In addition to the Year of the Horse coins covered earlier this week, the Royal Australian Mint has also released other new coins covering several different themes.
The second release within the Explores’ First Sightings series features a design inspired by a drawing by Henry Constantine Richter, originally sketched by John Gould for his 1845 publication The Mammals of Australia. Two Western Grey Kangaroos are shown taken from a sketch made by Gould on his 1838 journey to Australia.
Three different 2014-dated coins are available including:
- $1 face value 1 oz frosted uncirculated silver coin with a diameter of 40 mm and mintage of 20,000.
- $1 face value 1 oz proof silver coin with a diameter of 40 mm and mintage of 20,000.
- $10 face value 1/10 oz proof gold coin with a diameter of 17. 53 mm and mintage of 1,500.
Next is the second of two designs which feature saltwater crocodiles from the Australia Zoo. Following last year’s coin featuring “Bindi” is the 2014-dated coin featuring “Graham,” the breeding partner of Bindi. Graham is 11.84 feet long, weighs a 350 kilograms, and has been at Australia Zoo since 1988. In the design he appears with marshland set in the background. Each 1 oz frosted uncirculated silver coin has a diameter of 40 mm and mintage of 10,000.
Coins have been issued to celebrate the birth of Prince George Alexander Louis on July 22, 2013. The Prince’s name appears under the initials of his parents as the latest branch in the Royal Family tree with the surrounding inscription “Firstborn child to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge”.
The design appears as a 50c copper-nickel coin with a diameter of 31.51 mm and weight of 15.55 grams, as well as a 50c silver proof coin with diameter of 31.51, weight of 18.24 grams, and mintage of 10,000 pieces.
Lastly, coins have been issued to mark the 40th anniversary of the Sydney Opera House. The design features the vaulted sails of the Opera House, accentuating the architectural marvel of the building. A 1 oz silver proof version is available with a diameter of 40 mm and mintage of 5,000. There is also an aluminum bronze version available, which carries an unlimited mintage.
Earlier this year, the Perth Mint had also released coins featuring the Sydney Opera House, which can be found here.
On that note, I should also mention that the Perth Mint will be releasing their latest batch of new coin releases on Monday, September 2, 2013 at 12:01 PM ET, which actually falls on a US holiday. The releases will include the 2014 Year of the Horse Gold and Silver Proof Coins. In prior years, the Typeset collection and three coin silver proof set have been quick to sell out.