The Royal Australian Mint has started accepting orders for two new silver coins. The first is a new domed coin which follows the popular “Southern Sky” series depicting constellations visible in the southern hemisphere on color printed domed coins. The second new release continues the theme from a holographic coin release last year.
A silver proof dome-shaped coin is issued to commemorate Australia and New Zealand as the host of the upcoming 2015 International Cricket Council (ICC) Cricket World Cup. The convex reverse of the coin carries a representation of a cricket ball. An inscription to one side includes “ICC Cricket World Cup 2015” and “Australia & New Zealand”.
The concave reverse of the coin features a depiction of the Melbourne Cricket Ground, where the first and final games of the tournament will be held. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears at the center along with inscriptions including the “2015” date and denomination of “5 Dollars”.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with a diameter of 36.62 mm. There is a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces. Pre-orders are being accepted here.
The 2015 Sydney New Year’s Eve Frosted Uncirculated Silver Coin features a colored depiction of this year’s fireworks, which will carry the theme “Inspire.” The coins are issued in official partnership with the city of Sydney. Last year’s New Year’s Eve coin had used a holographic design and a special symbol.
Each coin is struck in 1/2 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver with a frosted uncirculated finish and diameter of 35.89 mm. The mintage is 5,000 pieces. The product page can be found here.