The Perth Mint of Australia has started accepting orders for their latest monthly batch of new product releases. The new releases for November are highlighted silver coins struck in the popular high relief format and several new coins issued to mark the upcoming Year of the Goat. Other new releases include the second coin in the the Australian Age of Dinosaurs series and a few holiday or winter themed coins.
The 2014 Australian High Relief Collection includes three previously issued 1 oz silver coins struck in high relief. The reverse design of the Australian Kookaburra carries a depiction of a kookaburra perched on a tree branch. The reverse of the Australian Kangaroo coin shows an adult kangaroo standing next to a fence on a rural property in Australia. The reverse of the Australian Koala coin shows a close up portrait of a koala with a spray of eucalyptus trees.
The obverse of each coin contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the monetary denomination. Both the obverse and reverse are minted on concave surfaces for a beautiful presentation of the designs.
The three coin collection carries a product limit of 1,000 units. This is from maximum mintages of 10,000 coins each for the Kookaburra and Koala coins and a mintage of 20,000 for the Kangaroo coin.
The next release issued in the popular format is the 2015 Year of the Goat 1 oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin. The reverse design carries a depiction of a family of three goats presented in high relief format. The maximum mintage for the issue is 7,500 pieces with no more than 6,500 issued within individual packaging.
The gilded edition of the 2015 Year of the Goat 1 oz Silver Coin is also available. The same design is featured with the family of goats gilded in 24 karat gold. The coin is available in a presentation case of in capsule only at a reduced price. There is a maximum mintage of 50,000 coins with no more than 47,500 issued in individual packaging.
Moving upscale is this year’s 2015 Year of the Goat 1 Kilo Silver Coin Gemstone Edition. The same reverse design is featured with the family of goats depicted in color and a gemstone set into one goat’s eye. The 1 kilo coin is struck in 99.9% purity with a diameter of 100.60 mm and maximum thickness of 14.60 mm. A maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces has been established.
Continuing the new Year of the Goat offerings is a four coin set of 1 oz silver rectangular coins with each coin carrying a unique design. The reverse design of each coin showcases one of four different colored goats along with the Chinese character for “Goat”.
The coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of the Cook Islands. Each coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with dimensions of 47.60 mm by 27.60 mm. No more than 3,000 of the four coin sets will be released.
The final new Year of the Goat product released for this month is a 1/2 oz silver proof coin featuring a baby goat. The reverse design features a colored depiction of a baby goat standing on its hind legs while it uses its front legs to look through a bag of gifts. There are snowflakes in the background along with the Chinese symbol for Goat.
Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the coins are limited to a mintage of 7,500 pieces.
The second coin within the Australian Age of Dinosaurs series features the Diamantinasaurus believed to have existed in the early-Cretaceous to late-Albian period between 98 and 100 million years ago. The creature was identified from partial fossil remains described by Australian palaeontologist Scott Hocknull and colleagues in 2009.
The reverse design of the coin depicts the Diamantinasaurus against a colored prehistoric forest scene. The coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
The 2014 Christmas 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin features a silhouette of Santa Claus and his sleigh being pulled by reindeer against an enlarged image of the moon. At the base is a snow covered house with snowflakes in the background. A mintage limit of 5,000 pieces has been established.
The Perth Mint has also incorporated a special virtual reality feature. Using a smart phone of tablet, you can watch Santa and his reindeer as they deliver the coin on Christmas Eve.
The same design is featured on an aluminum bronze $1 coin within the Christmas 2014 Stamp and Coin Cover.
A new Disney themed coin entitled “Crazy in Love” has been released. The coin is struck by the Perth Mint and issued by the New Zealand Mint as legal tender under the Pacific Isle of Niue.
The reverse design features a colored image of Mickey and Minnie Mouse kissing, surrounded by words and symbols of love. Each coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The mintage is limited to 10,000 pieces.
A 1/2 oz silver proof coin features the Snow Fairy, who brings fresh blankets of snow to the forest at dawn and dusk. The reverse design features a colored depiction of the Snow Fairy kneeling next to a cherry blossom tree and holding a snowflake in her hand.
The coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu and is limited to a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
John Mercanti’s Wedge Tailed Eagle design makes another appearance on a 2 oz high relief gold proof coin. This issue is limited to a mintage of 1,000 pieces. As with previous coins featuring the design, distribution to customers in the USA is exclusive to GovMint.
As explored in this previous post, the Wedge Tailed Eagle design has been authorized to appear in additional formats for this year as well as 2015.