The Perth Mint of Australia on Thursday warned its customers that its 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Australian Gold Coin is nearing a sellout. From an already extremely limited mintage of 1,000, just 60 remain.
Released on January 3, 2012, the 99.99% fine proof gold coin honors the Queen’s 60 years of reign, having ascended to the throne on February 6, 1952 with her coronation at the age of 27 as Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953. The only other British monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee was Queen Victoria in 1897, the Queen’s great-great grandmother.
The Australian gold coin features two portraits. The obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of her majesty with included inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 2012 and 25 DOLLARS.
The reverse depicts the original Mary Gillick uncrowned effigy of her majesty with the inscriptions QUEEN ELIZABETH II, DIAMOND JUBILEE, 1/4oz 9999 GOLD and the Perth Mint ‘P’ mint mark.
The Perth Mint is currently offering the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Australian Gold Coin for AUS $717.27 (~US $738.65) via its online site at www.perthmint.com.au. The gold coin will ship within a display case with an illustrated shipper and a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Specifications for 2012 Diamond Jubilee Gold Coin
|Gold Content (Troy oz)||0.25|
|Gross Weight (g)||7.777|
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About the Perth Mint of Australia
The Perth Mint is wholly-owned by the State Government of Western Australia and is the official issuer of the Australian Federal Government’s Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program. They are also responsible for striking some of the most unique numismatic coins available in the world.
The Perth was actually opened as a branch of the British Royal Mint in 1899. Its initial purpose was to refine the gold from nearby deposits in order to mint sovereigns for the British colony. Ownership was transferred to the Western Australia state government in 1970.