Sunday, November 25, 2012

2012 New Zealand Silver Currency Set



Highlights:
  • New Zealand silver proof coin set with a gold-plated ten cent coin
  • Each of the five currency coins is uniquely dated 2012
  • Worldwide mintage limit: 1,000 sets



The five iconic designs in this silver proof coins set are:

New Zealand ten cents

The ten cent coin is pure silver with gold plating and features a Māori carved head or ‘koruru’ with Māori rafter patterns. Koruru are usually mounted on the gables of wharenui (meeting houses) and are referred to as ‘The guardians of the house’.

New Zealand twenty cents

The Māori carving shown on the 20 cent coin is a reproduction of a specific carving of an 18th century Māori warrior leader called Pukaki, who was a rangatira (chief) of the Ngāti Whakaue iwi of Te Arawa in the Rotorua district. The carving was made in 1836 and today it can be viewed in the entrance to the Rotorua District Council building. The edging of this coin is distinctive and known
as ‘Spanish flower’.

New Zealand fifty cents

The design on the 50 cent coin shows the Endeavour sailing south with Mount Taranaki (Egmont) in the distance. The Endeavour was a British Royal Navy research vessel commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage of discovery, to Australia and New Zealand from 1769 to 1771.

New Zealand one dollar

New Zealand’s national bird and beloved icon, the kiwi, appears on the $1 coin. This small, flightless bird has been in New Zealand for more than 60 million years, and is largely nocturnal. It has become so much a part of New Zealand’s national identity that New Zealanders overseas (and at home) colloquially refer to themselves as ‘Kiwis’.

New Zealand two dollars

The kotuku (white heron) is shown on the $2 coin. It is one of New Zealand’s rarest birds and is held in particularly high regard in Māori mythology. Kotuku have figured prominently in Māori legend as exemplars of rarity, grace and beauty, and as inhabitants of the spirit world.

New Zealand two dollars (NZD $2)


Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 14.12g
Diameter: 26.50mm
Edge treatment: Milled with a channel with ten raised beads
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: The kotuku (white heron) flying right
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

New Zealand one dollar (NZD $1)

Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 10.73g
Diameter: 23.00mm
Edge treatment: Eight alternate segments, four milled and four plain
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: The kiwi, bringing to reality the colloquial term 'Kiwi Dollar'
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

New Zealand 50 cents

Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 6.59g
Diameter: 24.75mm
Edge treatment: Un-milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley England
Reverse design: The Endeavour sailing south with Mount Taranaki (Egmont) in the distance
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

New Zealand 20 cents

Composition: Silver proof (0.999)
Weight: 5.30g
Diameter: 21.75mm
Edge treatment: Spanish flower
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: Māori 'pukai' carving
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

New Zealand 10 cents

Composition: Silver proof (0.999), Gold Plated
Weight: 4.37g
Diameter: 20.50mm
Edge treatment: Un-milled
Shape: Round
Obverse design: Portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley, England
Reverse design: Māori carved head or koruru
Mint: Royal Dutch Mint

1.5 oz 2013 Canadian Polar Bear 9999 Silver Coin - One and A Half Ounce Silver Bullion





The first and currently the only 1.5 ounce 99.99% fine silver bullion coin launched by the Royal Canadian Mint.
$8 Legal Tender Canadian Dollars

This coin is exceptionally thick, it captures the endangered majestic polar bear roaming through the Arctic ice sheets.
The obverse is struck with the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
In multiples of 15, these coins will be shipped in a tube.
Currently there are no air-tite cases available for these coins. Individually, they will be shipped in soft plastic sleeves.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

2013 Lunar Year of the Snake 10 Euro Silver Proof Legal Tender Coin

 
Mintage of just 10,000 coins!


This Proof Silver coin contains .642 actual Silver weight! On the obverse, a curled snake is surrounded by a decorative border. The words ""Année du Serpent” and "RF" feature as ideograms. On the reverse, a portrait of Jean de la Fontaine is depicted next to the 12 animals of the Chinese zodiac.

Following the Ox, the Tiger, Dragon and the Rabbit, Monnaie de Paris continues its series on Chinese astrological signs with the Snake. This Chinese astrological sign, which is described as intelligent, graceful, independent, analytical and charming, is said to include more of the greatest thinkers than all the other signs of the calendar. Each of these Proof Silver Year of the Snake coins come to you in a box and with certificate of authenticity.


Year: 2013
Grade: Proof
Denomination: 10 Euro
Diameter: 37 mm

2013 Lunar Snake One Ounce Silver Coin Canadian $15 legal tender - RCM



Mintage of only 28,888 coins!

That is 20,000 fewer coins than last year's 1oz silver lunar design! This coin captures the true essence of the Snake’s personality, which is graceful and soft-spoken. Coin comes packaged in an attractive Asian-inspired case - a perfect gift for those born in 2013 or a previous Year of the Snake!

The year 2013 is ruled by the Snake. The Year of the Snake also ruled 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989 and 2001. However, people born in January or February should consult the Chinese lunar calendar. New Year does not automatically fall on January 1st. This celebration is better known as the Spring Festival and coincides with the first day of spring - a date that shifts from year to year depending upon the lunar cycle and solar year.

About the Snake:

People born during the Year of the Snake have a hypnotic beauty and never give themselves totally away. The mysterious Snake is a strategic planner that has everyone guessing its next move. It will keep plotting until it gets what it wants. And when it does, it is not likely to let go. The Snake is a strong individual and is usually destined for great success. Does this sound like someone you know?


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Diversify With Silver As Set To 'Increase 400% In 3 Years'


Gold fell $3.10 or 0.18% in New York yesterday and closed at $1,727.90. Silver slipped to a low of $32.186 and finished with a loss of 0.49%.

Gold edged down on Tuesday on low volumes when the euro dropped to a 2 month low against the US dollar despite confusion about a deeper bailout package for Greece has driven many investors to wait on the sidelines.
 
Eurozone finance ministers suggested that Athens should be given until 2022 to lower its debt to GDP ratio to 120% but IMF chief Christine Lagarde insisted the current target of 2020 should remain.

Gold’s rally in 3Q saw it hit just short of $1,800, down from the all time nominal record of $1,920 in 2011 when investors turned to the yellow metal as an inflation hedge and safe haven during the height of the European debt crisis.

Barrick Gold’s (the largest mining producer) CEO, Jamie Sokalsky, said prices may rise to $2,000 in 2013 as costs and barriers to production restrict supply, while demand from central banks and Chinese consumers keeps climbing.
New York’s SPDR Gold Trust, the largest ETF, dropped 0.07% on Friday from Thursday, while those of the largest silver-backed ETF, New York’s iShares Silver Trust rose 0.45% percent over the same period.

The Telegraph has an interesting article on silver which suggests that it might rise by over five times in the next few years.

Emma Wall interviews fund manager Ian Williams who says that "silver is about to enter a sustained bull market that will take the price from the current level of $32 an ounce to $165 an ounce and we expect this price to be hit at the end of October 2015."

"This forecast is based entirely using technical & cyclical analysis and is in keeping with the mathematical form displayed so far in the bull run that has taken silver from $8/oz in 2008 to its current price of $32 an ounce – having hit $50 an ounce in 2011.

Mr Williams noted that the silver price was more volatile than gold, but that he predicts silver to continue to dramatically outperform gold.
The Charteris manager said that macro fundamentals were supportive for the silver price, such as the re-election of President Obama, who supports Ben Bernanke's policy of quantitative easing.


"Strong demand for precious metals will remain as long as we have QE, which do well with each round of money printing. QE is bound to lead to inflation at some point and at that time, real assets will do best," he said.
 
"Investing in a fund that holds a range of precious metals gives you positive diversification and less reliance on just gold."

We have long been more bullish on silver than on gold and have said since 2003 that silver will likely reach its inflation adjusted high of $150/oz in the coming years. Indeed, we believe that the end of the precious metal bull markets may see the gold silver ratio return to its geological long term average of 15:1.

Therefore were gold to trade at over its inflation adjusted high of $2,500/oz (as we believe likely) then silver would be priced at $166.66/oz or $2,500/oz divided by 15.

We have also long suggested that owning both gold and silver was sensible from a diversification point of view. Gold is more of a safe haven asset and currency in general and is more of a hedge against macroeconomic and monetary risk.
 
Silver is similar, while more volatile, but continues to have the potential for far higher returns.
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NEWSWIRE

(Bloomberg) -- Gold to Climb to $1,849, LBMA Survey Shows, as Outlook CutGold will probably gain 7 percent to $1,849 by September, according to the average response in a survey of attendees at the London Bullion Market Association’s annual conference, who cut predictions during the two-day event.
Attendees said in a separate survey yesterday that the metal may trade at $1,914 an ounce by the LBMA’s next annual gathering in 10 months, according to Tom Kendall, head of precious-metals research at Credit Suisse Group AG, who presented the findings in Hong Kong today. Rallies were also forecast for silver and platinum, the results showed.
 
While gold is poised for a 12th year of gains as central banks including the U.S. Federal Reserve ramp up stimulus, it’s 10 percent below the all-time high reached last year. Gold may surpass $1,800 this year depending on further actions from the Fed, according to Kendall, the most accurate precious-metals forecaster in the past eight quarters tracked by Bloomberg. Goldman Sachs Group Inc.

expects gold futures to gain to $1,940 an ounce in 12 months, according to a report dated Nov. 9.
“The price can trend a little bit higher,” Kendall said in an interview on Nov. 11. “It’s going to be a market that needs fresh stimulus or a new geopolitical headline to get investors really excited about gold again.”

Gold for immediate delivery declined as much as 0.4 percent to $1,721.55 an ounce and traded at $1,724.95 at 5:33 p.m. in Hong Kong. Spot gold reached an all-time high of $1,921.15 on Sept. 6, 2011.
 
Montreal Call

At the LBMA’s last annual gathering, held in Montreal in September 2011, the average response in the final survey was for a rally to $2,019 by the time of the Hong Kong meeting. After the results was released on Sept. 20 that year, the highest that gold reached was $1,816.70, touched the following day.

Silver will probably climb to $38.40 an ounce by September, according to the survey today, from $32.27 now. Platinum may advance 14 percent to $1,794.90 an ounce, while palladium may gain 18 percent to $724.70 an ounce, the results showed.

The Fed said on Oct. 24 it will maintain $40 billion in monthly purchases of mortgage debt and probably hold interest rates near zero until 2015 to spur growth and reduce joblessness. The Bank of Japan expanded an asset-purchase program on Oct. 30 for the second time in two months and the European Central Bank has said that it is ready to buy bonds of indebted nations.
 
“Next year it’s reasonable to be talking about a gold price of between $1,800 and $2,000,” said Kendall. For the metal to reach the “top end of that range, it will require investors to become more engaged in the gold market again, particularly on the institutional side.”
 
Holdings in gold-backed exchange-traded products were unchanged at 2,594.6 metric tons yesterday after reaching a record 2,596.1 tons on Nov. 8, data compiled by Bloomberg show. They have risen 10 percent this year.
The LBMA is a London-based group that represents the wholesale market for gold and silver.

(Bloomberg) -- Gold Mining Breakeven Costs Are Increasing, Barrick CEO SaysThe breakeven cost for mining gold is going up on so-called resource nationalization, a shortage of skilled labor, infrastructure access to remote mines and rising capital expenditures, Jamie Sokalsky, CEO of Barrick, said at a conference in Hong Kong today.

(Bloomberg) -- Gold Bull Market Shows No Signs of Reversing, Barrick CEO SaysThe gold bull market shows no signs of reversing, Jamie Sokalsky, ceo of Barrick Gold Corp., said at a conference in Hong Kong today.
 
Mine supply hasn’t kept up with demand as production is declining in mature areas and costs are increasing, he said.
(Bloomberg) -- Russia’s palladium Sales Seen Dropping to 250,000 Ounces in 2012Sales from palladium stockpiles in the country may be lower or zero next year, Mark Danks, marketing manager at Johnson Matthey, says in Moscow. *NOTE: Russia’s palladium sales from stockpiles were 770,000 oz in 2011.


Sunday, November 11, 2012

2013 Somalia One Ounce Silver Elephant 100 Shillings Legal Tender




2013 Somalia One Ounce Silver Elephant 100 Shillings Legal Tender Bullion Coin - African Wildlife

This Silver Elephant Coin from the African Wildlife Coin Series appeals to coin collectors all over the world for its depiction of one of the most fascinating animals found in Africa: the Elephant. Minted in Germany by the bavarfian Mint. The Silver Elephant Coin has a denomination of 100 shillings and is struck in .999-fine Silver

Year: 2013
Country: Somalia, Africa
Weight: 31.11 Ounces
Purity: 999/1000 Silver
Legal Tender: Yes, 100 Shilling
Mintage: Low - Unknown

2012 High Relief Silver One Ounce Proof Four-Coin Set from Perth Mint










Features Include:


  • Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
  • Magnificent High Relief Designs
  • Extremely Limited Release – 1,000 Sets
  • Australian Legal Tender
  • Presentation Packaging
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity




  • This exclusive four-coin set represents the very best in minting excellence. For added impact, each coin is made with an extra deep blank to accommodate the superbly detailed high relief design.
    Demand for this exceptional release is expected to be high, so act quickly to secure your own unique high relief set.

    Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver

    Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.


    Magnificent High Relief Designs

    The 2012 Australian Kangaroo coin’s reverse portrays a kangaroo against a bush scene and windmill. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO. The 2012 Australian Koala coin’s reverse depicts an adult koala sleeping on the branch of a eucalyptus tree. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KOALA.

    The 2012 Australian Kookaburra coin’s reverse portrays a kookaburra perched on a tree branch with gum leaves. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA.
    The 2012 Australian Lunar Dragon coin’s reverse depicts a representation of a dragon with a symbolic pearl. The design includes the Chinese character for ‘dragon’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dragon’.

    The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark is also incorporated in the design of each coin’s reverse.


    Extremely Limited Release

    No more than 1,000 of these sets will be issued worldwide.


    Australian Legal Tender

    Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, each coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.


    Presentation Packaging

    The coins are housed in a prestigious display case and beautifully illustrated shipper.


    Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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










    Kookaburra Australian Outback 2012 One Ounce Coloured Beijing International Coin Exposition Coin

     
    Beijing International Coin Exposition – Australian Outback Kookaburra 2012 One Ounce 999 Silver Coloured Coin at The Perth Mint, featuring:
    • Stunning Outback Coloured Design
    • Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
    • Extremely Limited Release – 5,000
    • Australian Legal Tender
    • 2012 Beijing Exposition Packaging
     
     
    This stunning individual Exposition Special has been exclusively released by The Perth Mint comprising a 2012 Australian Kookaburra coin.
     
    Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
     

    Stunning Outback Coloured Designs

    The kookaburra coin’s coloured reverse design portrays a kookaburra perched on a tree branch with gum leaves. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KOOKABURRA, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the 2012 year-date.
     

    Extremely Limited Release

    No more than 5,000 of this coin will be released in 2012 Beijing International Coin Exposition packaging.
     

    Australian Legal Tender

    The coin’s obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
     

    2012 Beijing Exposition Packaging

    The coin is presented in a vibrantly coloured, slide-out display card and outer shipper.
     
     
    TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS:
     
    Silver Content (Troy oz)
    1
    Monetary Denomination (AUD)
    1
    Fineness (% purity)
    99.9
    Minimum Gross Weight (g)
    31.135
    Maximum Diameter (mm)
    40.60
    Maximum Thickness (mm)
    4.00

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    Star Wars Series Two: One Ounce Silver Legal Tender Coins



    Anakin Skywalker

    The Jedi Order discovered Anakin Skywalker as a slave boy on Tatooine. He had the potential to be the most powerful Force-user ever, and perhaps was even the Chosen One of an ancient Jedi prophecy. Apprenticed to Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin was a headstrong and challenging Padawan learner. Despite the strict rules of the Jedi Code, he fell in love with and secretly married Senator Padmé Amidala.

    At the onset of the Clone Wars, the Jedi Council quickly promoted him to Jedi Knight. A daring pilot and a skilled warrior, Anakin's confidence is his greatest asset, and, at times, also his greatest liability. In an effort to teach him responsibility, Master Yoda gave Anakin a Padawan learner: young Ahsoka Tano. Though their relationship was stormy at first, Anakin and his apprentice quickly found a common ground.




    Darth Maul

    Darth Maul began life as one of the Nightbrothers on Dathomir. Darth Sidious brutally trained his apprentice to be a weapon of the Sith as well as a scheming mastermind. A relentless and acrobatic warrior with an extremely dangerous double-ended lightsaber, Maul longed for revenge against the Jedi, to destroy the Order and restore power to the Sith. Defeated at the Battle of Naboo, Maul disappeared from the galaxy for over a decade before reemerging as a new threat during the Clone Wars.





    Padme Amidala

    An idealist during a time of corruption and war in the Republic, Padmé Amidala was determined to fix what wrongs she could in the Senate, where she represented her idyllic home planet of Naboo. Despite her busy career, Padmé found time for a secret, forbidden marriage with Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi hero of the Clone Wars. Though not a soldier, Padmé nonetheless found herself often in the thick of danger as she courageously defended her deepest held beliefs.


    An idealist during a time of corruption and war in the Republic, Padmé Amidala was determined to fix what wrongs she could in the Senate, where she represented her idyllic home planet of Naboo. Despite her busy career, Padmé found time for a secret, forbidden marriage with Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi hero of the Clone Wars. Though not a soldier, Padmé nonetheless found herself often in the thick of danger as she courageously defended her deepest held beliefs.





    Yoda

    The Grand Master of the Jedi Council, Yoda has trained Jedi for over 800 years. He is wise and powerful in the ways of the Force, though his small size causes many to underestimate him. Yoda prefers meditation and reflection, spending much time pondering the mysteries of the Force.

    In his long lifetime, he has witnessed the decay of the Galactic Republic, and saw the Jedi Order transform from peacekeepers to battlefield commanders in the Clone Wars. When he must, Yoda wields his lightsaber and becomes a whirling warrior of great speed and agility. A stern instructor, Yoda nonetheless has a mischievous sense of humor. With the rise of the Galactic Empire, Yoda fled into exile and awaited the arrival of a new Jedi student to rekindle a new hope in the galaxy.



    About the 2nd Series Design

    Following the success of the first release of Star Wars coins, New Zealand Mint is proud to launch the limited mintage second series. Housed in either the hugely popular Darth Vader head or Millennium Falcon ship, these coins will be a must have edition for all Star Wars devotees and coin-collectors alike.

    Reverse Design

    The four 1oz 999 silver coins available in this series feature a full coloured image of four iconic characters from the movies - Anakin Skywalker, Queen Amidala, Yoda and Darth Maul.

    Obverse Design

    The obverse of the coin features The Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

    Limited Mintage

    Each coin in the Star Wars set is struck from 1oz of fine 999 silver. No more than 7,500 of each coin will be issued by the New Zealand Mint. The coins are legal tender of Niue Island. Please note the 4 coins will be available to purchase in either the Darth Vader or Millennium Falcon packaging however the total mintage for the coins is 7,500 per coin.

    Packaging

    The silver coin series will be packaged in both the popular Darth Vader head and the Millennium Falcon ship. Open the Darth Vader case and hear authentic movie sound effects of Darth Vader breathing. Open the Millennium Falcon case and hear authentic movie sound effects of the ship’s iconic “jump to light speed”.

    Authenticity

    Each Star Wars set comes with an individually numbered certificate of authenticity issued by New Zealand Mint.

    Tuesday, November 6, 2012

    Baby Snake 2013 Half Ounce Silver Proof Coin – The Perth Mint, Australia


    • Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
    • Year of the Snake Baby Keepsake
    • Adorable Design
    • Limited Mintage – 7,500
    • Tuvalu Legal Tender
    • Presentation Packaging
    The Perth Mint is delighted to present this cute Baby Snake coin.  Struck in precious metal, this coin is a wonderful gift idea for babies born in 2013 – the lucky Year of the Snake.
    According to Chinese legend, those born under this auspicious sign embody the qualities of wisdom, charm and independence.

    Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver

    The coin is struck from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

    Adorable New Design

    The coin’s reverse depicts an adorable representation of a baby snake with a festive wreath and decorations.  The Chinese character for ‘snake’, the inscription ‘Year of the Snake’, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the year-date are also incorporated into the design.

    Limited Mintage

    Only 7,500 of these coins will be issued by The Perth Mint.

    Tuvalu Legal Tender

    The coin is issued as legal tender under the Government of Tuvalu.  The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination are shown on the coin’s obverse.

    Presentation Packaging

    The coin is housed in a display case with a delightfully illustrated shipper, and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

    Dragons Of Legend Three Headed Dragon Silver Coin Perth Mint Australia 2012

    • Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver 
    • Spectacular Coloured Reverse Design
    • Limited Mintage – 5,000
    • Tuvalu Legal Tender 
    • Illustrated Presentation Packaging
    • Donation to UNICEF-Australia
    • Commissioned product struck by The Perth Mint



    Dragons Of Legend Three Headed Dragon Silver Coin Perth Mint Australia 2012
    This mythical dragon has been represented differently in many legends and myths, but none more superbly than in this exciting coloured design.

     

    Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver

    The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

     

    Spectacular Coloured Reverse Design

    Designed from an original illustration by Howard David Johnson, the coin’s reverse portrays a dramatic coloured portrait of a three-headed dragon set against a mountainous scene.  Included in the design are the words THREE-HEADED DRAGON and the monetary denomination.

     

    Limited Mintage

    No more than 5,000 of these coins will be issued by The Perth Mint.

     

    Tuvalu Legal Tender

    Issued as Tuvalu legal tender, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

     

    Illustrated Presentation Packaging

    This coin is housed in a black presentation case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

     

    Donation to UNICEF-Australia

    Coin Club Australia will make a donation of $1.00 to UNICEF-Australia for each coin purchased in this program.

    Technical Specifications:

    Silver Content (Troy oz)
    1
    Monetary Denomination (TVD) 1
    Fineness (% purity) 99.9
    Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.135
    Maximum Diameter (mm) 40.60
    Maximum Thickness (mm) 4.00

    2013 Year of the Snake One Ounce Silver Art Bar Four-Coin Lunar Calendar Series






    2013 Year of the Snake One Ounce Silver Bar Four-Coin Lunar Calendar Series available at The Perth Mint, featuring:
    • Magnificent Year of the Snake Tributes
    • Four 99.9% Pure Silver 1oz Coins
    • Unique Rectangle Shape
    • Cook Islands Legal Tender
    • Extremely Limited Mintage – 3,000 Sets
    • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
    • Panoramic Presentation Packaging
    Celebrating the Year of the Snake, this four-coin set is a prestigious and exceptionally limited offering from The Perth Mint.

    It is said that those with the good fortune to be born under this ancient Lunar sign possess the qualities of wisdom, charm and independence. The birth dates for those born under this sign include 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965,1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013.

    Four 99.9% Pure Silver 1oz Coins

    Each unique rectangle coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

    Magnificent Year of the Snake Tributes

    Each coin celebrates the 2013 Year of the Snake with an individual reverse coloured design portraying a Blue-Lipped Sea Krait, Yellow Banded Wolf Snake, Red Bamboo Rat Snake and Chinese Green Tree Viper. The Chinese character for ‘snake’ and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark are also included in the design.

    Cook Islands Legal Tender

    Issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of the Cook Islands, the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse of each coin.

    Extremely Limited Mintage

    No more than 3,000 numbered sets will be released by The Perth Mint.

    Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

    The four-coin set is issued with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

    Panoramic Presentation Packaging

    The four-coin set is housed in an exciting contemporary display case, allowing a clear view of the reverse and obverse of each coin.

    Technical Specifications

    Silver Content (Troy oz) 1
    Monetary Denomination (CID) 1
    Fineness (% purity) 99.9
    Minimum Gross Weight (g) 31.135
    Maximum Diameter (mm) 47.60 x 27.60
    Maximum Thickness (mm) 4.00
    Designer Tom Vaughan

    Saturday, November 3, 2012

    Birds of Australia – Budgerigar 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin


    The second coin in this brand new coin series is inspired by the birds that inhabit the unique continent of Australia.



    Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver

    The coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% silver in proof quality.

    Magnificent Coloured Reverse Design

    The coin’s reverse portrays a Budgerigar in colour and delicate representations of Australian vegetation. The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark is also included in the design.

    Limited Mintage

    The Perth Mint will release no more than 10,000 of these coins.

    Australian Legal Tender

    Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and monetary denomination.

    Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

    The coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

    Stunning Illustrated Presentation Packaging

    The coin is housed in a classic display case with a delicately coloured, illustrated shipper.

    • Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
    • Magnificent Coloured Reverse Design
    • Limited Mintage – 10,000
    • Australian Legal Tender
    • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
    • Stunning Illustrated Presentation Packaging