It’s a “huge month” at Australia’s official bullion mint, The Perth Mint.
This according to Makeila Ellis, Perth Mint media and events officer, who explained there were several “spectacular” new issues released Nov. 1.
Among the notable new issues is the mint’s annual Australian Citizenship coin. Taking the “pledge of commitment” and receiving Australian citizenship is a proud moment for new Australians; to help celebrate this important milestones, the mint has struck a 2017-dated $1 coin, which depicts the Australian Commonwealth Coat of Arms alongside the words “AUSTRALIAN” and “CITIZENSHIP” on its reverse side. The reverse design also incorporates the mint’s traditional “P” mintmark, and the obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II alongside the monetary denomination and the 2017 year-date. This coin has a weight of 13.5 grams; a 30.6-mm diameter; a 3.1-mm thickness; and an unlimited mintage.
YEAR OF THE ROOSTER
Also issued on Nov. 1 was the mint’s 2017 Year of the Rooster coins, which are available in one-ounce silver Proof High Relief; one-ounce silver gilded; and half-ounce silver “baby rooster” editions. Each of the coins’ obverse design features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II alongside the 2017 year-date and the monetary denomination. The obverse design of the two one-ounce coins depicts a rooster, a hen and three chicks standing amongst bamboo foliage and flowers. The Chinese character for “rooster” and the inscription “Year of the Rooster” also appear alongside mint’s “P” mintmark. The “baby rooster” coin depicts a colour representation of a baby rooster against a backdrop of flowers.
The silver Proof High Relief coin has a weight of 31.107 grams, a 32.6-mm diameter, a six-mm thickness and a mintage of 7,500 pieces. The gilded coin has a weight of 31.107 grams, a 45.6-mm diameter, a 2.6-mm thickness and a mintage of 50,000 pieces. Lastly, the “baby rooster” coin has a weight of 15.553 grams, a 32.6-mm diameter, a 3.1-mm thickness and a mintage of 7,500 pieces.
HIGH RELIEF COINS
On Nov. 1, the mint also issued its High Relief silver Proof three-coin set, which is comprised of the 2016 Australian Kookaburra, Kangaroo and Koala high relief coins, each of which are struck from one ounce of 99.9 per cent Proof silver. Each of the coins has a weight of 31.135 grams, a 32.6-mm diameter and a six-mm thickness. There’s a mintage of 20,000 pieces for the Kangaroo coin and 10,000 pieces for both the Koala and Kookaburra coins.
Other Nov. 1 issues include both a gold and silver High Relief kangaroo coin. Both coins’ reverse design depicts an adult kangaroo resting on its haunches with the silhouette of another kangaroo in the background. The design also includes the inscription “AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO,” the “P” mintmark, and the 2016 year-date. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coins’ obverse.
The five-ounce silver Proof High Relief coin has a weight of 155.673 grams, a 50.6-mm diameter, a 12.5-mm thickness and a mintage of 1,000 pieces. The two-ounce gold Proof High Relief coin has a weight of 62.215 grams, a 36.6-mm diameter, a six-mm thickness and a mintage of 250 pieces.
Rounding out The Perth Mint’s Nov. 1 issues was the fifth and final release of its “Cubs” coin series, which previously featured tiger cubs, jaguar cubs, snow leopard cubs and white lion cubs. This latest issue features Lynx cubs, which are endemic to the remote northern forests of North America, Europe and Asia. The coin’s reverse depicts two coloured lynx cubs in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. The inscription “CUBS” and the “P” mintmark also appear in the reverse design. The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II alongside the 2016 year-date and the monetary denomination. The coin has a weight of 15.591 grams, a 32.6-mm diameter, a 3.1-mm thickness and a mintage of 5,000 pieces.
For more information, visit perthmint.com.au.