Appearing last December, the Royal Australian Mint’s second dolphin bullion coin depicted a really nice image of a Spinner Dolphin breaching the surface of the sea. The setting sun in the background helped give the background some focal point, and all in all, it was one of the better bullion coins released last year, in our view.
However, it was still a bullion coin, and the design was good enough to warrant a proof variant. The RAM has gone a step further and retooled it as a high-relief coin. Sadly, we only have the render at present, but it certainly looks like it will benefit greatly from the new style. We’re optimistic that, in hand, this will be a fine coin indeed.
No changes to weight, as it still sits at a troy ounce, but the high-relief strike has meant the diameter has dropped from 40 mm to 32 mm, much the same as Perth Mint high-relief versions of its bullion coins. Packaging is clean and simple, and the mintage is capped at just 1,000 pieces. Available now for $150.00 AUD to Australian buyers, with everyone else in the world needing to hit APMEX for it at $120 USD, where you can also see some real world images of it. Nice.