The Perth Mint has started accepting orders for another batch of new product releases. This includes the 2013 Year of the Snake 5 oz. silver proof coin and two coins to mark the 60th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. The latest releases are available within the ongoing Dragons of Legend, Birds of Australia, and Australian Seasons series. A brand new series debuts with the first coins featuring the Sydney Opera House.
For collectors in the United States, sales will begin at January 31, 2013 at 11:01 AM ET. These coins can all be found as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The new products begin with the Australian Lunar series 2013 Year of the Snake 5 oz. Silver Proof Coin. The design depicts a snake curled around a tree branch that has been seen on the previous Lunar series numismatic and bullion silver coins.
This latest release is struck in 5 troy ounces of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The diameter of each coin is 65.60 mm and the maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces. Each coin comes in a presentation case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The next release celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on gold and silver coins. The 1 oz Silver coin features Sir Cecil Beaton’s official Coronation portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in color. The inscriptions include “Anniversary of Coronation”, the dates “1953-2013”, and the metal content and purity. The 1/4 oz. Gold Coin features a struck impression of Queen Elizabeth II in ceremonial regalia, as captured by Sir Cecil Beaton.
Both coins feature the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of the Queen on the obverse with the “2013” date.
The silver coin is offered individually with an issue limit of 5,000 pieces within this packaging. An overall mintage limit of 7,500 has been established. The gold coin is offered individually with a mintage limit of 1,000 pieces. Each coin comes in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The latest release within the Dragons of Legend series features the European Green Dragon against a mountain scene. This coin is struck in 1 troy ounce 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The mintage limit is 5,000 pieces.
This is the fifth and final coin in the series. All four previous releases featuring the Red Welsh Dragon, Chinese Dragon, St George and the Dragon, and Three-Headed Dragon have each sold out.
The second release within the Australian Seasons series is available. The 1 oz. 99.9% pure silver square coin features an Autumn theme. In Australia, this season occurs in the months of March, April, and May. The design features a possom against an bush sunset.
The coins have a weight of 31.135 grams, and dimensions of 33.20 mm by 33.20 mm. A maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces has been established. The previous release featuring Summer is still available for sale.
The third release within the Australian Birds series is available. The 1/2 oz. 99.9% pure silver coin features the Regent Bowerbird. The design features a male Regent Bowerbird in the foreground with a female in the background, along with representations of Australian vegetation.
The coins have a weight of 15.591 grams and diameter of 36.60 mm. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces. The previous releases of the series featuring the Red-Tailed Black-Cockatoo and Budgerigar still remain available for sale.
The Perth Mint begins a new one year series entitled “The Land Down Under” which will showcase aspects of Australia’s ancient culture, its discovery, lifestyle, and iconic landmarks. The first releases feature the Sydney Opera House, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The 1 oz. Silver Coin features the Sydney Opera House against a colored background of fireworks, which is framed within a map shape of Australia. This coin carries a limit of 5,000 pieces. The 1/4 oz Gold Coin depicts the opera house and harbor. This coin carries a limit of 1,000 pieces. Each coin is housed in a map-shaped case an accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Additional new releases for this month also include:
- 2013 Year of the Snake 1 oz. Gold Proof High Relief Coin (Australia Only)
- 2013 Year of the Snake 1 oz. Colored Silver Coin – Berlin Coin Show Special
- 2013 Australian Koala 1/10 oz. Silver Coin
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.
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 (7:30 PM ET).