The Perth Mint of Australia brings an exciting new line-up to the silver coin community in June 2012 with the release of three new strikes.
These three new coins feature subjects ranging from fantasy to one of Australia’s most iconic creatures featured on a uniquely map-shaped coin to one of the largest marine species found on the Great Barrier Reef.
All three coins are struck from 99.9% pure silver and feature extremely limited mintages. Of the three, the most limited mintage is seen on the massive 2012 Year of the Dragon 5 Ounce Silver Proof Coin. It has a mintage cap in place of just 5,000.
The unique and innovative 2012 Australian Map Shaped Kookaburra Silver Coin released by the Perth Mint has a mintage limit slightly higher at 6,000 pieces. Despite the higher mintage, the coin is likely to sell-out fast because of its Australian map-shaped design, the first of a new series.
At 10,000, the mintage in place on the 2012 Australian Manta Ray Silver Proof Coin is the highest of the June issued silver coins from the Perth Mint. Still, as the final of five in the Australian Sea Life II – The Reef series, the coin is likely to be desirable to many collectors.
Detailed information on the three June 2012 silver coin releases from the Perth Mint is offered below:
2012 Year of the Dragon 5 Ounce Silver Proof Coin
The 2012 Year of the Dragon 5 Ounce Silver Proof Coin is struck from five ounces of .999 fine silver. This release continues the Australian Lunar Series II collection and features the same basic design as seen on earlier Year of the Dragon releases by showcasing the mythical dragon and a symbolic ‘pearl of wisdom.’
However, the size of this coin makes it unique in the program. Struck from the aforementioned five ounces of silver, the coin has the relatively large diameter of 65.60 mm and a thickness of 5.80 mm. At a total gross weight of 155.673 grams, the $8 face value coin is likely to present a dominant appearance in any collection.
Initial pricing of the coin is listed at AUD $495.00. Each will come encapsulated and placed in a black presentation case.
2012 Australian Map Shaped Kookaburra Silver Coin
Offered as a perfect example of the innovative designs created by the Perth Mint, the 2012 Australian Map Shaped Kookaburra Silver Coin is actually struck in the shape of the Australian continent. This release is the first in a new series of Australian map shaped coins that will feature reverse designs showcasing native Australian animals.
This first release depicts a colored image of a kookaburra. The large bird is shown perched on a fence amid a traditional Australian bush scene. The reverse design is the work of Perth Mint artist Ing Ing Jong.
The coin is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and has a maximum diameter of 40.60 mm. Pricing for the $1 face value coin is listed at AUD $112.50, but that is subject to change based on silver market conditions.
2012 Australian Manta Ray Silver Proof Coin
The release of the 2012 Australian Manta Ray Silver Proof Coin marks the completion of the five coin Australian Sea Life II — The Reef series. Previous offerings in the series included coins depicting a Hawksbill Turtle, a Starfish, a Surgeonfish, and an Octopus.
Like those previous releases, the Manta Ray Coin is struck from one-half ounce of 99.9% pure silver and features a legal tender face value of $50. At one half ounce of silver, the coin has a maximum gross weight of 15.591 grams and a diameter of 36.60 mm with a thickness of 2.30 mm.
The design found on the reverse of the coin depicts a colored image of a manta ray as designed by Perth Mint artist Wade Robinson. The coin comes with a numbered certificate of authenticity and an illustrated shipper. Those that have purchased the entire set may want to consider the series display box which will hold all of the illustrated shippers together to form a complete reef image.