2014 Australian Silver and Gold Coin Releases for April

by Darrin Lee Unser on March 31, 2014 · 3 comments

More than a half-dozen Perth Mint of Australia coins appear in April to include popular annual issues such as a gold sovereign, a one kilo silver koala coin and a high relief silver kookaburra.

2014 Australian Silver and Gold Coins for April

2014 Australian Silver and Gold Coins for April

These launch alongside other new issues, like the second release in a series dedicated to mother’s love, coins celebrating the centenary of Australian submarines, gold and silver coins depicting the Great Barrier Reef and the second release from the Young Collectors Superpowers series.

Below is summary information on these and several other April 2014 Perth Mint product releases:

2014 Proof Australian Sovereign Gold Coin

Gold sovereigns were first struck in Australia on June 23, 1855 at the Sydney branch of Britain’s Royal Mint. Called Type I sovereigns, those coins have become an important part of Australian numismatic history.

2014 Proof Australian Sovereign Gold Coin

2014 Proof Australian Sovereign Gold Coin

These new 2014 Australian Sovereign Gold Proof Coins are reminders of those first Type I issues as they contain the same basic reverse design. However, the modern adaptation replaces the original "SYDNEY MINT" inscription with "PERTH MINT."

The gold sovereigns are struck from 91.67% pure gold to proof quality. Each ships in a wooden display case with an illustrated shipper and a numbered certificate of authenticity. Mintage is limited to only 1,500 with current pricing listed as AUS $613.63, or US $567.85.

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2014 Australian Koala 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin

The release of the 2014 Australian Koala 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin marks only the third annual issue of the series of kilo koala strikes. Those familiar with Australian coins, however, know silver koalas date back several years earlier to 2007. They have become a popular series owing, in large part, to their annually changing reverse designs depicting the marsupials.

2014 Australian Koala 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin

2014 Australian Koala 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin

This one kilo coin offers a close-up portrait of a single koala with a spray of eucalyptus leaves joining the design. Each is struck from one kilo of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality.

Pricing is shown as AUS $1,590.90, or US $1,471.06. Mintage is extremely limited at only 500.

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2014 Australian Kookaburra Silver Proof High Relief Coin

Australian Kookaburra High Relief Silver Proof Coins first appeared in 2012. The series features a high relief version of the same design found on other kookaburra silver coins issued during the year. That image changes annually, making the program desirable to many collectors.

2014 Australian Kookaburra Silver Proof High Relief Coin

2014 Australian Kookaburra Silver Proof High Relief Coin

The 2014 release offers an image by Natasha Muhl which shows the bird perched on a tree branch surrounded by gum leaves. As mentioned, the image is in high relief and struck on a concave surface to allow for the added detail.

Issue limit is capped at 9,000 with an additional 1,000 reserved for other product releases. Pricing of the coin is listed as AUS $94.54, or US $87.49.

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2014 Asian Elephant Silver Proof Coin from Mother’s Love Series

The 2014 Asian Elephant 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin marks the second release in the Perth Mint’s Mother’s Love series, which is dedicated to the bond between a mother and her off-spring. The series debuted in February with a Lioness Coin but continues this month with a release showing an Asian elephant and her calf.

2014 Asian Elephant Silver Proof Coin

2014 Asian Elephant Silver Proof Coin

The mother and child appear in color to enhance the detail. Native plants and leaves surround the design.

Each is struck with a large diameter of 36.6 mm and is composed of one-half ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Mintage is limited to 4,500 with debut pricing shown as AUS $57.73, or US $53.42.

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2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines Silver Proof Coin

Two British-built E-class vessels (HMAS AE1 and HMAS AE2) were delivered to Sydney on May 24, 1914 to the Royal Australian Navy. This marked the start of a long and illustrious history for Australian submarines which is acknowledged with the release of these 2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines 1 oz Silver Proof Coins.

2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines Silver Proof Coin

2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines Silver Proof Coin

The reverse of the coin has the likeness of a submarine as it cruises through the blue-hued water. Dolphins and a crown are also shown in the image emblematic of the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service ship’s badge.

An enamel replica of the badge is also included with each purchase. Limited to 3,000, the coin and badge may be purchased for AUS $95.45, or US $88.18.

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2014 Great Barrier Reef 5 oz Silver Coin and 2 oz Gold Coin

The Land Down Under series expands by two new releases with the debut of the 2014 Great Barrier Reef 5 oz Silver Proof Coin and the 2014 Great Barrier Reef 2 oz Gold Proof Coin.

2014 Great Barrier Reef 2 oz Gold Coin

2014 Great Barrier Reef 2 oz Gold Coin

Each offers different representations of the Great Barrier Reef — the largest living structure on the planet which stretches for 344,000 square kilometers along the coast of Queensland.

2014 Great Barrier Reef 5 oz Silver Coin

2014 Great Barrier Reef 5 oz Silver Coin

Shown on the silver coin is a colored aerial view of the reef with a seaplane flying above. The gold coin offers a green sea turtle as it swims among coral.

Mintage of the silver coin is capped at only 400 with each offered for AUS $440.90, or US $408.01. The gold coin has a mintage of 200 with pricing of AUS $4,590.90, or US $4,241.06.

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2014 Invisibility $1 Coin from Super Power Series

The Perth Mint’s Young Collectors Superpowers Series features its second release with a coin depicting the power of invisibility. This series will feature a total of six releases, when completed.

2014 Invisibility $1 Coin

2014 Invisibility $1 Coin

Shown on the reverse of the strike is a superhero hanging from the side of a building and using her power of invisibility to blend in with the bricks. Inscribed in the design is the word "INVISIBILITY."

Mintage of the coin is unlimited. Pricing is AUS $14.95, or US $12.55.

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{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Simon Bedard April 1, 2014 at 1:50 pm

I have to admit that PERTH has some pretty and nice coins. I like to see what they have next. If anyone gets the chance to buy coins from PERTH I recommend that you do so, they are pretty and good quality. PERTH has great coins on history too! So please give PERTH a try.

NJMANGA April 2, 2014 at 7:51 pm

I bought the submarine coin just a few days ago along with the high relief kookabera, well worth putting into my collection, the previous month i ordered my third in the megafauna series and the 100 years of aviation coin, I love the perth mint I just wish they focused less on the color enhancements they do and just focus on the coins, im not a big fan of silver being colored but they have series which I cant get enough of

JOE #2 April 3, 2014 at 7:07 pm

I think the 2 ounce turtle is gorgeous. I think Perth is the top mint. There shipping and packaging is tops. There coins are tops. Great folks at the Perth Mint

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