Catching everyone by surprise last year, the Perth Mint was commissioned by a German client (EMK – Münzen und Edelmetalle) to produce a series of 10,000 mintage, one-ounce silver bullion coins featuring the Australian Stock Horse that went hot and began to appreciate quickly. Perth kept back 1,000 coins and offered them to Australian buyers mounted to a card. They sold out very quickly and now regularly sell for double the $59 issue price.
For 2014 they’ve repeated the formula exactly and they appear to be selling out even faster than the 2013 version. They’re an attractive enough coin, designed by regular Perth Mint artist Ing Ing Jong, and with the 9,000 coins being sold by EMK yet to be released it shouldn’t be hugely difficult to pick one up but don’t leave it too long. In fact the EMK versions, although coming in a capsule and not card-mounted, come with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The card on the Australian version is of the same design as last year.
Originally a combination of several breeds including the Thoroughbred, Arab, and Timor and Welsh Mountain ponies, the Australian Stock Horse has evolved to become a distinctive breed in its own right.
Although they were initially used for stock work and exploration by the early settlers, more than 120,000 Australian Stock Horses went on to serve in the First World War. Their strength, stamina and courage earned them international recognition as the finest cavalry mounts in the world and established their place in Australian history and folklore.
99.9% Pure Silver
The Australian Stock Horse coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver.
New 2014 Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse portrays an Australian Stock Horse galloping on a rural property alongside a wooden fence. The design includes the inscription THE AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE, the 2014 year-date and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000 of The Australian Stock Horse 2014 1oz Silver Coin in this packaging, from a maximum mintage of 10,000.
Numbered Presentation Card
Each coin is released in a numbered presentation card which features a rural property at sunset.
THE 2013 STOCK HORSE COIN
|Denomination||Metal||Weight||Diameter||Quality||Box – COA||Mintage|
|1 DOLLAR (AUD)||0.999 silver||31.135g||40.60 mm||BU||CARD – N||10,000 (1,000 carded)|