The Perth Mint has started accepting orders for a batch of new product releases. This includes the latest releases for the ongoing Land Down Under, Map-Shaped coins, Deadly & Dangerous, and Mythical Creatures series. Gold and silver coins are issued to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria. Finally two new versions of the 2013 Australian Silver Koala are available.
For collectors in the U.S., sales will begin at April 1, 2013 at 12:01 Noon ET. These coins can all be found as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The Land Down Under series which launched earlier this year showcases aspects of Australia’s discovery, ancient culture, lifestyle, and iconic landmarks. The latest release features the didgeridoo, a wind instrument first used by indigenous Australians in ancient times.
The 1 oz. 99.9% pure silver coin features a depiction of an indigenous Australian playing the didgeridoo. The image is set against a colored outback scene of mountains and sunset framed within the map shape of Australia. The 1/4 oz. 99.99% pure gold coin features an indigenous Australian playing the instrument in an outback bush setting.
Both coins are struck to proof quality and housed within an Australian map shaped latex case with an illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. The Perth Mint indicates that no more than 5,000 of the 1 0z. silver coins and no more than 1,000 of the 1/4 oz. gold coins will be issued.
The latest release within the map-shaped coin series features the kangaroo, appearing against an idyllic sunset scene at Picnic Rocks, Tasmania. The previous releases of the series featuring the Kookaburra and the Emu have both sold out.
The kangaroo release has a limited mintage of 6,000 coins, the same level as the prior two releases. Each coin is struck to proof quality and contains 1 troy ounce of 99.9% silver. The maximum width is 40.60 mm and the maximum thickness is 4.50 mm. The coins are housed in a presentation case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The latest release within the Deadly & Dangerous series features Australia’s Yellow Bellied Sea Snake whose venom is more toxic than that of a cobra. The reverse design of the coin features a depiction of the snake a coral reef, star fish, and other marine life in the background. The obverse contains a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coins contain 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver struck to proof quality. The mintage is limited to 5,000 with an initial ordering limit of one per member.
The latest release within the Mythical Creatures series features the Unicorn. The coins’ reverse design features a colored rendition of a unicorn with a forest scene and castle in the background. A medieval banner contains a silhouette of a unicorn with the monetary denomination. Featured on the obverse is the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
These 1 oz. silver proof coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu and carry a limited mintage of 5,000 pieces. Each coin comes in a display case with illustrated shipper and certificate of authenticity.
Two coins are issued to celebrate the 175th anniversary of the coronation of Queen Victoria, the longest reigning monarch in British history. The reverse design of the gold coin features William Wyon’s original “Young Head” effigy of Queen Victoria. The inscriptions within an outer ring include “Queen Victoria 175th Anniversary of Coronation” and “2 oz 9999 Gold”. The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2013” date and face value of “200 Dollars”.
The gold coin is struck to proof quality with a weight of 62.23 grams and diameter of 41.10 mm. The Perth Mint will release no more than 150 of these coins to commemorate the anniversary.
A Queen Victoria 175th Anniversary of Coronation 1 oz Silver Proof Coin is also available. The reverse design features a colored depiction of the Coronation image from the 1840 Royal Collection painting by Sir George Hayter. An image of the Queen’s Diamond Crown appears at left. The obverse of the coin contains the Ian Rank-Broadly effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The coins are struck to proof quality with a weight of 31.135 grams and diameter of 40.60 mm. The Perth Mint will release no more than 5,000 of the 1 oz silver proof coins.
A colored version of the 2013 1 oz. Australian Koala Silver Coin is being released. This coin features a depiction of an adult koala sitting on a branch of a eucalyptus tree surrounded by gum leaves. The tree and leaves have been colored.
These coins are being offered on a mint-to-order basis with the mintage declared 12 months after the release date. The coins come packaged on an illustrated card showing both sides of the coin and carrying technical specifications on the back.
A one kilogram sized proof version of the 2013 Australian Silver Koala is also being released. This coin carries a maximum mintage of 500 piece and comes in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. Unfortunately, it is only available to order in locations excluding the USA.
Other Perth Mint new product releases for this month include the following: