The Perth Mint of Australia has started accepting orders for their latest round of new coin releases. This includes the first release from a new Gods of Olympus series featuring designs rendered in high relief with an antique finish, the latest releases in the Land Down Under and Australian Opal series, a 5 oz silver proof version of the Year of the Horse Coin, and more.
For collectors in the United States, sales began at February 3, 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 first release in a new series featuring the Gods of Olympus depicts Zeus, supreme ruler of Mount Olympus and the Pantheon of gods that lived there. The reverse depicts a bearded Zeus rising up into a stormy sky wielding a thunderbolt and scepter with an eagle flying above his shoulder. The coin is struck in high relief in rimless format with an antique finish. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, also in antique finish.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, each coin is struck in 2 troy ounces of .999 fine silver with a diameter of 40.50 mm. There is a maximum mintage of 1,500 pieces. Future issues of the series will feature Poseidon and Hades.
In the previous post, I had mentioned that I was looking forward to seeing the design of this coin. Once it was unveiled, I was a bit surprised as I had expected a more classical look. The style, antique finish, and rimless format are certainly much different than the usual appearance Perth Mint coins.
The first designs in the 2014 Land Down Under series commemorate Australia’s Gold Rush. The design of the silver coin depicts a prospector panning for gold against a colored river scene framed within a map shape of Australia. The gold coin features two prospectors panning for gold in a creek. The obverse of each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the 2014 date and the monetary denomination.
The silver coin is struck in .999 purity with a weight of 1 troy ounce and diameter of 40.60 mm. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces. The gold coin is struck in .9999 purity with a weight of 1/4 oz, diameter of 20.60 mm, and maximum mintage of 1,000 pieces.
Future releases of the series for this year will feature the Great Barrier Reef, Australian Stock Horse, and Rock Fishing.
A new series entitled “Mother’s Love” depicts the connection between a mother and her offspring within the animal kingdom. The first coin features a colored scene of a Lioness nurturing her lion cub amongst grasslands.
Issued as Tuvalu legal tender, the coins are struck in 1/2 oz of .999 fine silver with a diameter of 36.60 mm. The Perth Mint will issue no more than 4,500 of the coins in the current packaging from an overall maximum mintage of 6,000 pieces.
The fifth release within the Australian Opal series features the Tasmanian Devil. The first three releases of this series have sold out, while the fourth release featuring the Pygmy Possum still remains available.
The 1 oz 99.9% silver proof coin incorporates an inner panel design depicting a Tasmanian Devil. The outer panel includes depictions of native soft tree ferns and wattle leaves, a full moon, and the Southern Cross star formation.
A maximum mintage of 8,000 has been established. The coins come in a display case with a light which turns on when the lid is opened, to represent the moon shining down on the nocturnal creature.
The 2014 Australian Lunar Year of the Horse 5 oz. Silver Proof Coin features this year’s design in a new format. The reverse shows two horses standing within a stylized Chinese landscape with the Chinese character for “horse” and the inscription “Year of the Horse.”
These coins are struck in .999 purity to proof format with a weight of 5 troy ounces and diameter of 65.60 mm. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces.
A colored version of the 2014 Australian Koala 1 oz Silver Coin is also available. The reverse design depicts a close up colored image of an adult koala with a spray of gum leaves. The inscriptions include “Australian Koala” and “2014 1 oz 999 Silver”.
Each coin comes on an illustrated card showing the obverse and reverse of the coin. This issue carries an unlimited mintage.
Other new releases for this month include: