Silver coins dominate January products from the Perth Mint of Australia with one gold coin also added to the new offerings. Combined, they make for a total of eight new products from which collectors can choose.
Popular annual series continue in January with the new Always Together silver coin, the Newborn Baby silver coin and the children’s classic Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ silver coin. They join Year of the Monkey coins along with a few other unique releases to complete the new year’s line-up.
Summary information on these coins is offered below:
2016 Lunar Monkey Opal 1 oz Silver Proof Coin
An authentic Australian opal appears as part of this Year of the Monkey silver coin. The opal panel features a mischievous monkey design and a peach that is surrounded by an outer silver panel of peach blossoms.
Mintage for the 99.9% pure silver coin is established at 5,000. Each ships with a unique Perth Mint display case which includes a light that turns on when the lid is opened.
2016 Year of the Monkey Gemstone 1 Kilo Silver Coin
A cognac diamond adds to the colored reverse design of the 2016 Year of the Monkey Gemstone Silver Coin. The diamond is placed on the eye on the adult monkey as it sits on the branch along with a baby monkey.
Above the pair, the Chinese character for ‘monkey’ is shown with Year of the Monkey inscribed below. A worldwide mintage of 500 has been allotted for this 99.9% pure silver coin.
2016 Wedding 1 oz Silver Proof Coin
This wedding-themed silver coin is presented as a gift idea for those just married. A design of a bride and groom appear on the reverse beside two intertwined gold wedding rings. Completing the design are inscriptions of Congratulations and 1 oz 999 SILVER.
Each ships in a white glossy gift box. Coins will be produced on a mint-to-order basis with final mintage announced after the end of the year.
2016 Newborn Baby 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin
Another gift idea, this time for the newborn babies, is the Perth Mint’s 2016 Newborn Baby Silver Proof Coin. The coin’s design offers a unique take on the story of babies brought by storks. Instead of a stork, the image shows a colorful kookaburra delivering a sleeping newborn baby.
Each Australian legal tender coin is composed of 1/2 ounce of .999 fine silver. Mintage is unlimited with the final number announced after 12 months.
2016 Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin
Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ were originally introduced in 1918 portraying the two in the Australian bush. Their popularity grew and became one of the most loved stories in Australian culture.
These coins celebrate that fact with the two sitting on a tree branch surrounded by gumnuts and gum leaves. Mintage is capped at 5,000.
2016 Decimal 50th Anniversary Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
The Perth Mint celebrates the 50th anniversary of the decimalization of Australian currency with a new silver proof two-coin set. These coins replicate the original 1 and 2 cent coins which appeared back in 1966. Both are struck in proof quality from 99.9% pure silver.
In addition to the silver coins, original 1 and 2 cent coins are included and complete the set. Mintage is limited to 2,000.
2016 Always Together 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin
Friendship is front and center on this special 1/2 oz coin in 99.9% pure silver. The design features a chocolate Labrador beside a yellow Labrador with paw prints above and two bones, a bowl of food, and a ball below. Always Together is inscribed above.
The Perth Mint indicates a mintage of 7,500. This proof coin is legal tender of Tuvalu.
Heart to Heart 1/5 oz Gold Proof Coin
Closing out January releases is the "love coin," a suggested gift for Valentine’s Day, anniversaries, or weddings. The coin’s reverse depicts two raised, overlapping hearts, surrounded by stars and flowers.
Each strike is featured in 1/5 ounce of 99.99% pure gold and appears in proof quality. This coin is also legal tender of Tuvalu. It has a very limited mintage of 2,013. According to the Mint, the mintage of 2,013 has an implied phonetic meaning of "love you my whole life" in Mandarin, which is represented by the Chinese characters 愛你一生. The coin is undated to represent timeless love.