Release dates, mintages and designs are summarized below for the series of 2013 Australian Silver Bullion Coins depicting the Kookaburra, Koala and the Lunar Year of the Snake.
These annually issued coins are offered by The Perth Mint of Australia in several different sizes and quantities. When released, the bullion coins will be available from The Perth Mint, www.perthmintbullion.com, and from worldwide coin and precious metal dealers.
2013 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coins
2013 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coins become available on September 3, 2012.
Three sizes are being offered: the 1 kilo, 10 ounce, and 1 ounce. The 1 ounce has limited mintage of 1,000,000 while the larger two coins will be unlimited and minted to meet demand.
Denominations of the three silver coins are $30, $10, and $1. They are legal tender of Australia and their weight and 99.9% silver purity assured by the government.
Kookaburras are iconic birds of Australia known for their call that sounds sort of like human laughter. Reverses on the new coins portrays two juvenile kookaburras sitting on a single tree branch amid flowers. The Perth Mint’s "P" mintmark is near the image, while the following inscriptions surround the design, "AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA," "2013," "999 SILVER," and the weight of the coin.
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Australian 2013 Year of the Snake Silver Bullion Coins
Like the Kookaburra series, the Year of the Snake Silver Bullion Coins launch on September 3, 2012.
2013 is the Year of the Snake according to the Chinese lunar calendar. The beginning day of Chinese New Year is February 10, 2013 and runs until January 31, 2014. Other years featuring this sixth animal of the 12-year cycle include 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, and 2001.
Befittingly, these silver coins feature a snake curled around a tree branch with the Chinese character for "Snake" off to one side. The Perth Mint’s traditional "P" mint mark and the inscription, "Year of the Snake," are also part of the reverse design.
With the widest range of sizes available, investors and collectors have seven options to choose from which 99.9% pure silver version they need.
Below is a list of sizes, mintages, and denominations.
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2013 Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coins
2013 Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coins go on sale November 5, 2012.
The koala is one of Australia’s most beloved animals, which adds to the success of this bullion series. Each year since 2007, The Perth Mint has been changing the artwork to depict koalas in various poses, stages in life, and sometimes with their young. New artistry is just one characteristic of the series attracting both collectors and investors alike.
Featured on the reverse of the coins is an adult koala looking over its shoulder as it sits in the fork of a tree. Inscriptions surrounding the artwork are, "AUSTRALIAN KOALA," "2013," the weight of the coin – there are four sizes, "999 SILVER," and The Perth Mint’s mint mark, "P."
Koala coins are struck in four sizes, including the 1 kilo, 10 ounce, 1 ounce, and 1/2 ounce. The weight and purity is backed by the government, and each coin is considered legal tender of Australia. Face values of these silver coins are on the obverse, and are $30, $10, $1 and $0.50. There are no mintage limits for any of the available options.
For more information, also check out the Silver Coins Today news article about the Koala Silver Bullion Coins.