Sunday, June 10, 2012

2012 Discover Australia Platinum Five Coin Set 1/10th Ounce Coins Perth Mint





2012 Discover Australia Platinum Five-Coin Set at The Perth Mint, featuring:
  • 99.95% Pure Platinum in Proof Quality
  • Five Brilliant New Australian Animal Designs 
  • Extremely Limited Mintage – 1,000
  • Australian Legal Tender
  • Presentation Packaging
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • New One Year Series
Platinum Content (Troy oz) 0.10
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 15
Fineness (% purity) 99.95
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 3.112
Maximum Diameter (mm) 16.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 1.32

99.95% Pure Platinum in Proof Quality

Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/10oz of 99.95% pure platinum in proof quality.

Five Brilliant New Australian Animal Designs

The Red Kangaroo, the largest species of this famous animal, is native to Australia and found throughout the mainland across scrubland, grassland and desert habitats.  The coin's reverse depicts a Red Kangaroo jumping across the ochred-coloured earth of the Australian outback.  The inscriptions DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and RED KANGAROO are also included in the design.

The Kookaburra is one of Australia’s most recognisable birds, whose white-coloured plumage and brown facial stripe is distinctive as is its loud, laughing call.  The coin’s reverse depicts a Kookaburra perched on a branch among the green leaves of a gum tree and the inscriptions DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and KOOKABURRA.

The Green and Gold Bell Frog is an emerald to olive green coloured amphibian that often displays brown and gold markings.  The coin's reverse depicts a Green and Gold Bell Frog resting on green reeds and includes the inscriptions DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and GREEN & GOLD BELL FROG. 

The Goanna is known as one of Australia’s largest monitor lizards.  These reptiles are usually dark grey to black in colour and display cream or yellow scales, which form bands and spots, in contrast.  Goannas are found throughout most of Australia in a variety of environments.  The coin's reverse depicts a Goanna resting on yellow desert sand.  The inscriptions DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and GOANNA are also included in the design.

The Whale Shark is the world’s largest fish, yet despite its formidable size, is considered harmless.  Found in coastal waters and the lagoons of coral atolls, this majestic creature was not discovered until 1828 although the species is actually millions of years old.  The Whale Shark coin's reverse depicts a Whale Shark swimming through blue ocean waters. The inscriptions DISCOVER AUSTRALIA and WHALE SHARK are also included in the design. 
All the designs also include The Perth Mint’s famous ‘P’ mintmark.

Extremely Limited Mintage

The Perth Mint will release no more than 1,000 of each of these 1/10oz platinum proof coins.

Australian Legal Tender

Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin's obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

Numbered Certificates of Authenticity

The set is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity for each coin.

Presentation Display Packaging

The iconic, themed display packaging includes a coloured shipper and display case with a classic timber lid.