The Perth Mint has dropped an unexpected new surprise and it’s that most popular of items, a silver bullion coin. It’s being billed as from the ‘Wildlife Series’. It’s only available from large American precious metal dealer APMEX, but it’s extremely well priced given the source and obvious care put into the design. There’s an interview with the artist, Natasha Muhl over on the APMEX blog.

One of the most impressive of living creatures, the Great White Shark is an apex predator found in the coastal surface waters of all the major oceans and has no natural predators other than the Orca (Killer Whale). Mainly known for its size, mature individuals have been recorded growing up to 6.4 m (21 ft) in length, although reports have been published of great white sharks measuring over 8 m (26 ft), and 3,324 kg (7,328 lb) in weight.

The shark reaches maturity around 15 years of age and was previously believed to have a life span of over 30 years. The true lifespan of great white sharks is far longer; now estimated to be as long as 70 years or more, making it one of the longest lived cartilaginous fish currently known. Great white sharks can accelerate to speeds that exceed 56 km/h (35 mph).

The coin’s reverse, designed by Natasha Muhl, features a detailed great white shark with silhouettes in the background. The inscription GREAT WHITE SHARK is also included in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark and coin specifications.  The coin’s obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2014 year date.

The coin takes an Airtite capsule of size: 32 mm Air-Tite Holder w/ Black Gasket. It’s available individually, in tubes of 25, or in a 500-coin monster box for which you’ll need a bigger boat! It’s up for sale on the APMEX site already. At a half-ounce in weight it’s critical to the coins success that the premium is tightly controlled and at $2.49-2.79 over spot, they’ve not been greedy and have priced it to sell.



Denomination Metal Weight Diameter Quality Box – COA Mintage
0.5 DOLLARS (AUD) 0.999 silver 15.591g 32.00mm BU N – N 300,000