The Perth Mint has started accepting orders for two new products. The first is an eleven-coin set issued for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who and the second is the first coin in a new series featuring Australian Megafauna.
Previously released 1 oz silver and 1 oz gold coins issued for the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who both proved to be popular products achieving quick sell outs. The latest product is an eleven coin set with reverse designs featuring a color image of the Doctor in his various regenerations. The background of each coin includes an image of his nemesis on a vivid background surrounded by a border inspired by technology and time travel.
Each coin is struck in 1/2 oz of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with a diameter of 36.60 mm. The coins are struck by the Perth Mint on behalf of the New Zealand Mint and issued as legal tender in the island nation of Tuvalu. The 11-coin set carries an issue limit of 3,000 units, with a maximum mintage of 4,000 pieces for each coin.
The coins are packaged in a presentation case in the shape of the Doctor’s fob watch, which opens to display the 11 coins along with a colored token featuring a collage of all the Doctors. A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included.
The 2013 Procoptodon 1 oz Silver Proof Coin is the first release in the new Australian Megafauna series featuring animals which inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period. The Procoptodon is the largest and most heavily built kangaroo to have ever existed. It has a short, flat face and forward pointing eyes with long, clawed fingers and a single large toe on each foot.
The reverse design of the coin features a Procoptodon against a colored background. This was designed by Peter Trusler, a world renowned freelance artist and zoological science graduate from Monash University, Melbourne. Each coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The mintage limit is 6,500 pieces. Each coin comes in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The Perth Mint offers a subscription for the five coin series, which includes a complementary five-coin display box. The future releases of the series will be Diprotodon (January), Genyornis (March), Thylacoleo (May) and Megalania (July). A sneak peak at the designs can be found on the image of the five coin box included above.