The Perth Mint has started accepting orders for their latest round of new product releases. This is highlighted by the 2014 Year of the Horse Gold and Silver Proof Coins, which feature the new designs revealed late last month. Other new products include the latest releases in the Australian Opal Series and Famous Ship That Never Sailed series, and new Australian Songbird stamp and coin covers.
For collectors within the United States, sales have opened as of September 2, 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 Year of the Horse Silver Proof Coins feature a design of two horses standing within a stylized Chinese landscape. Four different sizes are offered across four packaging options.
There are 1/2 oz proof coins with a maximum mintage of 9,000 coins, 1 oz proof coins with a maximum mintage of 8,500, 2 oz proof coins with a maximum mintage of 2,000, and 1 kilo proof coins with a maximum mintage of 500 coins.
Separate issue limits are established for the packaging options released today. The individual 1/2 oz coins are limited to 8,000, the individual 1 oz coins are limited to 5,000, a three-coin set including 2 oz, 1 oz, and 1/2 oz coins is limited to 1,000 units. The individual 1 kilo proof coin is issued at the full mintage limit of 500.
In past years, the three-coin sets and individual 1 oz coins have been quick sell outs.
The Year of the Horse Gold Proof Coins feature a design of one horse galloping within a stylized scene of mountains and clouds.Three different sizes are offered across four packaging options.
There are 1/10 oz proof coins with a maximum mintage of 8,000 coins, 1/4 oz proof coins with a maximum mintage of 8,000, and 1 oz proof coins with a maximum mintage of 6,000 coins.
Separate issue limits are established for the packaging options released today. The individual 1/10 oz coins are limited to 5,000, the individual 1/4 oz coins are limited to 5,000, the individual 1 oz proof coins are limited to 3,000, and a three-coin set including 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1 oz coins is limited to 3,000 units. These products comprise the entire maximum mintage amounts for each coin.
The latest release within the Australian Opal Series features the Pygmy Possum. The 1 oz 99.9% silver proof coin incorporates an inner panel design depicting a pygmy possum on banksia branch in pure Australian opal. The outer panel depicts banksia leaves and blossoms, a waxing gibbous moon, and the Southern Cross star formation.
These coins are limited to a mintage of 8,000 pieces. All three of the previous coins of the series featuring the Koala, Wombat, and Kangaroo have sold out.
The latest release in the Famous Ships That Never Sailed series features the Demeter from Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula. The reverse design of the coin features a representation of the Demeter and the cliff top Whitby Abbey surrounded by vampire bats with a full moon in the background.
The 1 oz 99.9% pure silver proof coin is limited to a mintage of 3,000 pieces. The two previous releases of the series featuring the Flying Dutchman and Pequod have both sold out.
Additional new product releases for this month include:
- Young Collectors 2013 Horse Riding $1 Coin
- 2013 Green Catbird Stamp and Coin Cover
- 2013 Yellow-billed Kingfisher Stamp and Coin Cover
Update: The 2014 Year of the Horse Three-Coin Set is currently listed as “unavailable” on the Perth Mint’s website. In the past some popular products have quickly changed status to “unavailable” after the initial rush of orders from US-based customers. Sales have later re-opened for some of these unavailable coins around 8:00 AM Perth Time (8:00 PM ET).