The Perth mint continues with its recent run of new bullion products with a re-release of the old 2014 Saltwater Crocodile silver coin. Popular on its debut, the coin was launched in a one-ounce 0.999 silver format with a one million coin mintage.
Fast forward to today and the mint has relaunched the coin, but only in two new formats. Closest to the original is a half-ounce version, now struck in four-nines (0.9999) silver and with an unlimited mintage. Aside from the issue date, denomination (obverse) and the presence of an extra nine on the composition inscription, the design remains unchanged. Sold individually, in tubes of 25 or boxes of 500, this will no doubt be a welcome addition to the market, especially for collectors of fractional silver.
Also new is the release of the design in gold for the first time. Available only in the quarter-ounce format and struck in 0.9999 gold as is usual at the Perth Mint, this is also a welcome addition to the market as most of the new Perth mint designs never make it to the yellow metal. Coins are sold encapsulated and the mintage is also unlimited. Available to order now, we’d expect it to pop up at more dealers worldwide over the next few days. Maybe next year we’ll see the re-release of the Funnel Web Spider coin that followed on from the original Saltie in 2015.
|NAME||2017 SALTIE||2017 SALTIE|
|DENOMINATION||$0.50 Australian||$25 Australian|
|COMPOSITION||0.9999 silver||0.9999 gold|
|WEIGHT||15.553 grams||7.777 grams|
|DIAMETER||32.60 mm||20.60 mm|
|FINISH||Brilliant uncirculated||Brilliant uncirculated|
|BOX / COA||No / No||No / No|