The Perth Mint has released their entire lineup of new coins from the February 2018 catalogue and with the releases coinciding with the annual Berlin World Money Fair, the mint – no doubt – wanted to make an impact.
First in line is the special 2018 World Money Fair edition 1oz silver colourised Australian Kookaburra coin.
Now this is the same design as the regular 2018 Kookaburra but with colourised elements and a special World Money Fair branded vanity box, for what that's worth. The coin is minted from 1 oz of pure .9999 Fineness silver and measures 40.6mm or 1.598 inches in diameter. Featuring a limited mintage of only 1500 coins the Perth mint is releasing the coin for an initial asking price of (AUS$71.85)$56.85 each.
And then, obviously hoping to recapture the success of their Norse Gods Series from last year the Perth mint is releasing another special three coin set with the theme of Warfare. The first coin is dedicated to the Roman Legion.
Featuring another high relief design with an antiqued finish, these 2oz silver coins depict a group of ancient Roman legionaries fighting Gallic tribesmen. Struck from .9999 Fineness silver this double thick coin measures 40.6 mm or 1.598 inches in diameter. The Roman Legion coin is set to have a maximum mintage of 2000 coins, and the mint is selling the coins via their website at a price of $143.21(AUS$180.91). The next two coins in the series are set to depict Vikings and Cavalry battles.
From there we see a colourised 1oz silver coin commemorating the 50 anniversary of the release of the original Planet of the Apes, in 1968. The reverse of the coin depicts elements from the original movie poster as well as an engraved representation of the Ape City.
This officially licensed product will bear a limited mintage of 5000 coins, and is issued in a special acrylic presentation case along with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The proof quality 1oz silver coin is struck from pure .9999 fineness silver and are available from the Perth mint at a cost of $82.76 (AUS$104.55) per coin.
The next coin is a Proof 1/4oz Gold coin featuring the 2018 Kangaroo design. This proof quality coin has a limited issue of 500 pieces and is shipped in a special wooden presentation box with a numbered certificate of authenticity.
Struck from the purest .9999 fineness gold, it measures 20.6mm or 0.811 inches in diameter. The special proof edition is being sold by the mint at a price of $574.98 (AUS$726.36) per coin.
On a very similar note to that we see the 5 coin proof kangaroo set. This set contains the 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and a 1/20oz proof quality gold kangaroo coins, each with the 2018 design. The set has an issue limit of 500 sets and and are listed by the Perth mint at $3885 (AUS$4908.18) per set.
Then on a some what more sombre note the next coin in the ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series entitled : “We Will Remember Them” has also been made available. This 1 oz silver proof coin features a poignant design of a soldier playing a bugle at sunrise.
The sun's rays contain Laurence Binyon’s For the Fallen aka The Ode, considered by many to be the most famous poem written about the First World War. The coin also has edge lettering that reads : "PRIDE - RESPECT - GRATITUDE" The coin has a mintage of 7500 pieces at a cost of $71.24(AUS$90)
The next piece is a monster of a coin. The 2018 2 Kilogramme Australian Koala silver coin. This high relief coin is struck on 2 kilogrammes or 64.301 oz of pure .9999 Fineness silver to form a massive 101 mm or practically 4 inches in diameter and 36mm or 1.417inch thick coin.
The high relief design is treated to an antiqued finish, and the coin ships inside a special acrylic display case housed n a black wooden presentation box. With a mintage of only 200 coins the Perth mint has an asking price of $2589.95(AUS$3271.82) per coin.
And the first coin resulting from the Perth Mint's freshly minted licencing deal with Warner Bros has also been added to the release schedule, and features Bugs Bunny on the reverse design. The Loony Tunes inspired coin has a limited mintage of 5000 coins and is struck from ½ oz of pure .9999 fineness silver.
The first of what is no doubt going to be a much larger series, the coin measures 32.6mm or 1.283 inches in diameter. The mint is launching this coin for a price of $53.97(AUS$68.18) each.
And while on the topic of Licensed coins, the Perth Mint has also issued a Two coin proof set dedicated to the latest instalment in the Star Trek franchise : Star Trek Discovery.
This unique proof set features two proof quality 1oz silver coins with a selective colourised design. The first coin depicts the eponymous USS Discovery, while the second coin depicts First Officer Micheal Burnham.
The two coin set has a limited mintage of 5000 issues and is shipped in a very distinct Star Trek themed display reminiscent of previous sets of the same nature. Those sets have all long since sold out at the mint and I'm sure that they are hoping to repeat that trends here. The set is accompanied with a numbered certificate of authenticity, at an asking price of $165(AUS$210).
The next coin is something a little different. The 2018 Lucky Cat 1oz Silver Proof Coin. The lucky cat or "Maneki -neko" is a traditional lucky charm in Japan and china and is believed to bring good fortune to it's owner.
The piece is struck from 1oz of pure .9999 Fineness silver and is shipped in a Special Presentation Packaging Including Moving Lucky Cat Figurine with a Waving Paw. One of these can be yours for $92.83(AUS$117.27)
And the finally, Mandarin Ducks have long since been a symbols of enduring Love in the Chinese culture. Figurines of the iconic birds are often given to brides on their wedding day to impart blessings of a happiness, romance, devotion and enduring love.
So to celebrate this the Perth Mint has produced the Chinese Wedding 1oz silver rectangular proof coin, featuring a mating pair of these ducks. Intended as a wedding gift the 1oz silver coin is being sold for $71.24(AUS$90) each.
Please note that all of the prices stated were correct at the time of publication and are stated in US dollars and Australian dollars and as such may be subject to change due to currency fluctuations or the mint's pricing policy.