Perth Mint Releases 1916 Gold Sovereign and Special Edition Kookaburra Silver Coin

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The Perth Mint is now offering its latest 100-year-old gold sovereign, composed of 7.98 grams of 22 karat gold. Just over four million of the coins were minted at Perth in 1916, and the new issues have been kept in Uncirculated condition for the last century.

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The reverse design features Benedetto Pistrucci’s famous rendering of St. George slaying the dragaon, with the coin’s year of production, 1916, inscribed beneath the image.

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The obverse bears a portrait of King George V, which was featured on coins of the British Empire from 1911 through 1928. The coin measures 21.5 mm in diameter, comes with a certificate of authenticity, and is available for $859.09 AUD ($604.11 USD).

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The Mint has also released a special edition 2016 Australian Kookaburra 1 oz. Silver Coloured Coin for last week’s World Money Fair in Berlin. The coin is composed of an ounce of 99.9% silver, has a mintage limited to 2,000 pieces, and is available for $68.18 AUD ($47.94 USD).

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The reverse was designed by Natasha Muhl and includes a color image of a kookaburra perched on a fence post; inscribed along the rim are AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA, 2016, and 1 OZ 999 SILVER.

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The obverse of this issue features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and 1 DOLLAR inscribed along the rim.

The packaging for the 2016 Australian Kookaburra 1 oz. Silver Coloured Coin bears a World Money Fair logo and includes a certificate of authenticity. For more information on these and other new releases from the Perth Mint, please visit the Mint’s Web site.

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