After a low-key start to the year, the big news this month from the Perth Mint is the release of the new antique-finish, high-relief Kangaroo coin, a superb piece done in the style of the Gods of Olympus format. We covered that in our previous post. The rest of the months releases are below, and basically consist of some war coins from both the Second and First World Wars, and a single piece featuring the Gumnut Babies, the latest in a series that started last year.
The war coins are a decent bunch. The Desert Rats are celebrated from the famous WWII campaign in Northern Africa around the town of Tobruk. This is the latest in a range commemorating the 75th anniversary of events in the Second World War. The centenary commemorations of the First World War continue with a remembrance of that most brutal of battles, the Battle of the Somme, scene of immense carnage and little result. The final coin remembers the Australian Home Front, with a reproduction of one of the many posters put out by the government in support of the war effort, this one the selling of war bonds.
Overall, quite a limited set of themes this month again, but things look to be improving next month with the launch of the first of this years Gods series. Norse Gods kicks off with Odin and is a fine looking coin, but the Perth Mint are releasing into a fiercely competitive and crowded marketplace, with Norse God coins being extremely plentiful, led (in our opinion) by the Choice Mints superb Legends of Asgard coin. Perth does have the advantage of keeping the style of the six previous coins in the Gods of Olympus and last years Goddesses of Olympus ranges, so they do have an eager fanbase ready to snap them up.
Other coins due next month are
- Anzac Day 2016 $1 Coin in Card
- Australian Map Shaped Series – Great White Shark 2016 1oz Coloured Coin
- RSL 100th Anniversary 2016 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin
- RSL 100th Anniversary 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin
- The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – Anzac Day 100 Years 2016 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin
- The Cubs – Tiger 1/2oz 2016 Silver Proof Coin
- 100th Anniversary of Gumnut Babies Stamp and Coin Cover
- Deadly and Dangerous – 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin
- Perth ANDA Coin Show Special 2016 Year of the Monkey 2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin
All will be released from 01 March. This months releases are available now from the Perth Mint website or from one of their many dealers worldwide.
2016 WWI POSTERS: WAR BONDS
Continuing on with the popular Australian Posters of World War I series is the third release, the War Bonds silver coloured coin.
The first War Loan campaign was launched on the 1 July 1915, followed by another seven, the last of which was introduced on 1 August 1918. The series of posters were produced in great volumes during the First World War, focusing on themes of patriotism combined with a notion of responsibility, aiming to inspire Australians to do their part to financially support the war through war bonds.
The coin’s reverse features a coloured representation of the World War I ‘Our daddy is fighting’ poster headed by the inscription AUSTRALIAN WAR BONDS. The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark, and the coin’s weight and fineness also appear in the design.
The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2016 year-date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin’s obverse.
The coin is housed in a contemporary, latex case which displays both sides of the coin. The case is packaged within a beautifully illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Designed by Wade Robinson. Priced at $90.00 AUD for international buyers.