Australian Swan bullion coin back for the fourth entrant in this popular Perth Mint series
Just a quick look at the latest in the Perth Mint’s many annual silver bullion coin programmes, and it’s the very popular Australian Swan this time out. Launching back in 2017 with a fine design, the first swan coin was a huge hit, and the two following issues also seem to have enjoyed plenty of attention.
Fourth time out is an altogether more lively design, moving away from depictions highlighting the elegant and serene nature of these beautiful birds, to something a bit more action orientated. It’s easy to forget these are large and powerful birds, quite able to pick a fight with a person if threatened, and the 2020 coin does show that to some extent.
A standard format coin of 40.6 mm diameter and an ounce of 0.9999 silver in weight, it carries the newer uncouped effigy of Queen Elizabeth II by Jody Clark on its obverse, as we’d expect all Perth Mint Australian issues to do moving forward. A $100 denominated gold version with a 32.6mm diameter is also offered. There will no doubt be a parade of numismatic versions of this design in gold and silver, usually at least proof variants, and some of the Perth Mint’s attractive high-reliefs. In the meantime, APMEX have this up for pre-notice now,
The swan is an iconic species that is so synonymous with The Perth Mint itself that it even appears in the mint’s logo. The Perth Mint’s operations are situated in the heart of Perth, the capital and largest city of Western Australia. Founded in 1829 on the shores of the Swan River, the original colony in the territory was in fact called Swan River Colony, the location of which is now Perth.
Perth grew rapidly in the late 19th century thanks to its rich deposits of natural resources such as oil, gas and perhaps most of all, Gold. From its origins The Perth Mint is in many ways personified by the Swan, a regal waterfowl that appears on the flag of Western Australia and symbolizes timelessness, elegance and beauty, much like the standard of coins produced by the Perth Mint itself.
The Perth Mint has a phenomenal reputation for producing high quality Silver bullion that also provides collectors the ability to collect an entire series that showcases different designs. Customers worldwide collect the Lunars, Kookaburras and Koalas due to their resell values and collectability.
Swans are often a symbol of love and fidelity due to their long-lasting monogamous relationships. Swans are almost entirely herbivorous, though they will eat small amounts of aquatic animals. There are around seven different species of swan found around the world. Swans are classified as a threatened species mostly due to hunting and habitat loss. Pollution is also a contributing factor.
REVERSE: Portrays a swan with its wings outstretched. The design includes the inscription “The 1OZ 9999 Australian Silver Swan” and the Perth Mint’s “P” mintmark.
OBVERSE: The Jody Clark likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2019 year-date are depicted.
|DENOMINATION||$1 Australia||$100 Australia|
|COMPOSITION||0.9999 silver||0.9999 gold|
|WEIGHT||31.107 grams||31.107 grams|
|DIMENSIONS||40.6 mm||32.6 mm|
|BOX / C.O.A.||No / No||No / No|
This was supposed to be a 3 part series, but of course, where money talks, decisions are changed. This is a no-go for me personally. Don’t like the design. Good luck Perth Mint.
Agreed, was holding out for the possibility of one last spectacular design of a swan in flight, not happening so I’m out! All the different flavors that originated and then ceased under the Wedge-Tail series has left many jaded.
“The Sparring Swan”, another lovely design by The Perth Mint, featuring it’s favorite creature.