The Perth Mint of Australia has released three new coins at mid-month, including the latest issue in the Endangered and Extinct series, a coin show special, and a gold coin featuring Doctor Who, which is already indicated as “unavailable” on the Perth Mint’s website.
The latest release in the Endangered and Extinct series features the Green Turtle on a 2014-dated coin. The Green Turtle inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world. It is one of the few species that existed during the time of dinosaurs. Their survival has been threatened by the over harvesting of their eggs, hunting of adults, being caught in fishing gear, and a loss of beach nesting sites.
The reverse design features a colored depiction of the Green Turtle as it swims near the surface of the water with the seabed and horizon visible in the background. Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. No more than 5,000 will be released.
Previous releases within the Endangered and Extinct series have featured the Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wedge-Tailed Eagle, and Tasmanian Devil. The first two releases are sold out.
The Perth Mint Sydney ANDA Coin Show Special features a depiction of the World Heritage Site, Willandra Lakes Region. The region covers 2,400 square kilometers in the Murray Basin in southwestern New South Wales and includes dried saline lakebeds, saltbushes, grasses, sand dunes, and a system of ancient lakes formed more than two million years ago. The site is recognized for its geological significance and record of Aboriginal settlement over a 50,000 year period.
The reverse design features the region’s rugged landscape and the Wedge-Tailed Eagle perched on a tree branch. Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality and comes in Sydney ANDA Coin Show packaging. The Perth Mint will release no more than 2,500 of these 2013 Willandra Lakes Region 1 oz Silver Proof Coins.
The Perth Mint has offered a 2013 Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 1 oz Gold Proof Coin. This follows the release of the 1 oz silver version, which had experienced “overwhelming demand.”
The new 1 oz 99.9% pure gold coin features a similar depiction of the TARDIS (Time and Relative Dimension in Space), used by the Doctor to travel through space and time. The coins are struck by the Perth Mint on behalf of the New Zealand Mint with an extremely limited mintage of 250 pieces. The product page already shows the coins as unavailable.
A collection of eleven 1/2 oz silver proof coins celebrating Doctor Who in his various regenerations will be released on October 18.