Perth Mint Issues Final Design in Silver Shark Bullion Series


The Perth Mint has released the third and final coin in its Silver Shark series of 1/2 oz. silver bullion coins. The Mint has also increased the silver content for the new issue to .9999 fineness, up from the .999 composition of the previous two coins in the series.

The new coin features the Tiger Shark, which is the fourth-largest shark in the world; adults in the species average 10 to 14 feet in length and weigh over 1,000 pounds.


These coins carry a Brilliant Uncirculated finish, measuring 32 mm in diameter and 2 mm thick. The reverse design features an image of a tiger shark in its ocean habitat, with TIGER SHARK, 2016, 1/2 OZ 9999 SILVER, and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark inscribed near the rim of the coin.


The obverse carries Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and the coin’s denomination, 50 CENTS.

The Mint has not shared a mintage total for these issues, but it has stated that production will be limited. For some context on how many there may be, the first coins in the Silver Shark series featured a Great White Shark and had a mintage limit of 300,000 units; the second issue, featuring a Great Hammerhead Shark, was limited to 150,000 pieces.

The Tiger Shark 1/2 oz. silver bullion coins are sold exclusively through APMEX. For more information, please visit the item’s product page; the short promotional video below provides another look at the coins.

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  1. Ernesto says

    I already bought mine. I do want to say that I hate these exclusive deals Mints make with coin dealers. Creates a monopoly that allows the dealer to overcharge for the coin. Well at least in my opinion. That being said I still decided to buy it. So I went in with both eyes open.

  2. Mister Kairu says

    Purchased this one to go with my wife’s set. Too bad there are only three designs in the set though (although somewhat understandable since these are the “main” big sharks I guess).

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