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The Perth Mint produces several popular silver coin series each year which are available in graded form from the PCGS and NGC. Perth Mint, Australia’s oldest mint still in operation, releases a range of commemorative silver coins every year. Some of the mint’s most enduring certified coin lines include its Lunar Series, and Kookaburra and Koala Coins, which pay homage to some of Australia’s unique native wildlife.
The Perth Mint was established in 1899 as a branch of the Royal Mint of London. Like the now-defunct Sydney and Melbourne Mints, Perth Mint was launched to refine gold collected from the gold rush, and produce the British Empire’s gold sovereigns and half-sovereigns. Despite Australia gaining independence from Great Britain in 1901, the mint remained a British entity until the Government of Western Australia assumed control in 1970.
Perth Mint began producing silver coins in 1987 under an agreement with the Commonwealth of Australia’s Department of the Treasury. This arrangement ensured the collectible coins would be recognized as legal tender. The Perth Mint is one of a select number of mints around the world whose 99.9 percent pure silver coins are trusted by collectors and investors alike.
Perth Mint’s Lunar Series features the animals of the Chinese Zodiac. The mint releases a number of 99.9 percent pure silver coins annually, depicting the year’s animal in a variety of settings. For example, in 2015 the mint released 12 Year of the Goat Coins, including many with grazing adult goats, one with a jumping goat, and another with a baby goat. In addition, the mint also occasionally releases other Chinese-themed coins as part of its Lunar Series, including the 2015 coin featuring a Chinese dancing lion. Some Lunar Series Coins are all silver, while others feature colored details.
Perth Mint launched its annual Silver Lunar Series Coins in 1999. In 2008, the mint released its current second series, which will conclude in 2019. The first silver Lunar Series Coins were minted in half ounce, one-ounce, two-ounce, 10-ounce, and one-kilogram sizes. A five-ounce coin joined the line in 2004.
The obverse side of each coin features an image of Queen Elizabeth II created by Ian Rank-Broadley, its legal monetary denomination, year of minting, weight, metal content, and purity. The decorative reverse side generally features an illustration of the Chinese calendar year’s animal and the words denoting the year. The 2015 coins feature artworks by Natasha Muhl.
Since 1990, Perth Mint has released a number of 99.9 percent silver coins featuring one of Australia’s most iconic birds, the kookaburra. The one-ounce 2015 coin will feature the original Kookaburra design by Stuart Devlin on the reverse, along with a P25 anniversary mint mark.
Over the years, Kookaburra Coins have featured the birds alone or with friends, in trees, on fences, and in other settings. The obverse side of each coin features Ian Rank-Broadley’s illustration of Queen Elizabeth II, its legal monetary denomination, year, weight, metal content, and purity. Most Kookaburra Coins are round, but occasionally Perth Mint also releases them in the shape of Australia. Perth Mint’s Kookaburra Coins are available in a range of sizes, including half-ounce, one-ounce, two-ounce, and 10-ounce.
In 1991, Perth Mint introduced Silver Koala Coins to complement its Platinum Koala Coins, which had been available since 1988. These 99.9 percent pure silver coins, available in tenth-ounce, half-ounce, one-ounce, two-ounce, five-ounce, 10-ounce, and one-kilogram sizes, are a more accessible option for collectors. Most coins are round, although occasionally Perth Mint releases version in the shape of Australia. They can be all-silver, gilded, or feature colored details.
The mint releases a number of Silver Koala Coins annually. Each one features an image of a single koala or koala family enjoying life in the wild. James Brown has created most of the Koala Coin designs, although Raphael Maklouf, Miranda Cornell, and Darryl Belloti have also contributed to the series. The obverse side features Ian Rank-Broadley’s illustration of Queen Elizabeth II, its legal monetary denomination, year, weight, metal content, and purity.
Every certified Perth Mint silver coin is made from 99.9 percent pure silver. The Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) and Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) most commonly award Perth Mint coins with an MS69 or MS70 grade. This grading confirms that the NGC believes these coins are perfectly minted, without strike marks or blemishes. Each coin is sold with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity as a guarantee of its quality.
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