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What are Commemorative Coins.? Basic Lesson 3

1993 $1 Royal Melbourne Show

Packaging used to house the 1993 $1 Landcare coin

 

Commemorative circulating coins are minted by the Royal Australian Mint (RAM) and have a unique design celebrating an important event or anniversary. They are therefore the non standard designs, but are still released for use as circulating currency and are legal tender.  These are the main types:

 

  1. Commemorative circulating coins minted for use as currency can be found in your loose change. These are minted for circulation and distributed the same way as standard  currency coins,  mainly through the bank system,  although some go to coin dealers who add value by putting them in special packaging to sell through retail outlets.  For example, the Landcare coin shown above.  These are type of commemorative coins that we will be discussing in this blog.  We will be offering blogs on the other types, below, in later editions.
  2. NCLT coins (non circulating legal tender coins)
  3.  Silver commemorative coins
  4. Coins minted just for the collector market

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New Releases ANDA 2oz Coloured Dragon – Another Must Have Coin

What a great year for new coin releases and still more to come.  Many collectors don’t like so many coin releases – and this year there does seem to be a lot of them!  However, they do bring new collectors into the fold, and generally create excitement around coin collecting as a worthwhile, rewarding hobby and investment vehicle.

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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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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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