The Perth Mint’s latest batch of new product releases includes coins to celebrate anniversaries for William Shakespeare and Australian military aviation. New coins are available from the ongoing Australian Map Shaped, Australian Megafauna, and Antarctic Territory series. A new series begins featuring Australian posters of World War I.
For collectors in the United States, sales began at March 3, 2014 at 11:01 AM ET. These coins can all be found as the first entries within the recent releases section on the Perth Mint’s website.
A five ounce silver proof coin celebrates the 450th anniversary of the birth of William Shakespeare. The design includes a spiral-line engraved likeness of Shakespeare which appears above a representation of the Globe Theatre. The theatre includes an actor on stage surrounded by motifs denoting famous scenes from the plays Hamlet, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, and Henry V. Inscriptions read “William Shakespeare” and “450th Anniversary of his Birth”.
A maximum mintage of just 450 pieces applies to the release. Coins come packaged in a presentation case with an outer shipper containing quotes from Shakespeare’s most well-known plays and a numbered certificate of authenticity.
To celebrate the centenary of the first flight of an Australian military aircraft, the Perth Mint has issued a one ounce silver proof coin. The reverse design features a scene which is split by a propeller blade to depict the Bristol Boxkite from 100 years ago and a modern F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft. Each aircraft flies into a colored background sky image. The inscriptions include “100th Anniversary of Australian Military Aviation” with the dates “1914-2014″.
The coin is limited to a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces and comes in a presentation case with themed shipper and numbered certificate of authenticity.
The fifth coin within the Australian Map Shaped Coin Series features the koala. The reverse design depicts a koala carrying a baby joey against a colored background of bush scenery and eucalypt trees.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver with a maximum diameter of 40.60 mm and maximum thickness of 4.00 mm. The maximum mintage is 6,000 pieces.
The previous four releases of the series have all sold out. The upcoming sixth and final release of the series will feature the Saltwater Crocodile.
The third release in the Australian Megafauna series features the Genyoris, a giant bird that inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period. The reverse of the coin features a depiction of a Genyoris designed by paleo-artist Peter Trusler against a colored background.
These 1 ounce silver coins are struck in 99.9% purity to proof quality. The maximum mintage is 6,500 pieces.
The two previous releases of the series featuring the Procoptodon and Diprotodon still remain available for sale. The two upcoming release of the series will feature the Thylacoleo and Megalania.
The latest release in the long running Antarctic Territory series features the Wandering Albatross. The reverse design carries a depiction of the sea bird flying against a colored background of an iceberg in the Southern Ocean. The scene is framed within an outline of Antarctica.
Each coin is struck in one troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality. The maximum mintage for the coin is 7,500 pieces.
All previous releases of the Antarctic Territory series with the exception of the Aurora Australis coin have sold out.
The Perth Mint has launched a new series entitled Australian Posters of World War I. The rectangular shaped coin series will include one release annually from 2014 to 2018.
This year’s release features a colored reproduction of the 1914 “A Call from the Dardanelles” poster. The inscription above the image reads “Australian Enlistment”.
Each coin is struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality with dimensions of 47.60 mm x 27.60 mm. There is a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces established.
The Perth Mint has also made available this year’s Perth ANDA Coin Show Special. The 2 oz 99.9% silver proof coin features the Year of the Horse design in color.
Each coin comes in special ANDA presentation packaging featuring the ANDA logo and dates of the Perth Show. A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included. No more than 1,000 of the Perth ANDA Coin Show Special 2014 Year of the Horse 2oz Silver Proof Coins will be released.
Other new releases for this month include: