With each new-coin release from the Perth Mint, numismatists wait with baited breathe to see the latest design achievement from the engravers at Australia’s oldest mint. The all-new Silver Mother of Pearl coin celebrates nature’s beauty with a stunning design and brilliant finish. Today, the all-new 2015 1 oz Silver Mother of Pearl Shell Proof coin is available for a limited time from Silver.com.
- Only 3,000 of these coins will ever be struck!
- Consists of one ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $1 (AUD) fully backed by Australia’s government.
- Bears a stunning, new design on the reverse.
- Proof finish.
- Ships in presentation packaging courtesy of the Perth Mint.
Nacre, as the mother of pearl is officially known in the scientific community, is a composite material produced by the inhabitants of mollusk shells. Specifically, mother of pearl is the organic material found on the inner layer of mollusk shells, such as the inside of an oyster’s shell. Mother of pearl is considered a strong and resilient material that gives off an iridescent appearance.
The reverse side of the 2015 1 oz Silver Mother of Pearl Shell Proof coin features a brilliant mother of pearl with a polished finish. In the background of the primary design, a wavy pattern represents the sandy floor of the ocean where the pearl is resting. Engravings on this side include “Australian White Mother of Pearl Shell” and the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark.
On the obverse side, Ian Rank-Broadley’s right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is featured in the center. Engravings around her image include “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the coin’s weight, purity, metal content, year of minting, and face value.
The Perth Mint was established in 1899 as the third and final facility in the Royal Mint of London system. Following federation for Australia in 1902, it would take another seven decades for the Perth Mint to pass to Australian control. Today, it is one of the finest facilities in the world and is controlled by the government of Western Australia.
If you have questions about these new proof silver coins, please don’t hesitate to ask a Silver.com associate at 888-989-7223. You can also connect with us online through our live web chat or by sending us an email with your questions. If you are interested in similar coins, please visit our Australian Silver Kookaburra Coins page.