Like the Royal Canadian Mint, the Perth Mint has always had a thing for natural history coins but whereas the former has its Polar Bears, foxes and maple leaves, the latter has the advantage of being based in a country that has, for want of a better description, some very interesting wildlife. While there’s a lot that doesn’t want to kill you, some being happy with just a little maiming, the really cool parts of the menagerie contain some proper forces of nature. Two of those adorn numismatics this month, one that snacks on people swimming, and one that snacks on people walking. Never let it be said that Aussie wildlife isn’t an equal opportunities killer…
First up is what we originally thought was going to be a proof version of the bullion coin exclusively sold by APMEX last year, but what we’ve got instead is one of our favourite Perth Mint formats, a high-relief coin, and one with all-new Natasha Muhl artwork. It’s an unusual design, clearly moving away from realism to something more stylistic. It’s a clean, dynamic piece that we suspect you’ll want to pass on, or buy immediately. One ounce versions in gold and silver at $2695.00 and $104.00 respectively, as with them all here, in Australian dollars.
Secondly, we’ve got a proof version of last years Saltwater Crocodile bullion coin. No complaints here on that. It was a popular coin, but not a high quality one, so this is the best way to get the design looking its best. Another Natasha Muhl design, this obviously lacks the intricacies of a custom proof coin as it’s designed to be sold in bulk, but we like it a lot. Sometimes less is more and the box art is superb. $99.00 AUD
Finally, we have the last release in the five-coin Australian Age of Dinosaurs series. Australia doesn’t have an especially exciting range of dinosaurs to choose from unlike, for example, Canada, the US or Europe. New finds occur all the time, but much of the countries interior is largely unexplored palaeontologically speaking, and large land reptiles are relatively scarce. The downside to this is that many of the subjects in this series are relatively unknown, which may even be a good thing, but those expecting Tyrannosaurs, Spinosaurs or Triceratops will be disappointed. Selectively coloured, the art is good, having been done by Gods of Olympus artist, Tom Vaughan, and it makes an attractive set for those that like dinosaurs, and who doesn’t? Also $99.00.