The Royal Australian Mint will release a new silver proof high relief coin to mark the 30th anniversary of the Australian $1 Coin. While the Perth Mint now frequently issues coins in high relief, this appears to be the first time the Royal Australian Mint has used the format.
The Australian $1 Coin was first issued on May 14, 1984 to replace the $1 note with a more durable and lower cost alternative. The original reverse design by Stuart Devlin featured a mob of kangaroos. To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the design is rendered high relief on a limited mintage silver proof coin.
The obverse features the current Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2014” date.
Each coin is struck in 1 ounce of 99.9% silver with a diameter of 32 mm. The mintage is limited to 10,000 pieces. The product page indicates that the coins will be shipped from May 5, 2014.
A cupro nickel $1 coin featuring the mob of roos in color is also released to mark the 30th anniversary. This will be the first time that the design has been produced in color on cupro nickel.
These coins have a diameter of 25 mm and weight of 10.03 grams with a colored printed frosted uncirculated finish. The mintage is limited to 30,000 pieces and the product page can be found here.