The Perth Mint of Australia has started accepting orders for their latest round of new product releases. This includes the latest coins in the Australian Megafauna and Treasures of the World series, a new half gram sized gold coin, and two new Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle coins featuring the design by John Mercanti.
For collectors in the United States, sales began at May 5, 2014 at 12:01 PM ET. These coins can all be found as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The fourth release within the Australian Megafauna series features the Thylacoleo, a carnivorous marsupial that lived during the late Pleistocene period. The animal was powerfully built with strong forelimbs and sharp claws well suited to securing prey and climbing trees. The creature also had strong jaws and massive shearing teeth.
The reverse design of the 1 oz silver proof coin features the image of a Thylacoleo and its young against a colored background. The coins come in a presentation case with illustrated shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity. The maximum mintage is 6,500 pieces.
The three previous releases of the series featuring the Procoptodon, Diprotodon, and Genyornis still remain available for sale. The final upcoming release of the series will feature the Megalania.
The second release within the Treasures of the World series showcases Australia and its wealth of gold. Separate gold and silver coins include innovative locket containing loose granules of gold.
The reverse design of each coin features a common design with the locket surrounded by a scene from the Australian outback including a kangaroo, Grass trees, and Spinifex plants. The inscriptions read “Treasures of the World” and “Gold”. The obverse of each coin contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2014” date, precious metal weight and purity, and the legal tender denomination.
The 1 oz silver proof coin is struck in 99.9% purity with a diameter of 40.60 mm and maximum mintage is 7,500 pieces. The 1 oz gold proof coin is struck in 99.99% purity with a diameter of 32.60 mm and maximum mintage of 750 pieces.
A 1 oz silver proof coin is issued to celebrate 100 years of the Australian Red Cross. The reverse design incorporates a series of black and white photographs to represent the broad cross section of society that the organization assists. The central lower portion of the coin includes the image of a World War I nurse. Inscriptions read “the power of humanity” and “100 Years People Helping People” with an image of the Australian Red Cross logo.
This coin carries a limited mintage of 5,000 pieces.
Featuring the design of a Kookaburra in a resting pose, each coin contains a weight of 0.5 grams (0.016 troy ounces) of 99.99% pure gold. The diameter is 11.60 mm and the maximum thickness is 0.70 mm. There is an unlimited mintage. The coins come housed in an acrylic capsule mounted on a wallet sized card.
As discussed in a previous post, the Perth Mint is releasing additional coins featuring former United States Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti’s Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle design. The releases for this month include 1 oz silver proof and 5 oz silver proof high relief coins featuring the beautiful design.
The reverse design depicts the Wedge Tailed Eagle in mid-flight as it prepares to land on a tree branch. The obverse contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
The 1 oz silver proof version of the coin is struck in 99.9% purity and has a diameter of 40.6 mm. The coin carries a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces, which is notably lower than the 10,000 mintage for the 1 oz silver proof high relief version.
The 5 oz silver proof high relief version of the coin is struck in 99.9% purity with a diameter of 50.60 mm and maximum thickness of 12.50. The high relief obverse and reverse of the coin are both minted on concave surfaces to achieve optimum metal flow. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces.
The two coins are not available to order for customers in the USA. For this region, distribution is exclusive to Govmint.
Other new releases for this month include: