The Perth Mint of Australia has started accepting orders for their first batch of new coin releases for this year. The new products include stunning high relief gold and silver proof coins with a design by John Mercanti, the latest releases in the Australian Megafauna, Mythical Creatures, and Ships That Never Sailed series, the annual True Love coin, two Silver Koala coins, and two Year of the Horse collections.
For collectors in the United States, sales began at January 6, 2014 at 11:01 AM ET. These coins can all be found as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The second release within the Australian Megafauna series features the Diprotodon, a giant marsupial that inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period. The animal is related to the wombat and koala but the size of a rhinoceros. The quadraped had a massive skull and two large upper front teeth with pillar-like legs, broad footpads, and strong claws on its front feet.
The reverse of the coin features the Diprotodon against a colored background as designed by Peter Trusler, a world renowned freelance artist and zoological science graduate from Monash University, Melbourne. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver to proof quality, the coins carry a maximum mintage of 6,500 pieces. The previous release of the series featuring the Procoptodon still remains available for sale.
The final release within the Mythical Creatures series features the Dragon. The reverse design of the coin features a colored depiction of a dragon guarding piles of treasure, which include coins, a crown, a chalice, and jewels. A medieval banner carries a silhouette of a dragon and the denomination. The word “Dragon” appears on a scroll beneath.
The coins come in a presentation case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces.
The fourth release within the Ships That Never Sailed series features the Jolly Roger from James Barrie’s classic tale Peter Pan. The ship is home and passage to Captain Hook and his pirate crew on the fantasy isle of Neverland.
The reverse design features a depiction of the Jolly Roger anchored at Mermaids’ Lagoon with Peter Pan flying above. The inscriptions include “Peter Pan” and “The Jolly Roger”.
Each coin is issued in a wooden case in the shape of a book with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The maximum mintage is just 3,000 pieces.
The annual Forever Love coin carries a colored depiction of two Major Mitchell Cockatoos perched on a heart shaped branch with bush flowers and leaves. One cockatoo presents the other the a sprig of gum blossoms. These birds have pink feathers across their face, chest, and belly, with pure white tail feathers and a red and yellow striped crest. The cockatoo is representative of true love and companionship since they mate for life and can live for many decades.
The 2014 Forever Love 1/2 oz. Silver Proof Coin is struck as Tuvalu legal tender and carries a maximum mintage of 7,500 pieces. The coins come in a presentation case with colored shipper.
The 2014 Australian Koala 1 oz. Silver Gilded edition features this year’s Koala design highlighted in 24 karat gold. The coins come in a display case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. There is an issue limit of 5,000 within this packaging from an overall maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.
This month the Perth Mint has also released the 1/10 oz Silver BU Koala. This smaller coin has a diameter of 20.60 mm and maximum thickness of 2.00. It is offered with an unlimited mintage and comes on an illustrated card.
The Perth Mint has released the 2014 Year of the Horse 1 oz Silver Square Ten-Coin Collection. This set features ten coins depicting a different colored horse in a standing position with two Chinese stamps. The Chinese characters describe the name of the horse and the artist. The obverse contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the 2014 date and denomination.
Each coin is struck in .999 fine silver with a weight of 31.135 grams and dimensions of 33.20 mm by 33.20 mm. There is an issue limit of 5,000 collections from an overall maximum mintage of 10,000 for each coin.
The set is housed in a case with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
A ten coin collection of 1/10 oz gold coins is also available. The same horse designs are featured with the Chinese character for horse. The Chinese stamps and characters describing the horse found on the larger silver coins do not appear.
Each coin is struck in .9999 gold with a weight of 3.111 grams and dimensions of 14.50 mm by 14.50 mm. There is an issue limit of 1,500 collections from an overall maximum mintage of 7,500 for each coin.
The sets come housed in a presentation case with numbered certificate of authenticity.
Also released this month, but indicated as available worldwide excluding USA, are the 2014 Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle High Relief Coins. The stunning reverse design of the coin is by John Mercanti, the 12th Chief Engraver of the United States Mint who created the reverse design for the American Silver Eagle and is responsible for more coin and medal designs than any other employee in US Mint history.
The reverse of the coin depicts the Wedge-Tailed Eagle in flight as it prepares to land on a tree branch. The inscriptions include “Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle”, “2014”, and “1 oz 999 Silver.” The obverse contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the monetary denomination of “1 Dollar”.
The high relief silver proof coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of .999 fine silver with a diameter of 32.60 mm and maximum thickness of 6.00 mm. The maximum mintage is 10,000 pieces.
The high relief gold proof coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of .9999 fine gold with a diameter of 27.30 mm and maximum thickness of 5.00 mm. The maximum mintage is 1,000 pieces.
Each coin comes in a presentation case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
(It appears that the USA distributor for these coins is GovMint.)
Additional releases for this month include: