Perth Mint New Product Releases September 2014

The Perth Mint has launched their latest batch of new product releases. Highlights for this month’s releases include the proof versions of the 2015 Year of the Goat Gold and Silver Coins, the latest release in the Australian Opal series, the start of a new five-coin series featuring Australian dinosaurs, and unique coin which includes a fragment of a polished abalone shell.

For collectors in the United States, orders should open on September 1, 2014 at 8:00 PM ET with the new coins shown as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.

2015 Year of the Goat Silver Coins

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The 2015 Australian Lunar Year of the Goat Silver Coins feature a depiction of a family of three goats within a stylized rural scene. The Chinese character for “Goat” appears along with the inscription “Year of the Goat”. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the precious metal weight and fineness, legal tender face value, and the “2015” date.

Silver proof versions of the coins are offered in 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, and 1 kilogram sizes. The available products include individual 1/2 oz, 1 oz, and 1 kilo silver proof coins as well as a three-coin silver proof set containing the 1/2 oz, 1 oz, and 2 oz sized coins.

The individual 1/2 oz size coins carry an issue limit of 8,000 from a maximum mintage of 9,000. The 1 oz coins carry an issue limit of 5,000 from a maximum mintage of 8,500. The 1 kilo coins carry an issue limit of 500 from a maximum mintage of 500.

The three coin sets carry an issue limit of just 1,000 sets. The 2 oz coin included in the set carries a maximum mintage of 2,000.

2015 Year of the Goat Gold Coin

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The 2015 Australian Lunar Year of the Goat Gold Coins feature an adult male goat standing on a ridge within a stylized mountain scene. The Chinese character for “Goat” is included along with the inscription “Year of the Goat”. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the precious metal weight and fineness, legal tender face value, and the “2015” date.

Gold proof versions of the coins are offered in 1 oz, 1/4 oz, and 1/10 oz sizes. A three coin set is also available containing each of the sizes.

The individual 1 oz coin carries an issue limit of 3,000 from a maximum mintage of 6,000. The individual 1/4 oz coin has an issue limit of 5,000 from a maximum mintage of 8,000. The 1/10 oz coin carries an issue limit of 4,000 from a maximum mintage of 8,000. The three coin set has an issue limit of 1,500.

Australian Opal Series Masked Owl

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The sixth release within the Australian Opal series features the Masked Owl. This distinctive bird is generally found on the coastal regions of the mainland and Tasmania. It is recognized by its brown feathers surrounding a white, heart-shaped mask.

The reverse design of the coin features an inner pane of Australian Opal which carries the image of the Masked Owl sitting in a tree hollow. The outer panel features eucalypt leaves, blossoms, native flowers, a Waning Gibbous moon, and the Southern Cross constellation.

Each coin contains 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. The maximum mintage is 8,000 pieces.

Previous releases of the series have featured the Koala, Wombat, Kangaroo, Pygmy Possum, an Tasmanian Devil. The latter two coins remain available for sale, while the others have sold out. Forthcoming releases of the series will feature the Rough-Scaled Python and Ghost Bat.

Australovenator Silver Coin

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A new five-coin series featuring Australian dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period begins with a depiction of the Australovenator. The creature was a medium sized, very fast, carnivorous dinosaur with razor sharp hand claws that would have been used to capture prey. The reverse design of the coin carries a depiction of a Australovenator wintonensis set against a colored prehistoric scene.

Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces.

The future releases of the series will feature Diamantinasaurus, Leaellynasaura, Minmi, and Muttaburrasaurus.

Abalone Shell Silver Coin

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An innovative new coin takes focus on the Australian Abalone Shell and includes an authentic polished abalone shell at the center of the design. Abalone is a single-shelled mollusc or marine snail which feeds on algae. Its inner shell is composed of nacre or mother-of-pearl which displays an iridescent mix of colors.

The reverse design of the coin features a sculpted representation of an abalone shell with a polished fragment of a real abalone shell at the center. A rippled background pattern represents the ocean floor.

Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces.

disney coins

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Late last month, the Perth Mint began accepting orders for Disney Mickey & Friends 1 oz Silver Proof Coins. These are officially licensed coins struck by the Perth Mint and issued by the New Zealand Mint as legal tender under the Pacific Isle of Niue.

The six coins, which are offered individually or as part of a set, feature Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy, and Pluto. Each of the characters is presented in color against a film reel background.

Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. There is a maximum mintage of 10,000 for each coin. At the time of this post, all of the individual coins and six coin set remain available for sale.

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  1. VA Rich says

    Anyone have thoughts as to when we may see the 2015 1 oz High Relief Kook?
    And does PM release a Proof version, or just a RP variant? Thanks

  2. Louis says

    Talisman has a fair price and listed the new stuff this morning. I am only interested in the goat proof set and would not have enough for free shipping with Perth plus I don’t want to deal with the queue, though I don’t expect an instant sell-out. So I ordered earlier and can move on with my life! Later on at some point the opal coin may be cheaper and then I would consider it.

  3. Louis says

    Well, it turns out I could have actually ordered from Perth, paid shipping, and still saved a couple bucks. I saw something last night on the press release that made me think the price would be higher at Perth. C’est la vie…

  4. Louis says

    Sam- I noticed that too. I am not sure if this is another case of excluding US buyers or what, but in retrospect I am glad I ordered from Talisman, which has it. I am considering adding it to my order tomorrow.

  5. VA Rich says

    Thanks AgAu!

    So guys, on this Abalone and trying to understand PM better, is this a situation where Talisman commissioned the PM to develop this coin so they would have exclusivity, or does PM feel that demand on a mintage of 5,000 from the US would be such as to limit availability for the US Market?

    Is there any rhyme or reason as to what gets restricted for US sale?

  6. Samuel says

    I am not sure how stable (physically and/or chemically) this Abalone shell is, or they used some method to seal it. it is interesting, but i wont buy it.

  7. JagFan says

    I don’t remember who was looking for the graded Southern Coin Domed coin for 2014 – MCM has them for sale on their website (NGC ER $149.95)…

  8. says

    Well, I ordered from Perth direct as usual right at 8 pm, and the queue lasted less than a minute, much the same as it was last year. The set was available some hours after it went on sale, so there was a fair window for people to get it pretty easily from Perth if they wanted it. The days of dragon-mania in late 2011 seem well behind us, now.

    I briefly considered the dinosaur coin but decided to pass. Compared to some offerings like the Dragons of Legend, it doesn’t seem as good. I also decided to pass on the abalone shell coin, which I guess is a good thing as it’s yet another coin we cannot buy from Perth direct.

    VA Rich,

    Just as an FYI, it may be worth your while to wait, as Perth usually releases a multi-coin “high relief set” at the end of a calendar year, which contains high reliefs for the prior year. The 2013 high relief set can be seen here: http://www.perthmint.com.au/catalogue/2013-australian-1oz-silver-proof-high-relief-collection.aspx and the 2012 set can be seen here: http://www.perthmint.com.au/catalogue/2012-high-relief-silver-proof-four-coin-collection.aspx

    I am expecting them to do another three coin set this year. It will probably go on sale in November or December.

    October is going to be nuts. The Hades coin plus the typeset plus a new map shaped coin is on the way. Hopefully the website doesn’t go down in the stampede.

  9. Louis says

    Abalone gone at talisman! I had to get mine from their e-Bay listing for a little more. You snooze, you lose!

  10. VA Rich says

    Samuel – the coin is 4.5mm thick, so it’s probably in there pretty good. I’ll let you know in a week or two.

    Thanks Captain for the heads-up and links – you have the wheels turning now! My check book and I would actually like to have a month or two reprieve, though I don’t think that’s going to happen this year – Cheers!

  11. fmtransmitter says

    October is going to be nuts. The Hades coin plus the typeset plus a new map shaped coin is on the way. Hopefully the website doesn’t go down in the stampede.
    Why?

  12. Koichi Ito says

    Since U.S. Dollar is high against most foreign currencies that includes Australian Dollar. So now is the best time to buy these coins!

  13. Ibex says

    Re that Abalone coin, according to Downies…

    The reason Downies, Perth Mint and other Australian dealers aren’t selling this coin into the US is because any items containing natural shell product are subject to extra export restrictions. Apart from a fee of around $120 there is also a lot of extra US customs paperwork to deal with.

    Talisman is a crapshoot to get coins from, they break orders all the time for popular coins. I don’t even deal with them anymore.

  14. addielise says

    Just received my Abalone coins and I think they look amazing! The two have distinctly different shell patterns, and the shell sits above the surface of the coin, not flush like with the Opal series. Same diameter and thickness of the Opal coins though.

  15. JagFan says

    @IBEX – I will second that with Talisman. They have cancelled my orders twice and the coins were still available only at a significantly higher price!

    They are definatley a flipper with a storefront and you are playing by their rules!

  16. addielise says

    @Ibex and @JagFan, I will also confirm that about Talisman. I’ll never order from them again…..

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