Today, November 3, the Perth Mint released its 2015 Australian High Relief Silver Proof Three-Coin Collection. The set costs $319.00 AUD and includes three Proof coins composed of an ounce of silver that is 99.9% pure. Only 1,000 sets will be issued.
Each of the coins measures 32.60 mm in diameter and 6 mm in thickness.
The Australian Kookaburra coin has a reverse featuring an image of a kookaburra standing on a tree stump, with a fern and eucalyptus leaves accenting the design. Inscribed around the coin’s rim are THE AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA, 1 OZ. 999 SILVER, and 1990-2015.
A “P25” mint mark combines the Perth Mint’s “P” with an acknowledgment of the 25th anniversary of the kookaburra reverse design, created by Dr. Stuart Devlin, and first issued in 1990. The 2015 Australian Kookaburra High Relief Silver Proof Coin has a total mintage of 10,000 pieces.
The Australian Kangaroo reverse was designed by Wade Robinson and features a kangaroo leaping across the foreground, as the early-evening moon rises above the horizon. Inscribed along the rim of the coin is AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO, 2015, 1 oz. 999 SILVER, and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark. The 2015 Australian Kangaroo High Relief Silver Proof Coin has a maximum mintage of 20,000 units.
The Australian Koala design was created by Ing Ing Jong and features a koala looking out over the landscape from its perch in a eucalyptus tree. The rim of design features the inscriptions AUSTRALIAN KOALA, 2015, 1 oz 999 SILVER, and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark. The 2015 Australian Koala High Relief Silver Proof Coin has a maximum mintage of 10,000 pieces.
The obverses of the coins bear Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and the monetary denomination of 1 DOLLAR. Because the kookaburra coin is an anniversary issue, it’s obverse also features the 2015 year-date.
A press release puts the cost of the 2015 Australian High Relief Silver Proof Three-Coin Collection at $319.00 AUD, including $29.00 GST, but the Mint’s Web site lists the cost of the set without tax included at $290.00. For more information on new releases from the Perth Mint, please visit its Web site.