News from The Perth Mint

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January 17, 2013 – At the end of the year 2012 The Perth Mint has issued a range of final releases. The lunar series are continued with dragon and snake coins dedicated to the years of 2012 and 2013 respectively. The new Australian Season series opens with a Summer issue.

Australia / 0.50 AUD / 999 silver / 15.591 g / 36.60 mm / Mintage: 10,000.

In 2013, The Perth Mint’s internationally renowned Australian Lunar Series II celebrates the Year of the Snake, the sixth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Several silver lunar coins are being released this month including the 1 kilo and 1/2oz proof coloured coins, the 1/2oz baby snake and the rectangle four-coin set. In addition to these stunning silver lunar releases, the Year of the Snake 1oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz gold proof coloured coins are also being released.

Australia / 100 AUD / 1oz 999 gold / 31.107 g / 27.30 mm / Mintage: 388.

The 2012 lunar series is coming to a close, with the final Year of the Dragon coin releases. The high relief gold dragon displays the very best of minting excellence, appealing to collectors who like the finer things in life.

Australia / 1 AUD / 1oz 999 silver / 31.135 g / 32.60 mm / Designers: Wade Robinson, Aleysha Howarth, Darryl Bellotti / Mintage: 1,000 (four coin set).

The silver proof high relief dragon is being released in a stunning high relief four-coin set, also containing the kangaroo, kookaburra and koala, showcasing The Perth Mint’s exceptional quality and designs.

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

Christmas is nearly upon us, and to mark this joyous occasion The Perth Mint releases a stunning 1oz Silver Proof Locket Coin. Presented in a card this coin will make an ideal gift for the festive season.

Australia / 1 AUD / Aluminium-bronze / 13.00 g / 30.60 mm / Mintage: Unlimited.

Taking the ‘Pledge of Commitment’ and receiving Australian Citizenship is a proud and often moving moment for many new Australians. To help celebrate this joyful and important milestone, The Perth Mint has issued an uncirculated Australian Citizenship $1 coin.

Australia / 0.50 AUD / 1/2oz 999 silver / 15.591 g / 36.60 mm / Design: Natasha Muhl / Mintage: 10,000.

The second release in the exciting Birds of Australia series features the beloved Budgerigar. A delightful, small green and yellow parrot, the Budgerigar lives wild in the wide open spaces of inland Australia.

Australia / 1 AUD / 1oz 999 silver / 31.135 g / 33.20 x 33.20 mm / Mintage: 5,000.

The first release in the Australian Seasons series features the Australian summer. Struck on a rectangular 1oz silver proof coin, this stunning design captures the essence and warmth of the season.

Have you ever seen thousands and thousands of budgerigars escaping form a black falcon – and still finding time for a drink? You absolutely must watch this amazing video clip!

For further information on the coins of which some are issued with various specifications, visit the website of The Perth Mint.