On September 5, 2017, the Perth Mint released nine new coins for the first month of autumn. Four of the coins commemorate the 70th anniversary of Elizabeth II’s royal wedding, which was held at Westminster Abbey in London on November 20, 1947. An additional two coins honor the upcoming Year of the Dog with both silver and gold Proof issues, each of which is available for purchase in three individual sizes or as a three-piece set. Another two coins are the latest strikes in a pair of Australia’s most popular series: the Wedge-Tailed Eagle and the Kangaroo. The last coin is a 1-ounce, star-shaped silver Proof with a Christmas-themed design. (Scroll to the bottom for ordering information.)
The coins that commemorate the 70th anniversary of the royal wedding come in four different versions: a 1/4-ounce gold Proof; a 1-ounce silver Proof; a 2-ounce gold Proof; and a 2-ounce platinum coin. All four coins share the same reverse design, which features the United Kingdom’s royal coat of arms next to the coat of arms of Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh. St. Edward’s crown can be seen at the top of the reverse, while botanical emblems of Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and England adorn the lower quadrant. To lower right of the wreath, the Perth Mint’s P mintmark can be seen. At the top of the coin, the inscription reads 70TH ANNIVERSARY and ROYAL WEDDING, while at the center, below the shields, the years 1947 – 2017 are displayed.
The obverses of the 70th-anniversary coins share the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II and inscriptions ELIZABETH II and AUSTRALIA reading clockwise around the top. Below the effigy, reading counterclockwise, are the weight, fineness, and metal, the date 2017, and the denomination.
Each of the 70th-anniversary coins comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a wooden presentation box placed within an illustrated shipper.
The Perth Mint’s 2018 Year of the Dog gold Proof coins come individually in 1/10-ounce, 1/4-ounce, or 1-ounce versions, which can also be purchased together as a three-piece set. (The bullion version is available across a wider range of weights.) The reverse depicts a Labrador retriever standing atop some rocks with a stylized pine tree swaying in the background. To the right of the retriever’s head is the Chinese character for “dog,” while the inscription beneath the rocks reads Year of the Dog. The P mintmark is visible at far left.
For the obverse of the gold Proofs, the inscriptions are (clockwise at the top) ELIZABETH II and AUSTRALIA; and (counterclockwise at the bottom) the weight, fineness, and metal, the date 2018, and the denomination.Each gold Proof Lunar coin is housed in an oval-shaped case with a wooden-effect lid along with a numbered certificate of authenticity. These are then placed in a colorful themed shipper.
The 2018 Year of the Dog silver Proof coins also come individually in 1/2-ounce, 1-ounce, and 1-Kilo versions or as a three-piece set (1/2-ounce, 1-ounce, and 2-ounce; the 2-ounce Proof is not available for individual purchase, but all weights are available individually in the bullion format). The reverses feature a different design than on the gold Proofs, and display a German shepherd lying in the grass with its pup, surrounded by peonies. The Chinese character for “dog” is displayed at the top of the coin, while the P mintmark is directly to the right of the German shepherd. Similar to the gold Proofs, the inscription at the bottom reads Year of the Dog.
For the obverse of the silver Proofs, the inscriptions are (clockwise at the top) ELIZABETH II and AUSTRALIA; and (counterclockwise at the bottom) the weight, fineness, and metal, the date 2018, and the denomination.
Every silver Proof Lunar coin is housed with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a modern red and black presentation case inside a themed shipper.
Nothing says “Australia” like a kangaroo—or, in the world of coins, the annual Australian Kangaroo series, which is struck in bullion and Proof formats. The 5-ounce silver Proof edition of this year’s design is beautifully struck in high relief. The reverse depicts a kangaroo bouncing around the Australian outback. The inscription reads AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO around the top and 2017 5oz 999 SILVER at the bottom. The P mintmark can be seen above the kangaroo’s tail.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, while the inscription reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA and • 8 DOLLARS •.
Each kangaroo 5-ounce silver Proof coin comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a classic-styled presentation box that is sent in an illustrated shipper.
The Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 5-ounce gold Proof, like the aforementioned gold Kangaroo, is also struck in high relief. Its reverse features American designer John Mercanti’s 2016–2017 wedge-tailed eagle perched atop a tree branch. The P mintmark is visible toward the bottom of the coin, while the inscription reads AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE at upper right and 2017 5oz 9999 GOLD at lower left.
The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II, while the inscription reads ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA and • 500 DOLLARS •.
Each wedge-tailed eagle 5-ounce gold Proof coin comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity in a wooden display case that is presented in a customized shipper.
Both the current and previous Mercanti designs of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle series can be purchased from World Mint News Blog sponsor APMEX.
The last coin being unveiled by the Perth Mint this month is a Christmas-themed, 1-ounce, star-shaped silver Proof coin with applied color. The seven-pointed-star coin’s reverse features a jolly log cabin alit with Christmas lights and surrounded by a snowy pine forest. The inscription reads SEASON’S GREETINGS at the top with the P mintmark visible beneath it.
On the obverse, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II is featured at the center. The inscriptions are ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 1oz 9999 Ag, 2017, and 1 DOLLAR.
Each silver Proof coin is presented in a star-shaped capsule with a hole at the top so that it may be hung as a Christmas decoration.
For more information on these new releases and other coins on offer, please visit the website of the Perth Mint.