The Perth Mint is now accepting orders for a wide variety of September releases. In addition to this month’s Elizabeth II “Longest Reign” and “Ghost Bat” opal series issues, the mint has released an Australian Kangaroo High Relief Silver coin, silver and gold Wedge-Tailed Eagle and Year of the Monkey coins, and new installments in their Star Trek and Goddesses of Olympus series’.
The 2015 Australian Kangaroo 5 oz. Silver Proof High Relief Coin is composed of 99.9% fine silver, with a maximum mintage of 1,750, and a price tag of $495 AUD. The obverse features a rendering of a kangaroo leaping across the foreground, with trees in the distance and a large moon rising in the sky. The inscriptions AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO, 2015, and 5 oz 999 SILVER curve along the rim of the coin. Artist Wade Robinson designed the image. The coin is 12.5 mm thick and stretches 50.60 mm in diameter.
The mint’s new Wedge-tailed Eagle design comes in both gold and silver Proof issues. The gold Proof coin is composed of 5 troy ounces of 99.99% pure gold and can be purchased at a cost of $12,995 AUD. It measures 50.50 mm in diameter, 5.5 mm thick, and has a maximum mintage of just 99 coins. John M. Mercanti designed the reverse, which features a Wedge-tailed Eagle soaring toward its perch on a tree branch. Inscriptions along the rim read AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, 2015, and 5 oz 9999 GOLD.
The Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle design also comes as a 1 oz. 99.9% silver Proof coin, with a cost of $99 AUD, and a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces. It measures 4 mm thick, 40.60 mm in diameter, and shares its reverse design with the gold Proof issue described above.
The mint has released two more 1 oz. silver Proof coins in its ongoing 2015 Star Trek series: one featuring Voyager Captain Kathryn Janeway and another featuring the U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656. The Captain Janeway reverse bears a color image of actress Kate Mulgrew as she appeared on Star Trek: Voyager. An outline of the U.S.S. Voyager is visible behind her, with the inscriptions CAPTAIN KATHRYN JANEWAY, 1 oz. 999 SILVER, and the Perth Mint’s “P” mintmark. The U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 reverse shows a color image of the U.S.S. Voyager flying away from a Borg cube, with the inscriptions STAR TREK: VOYAGER, U.S.S. VOYAGER NCC-74656, and 1 oz. 999 SILVER.
The coins can be purchased individually for $115 AUD each or as part of two-coin set for $230. Mintage limits are set at 5,000 pieces per coin, while the two-coin set is limited to 1,500 units.
The third and final release in the Goddesses of Olympus series is the Aphrodite 2 oz. Silver High Relief Coin. The coin’s reverse was designed by Tom Vaughan and features Aphrodite holding a mirror on a beach, with a dove perched on her right hand. Dolphins leap forward around her and a swan spreads its wings near the bottom of the design. The inscription APHRODITE appears across the swan’s wingspan. The coin features an antique finish, a diameter of 40.5 mm, and a maximum mintage of 2,000 pieces; it can be purchased for $179 AUD.
The Perth Mint has released three gold Proof coins bearing a “Year of the Monkey” reverse, which features a monkey standing on the branch of a peach tree. The monkey is a symbol of longevity and immortality in Chinese astrology. Inscriptions in the design include the Chinese character for “monkey,” YEAR OF THE MONKEY, and a “P” mintmark. This design is available on 1/10 oz., 1/4 oz., and 1 oz. gold Proof coins that cost $299 AUD, $695, and $2,695, respectively. The smaller coins have a maximum mintage of 8,000 pieces each, while production for the 1 oz. coin is capped at 6,000. A three-coin set is also available for the price of $3,599.
The silver Proof issues of the 2016 Year of the Monkey series are available in four sizes: 1/2 oz., 1 oz., 2 oz., and 1 kilo. The 1/2 oz. coin costs $63.50 AUD and has a mintage limit of 9,000; the 1 oz. coin costs $99 and has a mintage limit of $8,500; and the 1 kilo coin costs $1,795 and has a mintage limit of 500. The 2 oz. coin is exclusive to a three-coin set, which also includes the 1/2 oz. and 1 oz. coins and costs $350. The reverse design features an adult monkey with a baby on a peach tree branch, with the inscriptions YEAR OF THE MONKEY, a “P” mintmark, and the Chinese character for “monkey” placed around the design.
The obverses of these coins bear Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with inscriptions detailing the monetary denomination and the country of issue.
For more information on these and other recent releases, visit the Perth Mint’s Web site.