There are few series of collectible coins around that number more than ten entrants, and even fewer that number more than twenty, Coin Invest Trusts ‘World of Wonders’ and ‘Mountains and Flora’ series immediately springing to mind. Even rarer are coin series with over twenty pieces in them that are released in one chunk, and the Royal Australian Mints (RAM) new ‘Alphabet Coin Collection’ series of frosted silver coins is just such a series.
With a name like that it doesn’t take a genius to work out there are 26 coins in the series, each featuring a coloured letter of the alphabet and adorned with an Australian animal whose name starts with that letter. Weighing in at 11.66g of fine silver each, the coins are finished in a frosted uncirculated finish and contain details also associated with the letter on the coin that can only be seen with a magnifier. Some of the designs are quite superb. Ones that spring to mind are the Ant, Emu, Gecko, Honeyeater and Owl coins. However, the person that wrote the descriptions and described the Box Jellyfish as ‘joyful’ clearly needs to get out more often or buy some David Attenborough blurays..
The obverse carries the usual RAM profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, also frosted in this case. Each coin comes nicely packaged in a coin box with a unique coloured shipper, but there doesn’t seem to be a single collection box to hold all 26 coins, which seems a missed opportunity. Originally selling for $50 AUD each or $1170 AUD for the whole set, a handy $130 saving, non-Australian buyers also didn’t have to pay the 10% sales tax, further reducing the price of the set by over $100.
The Royal Australian mint has subsequently re-released the coins in both 2016 and 2017. The designs haven’t changed and the only real difference apart from the date has been the colour of the letter. It seems a strange decision given the sheer size of the set and the lack of real change, but it hasn’t prevented them being successful enough to do so. Click on the tabs below to see high-resolution images of all 26 coins. Click each image for the full size pictures.