Australian 2017 Collector Coins for April

by Darrin Lee Unser on April 11, 2017 · 5 comments

Perth Mint debuting coins for the month of April cover a wide-range of subject matters including dragons, eagles, horses and kookaburras.

Perth Mint of Australia Collector Coins for April 2017

Perth Mint Collector Coins for April

Also newly released are coins celebrating the 150th anniversary of Henry Lawson and a three-coin ANZAC spirit set.

Summary information for the collector coins is available below.

Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2 oz Gold High Relief Coin

Commissioned by the Perth Mint, American sculptor and engraver John M. Mercanti created the likeness of the wedge-tailed eagle that is seen on the reverse (tails side) of this 2oz ounce, gold high relief coin. Most may recognize Mercanti as the 12th chief engraver of the United States Mint.

Wedge-tailed Eagle 2017 2oz Gold High Relief Coin

Wedge-tailed Eagle 2017 2oz Gold High Relief Coin

The mintage limit for the 99.99% pure $200 gold coin is capped at 150 pieces. It comes in a wooden display case with a themed illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

2017 Stock Horse Coin and Card

Horses have played an integral part in the history of Australia. That fact is celebrated on this new collector $1 silver coin which showcases the likeness of an Australian stock horse. The animal appears in a paddock rearing up on its hind legs, with a sheath of hay in the background. Inscriptions include AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE, 2017, Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, and 1oz 9999 silver.

Stock Horse 2017 1oz Silver Coin

Stock Horse 2017 1oz Silver Coin

Limited to 10,000 pieces, the coin is attached to an illustrated card portraying a rural property at sunset.

ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Three-Coin Set

Commemorating the 100th anniversary of ANZAC, the Perth is offering this special three-coin proof set of 1/2 oz silver coins. Each Australian legal tender coin, struck in 99.99% fine silver, depicts a different historic First World War design — The Grim Path Back, Speed and Surprise, and Front Line Angels.

ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 2017 Silver Proof Coins

ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 2017 Silver Proof Coins

The set is presented in a round tray, which fits inside an illustrated shipper featuring First World War photography, and is accompanied by a booklet with information and imagery from the Great War. The booklet contains a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Mintage limit is 5,000.

Kookaburra 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin

Kookaburra coins are a staple of the Perth Mint line-up with this newest release presenting two of the birds sitting on a fence. This $30 coin is produced to proof quality from 1 kilogram of 99.9% pure silver.

Australian Kookaburra 2017 1kg Silver Proof Coin

Australian Kookaburra 2017 1kg Silver Proof Coin

No more than 300 of these will be issued. The coin is housed in a display case within a themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Henry Lawson 150th Anniversary Silver Proof Coin

One of Australia’s most celebrated writers is honored on the reverse of this 5 oz silver proof coin. It features a profile of Henry Lawson’s face composed of a number of characters and settings from his poems and short stories. The design celebrates the writer and poet’s 150th anniversary, and includes inscriptions of 150th ANNIVERSARY OF HENRY LAWSON, the Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and designer Natasha Muhl’s initials ‘NM’.

Henry Lawson 150th Anniversary 2017 5oz Silver Proof Coin

Henry Lawson 150th Anniversary 2017 5oz Silver Proof Coin

Only 250 are available. Struck to 99.99% silver purity, the $8 coin ships in a Perth Mint display case with an illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Dragon 2017 2 oz Silver Antiqued Coin

The Perth Mint has seen strong demand for its series of 2oz silver antiqued coins and the newest release will continue that trend. Featured on the $2 coin is a mythical dragon chasing a flaming pearl inscribed with the Chinese character for ‘dragon’.

Dragon 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin

Dragon 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin

This is a Tuvalu legal tender piece, struck in 99.99% silver. The coin arrives housed in a case and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Rare Beauties Stamp and Coin Cover

This $1 aluminum bronze coin’s reverse features a representation of a rhodonite gem. The only inscriptions around the design are the Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the artist’s (Natasha Muhl) initials ‘NM’.

2017 Rare Beauties Extraordinary Gemstones $1 Coin

2017 Rare Beauties Extraordinary Gemstones $1 Coin

Also a Tuvalu legal tender issue, the coin is presented in a colorful card. Affixed to the envelope is an official Australia Post $1 RhodoniteĀ stamp. The stamp is postmarked for the first day of issue and the envelope includes Australia Post’s Seal of Authenticity. Issue limit of the cover is 7,500.

Emperor Penguin Silver Proof Coin

The 50-cent Polar Babies series continues with this second release depicting an emperor penguin chick resting on ice.

Emperor Penguin 2017 Silver Proof Coin

Emperor Penguin 2017 Silver Proof Coin

This is a Tuvalu legal tender proof coin struck in 1/2oz of 99.99% silver. Its mintage limit is 5,000.

Ordering

Additional information, ordering options and current pricing on the coins are available on the Perth Mint’s website at www.perthmint.com.au. Here is an affiliate link to the Mint’s newest coins.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Seth Riesling April 11, 2017 at 7:54 pm

Darrin Lee Unser –

This is OLD news! You need to be more timely for your readers who aren’t customers of Perth Mint Australia yet. Thank G-D I was online for the first day of issue for the very rare 1,000 limited 2-ounce Dragon coin listed in this article that sold out that day. As a Perth Mint customer I receive their new issue release date descriptions early on & am ready online for the coins I want. I have been lucky to get all the 2-ounce rimless, smooth edge, antiqued coins going back 4 years. Good luck to all.

Happy collecting everyone!

NumisDudeTX

Ernesto April 11, 2017 at 7:58 pm

I was never a fan of the antiquated finish. I wish they would make it in a regular version.

Danny Morano April 12, 2017 at 5:28 am

I bought and received a week ago the 2oz. Gold Wedge Tail Eagle and the Silver 2oz. Dragon. Both are excellent editions to my collection. Why are you so far behinf. According to Perth, most of these are already sold out at the mint. If you want them, your best chance is Talismancoins.com or ebay. Goodluck.
DrWho7

Danny Morano April 12, 2017 at 7:08 am

Seth Hello Mate,
Since the Wedge Tail Eagle’s, debute, I took an instant liking to them. I have one of every minted, bought thru the Perth mint, with the exchange rate, I saved some good money and their FedEx shipping, I got them in less than 10 days. Silver, Gold, Platinum, Bimetal, BU, Proof, HR and this year the 2oz Gold and Silver HR Reverse Proof.
Word has it, later this year a Silver 5oz HR Reverse Proof will be minted, bringing the series to an end. But, super inside sourses say the Mint wants the series to run thru 2020 with the help of Mr.Mercantie. A Fractional set in Silver, Gold and maybe even Platinum since it’s been under $1,000.00 an ounce for over 2yrs.and others as long as Mr. Mercantie and others can come up with suitable designs and styles, they want to keep it going since it’s been a big success, especially in limited mintages. A bird known to Australians and few around the world has been put on the map and made known to Hundreds of Thousands around the world because of the Designers at the Perth mint.
It takes its place alongside the U.S. Eagle, The Maple Leaf, the Libertad, the Panda and a few others as a coin to be collected. Happy collecting Seth!.
Regards, DrWho7

Seth Riesling April 12, 2017 at 8:28 am

Hello Danny –

You sure are right about the beauty & popularity of all versions of the Wedge-Tailed eagle coins from Perth Mint! A great series for sure, but I don’t have them all. Mercanti told a journalist I know that he has made more money designing those coins for Perth Mint Australia & autographing PCGS & NGC certified coin slab labels since he retired from the US Mint than he made during his entire career at the US Mint! Good for him – an excellent artist.

Happy collecting Danny!

-NumisDudeTX

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