"Sales are running hot" for a silver proof coin commemorating the 100th Anniversary RMS Titanic, the Perth Mint of Australia told its customers Friday. The Perth warns that it expects the limited 5,000 mintage to sell out soon.
When RMS Titanic was built, the White Star Line passenger liner was the largest ship afloat during her maiden voyage which began at Southampton, England and was to go to New York in the United States. Tragically, on April 15, 1912, after the Titanic sideswiped an iceberg during the middle of the night, it sank to the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean causing the death of more than 1,500 of the over 2,220 passengers and crew aboard.
Like other mints from around the world, the Perth Mint on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu is paying tribute to the centennial sinking of RMS Titanic with its own unique coin which is composed of 99.9% silver to a weight of one ounce.
Created by Aleysha Howarth, the reverse depicts a colored representation of the White Star Line’s poster design of Titanic, set against the ocean and sky. Inscriptions include TITANIC, 100TH ANNIVERSARY, 1 OZ 999 SILVER and The Perth Mint’s "P" mint mark.
Issued as legal tender by the authority of the Government of Tuvalu, the obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions include Her name, 1 DOLLAR, TUVALU, and the year 2012.
Available currently at a price of $92.57 through the Perth Mint website (http://www.perthmint.com.au), each RMS Titanic Coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and is shipped in a presentation display case and illustrated, themed shipper.
See other Perth Mint coin highlights from this site’s Australian Coin Guide.
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).