The Royal Australian Mint has recently released or started accepting pre-orders for a number of new coins. This includes base metal coins covering various themes and the latest silver proof coin featuring the popular Kangaroo at Sunset design.
About a month ago, an aluminum bronze $1 uncirculated coin was issued to mark the 70th anniversary of the retirement of the Avro Lancaster W4783, nicknamed “G for George”. The heavy bomber was constructed in 1942 and flew 90 operational mission over Nazi-occupied territory during the Second World War. The plane was empowering and uniting for over 10,000 airmen. Following its retirement in 1944, it now sits on display in the Australian War Memorial’s ANZAC Hall.
The design of the coin features “G for George” against a background of missiles dropped by the plane. The coins are struck in aluminum bronze to an uncirculated finish with a diameter of 25 mm and weight of 9.00 grams. There is a maximum mintage of 30,000.
A new series entitled “Australia at War” will remember a century of service and help Australians tell the story of how instrumental those times were in creating the Australia of today. The series will include 18 coins released over the course of more than three years with themes under the banners of the First World War, Second World War and Post-1945 conflicts.
The first three coins of the series represent the Boer War, German New Guinea and the Battle of Cocos Islands. The 50 cent uncirculated coins are struck in copper nickel with a diameter of 31.51 mm and weight of 15.55 grams. There is a mintage of 50,000 pieces for each coin.
The coins are offered for sale individually or under a subscription program.
A colored uncirculated 50 cent coin has been issued to mark the 50th anniversary of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Studies (AIATSIS). The AIATSIS seeks to commemorate Australia’s Indigenous communities through research, education, and preservation of these proud cultures. The reverse design of the coin features an element of the Institute’s logo, which was derived from the boomerang totem of the Gu:na:ni (Kunjen) people from the Mitchell River region of the Gulf of Carpentaria.
Each coin is struck in copper nickel with a diameter of 31.51 mm and weight of 15.55 grams. The colored collector version carries a frosted uncirculated color printed finish and is limited to a mintage o 30,000 pieces.
A non-colored version of the 50 cent coin is being released into circulation.
The first in a three coin series entitled “Clever Australia” highlights medical breakthroughs. The coin is referred to as the 2014 Med-mazing $1 Uncirculated Coin and features a split spiral view of different medical developments including the pacemaker, penicillin, IVF embryo freezing, and spray on skin for burn victims.
Each coin is struck in aluminum bronze with a diameter of 25.00 mm and weight of 9.00 grams. There is a maximum mintage of 30,000.
Pre-orders are being accepted for a new silver proof coin featuring the popular Kangaroo at Sunset design. The simple but striking design features a lone kangaroo crossing the Australian plains and casting a long shadow in the sun. This is a smaller sized coin, although the design has also been used on a 1 oz silver proof coin.
Each coin is struck in .999 fine silver to proof quality with a diameter of 21.69 mm and weight of 6.03 grams. The mintage is 5,000 pieces.
New Royal Canadian Mint Coin Releases
The Royal Canadian Mint has just started accepting pre-orders from Master’s Club members for their latest monthly releases. As typical, the coins cover a wide array of subjects, metals, and minting technologies. Logged in Master’s Club members can see the new releases here.
Full coverage of the products will be provided when ordering opens to the general public on July 2.