The Royal Australian Mint has recently started accepting orders for a number of new releases which will begin shipping on February 3, 2014. This includes the latest releases in the Australian road signs, states, and nature series, as well as precious metals versions of previously released coins.
All new releases can be found on the Royal Australian Mint’s eShop.
The second release within the Australian Road Sign series features the koala. The five year series had launched last year with coins featuring the kangaroo.
The latest design features a depiction of a koala gripping a tree branch with its young on its back. The image is positioned within a road sign framed within an octagonal border. An inscription indicates the precious metal weight and purity. As opposed to the previous release, there does not appear to be a commonly used actual road sign which the design resembles. Here are some koala road signs that a quick search turned up.
The 2014 Koala Road Sign Coins are offered in gold and silver with 1 oz, 5 oz, and 1 kg sizes offered for each metal. Each coin carries a frosted uncirculated finish. The mintage levels are 40,000 for the 1 oz silver, 5,000 for the 5 oz silver, 1,500 for the 1 kg silver, 5,000 for the 1 oz gold, 500 for the 5 oz gold, and 100 for the 1 kg gold.
The latest release in the States Series celebrates the 25th anniversary of self-government in the Australian Capital Territory. The reverse design shows a full view of Australia, which puts the ACT at the intersection of a cross and enlarges the area to the right.
Each coin is struck in 99.99% silver to proof quality with a weight of 36.31 grams and diameter of 38.74 mm. The mintage is 12,500 pieces.
The second release within the Nature of Australia series features the platypus. The unusual animal appears swimming beneath the water on a diminutive gold proof coin.
Struck in 99.99% pure gold, the coins weigh 0.5 grams and have a diameter of 11.15 mm. The mintage is indicated at 5,00o pieces. The small size results in a low price point for a numismatic gold coin.
A 1/10 oz gold proof coin has been released featuring the Voyage to Terra Australis design. The image of a ship within full sail and the continent of Australia appear within a compass rose to mark the 200th anniversary of the publication of Matthew Flinders’ journal A Voyage to Terra Australis.
The gold coins carry a mintage of 2,500 pieces. The same design has appeared on previously released silver proof coins and aluminum bronze coins.
Lastly, a 1/2 oz silver frosted uncirculated coin has been issued for the 2014 Year of the Horse. The same design and shape was used for a previously issued copper nickel version of the coin with an unlimited mintage.
The new silver version has a mintage limit of 10,000 pieces.
Other mints are also gearing up for their latest releases. The Perth Mint will begin sales for their latest numismatic products on February 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM ET. The list of upcoming products includes the next coins in the Australian Opal and Land Down Under series. There is also a Gods of Olympus 2 oz. High Relief Gold Coin listed, which should be interesting to see.
Today, the Royal Canadian Mint started accepting pre-orders from Master’s Club members for their latest releases. Some highlights include a 1 oz silver coin featuring the Peregrine Falcon and the third coin in the popular glow in the dark prehistoric creatures series. A 2 oz. silver coin presenting Canada through the eyes of Tim Barnard appears to have already sold out. The latest $100 for $100 silver coin featuring the bald eagle is available for ordering by the general public.
Full coverage of the Perth Mint and Royal Canadian Mint new products will be provided to coincide with the official release dates.