The Perth Mint of Australia has unveiled the revere design artistry for their range of 2015-dated gold and silver bullion coins. Each program features annually rotating reverse designs, which provides collectors and investors with a new appearance for each issue of the series. The popularity of certain designs, combined with mintage limitations, sometimes creates premiums for certain bullion issues well above intrinsic value.
All of the following coins are struck in .9999 fine gold or .999 fine silver across a range of different sizes. The obverse design for each series features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Australian Lunar Series II
2015 Year of the Goat Silver Bullion Coins
The reverse design depicts a family of goats standing within a stylized rural scene. The Chinese character for “Goat” appears above with “Year of the Goat” below. The coins are available in 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo, and 10 kilo sizes featuring the same design. Maximum mintages of 300,000 1 oz coins and 150 10 kilo coins have been established. The release date is September 1, 2014.
Australian Lunar Series II
2015 Year of the Goat Gold Bullion Coins
The design depicts an adult male goat standing on a ridge in a stylized mountain scene. The Chinese character for “Goat” is incorporated and the words “Year of the Goat” appear at the base. The coins are available in 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kilo sizes all carrying the same design. A maximum mintage of 30,000 applies to the 1 oz size. The official release date is September 1, 2014.
2015 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coins
The Perth Mint will celebrate 25 years of the Australian Kookaburra bullion coin series by using the original coin design from 1990. An adult kookaburra is depicted sitting on a tree stump surrounded by eucalyptus leaves and a fern. The dual date of “1990-2015” and a “P25” mint mark are used to celebrate the milestone for the series. Available sizes will include 1 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kilo coins all bearing the same design. A maximum mintage of 500,000 pieces applies to the 1 oz size. The official release date will be September 1, 2014.
2015 Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coins
The Australian Koala series reaches its ninth year of issue with a design depicting an adult koala sitting in a tree with an Australian bush landscape in the background. The available sizes for the coin are 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kilo. There are no maximum mintages imposed, although production will close at the end of 2015 when each coin’s official mintage will be declared. The official release date for the program will be November 3, 2014.
The Perth Mint indicates that the 10 oz size will carry a new finish. Based on images, it looks like a uniformly frosted appearance rather than the reverse proof style used for other bullion coins.
2015 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coins
The new design for the Australian Kangaroo series features a depiction of a bounding kangaroo as it crosses the Australian outback with the moon in the background. This design appears on the 1/10 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz sizes. The classic red kangaroo design by Dr. Stuart Devlin AO CMG is used for the 1 kilo size release. Maximum mintages have been established at 200,000 1/10 oz coins, 150,000 1/4 oz coins, and 100,000 1/2 oz coins. The official release date will be October 6, 2014.