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Three Year of the Snake Coins from the Australian Mint

Year of the Snake - 5oz Proof Coin2013 is the year of the snake. So I decided to go hunting for some silver proof coins depicting my notable Chinese zodiac sign. I didn’t have to hunt too far, as the Royal Australian Mint has some beautiful coins and accompanying cases, to commemorate 2013 as the year of the snake.

When it comes to Australian coins, I’m a big fan of the design work from the Perth Mint. However, The Royal Australian Mint did a great job with the Year of the Snake coins for 2013. In this post I’ll look at three proof issues: the 1oz silver snake with a face value of 1$, the 5 oz silver snake coin with a face value of $10, and the 11.66g $1 silver proof coin.

The 1 oz and 5 oz proof coins are essentially the same design, except for the obvious size and weight difference. They are part of the Prestige Lunar Series. The 1oz coin is 40mm in diameter, with a $1 denomination, and a mintage of 10,000. It retails for $88 AUD. The 5oz coin is 65mm in diameter, with a $10 denomination, and a mintage of 5000. The 5 oz coin will set you back $357.50 AUD. The prices quoted are for international orders, so Australian residents can get the coins at a cheaper price.

The 1 oz coin comes displayed in a stunning blue case, and the 5 oz coin in a rich red case. These cases are just as beautiful to look at as the coins themselves.

Year of the Snake - $1 Proof CoinThe 11.66g $1 Fine Silver Proof Coin, is a different design than its 1 oz and 5 oz counterparts. It has a different snake motif, and is embossed with “2013” at the top of the coin, and “Year of the Snake” at the bottom. This coin costs $55.00 AUD for international orders, and $50.00 AUD for Australian residents. The coin is part of the Lunar Series.

For more info on these coins, or to order directly from the Royal Australian Mint, you can visit these pages:

No doubt these coins will sell out quickly, with the popularity of the Chinese zodiac!

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The Platypus and the Perth Mint

The Duck Billed Platypus 1/2 Oz Silver Proof Coin

platypusHere in West Wales, spring is well and truly in bloom, so my apologies for the low post rate of late.

I’ve been out and about hiking the Pembrokeshire coastal path and enjoying this rare patch of lovely weather.

While perusing the latest silver coin releases from the cobbers over at the Perth Mint in Australia, I stumbled across this cute as a button Duck Billed Platypus half ounce proof from their Bush Babies II series.

If you fancy grabbing a few of these you may have to act quickly as this issue has a limited mintage of only 10,000 coins.

If you are ordering from the UK the Perth Mint offer free shipping wordwide on any order over $400 Australian dollars.

Their next release in this series is the Wombat, which I imagine will be just as cute as this one.

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The Perth Mint’s Australian Map Shaped Kookaburra

All that Glitters is not Gold and Not All Coins Are Round

australian-map-kookaburra-2012After breakfast and a strenuous round of Actua 3 golf on the playstation that comes free with my rented cottage, I’ve been reflecting on the fact that not all coins are round.

Indeed, some are oval such as the Koban, a Japanese gold coin from the Edo period of feudal Japan, some square like this Australian seasons coin, and some heptagonal, like the British 20p and 50p coins.

However the coin featured in this post is one of the most unusual I’ve ever seen. I’m talking about the Perth Mint’s Australian kookaburra map shaped coin.

This series was released back in 2012 and is currently as rare as hen’s teeth, as it quickly sold out after the first mintage of only 6000.

The coin features 1 troy oz of silver, and was designed by Ing Ing Jong, one of the top graphic designers currently working for the Perth Mint in Australia.

It has been called a unique minting marvel, looking at the innovative design, I can see why.

Although the Perth Mint have no stock left, you may be able to find one from an independent dealer. Failing that, I just checked on ebay and can see a couple of these map shaped proofs listed there. Watch out for any dodgy dealers, only purchase from those on ebay with high feedback ratings.

Anyway, I’m off to work on my virtual golf swing, happy bidding!

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