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.
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.
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.
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.
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: