2014 Perth Mint Lunar Horse Coins and Royal Australian Mint Tetra-decagon Lunar Coin

Gold and Silver Perth Mint Lunar Year of the Horse Series Coins (LHS, Centre). Royal Australian Mint Tetra-decagon Lunar Coin (RHS).

2012 Silver Lunar Dragon Designs From Around The World.

New Zealand Mint Proof Silver Lunar Dragon Gilded Coin (Left). Perth Mint Silver Lunar Dragon Coin (Middle). Royal Canadian Mint Lotus Silver Dragon Proof (Right).

Series 1 Lunar Coins

Series 1 Chinese Gold Lunar Coins (left). Series 1 Perth Mint Silver Lunar Coins (Right).

Chinese Silver Lunar Rabbits 2011

A selection of Chinese Silver Lunar Rabbits, Round, Coloured and Plum Blossom.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Quick Guide to Perth Mint's 'Back to the Future' Coins

Back To The Future — DeLorean 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin
The Back to the Future Coins from The Perth Mint will be released imminently. Once available you will find them to buy from the following pages:

Back To The Future — DeLorean 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Back To The Future — Hoverboard 2015 2oz Silver Proof Coin

Back To The Future — DeLorean 2015 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin


As I highlighted in a recent article (Back To The Future Coins From The Perth Mint), The Perth Mint are releasing this new series of coins to commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Back to the Future movie series and a hat tip to a date from the movie:
Those familiar with the movies are likely aware that the release date is one highly anticipated by fans of the series. October 21, 2015 is the future (now present) day that Doc Brown and Marty visit in Back To The Future Part II to prevent Marty Jr. from going to jail.
As shown on this screen grab:


I expected the coins might be a release with high interest and be worth buying:
I expect a swift sell out on Perth Mint's website once they go live in a couple of weeks. Good luck getting your hands on them if of interest. I will likely be along side you placing an order, though will depend on design, price and mintage numbers.
With most details now in hand I can confirm I will be looking to buy at least the two silver coins (still on the fence for the Gold coin, the low mintage is appealing, but historically there are very few high premium Gold coins from Perth Mint which have held their value over time). I'm particularly a fan of the hoverboard design which does actually hover with the assistance of some magnets and clever design (contender for most innovative coin packaging ever?). The packaging for the silver Delorean coin is also top notch. Without further ado, here is a quick guide to the new Back to the Future coins, including their description:

BACK TO THE FUTURE DELOREAN 30th Anniversary 1 Oz Silver Coin ($1 Tuvalu 2015)

Mintage 7500
BACK TO THE FUTURE DELOREAN 30th Anniversary 1 Oz Silver Coin 1$ Tuvalu 2015 - Thirty years after the box office success of Back to the Future, a new amazing coin issue in honor of the DeLorean. The coin is presented in a replica model car designed to look like a DeLorean DMC-12 sports car. The hood of the car pops up to reveal the coin, and the wheels rotate 90 degrees into flying mode". The car is packaged within an illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered CoA. The reverse of this coloured coin features an image of the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car from Back to the Future surrounded by lightning bolts, with the Hill Valley Courthouse in the background. The inscription BACK TO THE FUTURE, and the coin's weight and fineness also appear in the design. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2015 year-date are shown on the coin's obverse.

BACK TO THE FUTURE HOVERBOARD 30th Anniversary 2 Oz Silver Coin ($2 Tuvalu 2015)

Mintage 2015

BACK TO THE FUTURE HOVERBOARD 30th Anniversary 2 Oz Silver Coin 2$ Tuvalu 2015 - Thirty years after the box office success of Back to the Future, a new amazing coin issue in honor of the Hoverboard. The coin is presented in a plastic capsule designed to look like McFly's hoverboard from Back to the Future II. The coin is suspended and hovering within the capsule using magnets attached to the capsule and inside a clear base. Packaged within an illustrated shipper and a CoA. The reverse of the coin features an image of Marty McFly's hoverboard as it appeared in Back to the Future II. The inscription HOVERBOARD also appears in the design. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, the coin's weight and fineness, and the 2015 year-date are shown on the coin's obverse. 

BACK TO THE FUTURE DELOREAN 30th Anniversary Gold Coin ($25 Tuvalu 2015)

Mintage 1000


 
BACK TO THE FUTURE DELOREAN 30th Anniversary Gold Coin 25$ Tuvalu 2015 - Thirty years after the box office success of Back to the Future, a new amazing Gold coin issue in honor of the DeLorean. The coin is presented in a prestigious wooden case within an illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Mintage 1.000 pieces worldwide. The reverse of the coin features the DeLorean DMC-12 sports car from Back to the Future set against a representation of a clock. The coin's weight and fineness also appear in the design. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, and the 2015 ear-date are shown on the coin's obverse.

If you're putting your hat into the ring for these coins, all the best with sourcing them. I expect the silver coins to be a quick sell out at The Perth Mint, especially so for the lower mintage hoverboard. 

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Friday, October 9, 2015

2016 Chinese Lunar Series II Year of the Monkey Gold & Silver Coins


Images of the 2016 Chinese Lunar Series II Year of the Monkey Gold & Silver Coins have been released into the wild with coverage of all the coins over at Panda Coins Collector, but here is a quick peek at the two differing designs in both Gold and Silver (other differences between coin types are shape and size).

2016 Chinese Lunar Series II Year of the Monkey Proof Gold 3.1110g(1/10oz), Diameter 18mm, Denomination 50Yuan, Mintage 120000

2016 Chinese Lunar Series II Year of the Monkey Proof Silver 31.104g(1oz) , Diameter 40mm, Denomination 10 Yuan, Mintage 200000

2016 Chinese Lunar Series II Year of the Monkey Colorized Proof Gold 3.1110g(1/10oz), Diameter 18mm, Denomination 50 Yuan, Mintage 120000

2016 Chinese Lunar Series II Year of the Monkey Colorized Proof Silver 31.104g(1oz), Diameter 40mm, Denomination 10 Yuan, Mintage 220000


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Monday, October 5, 2015

Back To The Future Coins From The Perth Mint

Perth Mint are Releasing Back to the Future Coins
Perth Mint will be releasing several Back to the Future themed coins later this month. You may have already spotted them on the Perth Mint's Forthcoming Releases page:


Those familiar with the movies are likely aware that the release date is one highly anticipated by fans of the series. October 21, 2015 is the future (now present) day that Doc Brown and Marty visit in Back To The Future Part II to prevent Marty Jr. from going to jail.

Perth Mint has a page setup for the coin series, but not yet any pictures of the coins:
Three special commemorative coins have been released to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Back to the Future. The Perth Mint celebrates the anniversary with the release of pure silver and gold coins with spectacular shapes and special packaging on 21 October 2015.

Each coin is presented in sensational Back to the Future themed packaging, and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Back to the Future is an American science fiction comedy film trilogy released in July 1985 and starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a high school student who accidentally travels 30 years into the past to 1955, jeopardising his own future existence.

In the sequel Back To The Future II, Marty and Doc Brown have to travel to the future to stop Marty's future son from making a horrible mistake that would ruin the future family. They arrive on a Skyway on 21 October 2015.
The owner of Silver Stackers (& bullion dealer) 'gold pelican' had this to say about the coin release:
Demand has been shit hot for these. I think the launch will be in Sydney - details to follow when details are firmer.

Packaging is AWESOME.
I sometimes diverge from my usual lunar coin coverage to bring you a modern numismatic coin that may be worth considering to buy, I think this coin series will fit the bill (though expect as usual the Silver coins will outperform the Gold coin). I expect a swift sell out on Perth Mint's website once they go live in a couple of weeks. Good luck getting your hands on them if of interest. I will likely be along side you placing an order, though will depend on design, price and mintage numbers.

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More on Perth Mint 2016 Lunar Monkey Coin Releases - Proof & Bullion


Tomorrow morning will see the release of some additional proof Perth Mint lunar coin releases...


These sets aren't likely to sell out immediately given muted demand for the plain silver proof coins, most of which are still available (the three-coin set appears to be unavailable on the Perth Mint website).

Today also saw the official release of the Australian Lunar Monkey bullion coins:


So dealers have started listing the coins on their websites, including the highly sought after and mintage limited 1oz bullion coins (300,000 Silver, 30,000 Gold).

I will be trying to keep track of the 1oz silver coin prices in this thread on Silver Stackers (but if come across any bargains I will likely cross post in a new article here):


So far it seems dealers will be chasing $13+ premiums. As I have said in the past (and continue repeating), if these are an investment don't pay too much. I will be keeping an eye out for any reasonable premiums ($6-8 over spot price per coin), but if not achieved then am not likely to buy a substantial number this year. You can't blame businesses for looking to take some extra profit on these coins given the high demand and often low margin businesses they run, but as an investor it doesn't make sense to overpay.

If you spot any good prices on the 1oz bullion coin releases then feel free to drop them in the comments below. I expect Perth Mint will have some available through their bullion site and via phone orders later this morning, but may have some limits on the number investors can buy: Perth Mint Bullion.


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Sunday, August 30, 2015

2016 Macau Lunar Monkey Gold & Silver Proof Coins

Thanks to reader Coins 07 for highlighting the latest Macau lunar coins have been made available for order on the Singapore Mint website (images, specifications and pricing, release is the end of October). I previously covered the Macau Goat, Horse and Snake.

The 2016 Macau Monkey's are pictured below and come in Gold (7.78g) and Silver (1oz and 5oz).



The 1oz and 5oz Proof Silver Coins are sold by ballot due to their limited mintage and high level of demand. Interesting how commonplace the inclusion of peaches has been in lunar coin designs this year.

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For those interested in the Perth Mint proof releases, don't forget that the first wave of designs will be hitting the Perth Mint website early this coming week as detailed in another recent post:


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Perth Mint 2016 Year of the Monkey Gold & Silver Coins: Release Information & Images

Perth Mint have released images and information about the upcoming 2016 Year of the Monkey Gold & Silver Bullion Coins. Here they are (click to enlarge):


I am quite pleased with the design. I didn't buy any of the bullion release lunar goats from Perth Mint, but I will be stocking up on more than a few of these. Release date for the bullion coins is not until October as per this schedule:


However some of the proof coins will be released at the Perth Mint from September 1st. As per the 'Forthcoming Releases' schedule:



As usual some of these coins are likely to sell out fast at the Perth Mint, so if looking to complete collections check in at the time they've suggested (can change without notice):


As I have said in the past, try and avoid any dealer price gouging, particularly on the silver 1oz bullion release which is mintage limited to 300,000 coins.


A number of investors have been burned by getting caught up in the hype and overpaying. I wrote in 2013:
Although I think the 1oz bullion coin from Perth Mint is the best lunar coin to purchase (for future increase in value), I only think it's only worth buying if you pay a reasonable premium today. As it stands the standard A$10 premium on Perth Mint 1 ounce bullion coins (from the mint, there are volume breaks) is higher than many other mints and 37% premium to spot price (A$26.75). However, a lower premium circa $5-7 is usually possible given dealer discounts.

Most Perth Mint distributors have decided to increase the premium they charge customers on the 1oz mintage limited horse simply because the demand is there. In Australia thats resulted in a $11 (41%) premium ($1 over maximum Perth Mint premium direct, $4-6 over the usual premium they might charge on 1 ounce coins), with Gold Stackers being an exception.
If dealers are offering this coin in the $5-10 range over spot, I think it will offer investors a great opportunity to leverage off the popularity of the 1oz Lunar coins from the Mint, balanced with exposure to any future increase in the price of Silver.

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Wednesday, August 5, 2015

Scoop: 2017 Year of the Rooster Coins (Lunar Series) from Perth Mint (Gold/Silver)

2005 Year of the Rooster Gold Coin From Perth Mint
Yes you read that title correctly, another very early lunar coin scoop for readers. The Year of the Goat only started in February this year, the Year of the Monkey doesn't start until February 8, 2016, but I have a scoop on the designs (description) for the 2017 Year of the Rooster Lunar Coin design from Perth Mint.

The Year of the Rooster doesn't start until January 28, 2017, though Perth Mint will likely be releasing their coins in early September 2016 the year prior (still around 13 months from now) as we've become accustomed.

Here is a preview of what we can expect from the Year of the Rooster design (my emphasis to highlight design specifics):

2017 Year of the Rooster - Gold Investor Coins

The design on the 2017 Year of the Rooster (1kg, 10oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz, 1/20oz) gold bullion coins, consists of a pattern of lines forming a circle immediately inside the rim, surrounding a representation of a rooster and several clumps of grass. The coin includes the following inscriptions ‘Year of the Rooster’, the Pinyin pictograph pronounced ‘jī’ and meaning rooster and the initials of the designer Aleysha Howarth ‘AH’.

2017 Year of the Rooster - Silver Investor Coins

The design on the 2017 Year of the Rooster (10kg, 1kg, 10oz, 5oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz) silver bullion coins, consists of a pattern of lines forming a circle immediately inside the rim, surrounding a representation of a rooster, hen and chicks, and several clumps of grass. The coin includes the following inscriptions ‘Year of the Rooster’, the Pinyin pictograph pronounced ‘jī’ and meaning rooster and the initials of the designer Tom Vaughan ‘TV’.

For the 2017 Year of the Rooster designs from Perth Mint the designers will differ between the Gold and Silver coin releases. This will be a break from at least the last 3 releases (Monkey, Goat and Horse) where the designer was the same for both coins.

To provide a little background on the designers of the 2017 Year of the Rooster coins you can read an interview and profile of Perth Mint Designer Aleysha Howarth here. Amongst other coins she designed the eight coins which form the Australian Opal series. You can read more about Tom Vaughan in an interview from a few years back here. He was also the designer for both Perth Mint Year of the Horse bullion coins as detailed in their descriptions covered in an earlier post.

I will be covering all the 2017 Year of the Rooster releases on this site in around 12 months time, in the meantime, we have only just started seeing the Year of the Monkey coins released which I will continue to cover here.
 
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Royal Canadian Mint: 2016 Year of the Monkey Lunar Coin Range

The Royal Canadian Mint has unveiled their range of 2016 Year of the Monkey Lunar Coins. Either their range has shrunk from last year or there are still more to be loaded on their website. You can read about previous year releases in the posts below:


Here are several of the coins in the 2016 lineup.

18-karat Gold Coin – Year of the Monkey – Mintage: 2,500 (2016)

Fine Silver Lunar Lotus Coin – Year of the Monkey (2016)

1 oz. Fine Silver Coin – Year of the Monkey (2016)


The remainder of the coins can be found on the RCM's site under Zodiac coins.

Here are some other recent posts on upcoming or released 2016 Lunar Monkey Coins:
 
 
 
 
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Monday, August 3, 2015

Treasures of Oz 'Tokelau' & Other 2016 Lunar Monkey Gold & Silver Coins (Year of the Monkey)

The Tokelau Lunar Series by Treasures of Oz started several years ago with the lunar snake.
 
You can read about the previous years releases here:
 
 
Treasures of Oz has the new years coins (2016 Lunar Monkey) listed for pre-order on their website and looks to have expanded the range from previous years offerings. See some of those available pictured below or visit their site for more information and to place a pre-order.
 
 
Their description for the coins covers the various releases:
 
YEAR OF THE MONKEY
 
An ancient Chinese proverb says “Even a tiger cannot beat a crowd of monkeys.” Those born in the Year of the Monkey are loyal and devoted to their families and friends.
 
As social individuals with effusive charm and incredible luck, they love to be the center of attention and are always friendly to people they meet. They thrive with a tight-knit family and a close circle of friends. With their sharp wits and minds, and the ability to be excellent listeners, they easily attract a large following.
 
Once they make a lifelong commitment, they are faithful companions, and make excellent teachers and parents.
 
MONKEY FAMILY - Continuing the popular series
 
Tokelau’s Monkey Family coins beautifully capture these qualities of parenting and teaching with the mother and her young son. The design has been beautifully rendered by designer Alexander Vorodeyev, creator of the Lunar Family series issued by Treasures of Oz since 2012. The Monkey Family coins will be available in a variety of finishes with releases commencing mid July 2015.
 
PLAYFUL IN BAMBOO 1/2oz SILVER COLOUR PROOF COIN
 
Introducing a 1/2oz silver coin to the Lunar program for the first time, Tokelau has issued a delightful design featuring a troop of playful monkeys, excitedly exploring a bamboo grove, the design invokes the sense of freedom and the enjoyment of life so common to those born in the Year of the Monkey.
Mischievous and lighthearted, individuals born during this year are often the masters of practical jokes – but they are always well-intentioned. They perpetually crave fun activities and mental stimulation, and they truly know how to have a good time! Just as the monkeys on this coin enjoy a playful climb through the forest of bamboo, so does the Year of the Monkey bring a cheerful new outlook on life.
 
MIRROR MONKEYS – MASSIVE 65mm 1oz SILVER PROOF COIN
 
The intelligence and inquisitive nature of monkeys is highlighted on this large format 1oz silver coin.  At an astounding 65mm in diameter, yet containing just 1oz pure silver, this coin is an excellent example of the Minter’s art.  The coin is created in proof condition, with an intriguing mirror image finish – one side with the monkey in sculpted proof with a highly polished proof table, the other side with a frosted table and polished monkey.  Minted by the Mint of Norway, with a tiny mintage, this Tokelau coin is definitely one to add to any lunar coin collection.
 
Here are some other recent posts on upcoming or released 2016 Lunar Monkey Coins:
 
 
 
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Niue 2016 $8 Lunar Monkey Gold Plated 5oz Silver Proof Coin

Is it that time of the year already?
 
This new release coin follows the PAMP struck, Downies commissioned series of coins that started two years ago. See these posts for the previous releases:
 
 
 
They are impressive looking coins and this years release is no exception.
 
Introducing the 'Niue 2016 $8 Lunar Monkey Gold Plated 5oz Silver Proof Coin' (click any below images of the coin for a larger size).
 


Available to purchase from Downies this coin comes with the following description:
 
With the Lunar 5oz Series one of the world’s hottest programs, the 2016 $8 Lunar Monkey Gold-Plated 5oz Silver Proof is guaranteed to sell out at speed.
  • Mintage restricted to a mere 500 coins – sell-out certain!
  • Struck to Proof quality from FIVE OUNCES of 99.9% silver
  • Measures 65mm – and features precise selective gold-plating!
  • Set in a timber case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • Features individual edge-numbering
Interesting that Downies has gone with the monkey and peach theme, which is the way Perth Mint appears to be going given their description of upcoming lunar coin releases as linked below. Peaches (in Chinese mythology) are a symbol of immortality or a long life.
 
As usual I will be following the coming years lunar coin releases closely, so be sure to subscribe or favourite this site ready for the truckload of coins that are about to be released into the end of the year!
 
See here for the previously covered description of forthcoming Perth Mint 2016 lunar coins:
 

Perth Mint is still offering various premium Year of the Goat coins (and earlier years) which you can view here.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

2016 Year of the Monkey Coins (Lunar Series) from Perth Mint (Gold/Silver)

Perth Mint Year of the Monkey Gold Coin from 2004

You read it here first folks. Technically the Year of the Goat hasn't even started (February 19, 2015), but I have a scoop on the designs for next years 2016 Year of the Monkey Lunar Coin design from Perth Mint.

The Year of the Monkey doesn't start until February 8th, 2016, though Perth Mint will likely be releasing their coins in early September the year prior (i.e. this year) as we've become accustomed.

Here is a preview of what we can expect from the Year of the Monkey design (my emphasis to highlight design specifics):

2016 Year of the Monkey - Gold Bullion Coins

The design on the 2016 Year of the Monkey (1kg, 10oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz, 1/20oz) gold bullion coins, consists of a pattern of lines forming a circle immediately inside the rim, surrounding a representation of a monkey sitting on the branch of a tree, with the tree trunk to one side and leaves and a peach hanging above. The coin includes the following inscriptions ‘Year of the Monkey’, the Pinyin pictograph pronounced ‘hóu’ and meaning monkey and the initials of the designer Ing Ing Jong ‘IJ’.

2016 Year of the Monkey - Silver Bullion Coins

The design on the 2016 Year of the Monkey (10kg, 1kg, 10oz, 5oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz) silver bullion coins, consists of a pattern of lines forming a circle immediately inside the rim, surrounding a representation of an adult monkey and a young monkey holding a peach, sitting on a branch with leafy foliage and a peach to the side. The coin includes the following inscriptions ‘Year of the Monkey’, the Pinyin pictograph pronounce ‘hóu’ and meaning monkey and the initials of the designer Ing Ing Jong ‘IJ’.

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The coin's designer Ing Ing Jong also design the Year of the Snake coins for Perth Mint as detailed in a blog post:
The designs of the latest Australian Lunar coins from The Perth Mint are the work of talented illustrator Ing Ing Jong.
Ing graduated from Perth’s Central TAFE School of Art and Design in 2006 with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, having specialized in illustration and multimedia. She promptly enrolled for a Bachelor of Multimedia at Curtin University in order to undertake advanced studies in animation, web design, illustration and video editing.
She was also recently interviewed by The Coin Analyst (Louis Golino) on Coin week (read in full here):
Ing Ing Jong, a Perth Mint coin designer, recently discussed with me her experience as a coin designer and her work on the new American Bald Eagle high relief silver proof coin, a stunning piece that depicts the bird’s profile in exquisite detail.  The coin has a limited mintage of 5,000 units, most of which sold out quickly at various U.S. coin distributors over the past few weeks.  The coin was minted by Perth on behalf of the government of Tuvalu.
We can look forward to seeing a picture of the designs from Perth Mint in early September on release or just before. Stay tuned to this site for more information as it comes to hand.

For those interested in stocking up on bullion 2015 Year of the Goat coins, site sponsor Bullion Money has a selection available here, including the highly sought after 1oz Silver coin (which often achieves a premium in time).

Perth Mint is still offering various premium Year of the Goat coins which you can view here.


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