A better than usual mix from the Perth Mint this month with some new additions to ongoing series, some high-end variants to their iconic bullion coins, and some new designs. There are also a couple of other interesting coins, some commissioned, that we’ll look at elsewhere and the the Ready Player One movie coins that we covered yesterday. All the below are available to order now.
Of the additions to ongoing series, these include a Daffy Duck coin that joins the Scooby Doo one released earlier this year in the mints new range of coins for their Warner Brothers licence. A simple half-ounce silver coin with some colour, it’s nevertheless a great look at this iconic animated character. The other big addition is to the mints five-year ANZAC Spirit coloured coin range. Fifteen half-ounce coins make up the set and these are the final three. Those that subscribed should have a full bully tin now. Covering 1918, the Armistice obviously features heavily, although the tank coin is the one that we like the most.
Just a two-ounce gold Wedge Tailed Eagle proof high-relief coin on offer as a nod to the mints many popular bullion coin designs. This John Mercanti-penned piece looks great, but at almost six-grand and with a 250 mintage, not one for most. There are and will continue to be many more affordable variants made available and we’d definitely recommend getting this design in one form or another as it’s a great addition to the series and we’ve heard one that will only be available in 2018.
As for all-new designs, a symbolic piece commemorating the 65th Anniversary of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II is the least adventurous, but seems perfectly designed for that particular market where symbolism is all important. A silver and two gold formats are up for grabs with the design remaining the same on all. The Kookaburra coin is another in the mints second favourite format and one that it helped popularise – the two ounce, rimless, antiqued high relief coin. We’ve been impressed by the Kangaroo and Koala releases that the mint has issued in the same format and this is another fine one in our view, Free of inscription and packed full of detail, it makes a nice change from the bullion coin design ethos.
Lastly, in a nod to the upcoming First World War Armistice anniversary, is a beautiful remembrance piece struck in five ounces of silver but using the look of the smaller two-ounce antiqued coins. Also rimless, the design showcases elements of the Hall of Memory at the Australian War Memorial in such a way that the coin doesn’t have a ‘right-way up’. In a first for the mint, the antique finish is complemented by a coloured depiction of the dome of the hall (designed by an Australian WWI veteran who lost an arm in France) in the coins centre. All in all, a fine piece. Not cheap at $500 AUD, but that’s offset by a mintage of just 300 pieces.