Perth Mint’s 2014 Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Designs

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.

2014 Year of the Horse Silver Coin

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.

2014 Year of the Horse Gold Coin

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.

2014 Silver Koala

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.

2014 Silver Kookaburra

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.

2014 Gold Kanaroo

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.

2014 Platinum Platypus

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.

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  1. says

    I’ve said this in other places, but with the Year of the Dragon now two years behind us, I’m expecting the horse coins to sell relatively sluggishly (though I’ve no doubt the one ounce bullion coins will sell well, as always).

    I do, however, think the artwork for the horses is magnificent. Perth always does a good job with these.

  2. Samuel says

    Captain, i want to ask you a question about the kilo ruby eye dragon u bought. i found out that the 5oz colored dragon, the body of the dragon is flat, not like the no-color one, which you can see the scales of the dragon.

  3. im just a bill says

    that is correct Samuel, i have the kilo dragon in color, and it is smooth where the color is.

    anyway, the koala looks funny, like a cross between a raggedy ann doll and an electric shoe buffer.

    the kook looks better this year tho, not like a pineapple for the past few years.

  4. Louis says

    The koala design is a bit disappointing. The others are excellent esp. the silver horse. If silver stays in the $25 or so range I think the horses will do well. I’d love to see the design on say the 5 oz if I can find it for a reasonable premium.

  5. Rolling-Thunder says

    I believe the 2013 Kookaburra was originally to be minted to 1 million, but with complaints from customers, that Perth set it back down to 500,000 as in past years and as stated for 2014.

    Like the 2014 silver horse(s) and the kookaburra, reserving opinion on koala till I see one. I think those 300,000 1 oz silver horses will be sold out fast!

  6. Prester John says


    I’ve been lobbying for the Predator Alien to get his own coin – and now my dream has com…….ohhh…. it’s koala. Nevermind.

  7. Michael Zielinski says

    Rolling Thunder- Good catch. Yes, the 2013 Kookaburra 1 oz mintage was originally indicated as 1 million, but later capped at 500,000.

  8. VABEACHBUM says

    That Koala surely does look sad; probably because he saw the artwork for his 2014 coin. The Horse coin does look sharp, and as the Perth bullion coins use the reverse proof effect on the devices, they should have some great eye appeal. I also like the fact that this horse presentation and the above Gold Kangaroo presentations also will be used on the respective Silver High Relief issues. Those should be stellar. HR probably will not help that sad Koala, though. At that point, he’ll also be sad that NYM is the only reseller of his coins in the States!!!

    @ Louis and off-topic… I’m really interested in your thoughts on the Ironside’s Anniversary 50 Pence pieces being offered by the Royal Mint. I like the piece, and the mintages are tempting, but the listed prices for 8 and 16 gram Sterling is really hard to justify. Thanks!!

  9. fmtransmitter says

    Agreed with Koala comments, that is just horrible. Love the Kook and the Horses look sharp as well.

  10. says


    If you’re still watching the thread, bill was correct. The “painted” area’s details are somewhat smoothed down.

    I agree the koala is unimpressive. Prester John’s comment really made me laugh.

  11. ibex66 says

    The Koala is downright scary. The Kook has a comb over but comparitvely speaking isn’t bad.

  12. Fosnock says

    I guess they are trying to kill the Koala coin or get voted most ugly coin of the year. I collect them so I will get it but damn its ugly.

  13. Louis says

    Hi VAB- I think the piedfort is a nice piece and the 1500 mintage is indeed low, but I think the prices are too high. In my view the Royal Mint would do well to try to lower prices on many of its coins as Perth has done. Thanks for asking.

  14. VABEACHBUM says

    Thanks, Louis! Apparently, we’re in the majority, as neither piece shows any indication of rampant interest or near sell-out status. I may wait to see how the secondary market supports these coins.

    BTW – my CC has been charged and my RM order shows “completed” for my St George Silver Coins. I expect to receive them any day now!!

  15. Wes says

    Not many RM Birth St George silver coins have been on Ebay. A few were on pre-order but most may still be waiting for their orders to be completed.I don’t plan on flipping my one order but I don’t like that 2500 of them may still be offered in their own presentation from someone in the U.S.

  16. Louis says

    Remember that plenty of the St. George coins went to Downies and ECI too. I just got my 2nd one which is from ECI. I also think many buyers from the Royal Mint will not sell as I will not sell the one I got from them either.

    By the way, as we move close to the release of the new Perth horses and kooks, if anyone sees a bullion dealer with a good price, please let us know. The best prices I have seen so far are at Silber Corner but shipping is very high, and it would only be worth it for a large order or a group order.

  17. VaBeachSteve says

    I received my Silver Sovereign coin today and what a beauty it is … I’m just curious if anyone will be sending their coin(s) in for grading? I’ve never submitted coins before but was wondering if it would be worthwhile

  18. Louis says

    Also, with all the e-mails APMEX sends, they could have sent one saying they were taking orders for the new horse coins.

  19. Louis says

    One other thing- Has anyone receive a Britannia proof set yet, the 5-piece set, from the mint?

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