The latest batch of new product releases from the Perth Mint are now available. This month’s releases include the start of a multi-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary coin series, the latest releases within three ongoing series, and a super sized Australian Koala gold coin.
Orders are already being accepted for the new products, which can be found as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The Perth Mint has launched the ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary coin series, which will run from 2014 to 2018. For each year, there will be an individual 1 oz silver coin, 1/4 oz gold coin, and three 1/2 oz silver coins. Periodic special limited edition featured coins will also be released, supported with historical mementos and memorabilia.
The first 1 oz silver proof coin of the series represents the British declaration of war on August 4, 1914. Australia joined in the cause with their Prime Minister Joseph Cook declaring, “… When the Empire is at war, so is Australia at war.”
The reverse design shows a group of soldiers marching beneath a representation of Britannia with an inscription including the famous quote next to a red poppy. The mintage for the coin is limited to 7,500 pieces.
The ANZAC Spirit 1/4 oz gold proof coin prominently features a portion of a quote from Prime Minister Andrew Fisher, who said during his election campaign, “All, I am sure, will regret the critical position existing at the present time, and pray that a disastrous war may be averted. But should the worst happen after everything has been done that honour will permit, Australians will stand beside our own to help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.”
On the reverse design, a young boy watches as Australian soldiers march along the coastline with a convoy of ships in the background. A partial quote above reads “To Our Last Man and our Last Shilling” with the date “1914”. A red poppy is also incorporated. The maximum mintage for the coin is 1,000 pieces.
The ANZAC Spirit Three-Coin Set includes three 1/2 oz silver proof coins with different themes.
The first coin “Answering the Call” depicts three Australian men at the recruiting office signing up to enlist in the First World War. The second coin “Farewell to Family” shows a soldier saying goodbye to his daughter while he waits to board the ship to take him off to war. The third coin “Australia’s First Action” features a soldier running through vegetation while under fire during the fighting for Bita Paka wireless station. All three coins incorporate colored elements and a red poppy.
The mintage for the three coin set is 5,000. A limited edition replica billy tin which will hold all 15 1/2 oz silver proof coins in the series is free to the first 2,500 subscribers of the series.
The latest Land Down Under coins feature the Australian Stockman, who mounted on horseback looked after and transported livestock on large rural properties.
The reverse design of the 1 oz 99.9% pure silver proof coin depicts an Australian Stockman on his horse watching over a flock of sheep in a rural paddock. The image is framed within the map shape of Australia. The inscriptions read “The Land Down Under”, “Australian Stockman”, and “1 oz 999 Silver”. The mintage for the piece is limited to 5,000.
The Land Down Under Australian Stockman 1/4 oz 99.99% pure gold proof coin features a depiction of an Australian Stockman cracking his whip while galloping on his horse. The inscriptions read “The Land Down Under”, “Australian Stockman”, and “1/4 oz 9999 Gold”. The issue is limited to a mintage of 1,000 pieces.
The 2014 Australian Koala 5 oz Gold Proof Coin features a close up portrait of an adult koala with a branch of eucalyptus leaves. The inscriptions include “Australian Koala” and “2014 5 oz 9999 Gold”.
The Perth Mint indicates that no more than 19 of the coins will be issued in the current packaging from an overall maximum mintage of 99 pieces.
This large 5 oz gold coin certainly makes for an interesting contrast to the tiny half gram gold coin featuring the same design released last month.
Update: The 2014 Australian Koala 1 oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin is also available this month, however website sales are not available for USA customers.
The fifth release within the Famous Ships That Never Sailed series features the Gloria Scott from “The Adventure of the Gloria Scott“, one of the Sherlock Holmes short stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. In the story, Holmes uses his powers of deduction to discover that a university friend’s father was convicted of fraud and sent to Australia abroad a ship called the Gloria Scott.
The reverse design of the coin features a representation of the Gloria Scott in the background with Sherlock Holmes sitting onshore smoking his pipe in the foreground. Inscriptions read “Sherlock Holmes” and “The Gloria Scott”. Each coin is struck in 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with a maximum mintage of 3,000 pieces. The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu.
The four prior releases of the series featuring the Flying Dutchman, Pequod, Demeter, and Jolly Roger have all sold out. The forthcoming releases of the series will feature the Nautilus, Hispaniola, and Ghost.
The fourth release in the Mother’s Love series features the Brown Bear with a depiction of a mother brown bear and her cub in a cave. The inscription “Brown Bear” appears above. Each coin is struck in 1/2 oz of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. A maximum mintage of 4,500 pieces has been established.
The previous release of the series featuring the Lioness, Giraffe, and Asian Elephant still remain available for sale. The upcoming final release of the series will feature the Orangutan.
Wrapping up this month’s new product releases is the 2014 Centenary of Military Aviation and Submarines Stamp and Coin Cover. The product includes two aluminum bronze $1 coins mounted in an envelope with two official Australia Post 70c stamps. These are postmarked for the first day of issue and the envelope includes Australia Post’s seal of authenticity and official number.