For the fourth year on the trot, the Perth Mint has launched a limited bullion coin run in their hugely popular Australian Stock Horse series. The first coin back in 2013 was one of the years biggest surprise hits and quickly sold out. Produced mainly for German coin dealer EMK Munzen & Edelmetalle, the Perth Mint sells 1,000 of the 10,000 mintage through its own website, with the rest sold through EMK.

Unusually, both companies have decided to sell the coin in completely different packaging. EMK sell theirs in a standard capsule, but with a serialised Certificate of Authenticity, the Perth Mint mounted to a coloured card, much like they do with their 0.5g minigold coins. Both versions have experienced some appreciation, but the real frenzy seems to be for the card mounted version sold in Australia. The coins themselves are the same.

At one-ounce in weight, the 0.9999 fine silver coin has the standard effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse and an image of an Australian Stock Horse on the reverse which changes every year. The 2016 is again a nice design, although certainly the least dynamic looking to date, but carries on the pretty high standard for the series. The previous coins can be seen in our bullion guide to the series HERE. Available from EMK to pre-order now, the card-mounted Perth Mint version will be on their website from 03 May.

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SPECIFICATION

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE BOX / COA
$1 AUSTRALIAN 0.9999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.60 mm B/UNC 10,000 NO / YES
EMK MUNZEN & EDELMETALLE