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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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: