struck in 1/5 oz. of 99.99% pure gold and issued as Tuvalu legal tender. A three coin set is available which is limited to 2,000 units, and the “Prosperity” coin is available individually with a limit of 2,000 units.
Sales have also started for the 2013 Ludwig Leichhardt 2 oz Silver Proof Coin. The Prussian-born explorer and naturalist is honored for his expeditions of discovery within Australia.
The design of the coin features a portrait of Ludwig Leichhardt with a map of northeast Australia in the background including a red line tracing the route of his most famous expedition. The coin is struck in 2 oz. of 99.9% silver to proof quality with a diameter of 55.60 mm. The mintage limit is 2,013 pieces.
The Perth Mint product page can be found here.
An additional batch of products will go on sale tomorrow starting on January 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM ET for collectors in the United States. The new products will include a 2013 Year of the Snake 5 oz Silver Proof Coin, the first releases of the new “Land Down Under” series, Queen Elizabeth II 60th Anniversary of Coronation coins, the latest releases from the Dragons of Legend and Australian Seasons series, and more.
Once available, these coins will start to appear in the recent releases section of the Perth Mint website. I will also have a full post on the new releases shortly following the start of sales.