Perth Mint’s 100th Anniversary RMS Titanic Coin Nears Sell Out

by CoinNews.net on March 9, 2012 · 9 comments

"Sales are running hot" for a silver proof coin commemorating the 100th Anniversary RMS Titanic, the Perth Mint of Australia told its customers Friday. The Perth warns that it expects the limited 5,000 mintage to sell out soon.

RMS Titanic Coin

100th Anniversary RMS Titanic 2012 Coin 1 Oz Silver Proof Coins

When RMS Titanic was built, the White Star Line passenger liner was the largest ship afloat during her maiden voyage which began at Southampton, England and was to go to New York in the United States. Tragically, on April 15, 1912, after the Titanic sideswiped an iceberg during the middle of the night, it sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean causing the death of more than 1,500 of the over 2,220 passengers and crew aboard.

Like other mints from around the world, the Perth Mint on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu is paying tribute to the centennial sinking of RMS Titanic with its own unique coin which is composed of 99.9% silver to a weight of one ounce.

Created by Aleysha Howarth, the reverse depicts a colored representation of the White Star Line’s poster design of Titanic, set against the ocean and sky. Inscriptions include TITANIC, 100TH ANNIVERSARY, 1 OZ 999 SILVER and The Perth Mint’s "P" mint mark.

Issued as legal tender by the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions include Her name, 1 DOLLAR, TUVALU, and the year 2012.

Available currently at a price of $92.57 through the Perth Mint website (http://www.perthmint.com.au), each RMS Titanic Coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and is shipped in a presentation display case and illustrated, themed shipper.

 

See other Perth Mint coin highlights from this site’s Australian Coin Guide.

About the Perth Mint

The Perth Mint, wholly-owned by the State Government of Western Australia, is the official issuer of the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. The Mint opened in 1899 in response to the discovery of rich gold deposits in Coolgardie and Kalgoorlie. It was Australia’s third branch of Britain’s Royal Mint – the others being the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint (both closed).

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george glazener March 9, 2012 at 9:22 am

Good luck getting one now……their website is so bogged down and dysfunctional right now, I can’t get an order processed to save my life.

jim March 9, 2012 at 11:50 am

Go to Talisman Coins http://www.talismancoins.com/servlet/Detail?no=1896 and order the coin there. They even offer a bit of a discount.

george glazener March 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm

Awesome..!! That was easy..! Thanks Jim; you da MAN!

jim March 9, 2012 at 1:21 pm

You’re welcome. Glad I could help out.

Martijn Wisman, Netherlands March 10, 2012 at 8:57 am

So I’m not the only one encountering problems with ordering at Perth Mint’s website.
After 2 days of trying, my account has bee disabled.

Martijn Wisman, Netherlands March 10, 2012 at 9:25 am

Jim, followed your advice to George. Amazing how this rapidly resulted in a succesful order at Talisman!!! Many thanks for your info & help.
My greetings from Amersfoort, The Netherlands.

george glazener March 10, 2012 at 5:04 pm

Martijn;
Yes, I even tried opening a 2nd account w/ my wife’s name and the Perth Mint site choked and rejected it too. Oddly, my first order with them for the “Ships that changed the World” series went fine. I guess their operating system is struggling with growing pains as more people learn about their products

Steve March 21, 2012 at 6:17 pm

I bought one of these Titanic coins after reading that they were nearing sell out, I was expecting something special but when I received the coin was very disappointed with the standard so I returned it to the Perth Mint.
The front of the coin is of a poor standard and looks just like it has a poorly printed photo stuck on it. As I am from Perth I also noted that there were similar coins in the display case that were probably done by the same designer and were even worse than the Titanic coin. I also noted that my coin number was 2504 and as 5000 were being released I hardly see this as being “nearing sell out”. My advice, don’t waste your money. I took mine back for a full refund. Ironically there were some beautiful coins depicting other events at the Mint but sadly the Titanic coin was not one of them.

Peter C. Fussey March 22, 2012 at 5:49 pm

Hi,
The Perth mint claim this image is from an original White Star Line poster.
IT IS NOT.
I painted this poster in 1994 for a British poster and postcard company, ‘Marine Art Posters’. I have tried telling Perth mint they have made a mistake but they don’t appear to be interested in hearing the facts. I have even tried leaving a comment on the YouTube advert for the coin, but it keeps being deleted.
I think Perth mint are too embarrassed to admit they have made a mistake.

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