Several new Australian silver coins make their debut from the Perth Mint of Australia in August 2012.
Among those new releases is a collection of a trio of 1/2 ounce silver coins depicting three of the most iconic creatures Australia has to offer in the Australian Outback Silver Coin Collection.
The 40th anniversary of friendship between China and Australia is honored with the release of a new one ounce coin. Animal lovers will respect the China and Australia 40 Years of Friendship Silver Coin as well as those interested in international relations owing to the inclusion of the nation’s symbolic animals, the kangaroo and the panda bear.
The Australian Opal Series has proven to be a popular program with collectors and will be in its second release with the Opal Wombat Silver Proof Coin. An inner panel of pure Australian opal on the reverse contains a colorful depiction of the wombat.
Offered along with a gold proof coin, the FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Silver Proof Coin acknowledges the upcoming World Cup challenge to be held in Brazil. This coin is struck from 1/2 ounce of 99.9 pure silver.
Making its debut as the second release in the map-shaped series, the Australian Map Shaped Emu Silver Coin contains the image of an emu on the reverse. As the name of the strike indicates, coins of the series are struck in the shape of the Australian continent.
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Additional information on the new Australian silver coins from the Perth Mint is offered below:
2012 Australian Outback Silver Coin Collection
Three Australian silver coins are included as part of the 2012 Australian Outback Silver Coin Collection, each depicting a different creature found in the outback of Australia – a kangaroo, a koala and a kookaburra. All three are featured in color on the reverse of their associated coin.
The kangaroo is shown in a traditional bush scene complete with a windmill and water tank. The koala is asleep resting on the branch of a eucalyptus tree. Also shown on a eucalyptus tree is the image of a kookaburra.
These three coins are each struck to specimen quality from one half ounce of .999 fine silver. The 36.60 mm diameter strikes are all included together in the same collection which is listed for AUD $175 with a maximum mintage of just 5,000 sets.
2012 China and Australia 40 Years of Friendship Silver Coin
Australia and China have enjoyed diplomatic, cultural and economic ties for 40 years, an anniversary which is celebrated by the Perth with the release of the 2012 China and Australia 40 Years of Friendship Silver Coin. This coin is struck from 1 oz of 99.9 pure silver.
Shown on the reverse of the coin is a design depicting a kangaroo and a panda, symbolic of the two nations represented. Shown above the creatures are colored versions of the nation’s flags.
The specimen quality coins feature a maximum mintage of 5,000 and are listed initially for AUD $99.
Australian Opal Series Wombat Silver Proof Coin
Offered by the Perth Mint as the second release within the Australian Opal Series is the 2012 Opal Wombat Silver Proof Coin. Showcased on the reverse of this one ounce .99.9% fine silver coin is an inset made of pure Australian opal.
On that opal, the image of a wombat may be found. Surrounding the creature are Bottlebrush leaves and blossoms, a crescent moon and a depiction of the star constellation known as the Southern Cross.
The Perth indicates the maximum mintage of this release is just 8,000. Pricing of the coin is listed at AUD $129, but is subject to change.
FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Silver Proof Coin
The Perth Mint has released an officially licensed product of the upcoming World Cup challenge with the debut of the FIFA World Cup Brazil™ Silver Proof Coin. This coin is struck from one half ounce of 99.9% pure silver.
Shown on the reverse of the strike is a design showcasing an active soccer player adorned with an Aboriginal motif. The coin is struck as legal tender of Australia and features a face value of fifty cents.
Each coin is placed in a display case and ships with a numbered certificate of authenticity which indicates the maximum mintage of just 10,000. Initial pricing is listed at AUD $69.50.
Australian Map Shaped Emu Silver Coin
Appearing as the second release in a popular series is the 2012 Australian Map Shaped Emu Silver Coin. This strike follows a kookaburra coin issued in August which sold out in short order.
Making coins of this series extremely unique is the fact that each is struck in the shape of the Australian continent. Adding to their desirability is the inclusion of colored reverse images showcasing some of Australia’s native creatures, in this case, an emu.
Maximum mintage of this release is listed at 6,000. Pricing of the strike is shown as AUD $112.50, but that will likely change in relation to silver market fluctuations.