More than a half-dozen Perth Mint of Australia coins appear in April to include popular annual issues such as a gold sovereign, a one kilo silver koala coin and a high relief silver kookaburra.
These launch alongside other new issues, like the second release in a series dedicated to mother’s love, coins celebrating the centenary of Australian submarines, gold and silver coins depicting the Great Barrier Reef and the second release from the Young Collectors Superpowers series.
Below is summary information on these and several other April 2014 Perth Mint product releases:
2014 Proof Australian Sovereign Gold Coin
Gold sovereigns were first struck in Australia on June 23, 1855 at the Sydney branch of Britain’s Royal Mint. Called Type I sovereigns, those coins have become an important part of Australian numismatic history.
These new 2014 Australian Sovereign Gold Proof Coins are reminders of those first Type I issues as they contain the same basic reverse design. However, the modern adaptation replaces the original "SYDNEY MINT" inscription with "PERTH MINT."
The gold sovereigns are struck from 91.67% pure gold to proof quality. Each ships in a wooden display case with an illustrated shipper and a numbered certificate of authenticity. Mintage is limited to only 1,500 with current pricing listed as AUS $613.63, or US $567.85.
2014 Australian Koala 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin
The release of the 2014 Australian Koala 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin marks only the third annual issue of the series of kilo koala strikes. Those familiar with Australian coins, however, know silver koalas date back several years earlier to 2007. They have become a popular series owing, in large part, to their annually changing reverse designs depicting the marsupials.
This one kilo coin offers a close-up portrait of a single koala with a spray of eucalyptus leaves joining the design. Each is struck from one kilo of 99.9% pure silver to proof quality.
Pricing is shown as AUS $1,590.90, or US $1,471.06. Mintage is extremely limited at only 500.
2014 Australian Kookaburra Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Australian Kookaburra High Relief Silver Proof Coins first appeared in 2012. The series features a high relief version of the same design found on other kookaburra silver coins issued during the year. That image changes annually, making the program desirable to many collectors.
The 2014 release offers an image by Natasha Muhl which shows the bird perched on a tree branch surrounded by gum leaves. As mentioned, the image is in high relief and struck on a concave surface to allow for the added detail.
Issue limit is capped at 9,000 with an additional 1,000 reserved for other product releases. Pricing of the coin is listed as AUS $94.54, or US $87.49.
2014 Asian Elephant Silver Proof Coin from Mother’s Love Series
The 2014 Asian Elephant 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin marks the second release in the Perth Mint’s Mother’s Love series, which is dedicated to the bond between a mother and her off-spring. The series debuted in February with a Lioness Coin but continues this month with a release showing an Asian elephant and her calf.
The mother and child appear in color to enhance the detail. Native plants and leaves surround the design.
Each is struck with a large diameter of 36.6 mm and is composed of one-half ounce of 99.9% pure silver. Mintage is limited to 4,500 with debut pricing shown as AUS $57.73, or US $53.42.
2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines Silver Proof Coin
Two British-built E-class vessels (HMAS AE1 and HMAS AE2) were delivered to Sydney on May 24, 1914 to the Royal Australian Navy. This marked the start of a long and illustrious history for Australian submarines which is acknowledged with the release of these 2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines 1 oz Silver Proof Coins.
The reverse of the coin has the likeness of a submarine as it cruises through the blue-hued water. Dolphins and a crown are also shown in the image emblematic of the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service ship’s badge.
An enamel replica of the badge is also included with each purchase. Limited to 3,000, the coin and badge may be purchased for AUS $95.45, or US $88.18.
2014 Great Barrier Reef 5 oz Silver Coin and 2 oz Gold Coin
The Land Down Under series expands by two new releases with the debut of the 2014 Great Barrier Reef 5 oz Silver Proof Coin and the 2014 Great Barrier Reef 2 oz Gold Proof Coin.
Each offers different representations of the Great Barrier Reef — the largest living structure on the planet which stretches for 344,000 square kilometers along the coast of Queensland.
Shown on the silver coin is a colored aerial view of the reef with a seaplane flying above. The gold coin offers a green sea turtle as it swims among coral.
Mintage of the silver coin is capped at only 400 with each offered for AUS $440.90, or US $408.01. The gold coin has a mintage of 200 with pricing of AUS $4,590.90, or US $4,241.06.
2014 Invisibility $1 Coin from Super Power Series
The Perth Mint’s Young Collectors Superpowers Series features its second release with a coin depicting the power of invisibility. This series will feature a total of six releases, when completed.
Shown on the reverse of the strike is a superhero hanging from the side of a building and using her power of invisibility to blend in with the bricks. Inscribed in the design is the word "INVISIBILITY."
Mintage of the coin is unlimited. Pricing is AUS $14.95, or US $12.55.