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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.