July, 2020

AUSTRALIAN OLYMPIC TEAM (2020, Royal Australian Mint)

By |2020-07-07T15:40:16+01:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Australia, Sport, Silver, Royal Australian Mint|

Usually reserved for one of their astronomical coins, the domed silver coin format, popularised by the Royal Australian Mint, is now being used for a broader range of subjects. The latest is this pretty issue celebrating the Australian Olympic squad. A clever little detour from the Olympics themselves, due to be held in Japan, but now postponed for the obvious reasons. Easily one of the best Olympic designs we've seen on a coin, [...]

YEAR OF THE MOUSE TEN-KILO SILVER COIN (2020 Perth Mint)

By |2020-07-07T01:46:19+01:00July 7th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Bullion, Lunar Calendar, Australia, Silver, Perth Mint|

I think everyone of our readers is aware enough of the Perth Mint's debut Lunar Series III design that launched last September, but we're finally seeing the release of the thicc boi - the mighty 10kg silver. Now this is a huge beast, with a diameter of 221 mm. We're talking over 320 troy ounces of the good stuff (0.9999). A maximum of 100 pieces of this will be struck, which comically, [...]

AUSTRALIAN EMU SILVER BULLION COIN (2020, Perth Mint)

By |2020-07-01T12:58:28+01:00July 1st, 2020|Categories: QLM, Bullion, Australia, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

We had a good look at the new 2020 Australian Emu coin range a few weeks ago, but the most important variant for collectors is only having its debut today. The one-ounce 0.9999 silver coin is the one collectors love to stack, and with a relatively small mintage of 30,000 pieces, it's also an attractive purchase, especially as it hails from the stackers favourite Australian producer, the Perth Mint. The Natasha Muhl [...]

June, 2020

The Perth Mint launches the Australian Brumby bullion coin, a spiritual successor to the Stock Horse

By |2020-06-22T00:49:30+01:00June 22nd, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Australia, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

A new addition to the Perth Mint's interesting and relatively expansive range of bullion coins appears today courtesy of Hong Kong based dealer LPM. Of all the bullion ranges on the market, the nature-themed selection from this Western Australian mint is perhaps the most admired and eagerly awaited. One of their more popular series from the last decade was the Australian Stock Horse, which ran for five issues between 2013 and 2017 and was a [...]

KOALA HIGH RELIEF GOLD & SILVER (2020, Perth Mint)

By |2020-06-01T22:45:32+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: QLM, Australia, Gold, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

Another of the Perth Mint's perennial bullion core ranges, the Koala debuted in 2007, and remains a popular item today, despite the greatly intensified level of competition with a multitude of low mintage designs. As always, the bullion range is the basis for a myriad of different higher end variants, including proof, gilded, coloured and high-relief. It's the last of those that we have here today. Three versions of this pretty design, [...]

Exclusive: Australian Emu bullion series is back for a third annual issue with a proof variant in tow

By |2020-06-01T22:42:22+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Bullion, Australia, Gold, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

One of the new raft of limited run nature-themed bullion coins to come from the Perth Mint over the last couple of years, the Australian Emu today sees the release of the third design in as many years. Like the iconic Kookaburaa and Koala bullion ranges that have been around for decades, this series focuses on a single creature and depicts it with a new design every year. The Emu is another of those [...]

KOOKABURRA 2oz GILDED HIGH RELIEF (2020, Perth Mint)

By |2020-05-30T21:47:09+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: QLM, Australia, Gilded, Nature, Silver, Perth Mint|

One of the Perth Mint's core bullion coin ranges, the Kookaburra hit an impressive landmark in 2020 with its 30th anniversary. Not wanting to let the achievement pass unmarked, the mint issued a superb design that had all new artwork by Jennifer McKenna on the reverse face, as you would expect, but also incorporated the Stuart Devlin original from 1990 into the effigy-adorned obverse. For me, the best Kookaburra coin issued for [...]

Perth Mint’s latest Asian culture-themed bullion coin is the Double Pixiu, the fabled Guardian Lions of good fortune

By |2020-06-01T22:44:23+01:00June 2nd, 2020|Categories: Culture, Bullion, Australia, Gold, Silver, Perth Mint|

Believed to have powerful mythic protective benefits, Chinese Guardian Lions originated and became popular in Chinese Buddhism, before spreading throughout Asia. Also called Foo Dogs, the winged lions are usually depicted in pairs and have traditionally stood in front of Chinese palaces, tombs and homes. Usually carved from decorative stone, such as marble and granite or cast in bronze or iron, the cost of these materials restricted the Guardian Lions to wealthy families. Often [...]

May, 2020

2020 END OF WWII 1/10TH BU CARDED (PERTH MINT)

By |2020-05-11T16:05:16+01:00May 10th, 2020|Categories: QLM, Bullion, History, Australia, Silver, Perth Mint|

Along with a range of silver and gold proof and antiqued coins issued last month for the 75th anniversary of VE Day, the Perth Minmt has also released a bullion coin as part of its reduced May schedule. It's a simplified version of the artwork used on the bigger of the first wave of coins and the mint has done a good job of keeping the essence of that Lucas Bowers design, [...]

Royal Australian Mint dips into the continents deep Aboriginal history with their legends of the stars

By |2020-05-05T03:02:11+01:00May 5th, 2020|Categories: Culture, Coloured, Australia, Nature, Silver, Royal Australian Mint|

Over 65 millennia in age, the Aboriginal peoples of Australia are thought to be the oldest astronomers in the world, certainly the oldest still continuing today. SInce the earliest times, mankind has sought meaning in the stars, associating objects and natural life with patterns they have seen in the skies above. The Royal Australian Mint has taken the legends of the continents most ancient people as inspiration for its new half-ounce silver coin series, Star [...]

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