News for March from Perth Mint

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April 5, 2012 – For the month of March The Perth Mint announces a diverse range of new products. A high relief silver coin and a new release of the Sea Life II – The Reef series are but two of the new issues.

Australia / 1 AUD / 1oz 999 silver / 31.135 g / 40.60 mm / Design: Wade Robinson / Mintage: 7,500.

From the awe inspiring opening ceremony to the sheer excitement of the competition, the London 2012 Olympic Games will feature thousands of athletes, 26 sports and 205 participating countries. To commemorate this occasion The Perth Mint is issuing a 1oz silver proof coin. This release is available for sale within Australia only.

Australia / Each of the coins is available as: 50 AUD / 1/2oz 9999 gold / 15.554 g / 25.60 mm / Mintage: 500 // 15 AUD / 1/10oz 9999 gold / 3.111 g / 16.60 mm / Mintage: 1,000 // 5 AUD / 1/25oz. 9999 gold / 1.244 g / 14.60 mm / Mintage: 2,500. All coins available in set.

The Perth Mint announces the highly anticipated 2012 Discover Australia Gold Proof Coin Series. With five new animal designs for 2012 the coins consist of: the Red Kangaroo, Whale Shark, Green and Gold Bell Frog, Goanna and Kookaburra. Each of these designs is available as a 1/2oz, 1/10oz and 1/25oz gold coin, with each size available individually or as a five-coin set.

Tuvalu / 1 TVD / 1oz 999 silver / 31.135 g / 40.60 mm / Design: Aleysha Howarth / Mintage: 5,000.

It was the world’s most famous passenger ship disaster. On a cold, moonless night just before midnight, the ‘unsinkable’ Titanic struck an iceberg. An estimated 1,517 doomed souls met their end in the freezing waters of the North Atlantic. As a mark of respect a 1oz silver proof commemorative has been struck by The Perth Mint to honour those that lost their lives.

Australia / 1 AUD / 1oz 999 silver / 31.135 g / 32.60 mm / Mintage: 7,500.

Adding to the highly successful Australian Lunar Series II – 2012 Year of the Dragon, The Perth Mint presents a 1oz Silver Proof High Relief coin. The coin’s high relief reverse and obverse are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die.

Australia / 1 AUD / Aluminium Bronze / 13.80 g / 30.60 mm / Design: Tom Vaughan / Mintage: 7,500.

March marks the release of a delightful new Young Collectors series – Animal Athletes. In the first release a boxing kangaroo is featured on an aluminium bronze coin and is displayed in a magnificently illustrated presentation card.

Australia / 1 AUD / Aluminium Bronze / 13.80 g / 30.60 mm / Design: Wade Robinson / Mintage: Unlimited.

ANZAC Day is a day on which we honour all those who gave their lives in the service of their country. This year’s tribute salutes the nurses who have served, and continue to serve, in the Australian Defence Force. The Perth Mint are commemorating these brave nurses with the release of a aluminium bronze coin.

Australia / 0.5 AUD / 1/2oz 999 silver / 15.591 g / 36.60 mm / Design: Wade Robinson / Mintage: 10,000.

The fourth coin in the stunning Sea Life II – The Reef series features a spectacularly realistic portrayal of an octopus. The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, and issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.

To keep up-to-date about new issues of the Perth Mint, or if you want to purchase some of their coins click here.

You can see boxing kangaroos in action here.

Octopusses are cute? Quite so. But they can be impressively strong. One killed a shark in fight. You don’t believe it? Watch this National Geographic video.