Perth Mint New Product Release June 2013

The Perth Mint has started accepting orders for several new products releaeses. These include the latest issues within the Land Down Under and Australian Seasons series, five different Discover Australia Silver Proof Coins, the 2013 Gold Proof Koala coins with two high relief versions, and more.

For collectors in the U.S., sales will begin on June 3, 2013 at 12:01 Noon ET. These coins can all be found as the first entries within the recent releases section of the Perth Mint’s website.


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The Land Down Under series showcases various aspects of Australia’s discovery, ancient culture, lifestyle, and iconic landmarks. The latest coins feature Captain James Cook who achieved the first recorded European contact with the eastern coastline of Australia. The reverse design of the silver coin features a portrait of Captain Cook and the HMS Bark Endeavour within a map outline of Australia. The gold coin features an alternate portrait with the ship in the background.

The silver coin is struck in 1 ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality and has a diameter of 40.60 mm. The mintage limit is 5,000 pieces. The gold coin is struck in 1/4 ounce of 99.99% pure gold to proof quality and has a diameter of 20.60 mm. The mintage limit is 1,000 pieces.

Previous releases within the series have featured Sydney Opera House and the Didgeridoo. The next release will feature Surfing.

Winter Silver Coin

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The third release in the Australian Seasons series captures winter, which takes place during the months of June, July, and August. The reverse design of the square-shaped coin depicts the Australian Green Tree Frost on a branch against a colored background of the winter night sky and rain.

Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The coins are sized 33.20 x 33.20 mm with a thickness of 4.00 mm. A maximum mintage of 5,000 coins has been established.

Discover Australia Silver Proof Coins

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The Discover Australia 2013 Silver Proof Coins feature five different Australian animals against colorful background scenes. The animals are the kangaroo, koala, emu, kookaburra, and platypus.

Each of the coins is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The five coins are available either individually or within a complete five coin set. Either option comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity.

The Perth Mint has indicated that they will release no more than 5,000 of each coin, with an issue limit of 3,500 for each individual coin and 1,500 for the five coin set.

High Relief Gold Koala

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Three options are available for the 2013 Australian Gold Koala coins, including 2 oz and 1 oz coins struck in stunning high relief. A 1/10 oz coin is struck in standard relief. The designs for all three coins depict an adult koala sitting on the branch of a eucalyptus tree, surrounded by gum leaves.

The high relief 2 oz coin is limited to a mintage of 250 pieces. The high relief 1 oz coin is limited to 2,000 coins. The 1/10 oz coin has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces. Unfortunately, all of these coins are listed as unavailable for distribution within the United States.

Other new product releases for this month include:

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  1. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks for the updated information Michael. I’m so glad you give us all the details about these Perth Mint releases, as I still cannot understand why they won’t publish the product information more that 2-3 hours in advance of the start of sales.

    As much as I like collecting the HR coins from the different world mints, I’m afraid either one of these Perth HR Gold Koala issues will be beyond my constraints – and my greater interest in adding the upcoming RPF Gold Buffalo to my collection.

    I have noted with interest, though, that the Perth Mint has been slow to issue their other HR Silver coins. To date, the HR Snake, the HR Kookabura and the HR 5 oz Koala. Still no HR Kangaroo or 1 oz Koala. I certainly hope the 5oz is not a replacement for their 1oz coin this year, as NYM is the only authorized US dealer for that 5 oz issue, and I have no desire to pursue any purchases from them.

    Thanks, again, for the great work!!

  2. Shutter says

    I have noted with interest, though, that the Perth Mint has been slow to issue their other HR Silver coins. To date, the HR Snake, the HR Kookabura

    That’s 2 out of 4, about half way through the year and the Kangaroo will be out in July.

  3. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks, Shutter. When I commented during the afternoon of the 3rd, the Perth Mint had yet to post their July offerings. Kinda figured that the HR Kangaroo would be coming, as it was their first, recurring HR coin and has developed a steady following. However, I also seem to recall that all 4 2012 HR coins had been released NLT August, then the Perth Mint offered the 4-coin HR Set during those last 3 months.

    I would like to think they still plan to issue the 1 oz HR Koala sometime within the next 3-4 months but, like I said, I hope that early, 5 oz offering is not intended to be the only alternative for it in 2013.

  4. VABEACHBUM says

    @ FM – The last gold coin shown, the 2013 Gold Koala, is a High Relief Coin specific to the 2oz and 1oz coins only. The 3rd and smallest of these offerings uses the standard striking process.

    The Perth Mint HR coins are slightly smaller in diameter and thicker at the rim because their HR striking process makes the obverse and reverse sides concave. By forcing more metal away from the edges and fields and towards the respective devices, the devices stand taller in the center and present a much more noticeable cameo appearance on the curved surfaces of the fields. Perth has issued some great HR Silver coins over the past 3-4 years. Look for examples of their “Sydney Cove” Medal and their Pheidippidis’ Marathon Coin.

  5. M says

    Not sure why you would pass up a stunning piece such as the 5 ounce HR Silver Koala just because its a NYM exclusive. They are nice to deal with. They are pricy but you would end up paying the same for a PR70 or 69 later down the road. NYM sends the original Perth Mint packaging along with the order in addition to a exclusive wood case designed to hold the slab. The Perth Mint packaing is new…it never housed a coin unlike the dealers who pull them out of the packaging to send for grading…often wearing down the mint packaging or damaging it.

  6. M says

    The 1oz High Relief Koala was a NYM exclusive too. Though Perth got some of the mintage to sell in other areas. I would like to see a 5 ounce HR Kook. I bet NYM will do that…they love 5 ounce and high relief products.

  7. fmtransmitter says


    Exciting times for Modern Numismatics. The Mercury 3D Redux is a stunner. The HR is for sure the wave of the future.Love how each Mint competes with the latest and greatest technology to create beauty. The “new tech. with the “old” themes seems to be the winners so far.

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