The Perth Mint of Australia has officially unveiled the designs for their 2014-dated gold and silver bullion coins. Each program features a reverse design which changes annually and some coins are subject to maximum mintages. These two factors serve to drive some numismatic interest towards the respective series and sometimes result in premiums above the bullion value.
All of the following coins are struck in .9999 gold or .999 silver. The obverse design of each features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The 2014 Year of the Horse Silver Coins feature a depiction of two horses within a stylized Chinese landscape. This will mark the seventh release within the Australian Lunar Series II. The coins are available in 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo, and 10 kilo sizes. There are maximum mintages of 300,000 of the 1 oz coins and 200 of the 10 kilo size coins. The remaining sizes do not carry a maximum mintage. The line up of coins and maximum mintage levels are unchanged from the prior year.
The 1/2 oz, 1 oz, and 2 oz bullion coins will be available starting September 2, 2013. The remaining sizes (except the 10 kilo) will be available starting October 1, 2013.
The 2014 Year of the Horse Gold Coin features a horse galloping amidst a stylized scene of mountains and clouds. The bullion coins will be available across nine different sizes including 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz , 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo, and 10 kilo. The 1 oz coins are subject to a maximum mintage of 30,000 and the 10 kilo coins have a maximum mintage of 10. The available sizes and maximum mintage for the 1 oz coin remain the same as the prior year. The maximum for the 10 kilo coin was reduced from 100 pieces in the prior year.
All sizes except for the 10 kilo coins will be available from September 2, 2013.
The 2014 Australian Silver Koala features a close up portrayal of an adult koala with a spray of gum leaves. The available sizes include 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kilo sized coins. As in the prior year, there are no maximum mintages established for any of the coins. The worldwide release date for all sizes is November 5, 2013.
The 2014 Australian Silver Kookaburra features a new depiction of the iconic bird sitting on a tree branch and surrounded by gum leaves. The coins will be available in three sizes including 1 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kilo. There is a maximum mintage of 500,000 established for the 1 oz coins. In the previous year, the maximum mintage for the 1 oz size was 1,000,000 pieces. The release date for all sizes will be September 2, 2013.
Update: Although the 2013 Kookaburra 1 oz Silver bullion coin was initially indicated with a maximum mintage of 1,000,000, later in the year the final mintage was declared at 500,000 pieces.
The 2014 Australian Kangaroo Gold Coins feature a depiction of a kangaroo set against a fenced rural property. This design is used for the 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz sized coins. The 1 kilo sized coin features the classic red kangaroo design by Dr. Stuart Devlin. Maximum mintage have been established for 100,000 of the 1/2 oz coins, 150,000 of the 1/4 oz coins, and 200,000 o the 1/10 oz coins. There are no limits for the remaining 1 oz and 1 kilo sizes. In the previous year, a maximum of 350,000 had been established for the 1 oz coins. All coins will be released on October 1 , 2013.
Completing the Perth Mint’s bullion range is the 2014 Australian Platinum Platypus coins. The design features the platypus within an underwater scene surrounded by bubbles and plant life. As opposed to the other programs, this is the same design that has been used since the introduction of the series in 2011. The availability date and other details for the upcoming release have not been specified. In prior years, only 1 oz size coins have been offered with a limited mintage.