The Perth Mint of Australia has started accepting orders for a batch of new product releases. This includes the latest releases in the Australian Opal and Australian Antarctic series, special edition coins from “Land Down Under” series covered yesterday, and two interesting releases which unfortunately do not seem to be available for ordering in the United States.
For collectors in the U.S., sales will begin at February 28, 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 third release of the Australian Opal series features the Kangaroo. This series which began in February 2012 has showcased nocturnal Australian animals crafted in pure Australian opal. The previous coins have depicted the Koala and the Wombat.
The latest release features the iconic kangaroo detailed within an inner panel of opal. The outer panel of the coin depicts Sturts Desert Pea leaves and blossoms, the first crescent moon, and the South Cross star group. Each coin contains 1 troy ounce of silver content and has a diameter of 36.60 mm.
The coins are packaged in a display case with a light that turns on when the case is opened. An illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity are also included. The maximum mintage is 8,000, the same level as the previous sold out releases of the series. There is a limit of one per member for the start of sales.
The tenth release in the long running Australian Antarctic Territory series features the Aurora Australis. This dramatic display of colored light can be seen in the night sky above the polar regions in the southern hemisphere.
The reverse design depicts a snowfield with a vehicle in the distance and person watching the night sky. A colored representation of Aurora Australis is shown, which has been colored with glow in the dark ink. The image is framed within the map shape of Australia. This represents the first “glow in the dark” silver coin produced by the Perth Mint.
Each coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.9 silver and comes in a presentation case with outer shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. The mintage is limited to 7,500 coins.
The Perth Mint is offering a 5 oz. proof version of the 2013 Silver Koala struck in high relief. Unfortunately, this coin is listed as available in Australia only.
The mintage limit is 5,000 pieces.
Another product release which is excluded for customers in the United States is the 25th Anniversary Platinum Koala Coin and Medallion Set. The 1/2 oz. platinum coin replicates the original coin’s reverse design and is accompanied by a 1/2 oz. silver medallion, as it was first presented in 1988.
The maximum mintage for this set is limited to 1,200.
Additional new releases for this month include: