Perth Mint New Product Releases May 2013

The Perth Mint has started accepting orders for an array of new product releases. These include the annual Australian Gold Sovereign, the first releases for two new series featuring remarkable reptiles and treasures of the world, a special set to mark the centenary of the country’s first philatelic release, the latest release in the Birds of Australia series, and a high relief silver proof coin.

For collectors in the U.S., sales will begin for most coins at May 6, 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.

2013 Gold Sovereign

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The 2013 Proof Australian Gold Sovereign represents an adaptation of the original Type I sovereign first produced by the Sydney Mint in 1855. The reverse features a portrayal of St. Edwards crown and a laurel wreath with the inscriptions “Perth Mint”, “Australia”, and “Sovereign”. The obverse contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2013” date and legal tender denomination of “25 Dollars”.

The Perth Mint had resumed the production of gold coins bearing the sovereign title in 2009, and has released a new coin annually. The latest release is limited to a mintage of 1,750 pieces.

Each coin is struck in 91.67% gold with gold content of 0.2354 troy ounces. The diameter is 22.60 mm and weight 7.9881 grams. The coins are housed in a presentation case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.

Frilled Neck Lizard Silver Proof Coin

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The 2013 Frilled Neck Lizard 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin represents the first release in a new series Australia’s Remarkable Reptiles. The reverse design depicts the Frilled Neck Lizard in color. When this lizard feels threatened, it is able to extend the frill around its neck like an umbrella. The depiction is bordered by a pattern of exotic reptile skin patterns.

The obverse of the coin contains the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2013” date and denomination. The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the government of Tuvalu.

Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality and comes in a presentation case and shipper with numbered certificate of authenticity. A limited mintage of 5,000 pieces is indicated.

Treasures of the World Garnet

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The Perth Mint has also released the first coin in a new series “Treasures of the World”. The format is similar to a previous series “Treasures of Australia”, which featured precious stones or other items in a locket contained within a coin.

The present coin features garnet, a gemstone that has been known for thousands of years. Classic garnet is red in color and believed to symbolize passion, fidelity, loyalty, faith, and truth. It is also an ancient symbol of true friendship. Significant deposits have been found in Europe.

Each coin incorporates a circular locket containing loose garnets. The reverse design features a European Alpine landscape with a chalet and Milk Vetch leaves. The obverse features the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

Struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 silver to proof quality, the coins have a diameter of 40.60 mm and thickness of 4.50 mm. The maximum mintage is 7,500 pieces.

Kangaroo Stamp Coin

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The Kangaroo and Map Stamp and Coin Set is issued to mark the centenary of Australia’s first philatelic release. The product includes a stamp shaped coin struck from 1/2 ounce of 99.9% silver and measuring 30.5 mm x 22.7 mm. It features a recreation of the design of Australia’s 1913 Map and Kangaroo stamp.

Also included in the set is an official Australia Post $10 commemorative stamp.

Both are included in a wooden display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. No more than 4,000 of these sets will be released.

Rainbow Lorikeet

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The fourth release within the Australian Birds series features the Rainbow Lorikeet. This bird has a blue head and belly with green wings and an orange breast. It is depicted in color amidst representations of Australian vegetation.

Each coin is struck in 1/2 ounce of 99.9% silver with a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.


The Perth Mint has created a version of the 2013 Australian Kookaburra 1 oz. Silver Coin in stunning high relief. Perth Mint high relief coins are struck with obverse and reverse concave surfaces to achieve optimum metal flow.

Unfortunately, the current individual offering of this coin is listed as available in territories excluding the United States.

The Perth Mint does indicate that no more than 9,000 coins will be released in this packaging, out of a maximum mintage of 10,000. This seems to leave the door open to an additional offering or incorporation into a special set.

Other Perth Mint new product releases for this month include the following:

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  1. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks for the update, Michael.

    Sadly, the one thing I was interested in buying is the one thing I cannot get. I have put together a very nice set of OGP High Relief Coins from different countries, and was looking forward to adding this one to my collection. As of right now, I can’t even get the actual Perth Mint listing for this coin to load. If I remember correctly, they have the abililty to place Regional Lock-outs onto their server routers.

    The last time Perth did this, US customers had to buy from NY Mint, GovMint or one of those other re-sellers. I’m pretty sure NY Mint still has several cases of those 2013 5 oz HR Koalas on the shelf, and the only way you can get availability and pricing information is to call them. I, for one, don’t want to deal with their unrealistic pricing or the additional hassles of their call center.

    Hopefully ECI, Talisman and some of the other, better-served secondary marketeers can fill the need – and soon. Guess we’ll see.

  2. saucexx says

    As info Paradise Mint has the rights to sell to the US market just like they did with the Kookaburra.

  3. Louis says

    VAB- Paradise with have ’em hopefully soon. Perth site refers us there, and Paradise priced them correctly last time, so you should be ok. I just noticed that last year’s coin is now selling for as little as $72, but I still like it.

  4. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks SauceXX. The Perth Mint page was not fully functional when I checked earlier, so the US retailer info was not available at that time.

    I do feel better, though, as I have purchased from Paradise several times previously, and have been extremely pleased with their products and service each time. Their pricing is always competitive with the bigger sellers and they always offer free shipping. Even their Ausie coins are priced nearly identically to the current Perth listings, but we avoid the $26 shipping costs.

    It took them forever to sell their allotment of the raw and graded 2012 HR Kooks – several thousand coins. I’d be curious to know just how many of the 9000 available 2013 HR coins they had agreed to accept as part of their standing agreement w/ Perth.

  5. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks, Louis. Apparently you were typing while I was.

    Thanks, as well, for your reply to my comment on your “Liberty” article at CW. I’ll definitely be watching for more information on that subject over the next several months.

  6. mike says

    I bough at paradise mint it was alright. I also shopped at the new york mint and they sent me a magazine with coins on the cover telling everyone that I was a coin collector.

  7. G says

    I love the lizard coin. I had a pet iguana as a kid.
    I’m ordering this and it’s the most excited I’ve been about a Perth offering in months

  8. samuel says

    mike, a dealer usually sends me the stuff with address as a “plumbing supply”.

  9. saucexx says

    VA, I agree Paradise has always done right by me.

    Mike, seriously WTF with NYM! I ordered one coin there and now they’re broadcasting I buy coins. Heck I’m so paranoid I even shred coin advertisements so no one can see them in the recycling bin.

  10. VABEACHBUM says

    Mike & saucexx – Right there with you when it comes to NYM. I got sucked into Dante’s 5th Circle when they were the sole US distributor of one of the previous 1 oz HR coins. The item pricing was OK but, for some reason, this company in MN is authorized to charge VA state sales tax. Then they add their shipping charges. Since that single purchase, at least one mailer (and email) every week and a new catalogue every 6 weeks. As much as I would like to add that 2013 5 oz HR coin to my collection, I do not want to buy it from them!!

    Saucexx – I also agree 100% with the practice of shredding EVERYTHING, as much as I can, when I send out the door for trash or recycling. Privacy, in the traditional sense, no longer exists.

  11. VABEACHBUM says

    I purchased my 2013 HR Kook from Paradise Mint the day after they opened sales. The OGP issue arrived this past Saturday – 3 days after the transaction – via their free (USPS Priority) shipping. A beautiful coin delivered with world-class customer service…. as well as a $25 savings as compared to buying directly from Perth.

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