Perth Mint New Product Releases March 2014

The Perth Mint’s latest batch of new product releases includes coins to celebrate anniversaries for William Shakespeare and Australian military aviation. New coins are available from the ongoing Australian Map Shaped, Australian Megafauna, and Antarctic Territory series. A new series begins featuring Australian posters of World War I.

For collectors in the United States, sales began at March 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.
William Shakespeare 450th Anniversary Silver Coin

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A five ounce silver proof coin celebrates the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. The design includes a spiral-line engraved likeness of Shakespeare which appears above a representation of the Globe Theatre. The theatre includes an actor on stage surrounded by motifs denoting famous scenes from the plays Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Henry V. Inscriptions read “William Shakespeare” and “450th Anniversary of his Birth”.

A maximum mintage of just 450 pieces applies to the release. Coins come packaged in a presentation case with an outer shipper containing quotes from Shakespeare’s most well-known plays and a numbered certificate of authenticity.

Australian Military Aviation Silver coin

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To celebrate the centenary of the first flight of an Australian military aircraft, the Perth Mint has issued a one ounce silver proof coin. The reverse design features a scene which is split by a propeller blade  to depict the Bristol Boxkite from 100 years ago and a modern F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft. Each aircraft flies into a colored background sky image. The inscriptions include “100th Anniversary of Australian Military Aviation” with the dates “1914-2014”.

The coin is limited to a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces and comes in a presentation case with themed shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.

2014 Koala Map Shaped Silver Coin

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The fifth coin within the Australian Map Shaped Coin Series features the koala. The reverse design depicts a koala carrying a baby joey against a colored background of bush scenery and eucalypt trees.

Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver with a maximum diameter of 40.60 mm and maximum thickness of 4.00 mm. The maximum mintage is 6,000 pieces.

The previous four releases of the series have all sold out. The upcoming sixth and final release of the series will feature the Saltwater Crocodile.

Genyornis Silver Proof Coin

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The third release in the Australian Megafauna series features the Genyoris, a giant bird that inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period. The reverse of the coin features a depiction of a Genyoris designed by paleo-artist Peter Trusler against a colored background.

These 1 ounce silver coins are struck in 99.9% purity to proof quality. The maximum mintage is 6,500 pieces.

The two previous releases of the series featuring the Procoptodon and Diprotodon still remain available for sale. The two upcoming release of the series will feature the Thylacoleo and Megalania.

Wandering Albatross Silver Coin

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The latest release in the long running Antarctic Territory series features the Wandering Albatross. The reverse design carries a depiction of the sea bird flying against a colored background of an iceberg in the Southern Ocean. The scene is framed within an outline of Antarctica.

Each coin is struck in one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The maximum mintage for the coin is 7,500 pieces.

All previous releases of the Antarctic Territory series with the exception of the Aurora Australis coin have sold out.

Australian Enlistment Silver Coin

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The Perth Mint has launched a new series entitled Australian Posters of World War I. The rectangular shaped coin series will include one release annually from 2014 to 2018.

This year’s release features a colored reproduction of the 1914 “A Call from the Dardanelles” poster. The inscription above the image reads “Australian Enlistment”.

Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with dimensions of 47.60 mm x 27.60 mm. There is a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces established.

Year of the Horse 2 oz Silver Proof Coin

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The Perth Mint has also made available this year’s Perth ANDA Coin Show Special. The 2 oz 99.9% silver proof coin features the Year of the Horse design in color.

Each coin comes in special ANDA presentation packaging featuring the ANDA logo and dates of the Perth Show. A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included. No more than 1,000 of the Perth ANDA Coin Show Special 2014 Year of the Horse 2oz Silver Proof Coins will be released.

Other new releases for this month include:

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  1. VABEACHBUM says

    Agreed Zeeman. First time in a while that I will not have bought at least one new release, either from Perth or one of their distributors. Even at 450 pieces and a decent US exchange price, I’m just not a fan of the Bard.

  2. JagFan says

    Same here – I was on the fence with the Shakesphere coin and decided not to buy it and now It is sold out at Perth. If anyone is looking for it – Talismancoins has it for $349

    I’m not a fan of the coins with color – even though the mintages are low, they just don’t appeal to me. Plus there are just so many variations out there produced by the mint.

    So far the hits in my book by the Perth Mint are:

    1) Zeus &
    2) Wedge Tailed Eagle

    I like the World War Poster Coins – would be nice if Provident Metals would do something similar with the U.S. Famous War Posters… It sounds like it is right up their alley and I would definately be interested.. Provident – are you listening?

  3. VARich says

    Jagfan – I second your recommendation for US World War Poster Coins, think it would be a big hit. I have a few of the posters done up in tin signs hanging in my office and they’re always conversation pieces. The Aussie bar is nicely done, though requires an understanding of down under culture to get it.

  4. fmtransmitter says

    Agree, we need US Mint War Poster coins, and square coins at that, No color though, just more finishes please…frost, proof, mirror, etc etc

  5. Louis says

    Since the bard was not Australian, I wonder why Perth issued a coin for him. Seems like that should be a UK coin.

  6. fmtransmitter says

    Just won the PHEIDIPPIDIS MARATHON coin in PF69 for $39…Pretty happy about that, been wanting one since I started collecting..

  7. VABEACHBUM says

    @ VARich, VA Bob, Jagfan and others who currently are serving or have served previously. BEP is offering a new “Intaglio” program of specially engraved printings dedicated to the “Defenders of Freedom” and the five Services. Five different releases to be offered over the next 7 months; US Army was first and concurrent with the Atlanta Show. Very nicely done and worth a look.

    @ FMTx – Most of the World Mints, most notably Perth and China Gold Corp., have been pulling that wagon for quite some time. The US Mint is probably the most recent to drag itself up onto that buck-board, although what they have lacked in years of production they have overcome with sheer volume.

  8. Koichi Ito says

    I think that Mega Fauna series of silver commemorative coins of Perth Mint is the best coins for collectors. This Genyoris silver commemorative and other Mega Fauna series remind me of Jurassic Park coins.

  9. AkBob says

    For those interested, I just received an email from Top World Coins that has the 2014 Mongolian Manul 500 Togrog Cat for $269.00 US. That is by far the best price I have seen. Good Luck toall interested.

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