The Perth Mint of Australia launched a new proof set of silver coins depicting five classic motorbikes from around world. The set includes five, 1-oz legal tender coins made from 99.9% pure silver with each struck in proof quality.
The five-coin proof set celebrates America’s Indian Chief of the 20’s, Germany’s BMW R12 from 30’s and 40’s, Britain’s BSA Gold Star from the 50’s and Norton Commando from the late 60’s and early 70’s, and finally, Japan’s Honda Dream CB750 Four launched in 1969.
On the reverse of each coloured coin is one of these uniquely famous motorcycles, which appears to be racing past a background. Below is the motorcycle’s manufacture’s logo, and the coins $1 face value.
The obverse, or tails side of the coins, bears the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II along with the inscriptions, ‘QUEEN ELIZABETH II’, ‘2008’, ‘1 DOLLAR’ and ‘TUVALU’, which denotes where the coin is issued as legal tender.
Coin specifications and order information
According to the Mint, each coin weighs 31.135 grams, is 4.00 millimeters thick, and has a diameter of 40.60 millimeters. The five-coin set has a limited mintage of only 1,500.
The five-coin proof set is currently priced at $375 (AUS) or $295.81 (US). For more information or to order online, visit The Perth Mint page:
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).
The Perth Mint remained under Britain’s jurisdiction until 1 July 1970, when ownership transferred to the State Government of Western Australia.
In 2003, The Perth Mint officially opened an 8,400 square metre state-of-the-art manufacturing facility next door to its original limestone building. Dominating the Mint’s heritage precinct, these two important buildings are powerful symbols of more than 100 years of minting excellence in Western Australia.