Monthly Archives: February 2012

New Coin Releases – Must Have

Perth Mint

On the 2nd March the Perth Mint plans to release among others

  • 2012 Titanic 1 oz Silver Proof
  • 2012 Dragon 1 oz High Relief Proof Coin

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Titanic Coin to be a Big Hit

Stained Glass Window

Titanic Stained Glass Window Silver Proof Coin

There have been quite a few Titanic coins released to commemorate the 100th Anniversary but the pick of them is in my opinion the Perth Mint’s releases.

I have just received the $10 Cook Island 50 gram release and it is a stunner.

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Buying Australian Silver Bullion Coins – Which sort?

2012 Kookaburra Bullion Coin

There are 3 main Silver Bullion style coins,

  • Kookaburras,
  • Koalas,
  • Lunar.

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Deadly & Dangerous Red Back Spider – an intriguing alternative?

Red Back Spider Russian Version

The Deadly & Dangerous series is one of the most popular series released in recent years.

The popularity of the series probably has to do with the heavy promotion conducted by the Perth Mint, particularly in Europe.

The series consists of the Red Back Spider, Shark, Octopus, Crocodile, Snake and Box Jellyfish.

The first coin released – the Red Back Spider – is now selling for between $1300 and $1800 dollars, a bit beyond many people’s budget for these type of coins

There is a little known alternative.

In 2011 the Perth Mint released 2000 Red Back Spiders into the Russian market.  The design is the same and packaging similar, albeit with Russian script on the coin and box.

Here is a copy of a response by the Perth Mint asking about the Russian Red Back Spider coin,

“Thankyou for your inquiry and for your interest in The Perth Mint.

I can confirm that the coin in question (1oz Silver Proof Red Back Spider – Deadly and Dangerous) was issued by The Perth Mint.  It is not a replica, but an official Perth Mint coin.  This coin was produced for sale in Russia only and was subject to all required approvals.

Hope that answers your query.

Thanks and Best Regards

Tracey Cobby

Program Coordinator
The Perth Mint”

Have a look at both coins in our store.

Year of the Dragon-Get ready for change

2012 is the Year of the Dragon according to the Chinese Zodiac.

This means there has been a flurry of beautiful and varied coins depicting the dragon released by both the Australian Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mints.

The dragon symbolises potency and has auspicious powers, particularly control over water, rainfall, hurricane, and floods.

The Chinese dragon is a combination of many different animals, the horn of the deer, the head of a camel, the eyes of a hare, the ears of a bull, the belly of a frog, the scales of a carp, the paws of a tiger and the claws of an eagle.

Here is a list of the coins the mints in Australia have issued celebrating the year of the dragon

½ oz, 1oz , 2oz, 5oz, 10oz, 1Kilo and 10Kilo Silver Bullion Type coins

1Kilo Coloured  Silver Coin with Ruby Eyes with COA and Packaging

1 Kilo Coloured Silver Coin with COA and Packaging

½ oz and 1 oz Coloured Coins with COA and packaging

1oz Gilded Coin with COA and Box

1oz, 1 Kilo Proof Silver Coin with COA and Box

3 Coin Proof Set

4 Coins Rectangular Silver Coin Set

4 Coins Typeset

1oz Berlin Coin Show Special

9 Silver Coloured coin set [used for export and not available in the Australian market]

Silver Proof Coin issued by RAM

1oz Colored bullion type coin issued by RAM

Baby Dragon ½ oz Silver Coin with COA and Packaging

Also in Gold 10 kilo, 1 kilo, 10oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz.

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