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, April 1, 2014

New 2014 Carded Silver 1oz Australian Stock Horse Coin Released By Perth Mint

THE AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE 2014 1OZ SILVER COIN

As I pointed out on the blog recently (advised release on April 1st), the Perth Mint has released the next coin in the 'Australian Stock Horse Series'. The first coin in the series was released in 2013 and was a big hit with coin punters and collectors alike.
The standard bullion coin which was first sold by many dealers around the A$45-50 mark, before realising they had a winner on their hands and jacked up the prices, now sells for up to double that price on ebay. Likewise, the rarer carded version (only 1,000 released in that particular packaging) is also still selling around double the issue price of A$59 (circa $100-130 now on ebay). Bullion Baron
This time around the standard bullion coin has not been made available prior to the Perth Mint carded release which kept to the same formula (1,000 coins in the carded packaging & $59 price point) as I expected:
I presume they will retain the status quo for the silver version of the coin with a 9,000 coin release (just capsule & numbered COA), while keeping aside 1,000 for a carded release (which last year, as predicted, sold out within a day). They could of course change this, the series is not a Perth Mint original, it has been commissioned by a dealer, but they would be silly to mess with the winning formula after last years success in my opinion.

I will be watching for the release of this coin and if the opportunity arises I will be buying multiple, but I suspect Perth Mint will restrict sales. I'm not sure it will perform as well as the previous coin (quickly doubling in value), but I think the potential is there if the design is a winner. Bullion Baron
I'm not sure when the standard coin (which comes in capsule with numbered COA) will be made available by overseas dealers (supposedly the series has been commissioned by EMK in Germany), but until it is available we may see an even more intense scramble for the carded variety which are available directly from Perth Mint.

I was online just minutes ago as the coin went live (bought a bundle of them myself) and the 400 added to the site were sold out in around 10 minutes. See the product page below:

THE AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE 2014 1OZ SILVER COIN (Latest Release Page)

It's likely some more will be added to the site in the morning, so keep your eyes peeled around opening time of the Perth Mint.


THE CARDED AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE 2014 1OZ SILVER COIN

I expect this coin will soon be attracting healthy premiums to issue price on secondary markets, it will be interesting to see whether prices achieved match that of the first coin which made sales at $130-150 shortly after release.

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

'The Australian Stock Horse 2014 1oz Silver Coin' To Be Released By Perth Mint In April

So I noticed 'The Australian Stock Horse 2014 1oz Silver Coin' is in the lineup on April's Perth Mint Forthcoming Releases page, amongst some other coins (no new lunar coins, unless the lineup changes):


Long term readers of the blog will likely be interested by this news. I tipped the first coin in the series (released in mid 2013) as a speculative buy and expected it to sellout within 24-48 hours (specifically the limited edition carded variety available through the Perth Mint website to Australian residents only). Here is photo of the previous release (there aren't yet any images available of the 2014 coin):

Australian Stock Horse 1oz Silver Coin, photo via Chris Silver

The standard bullion coin which was first sold by many dealers around the A$45-50 mark, before realising they had a winner on their hands and jacked up the prices, now sells for up to double that price on ebay. Likewise, the rarer carded version (only 1,000 released in that particular packaging) is also still selling around double the issue price of A$59 (circa $100-130 now on ebay).

While I can't yet provide a picture of the 2014 release in this series, I can share a description of the coin which gives us an idea on what to expect:

2014 Australian Stock Horse - Silver Bullion Coin

The design on the 2014 Australian Stock Horse (1oz) silver bullion coin, consists of a representation of a horse superimposed over a landscape of fencing, grass and foliage. The coin includes the following inscriptions ‘AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE’, ‘2014 1oz  999 SILVER’, and the initials of the designer Ing Ing Jong (IJ).

It is also worth noting that there has been an application for a 5 ounce Gold proof version of the coin:

2014 Australian Stock Horse – Gold Proof Coin

The design on the 2014 Australian Stock Horse (5oz) gold proof coin, consists of a representation of a horse superimposed over a landscape of fencing, grass and foliage. The coin includes the following inscriptions ‘AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE’, ‘2014 5oz  9999 GOLD’, and the initials of the designer Ing Ing Jong (IJ).

What a monster!

There is no guarantee the 5 ounce Gold proof version of the coin is released for sale through the Perth Mint (or at all), but assuming that they do it's likely to be a very limited release.

I presume they will retain the status quo for the silver version of the coin with a 9,000 coin release (just capsule & numbered COA), while keeping aside 1,000 for a carded release (which last year, as predicted, sold out within a day). They could of course change this, the series is not a Perth Mint original, it has been commissioned by a dealer, but they would be silly to mess with the winning formula after last years success in my opinion.

I will be watching for the release of this coin and if the opportunity arises I will be buying multiple, but I suspect Perth Mint will restrict sales. I'm not sure it will perform as well as the previous coin (quickly doubling in value), but I think the potential is there if the design is a winner.

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Sunday, March 2, 2014

2015 Year of the Goat Coins (Lunar Series) from Perth Mint (Gold/Silver)


2003 Perth Mint Year of the Goat Lunar Gold Coin
We are probably still 6-7 months away from the launch of the 2015 'Year of the Goat' Lunar Series Coin from Perth Mint, but thought I would share the descriptions for the two bullion designs (Gold & Silver) that will be available to purchase later this year. Here is a preview of what we can expect (my emphasis on the design descriptions):

2015 Gold Year of the Goat - Bullion Coins

The design on the 2015 Gold Year of the Goat (10kg, 1kg, 10oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz, 1/20oz) bullion coins, consists of a pattern of lines forming a circle immediately inside the rim, surrounding a representation of a goat, and a landscape featuring rocky ground, grass and stylised mountains in the background. The coins include the following inscriptions ‘Year of the Goat’, the Pinyin pictograph pronounced ‘yáng’ and meaning ‘goat’ and the initials of the designer Natasha Muhl ‘NM’.

2015 Silver Year of the Goat - Bullion Coins

The design on the 2015 Silver Year of the Goat (10kg, 1kg, 10oz, 5oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz) bullion coins, consists of a pattern of lines forming a circle immediately inside the rim, surrounding a representation of three goats, and a landscape featuring grass and leafy trees. The coins include the following inscriptions ‘Year of the Goat’, the Pinyin pictograph pronounced ‘yáng’ and meaning ‘goat’ and the initials of the designer Natasha Muhl ‘NM’.

I didn't spot any surprises in the lineup, with details for the gilded, coloured, gem eye and other types being described much as above (retaining the same basic design) with their various slight differences.

The designer of the lunar goat coins for Perth Mint, Natasha Muhl, previously designed the entire 'Birds of Australia' collection:

Click The Image To Visit Perth Mint Product Page
Along with the above coins she also designed the Platinum Australian Platypus Coin, Silver Discover Australia Red Kangaroo & Silver 2013 Australian Kookaburra:


If we are being honest, the goat is probably one of the least exciting animals in several years having been preceded by the Dragon, Snake & Horse, however I am interested to see what Perth Mint comes up with and do also hope that some of the speculative interest from the many other mints & dealers who have followed in the footsteps of Perth Mint dies down a little bit. The number of interested parties trying to cash in on the lunar designs was a little overwhelming this year and last with the release of many new horse coins.

We can expect images of the coins to be available a few days before their release, likely to be in early September (I would recommend subscribing by email to this site to ensure you are kept up to date).

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SOLD: Perth Mint 2000 Lunar 'Year of the Dragon' Gold Proof Three-Coin Set (1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz)

This set has now been sold, but will leave the post up so that others can enjoy the images.

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I have the following set for sale:

Perth Mint 2000 Lunar 'Year of the Dragon' Gold Proof Three-Coin Set (1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz).

With a mintage of only 2,886 sold & sporting the popular dragon design, this 14 year old set is highly desired by lunar coin collectors & investors alike. The set contains the sought after 1oz Proof Gold Dragon which was sold only in a couple of very limited sets (including this one), not individually.

COA Numbers is #538. The COA is slightly creased & there are a couple of tiny nicks on the original Jarrah presentation case (barely noticeable and to be expected for a set of this age), but otherwise the set is in perfect original condition.

There is one of these sets available on ebay starting at A$4000 (not a BIN price):


The 2012 set was sold by Perth Mint for $3689:


I am inviting offers for the set. Please use the contact page on this site, reply via email (if receiving this update via subscription) or contact me through Silver Stackers if you are interested in making an offer.

Photos below are for the actual set you will receive. The specs on the coins are just dust particles or reflections. Coins themselves are in original condition. Click on any of the below images to enlarge.






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Friday, October 4, 2013

2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Coloured Ten-Coin Set & Other Forthcoming Lunar Releases

The following Perth Mint lunar coins are being released on November 5th:


The first to catch my eye was the Ten-Coin Sets (in both Gold and Silver). It is my opinion that that these will be the square sets that I mentioned in a post some months ago:


Here is the description for a Gold version of the square coins:
2014 Gold Year of the Horse - Square Bullion Coin
The design on the 2014 Gold Year of the Horse (1/10oz) gold bullion coin, consists of a
coloured representation of a horse superimposed over stylised ground with a horizon and a stylised cloud, and the following:
(a) the pinyin pictograph pronounced “mă” and meaning “horse”;
(b) “P”
Here is the description for a Silver version of the square coins:
2014 Silver Year of the Horse - Square Bullion Coin
The design on the 2014 Silver Year of the Horse (1oz) silver bullion coin, consists of the
following:
(a) a coloured representation of a horse;
(b) a coloured representation of a Chinese stamp that is made up of a square border which encloses the pinyin pictographs pronounced “qían lóng yù lăn zhī băo” and meaning “stamp of Emperor Qíanlóng”;
(c) a coloured representation of a Chinese stamp that is made up of a square border which encloses the pinyin pictographs pronounced “tài shàng huáng dì zhī băo” and meaning “stamp of Emperor Yōngzhèng”;
(d) the pinyin pictographs pronounced:
(i) “Dà Wăn Liū” which is the name of the horse with no English equivalent; and
(ii) “qían lóng wù chén mèng chūn haĭ xī chēn láng shì níng gōng shū” and meaning “Painted by Minister Lang Shining in early spring of the 13th year from the ascension of Emperor Qíanlóng”;
(e) “P”
A sharp eyed Silver Stackers member appears to have sourced a photo of the Ten-Coin Silver square coin set:

2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Coloured Ten-Coin (Square) Set

I believe this is the set that will be released on November 5th (and may already be selling in China). It seems unlikely the Perth Mint would release two different Ten-Coin sets in colour, one round and the other square. There was no such set for the 2013 snake, but there was a 2012 Ten-Coin Dragon Set released as covered on this blog (round coins), it now sells on ebay for well under the issue price.

Of the other forthcoming releases:

The Rectangle Four-Coin Set is unlikely to be very popular.
The High Relief Lunar Horse coin may be popular, but not as much so as the standard proof coin (on ebay the high relief dragon regularly sells over issue price, the high relief snake regularly sells under issue price).
The 2013 High Relief collection is likely to include the high relief snake.

I've made it no secret on this forum that I am a fan of the Perth Mint high relief coins, although only buy them as collection pieces rather than to profit from them.

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Monday, September 30, 2013

Perth Mint Lunar Horse Coins - Secondary Market & New Releases (Typeset Collection)

Just a quick update on the progress of my prediction:
In my opinion the Perth Mint 2014 Year of the Horse Three-Coin Set will hit a price of around $525 shortly after sold out at the Perth Mint (i.e. on the secondary market) and the 2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Proof Coin I expect to see at $150-175. That's a total of $675-700 with a cost to purchase that I am expecting at or near $435 total...
Prices on the 2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Proof Coin have reached levels around $120-140:


So still a little way to go if they are to hit my expected $150-175.

Likewise the 2014 Year of the Horse Three-Coin Set has some way to go to reach $525 with recent sales indicating a price level around or just below $500:


I still think there is a chance my targets will be met in the not too distant future. Unfortunately I missed out on buying both from the Perth Mint as they sold out very quickly. The 1/2oz & Kilo Silver Proof Coins are still available from the Perth Mint.

As I wrote in a recent post, there are a number of new lunar coin releases which will hit the Perth Mint website tonight:


And also (added since my original post):


I don't expect any of these will perform as well as the standard 1oz & Three Coin Set, however the Typeset Collection is usually fast to sellout (due to it's limited 1,500 set mintage) and the coloured proof 1oz coins have often proven popular on release.

Not lunar coin related, but the 'Endangered & Extinct - Green Turtle 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin' is now available on the Perth Mint website. It's a great looking coin if you ask me and some of the previous releases in this series have achieved a high premium over release price (particularly the Tasmanian Tiger!):


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Thursday, September 5, 2013

2014 Macau Lunar Horse Gold & Silver Proof Coins with Colour

One of the last 2014 Lunar Horse Coin releases I have been anticipating showed up online today. The 2014 Macau Horse Gold & Silver Proof Coins are now available to order from Singapore Mint.

A great set of coins visually. The 5oz Silver coin is being sold by ballot and has seen a large increase in the number minted relative to last year given the high demand. The mintage on the 1oz Silver and 1/4oz Gold coins has also been bumped up (but not nearly to the extent of the 5oz). All have increased substantially in price from last year even though we've seen a drop in the spot price of Silver.

The description provided for the design reads as follows:
In conjunction with the 2014 Lunar Horse year, the Monetary Authority of Macau issues the Macau Horse coin which is the seventh in the Macau Lunar coin collection (2008- 2019), exclusively minted and marketed by The Singapore Mint.

The magnificent horse is illustrated in an awe-inspiring pose on the obverse side of the coin: rearing on its hind legs, seemingly at the brink of take-off. This burst of vigor and forward-looking spirit hints at the beginning of many good things to come, in your career or life.

The horse is accompanied by a cascade of alluring camellia flowers in full bloom. They come in many vibrant colours and just like the horse’s unyielding resilience, these flowers flourish even in cold weathers; upholding brilliance no matter the circumstance.

The coin’s reverse side embodies the carvings of the Guia Fortress – in commemoration of Macau’s maritime, military and missionary past. The fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is also a popular tourist attraction of Macau.
Here are some further details for the three coins available:

2014 Macau Horse 5oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour

 
Mintage: 2000 (up from 500 last year)
Issue Date: October 31st, 2013
Retail Price: S$950 (AUD$815), increase from S$780 last year

Macau Horse 1oz 999 Fine Silver Proof Coin with colour

Mintage: 8000 (up from 6000 last year)
Issue Date: October 31st, 2013
Retail Price: S$158.00 (AUD$135), increase from S$138 last year

2014 Macau Horse 1/4oz 999.9 Fine Gold Proof Coin with colour

Mintage: 5000 (up from 3000 last year)
Issue Date: October 31st, 2013
Retail Price: S$970 (AUD$830), increase from S$860 last year

A reader of the blog 'LAB' provided these photos some time ago showing some of the Macau Lunar Series Coins in the flesh:



The increase in mintage and cost is rather opportunistic of the mint, hopefully it does not turn off buyers. See the website of the Singapore Mint for further details.
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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Perth Mint Lunar 2014 Year of the Horse Coins - Coloured, Gilded & Gemstone


For those waiting on the more decorative proof lunar horse coins from Perth  Mint, you may be pleased to know that some are due to be released next month.



Hit the link above for a list of all the Perth Mint (numismatic) coin releases coming in October. As previously mentioned in this post detailing Perth Mint release dates, the rest of the bullion coins are also due to become available on October 1st:

2014 Australian Lunar – Year of the Horse Silver Bullion Coin Series (5oz, 10oz & 1 kilo)

Also if you bought the Australian Lunar Series II 2oz Silver Proof Coin Collection last year and you're worried because the 2oz Horse wasn't released with the other proof coins yesterday or that you would have to fight with other coin buyers to complete the collection, fear not! I followed this up with Perth Mint after a couple of readers emailed and commented asking if I knew anything about it, the response was as follows:

"All those who purchased the Australian Lunar Series II 2oz Silver Proof Coin Collection (with the first six coins) will receive a letter / email inviting them to secure the 2014 Year of the Horse release. These notifications will be sent out by the Mint in November. It will include details of how long their coin will be reserved and the final order date should they wish to proceed."

Good news that those who have started the collection will be able to complete it without hassle.


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Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Perth Mint Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse Proof Coins Released

Recent posts on the Perth Mint Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse Proof Coins:




The Perth Mint Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse Proof Coins were released today. I expect the Silver Three-Coin Set & 1oz Silver Proof to be the fastest sellers, but some of the other sizes may also be a hot commodity.

The Silver Three-Coin set was unavailable within around 10 minutes on the site after launch, but expect that more may be released in the morning, so keep alert!

Here is some direct links to the products that have been released today:

The Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse Silver Proof Coins from The Perth Mint, features:

- Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
- Stunning Horse Reverse Design
- Australian Legal Tender
- Elegant Packaging and Numbered Certificates
- Available in 1 Kilo, 1oz, 1/2oz and a Three-Coin Set
- Extremely Limited Mintages
- Great Gift Ideas

Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin
Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse Silver Three-Coin Set


The 2014 silver releases are available as individual 1 Kilo, 1oz and 1/2oz coins, or in a stunning three-coin set comprising a 2oz, 1oz and 1/2oz coin.

No more than 500 Kilo coins will be released worldwide. An issue limit of 8,000 1/2oz coins and 5,000 1oz coins released from each maximum mintage of 9,000 and 8,500 respectively. There will be no more than 1,000 Three-Coin Sets released. The 2oz coin within the Three-Coin Set has a maximum mintage of 2,000.


The Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse Gold Proof Coins from The Perth Mint, features:

- Proof Quality 99.99% Pure Gold
- Stunning Horse Reverse Design
- Australian Legal Tender
- Elegant Packaging and Numbered Certificates
- Available in 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and a Three-Coin Set
- Extremely Limited Mintages
- Great Gift Ideas

Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1/10oz Gold Proof Coin
Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin
Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Gold Proof Coin
Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse Gold Three-Coin Set


The 2014 gold releases are available as individual 1oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coins, or in a stunning three-coin set comprising all three issues.
Extremely Limited Mintages

No more than 3,000 individual 1oz coins and 5,000 individual 1/4oz and 1/10oz coins will be released from their maximum mintages of 6,000 and 8,000 respectively. The remaining 3,000 coins in each size are compiled to create the Three-Coin Set.

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I sought clarification on the 2oz Silver Proof Coin given that it wasn't released with the other proof coins and had some email queries, this was the answer provided by the Perth Mint:

"All those who purchased the Australian Lunar Series II 2oz Silver Proof Coin Collection (with the first six coins) will receive a letter / email inviting them to secure the 2014 Year of the Horse release. These notifications will be sent out by the Mint in November. It will include details of how long their coin will be reserved and the final order date should they wish to proceed."

So no need to worry camping on the refresh button if you've purchased one of the sets!


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