Rotating Yin Yang symbols, Christmas and Dingos from the Perth Mints October run

Between the headline Star Trek Anniversary coin and the inevitable Lunar variants, the Perth Mint has released a mix of other designs in this bumper month of coin launches. Two of them are more of the mints speciality – high quality variants of their hugely popular bullion coin ranges. In this case it’s a platinum version of the second Mercanti-designed Wedge-tailed Eagle, and a 5oz high-relief silver variant of the mints staple Koala design. Both are 2016 designs.

Also appearing this month is the last of the Perth Mints unusual coins shaped like a map of Australia. Depicting wildlife of this unusual continent, the tenth in the series depicts the notorious and maligned Dingo. There have been some attractive entrants in this series since it launched in 2012, with two coins per year since. We’re sure many will be sad to see the range end.

The annual Christmas star coin is back. Very much for the gift market, these star-shaped coins come in a capsule that allows them to hang from a Christmas tree. Packaging is seasonally gaudy. Not one for the regular coin collector, the number of different coins released every year for the holidays indicates a certain level of popularity regardless.

Best of the bunch is a coin with a feature fairly similar to one released by the New Zealand Post last year, combined with a design style the Perth Mint employed on its excellent Alice in Wonderland anniversary coin. The centre of the coin depicts the classic Yin Yang symbol on a portion that hinges around a central axle. Surrounding that on the reverse face is a superb, stylistic representation of the five elements, Earth – Water – Wood – Metal – Fire. Free of inscriptions other than those five words, we think it’s a fine looking coin. The obverse carries a ring of small yin yang symbols as well as the usual inscriptions. Again, it’s a fine piece of work, antique-finished like the reverse. The only real disappointment is the use of a standard snapper box where something a bit better, perhaps a latex floating frame, would’ve better suited. A great coin regardless.

All of the coins shown are available today from the Perth Mint website, or from their dealers worldwide.


In Chinese culture yin yang represents two opposing principles in nature. Yin is characterised as slow, soft, yielding, cold, wet, and passive; and is associated with water, the earth, the moon, femininity, and night time. In contrast, Yang is fast, hard, solid, focused, hot, dry, and aggressive; and is associated with fire, sky, the sun, masculinity and day time.

DESIGN: The coin’s reverse depicts the five Chinese elements of wood, fire, earth, metal, and water surrounding a stainless steel, enamel plated yin yang rotating charm, which represents the continual flow of the five elements as they exist in nature. The design includes the inscriptions WOOD, FIRE, EARTH, METAL and WATER, as well as the Chinese symbols for each of the five elements, and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

SPECIFICATION: 31.135g + 8.83g/ 40.60 mm / 0.999 Silver / 3,000 mintage / Natasha Muhl / $129.00 AUD


The tradition of placing a single candle in the window during Christmas dates back to the beginning of Christianity. During this time a candle was lit on Christmas Eve symbolising Christ, the ‘light of the world’. The candle was left to burn throughout the night and was said to light the way for Mary and Joseph.

DESIGN: The reverse of the star shaped coin features a burning candle with a red bow tied around it, surrounded by a wreath of holly. The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark also appears in the design.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a special star-shaped capsule with a ribbon, so the coin can be hung as a Christmas tree decoration. Presented in a delightful gift card, this coin is the perfect festive gift.

SPECIFICATION: 31.135g / 40.60 mm / 0.9999 Silver / 3,000 mintage / Tom Vaughan / $109.00 AUD




The tenth and final release in the popular Australian Map Shaped Coin Series features the dingo, a wild dog found in all parts of Australia. The dingo is an Australian wild canine which is believed to have descended from semidomesticated dogs in East or South Asia. They are said to have arrived in Australia approximately 5,000 years ago. The dingo is a medium sized dog ranging in colour from sandy yellow to red ginger.

DESIGN: The coin’s coloured reverse depicts a dingo standing in front of a rock heap in the Australian desert. The design includes the inscription DINGO, The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark, and the 2016 year-date. The coin is innovatively struck in the shape of Australia.

SPECIFICATION: 31.135g / 40.60 mm / 0.999 Silver / 6,000 mintage / Ing Ing Jong / $109.00 AUD



The Wedge-tailed Eagle can be found from sea level areas to alpine regions, though they favour forested land and open country, to rainforests and coastal heaths. They can often be seen perched in trees and on rocks and cliffs, from where they have a clear view of their surroundings, enabling them to defend their territory and identify prey.

DESIGN: The coin’s reverse depicts an impressive Wedge-tailed Eagle perching on a tree branch. The design also includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN WEDGE-TAILED EAGLE, the 2016 year-date and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

SPECIFICATION: 31.120g / 32.60 mm / 0.9995 Platinum / 350 mintage / John M. Mercanti / $2799.00 AUD


The koala is a well-known marsupial of Australia. Being nocturnal, this unique animal takes refuge from the harsh southern sun and is able to graze on gum leaves by living in eucalypt forests.

DESIGN: The coin’s reverse depicts an adult koala walking along a branch of a eucalyptus tree. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KOALA, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, and the 2016 year-date.

SPECIFICATION: 155.673g / 50.60 mm / 0.999 Silver / 5,000 mintage / Ing Ing Jong / $499.00 AUD