The Perth Mint of Australia has started accepting orders for many new product releases. This includes the latest coins in the Goddesses of Olympus, Australian Antarctic Territory, Deadly and Dangerous, Australian Age of Dinosaurs, and Disney Princesses series. There are also some high relief gold and silver proof coins, which unfortunately are not available for direct ordering for customers in the United States.
All of the new coins can be found as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
The Goddesses of Olympus series continues with a new coin honoring Athena, the Goddess of Wisdom and patron of the city of Athena. Athena represented courage, inspiration, law and justice, mathematics, strength, strategy, arts, and crafts. She was also considered the Goddess of War and a companion of many heroes including Odysseus, Jason, and Heracles.
The reverse design features a depiction of Athena next to an olive tree, wearing an aegis and holding a large spear in her left hand, and her shield in her right hand. She is accompanied by a serpent and an owl, with the Parthenon and ancient Athens in the background.
Each coin is struck in 2 oz of 99.9% pure silver in high relief with an antique finish and rimless format. The maximum mintage is 2,000 pieces.
The Australian Antarctic Territory series continues with the twelfth coin featuring the Elephant Seal. The Southern Elephant Seal is the largest seal in the world and the largest member of the order Carnivora, which includes all seals, cats and dogs, raccoons and foxes, wolves and hyenas, bears, and weasels and civets, among others.
The reverse design features a colored depiction of a roaring Elephant Seal within an outline of Antarctica. Each coin is struck in 1 oz of 99.9% silver to proof quality. The maximum mintage is 7,500 pieces.
The tenth release in the Deadly and Dangerous series features Australia’s Bull Ant. These large ants grow up to 40 millimeters long and have characteristically large eyes and a potent venomous sting.
The reverse design carries a colored depiction of an Australian Bull Ant resting on a leaf with other bull ants in the background. These coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu and carry a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces.
The fifth and final release within the Australian Age of Dinosaurs features the Muttaburrasaurus (Muttaburrasaurus langdoni) set against a colorful, prehistoric scene.
The coins are struck in 1 oz of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The maximum mintage is 5,000 pieces.
The Disney Princesses series continues with Princess Belle from the feature film Beauty and the Beast. The design features Belle in her signature yellow gown holding a red rose and set against a proof quality background.
The 1 oz silver proof coins are issued as legal tender under the Pacific Isle of Niue and limited to a mintage of 10,000 pieces. A 1/4 oz 99.99% pure gold proof version is also available, limited to a mintage of 1,000 pieces.
A 1 oz 99.9% silver proof coin has been released featuring the Australian Saltwater Crocodile. The same design has been used on a recently introduced series of silver bullion coins.
This proof version is limited to a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
The first of several new releases not available for ordering from the Perth Mint by customers in the USA is the 2015 Australian Koala High Relief Gold Proof Coins.
The reverse design of each coin features an adult koala sitting in the fork of a eucalyptus tree amid a rural landscape. The high relief versions include a 2 oz coin with a mintage of just 50 pieces and a 1 oz coin with a mintage of 350 pieces.
In standard relief, there is a 1/4 oz proof coin with a mintage of 1,000 pieces and a 1/10 oz coin with a mintage of 1,500. The 1/10 oz coin is available for ordering online.
Featuring the same design, a 1 kilo 99.9% pure silver proof coin is also available. This coin is limited to a mintage of 500 pieces.
A 1 oz silver proof high relief coin has been issued featuring the Great White Shark. The great white shark is a type of large lamniform shark, which can be found in temperate coastal waters all over the world. They live in the upper part of the ocean, closer to the surface, and close to shore, where sunlight shines through the water and prey is readily available, and easily visible.
The reverse design depicts a great white shark with its jaws open, exposing its sharp teeth. The coins are limited to a mintage of 10,000 pieces.
A 1 oz gold proof high relief version is also available, limited to a mintage of 500 pieces.