The Perth Mint has released a number of new gold coins this month, including a two-ounce high relief Wedge-Tailed Eagle, a half-sovereign, and four gold Australian Koalas ranging in size from 1/10 of an ounce to two ounces.
The two-ounce high relief Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle is composed of 99.99% gold and has a mintage limited to 500 pieces.
The reverse image was designed by former U.S. Mint chief engraver John Mercanti and features a wedge-tailed eagle perched on a tree. Inscribed along the rim of the coin are AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, 2016, 2 OZ 9999 GOLD, and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark. The obverse carries Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and the coin’s monetary denomination, 200 DOLLARS, included along the rim.
This issue measures 36.60 mm in diameter, 6 mm thick, and features a Proof finish. It can be purchased for $5,150 AUD and is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
The 2016 Australia Half Sovereign Gold Proof Coin is composed of 3.994 grams of 91.67% gold, with a mintage limited to 1,500 units. It measures 20 mm in diameter and 1.6 mm thick, and it can be purchased for $362.72 AUD ($272.27 USD).
The coin’s reverse was designed by Ing Ing Jong and is inspired by Leonard Charles Wyon’s original Type I half-sovereign reverse first issued in 1855. It features St. Edward’s crown and a laurel wreath, with the inscriptions PERTH MINT, AUSTRALIA, and HALF SOVEREIGN placed in the field. The obverse is similar to that of the Wedge-tailed Eagle issue, but with the added inscription, 2016, along with the denomination of 15 DOLLARS. The coin is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
The 2016 Australian Koala Gold Proof Coin Series was designed by Ing Ing Jong and includes four issues composed of varying weights of 99.99% gold. The maximum mintages for these coins are as follows: 1,500 for the 1/10-ounce piece, 1,000 for 1/4-ounce coin, 500 for the one-ounce coin, and 150 for the two-ounce version. The costs of these issues are listed as $299, $699, $2,699, and $5,150 AUD, respectively. Both the one-ounce and two-ounce coins are struck in high relief.
The obverse design is similar to the ones noted above, which the exception of each coin’s monetary denomination. These issues are also accompanied by certificates of authenticity.
For more information on new gold coins from the Perth Mint, please visit the Mint’s Web site.