The Perth Mint has a history of releasing some of the most stunning and sought-after proof coins in the world, and the Australian Cub Series is just another example of its refining prowess. These coins are ½ oz specimens that all feature adorable and cuddly cubs from wild cat species around the globe in the design. Today, the 2016 ½ oz Silver Australian Cub Series White Lion Proof Coin is available on Silver.com for purchase.
- Ships in presentation packing with a box and a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
- Total mintage capped at 5,000 coins for this design release!
- Fourth coin in the Australian Cub Series!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $.50 (AUD) is fully backed by the government of Tuvalu.
- Obverse includes the image of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse bears the colorized image of two white lion cubs.
All 2016 ½ oz Silver Australian Cub Series coins ship to you from the Perth Mint in a themed presentation case with full-color imagery representing the greater Australian Cub Series. Your coin itself arrives packaged inside the Perth Mint’s black clamshell protective case, and includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The reverse side of the 2016 ½ oz Silver Australian Cub Series White Lion Proof Coin includes the image of two you white lion cubs playing with each other on the open plains of Africa. One cub is clearly the more aggressive player as it paws at the other one’s face while it is lying on its back.
On the obverse of all 2016 ½ oz Silver Australian Cub Series coins is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Created by Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998, this represents the fourth-generation image of Her Majesty since she ascended to the throne in 1952.
The Australian Cub Series highlights a different species in each of the planned releases, with one cat species originated from each of the inhabited continents of the world. The White Lion is found almost exclusively in the Timbavati region of South Africa. While many of these cats do have a white appearance, most are blonde in color or even tawny like the African lion.
Perth Mint is the oldest operating facility in Australia, having opened in 1899 as the third and final facility in the Royal Mint system on the continent. The Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint closures left the Perth Mint as the only major mint in Australia for years, but the Currency Act of 1965 established the Royal Australian Mint system. In 1970 the British ceded control of the Perth Mint to the government of Western Australia.
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