January is a busy time for the Perth Mint of Australia with its introduction of more than a dozen products for coin collectors.
Leading the charge are new Lunar Year of the Goat Coins with two offered in silver and one appearing as part of a stamp and coin cover release. Also sure to be of interest, the 2015 Australian Koala Silver Gilded Edition makes its debut appearance.
Silver coin enthusiasts will find several releases to check out aside from those already mentioned. These include the newest offerings in the Australian Opal Series; the annual Newborn Baby program; and the Australian Posters of World War I series. Plus, there is the "Always Together" coin showcasing two adorable kittens, a coin depicting Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ and a Chinese new year stamp and coin cover depicting the lion dance.
Additional information on these products is below:
2015 Year of the Goat Coins
Offering a reverse image of a family of goats, the 2015 Year of the Goat 5 oz Silver Proof Coin is offered as a large format tribute to the Lunar program. Mintage for the Australian legal tender coin is limited to 5,000 with current pricing AUS $409.09, or US $330.74.
A more affordable option is the 2015 Year of the Goat Stamp & Coin Cover. It also has the design of a family of three goats standing in a stylized rural scene. The coin is attached to an envelope with two official Australia Post 70c and $2.10 stamps. Produced to demand, its pricing is now AUS $14.50, or US $11.72.
The 2015 Year of the Goat Wealth 1 oz Silver Proof Coin has a colored reverse design of a single goat standing on a pile of gold coins and other riches. Mintage of this Tuvalu legal tender coin is capped at 5,000. It is priced at AUS $90, or about US $73.
2015 Australian Koala Silver Gilded Coin
A standout release is the 2015 Australian Koala 1 oz Silver Gilded Coin, the latest in an annual series that is always popular with collectors. Each is struck from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver and bears an adult koala gilded in 24-karat gold. The creature is shown sitting in a fork of a eucalyptus tree.
Mintage is limited to 5,000 with pricing at AUS $85.45, or US $69.08.
2015 Australian Opal Rough-Scaled Python Silver Coin
Another popular series with collectors is the Australian Opal Program which features an inner panel of pure Australian opal. The newest one-ounce silver issue bears a design of a rough-scaled python set against the opal.
Mintage is capped at 8,000 with current pricing at AUS $104.55, or US $84.53. Of note, the first three program releases sold out.
2015 Always Together Silver Proof Coin
An adorable colorful image of two kittens appears on the reverse of the 2015 Always Together 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin. The two felines are sitting in a field of flowers with a butterfly hovering above.
Mintage for this 99.9% pure silver coin is set at 7,500. The Tuvalu legal tender coin is offered for AUS $57.73, or US $46.58.
2015 Red Cross 1 oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin
The 2015 Red Cross Silver Proof Rectangle Coin, the second in a series of colored reverses depicting classic World War I posters, features an Australian Red Cross woman with her arms outstretched.
Mintage is limited to 5,000. Each Australian legal tender coin may be purchased for AUS $90, or about US $73.
2015 Newborn Baby Silver Proof Coin
A perfect gift for the newborn or the excited parents is the 2015 Newborn Baby 1/2 oz Silver Proof Coin. It offers a colorful image of a kookaburra carrying a sleeping newborn baby.
This piece is produced on a mint-to-order basis. Each is housed in an Australian themed gift card with pricing set at AUS $57.73, or US $46.58.
2015 Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ Silver Proof Coin
The classic children’s book series Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ is the theme on the reverse of this 1/2 oz silver proof coin. The colorful image offers the two classic characters sitting on a tree branch with Little Ragged Blossom between them.
A themed gift card is included with each purchase. Pricing is listed at AUS $61.36, or US 49.51, with a mintage of 5,000.
2015 Chinese New Year Lion Dance Stamp and Coin Cover
Tradition is important to the Chinese culture and that includes the lion dance which dates back to the Han Dynasty (205 BCE to 220 CE). This festive dance is brought to life in color on this aluminum bronze coin.
The limit for the stamp and coin cover is 8,888. The coin is attached to an envelope which also includes two Australian Post stamps (70 cent and $2.10) that have been postmarked for the first day of issue. The product is now AUS $18.14, or US $14.64.