Several times in the past the Perth Mint has produced a specially packaged Lunar Series coin for release at the Perth, Melbourne and Sydney ANDA Coin Shows.
The past two years they have released a 2 ounce coloured coin, limiting the mintage on both to only 1000 specially packaged sets.
|PERTH ANDA COIN SHOW SPECIAL 2011 COLOURED RABBIT 2OZ SILVER COIN|
|PERTH ANDA COIN SHOW SPECIAL 2010 COLOURED TIGER 2OZ SILVER COIN|
There was also a special two coin release in 2007 which included a 1/2oz Coloured Silver Lunar Pig as well as an aluminium/bronze coin, there were 2,000 of these sets produced. I have one of these sets on the way which I managed to recently purchase on eBay for a very reasonable $50:
AUSTRALIA 2007 LUNAR COIN SERIES ANDA SHOW 2 COIN SET
|PERTH ANDA COIN SHOW SPECIAL 2007 COLOURED PIG SET 1/2OZ SILVER COIN|
These was a 2oz Coloured Silver Lunar Rooster released in 2005 (not pictured), as well as a 2oz Coloured Silver Lunar Dog release in 2006 (with a lower mintage of 750 coins):
And a 2004 release with the 1oz Silver Lunar Monkey coin housed on a cardboard sheet with a mintage of 1500:
|PERTH ANDA COIN SHOW SPECIAL 2006 COLOURED DOG 2OZ SILVER COIN|
|ANDA COIN SHOW MELBOURNE 2004 COLOURED MONKEY 1OZ SILVER COIN FRONT|
|ANDA COIN SHOW MELBOURNE 2004 COLOURED MONKEY 1OZ SILVER COIN BACK|
|ANDA COIN SHOW SYDNEY 2004 COLOURED MONKEY 1OZ SILVER COIN BACK|
I will be looking to add these sets to the numismatic mintage pages I have listed on the site (Series 1 Silver, Series 2 Silver) once I have some clarification from the Perth Mint.
To the best of my knowledge the above listed coins are the only ANDA Special Lunar Coins released so far (drop me a message via the contact page if you know of any others), but as per the ANDA home page there is another release on the way at the Perth Coin Show in March.
The Perth Mint special show release will be the extremely limited Year of the Dragon 2oz silver coloured coin (I assume another 1000 coin mintage):
|PERTH ANDA COIN SHOW SPECIAL 2012 COLOURED DRAGON 2OZ SILVER COIN|
Special Lunar Series coins or sets for a coin show have not been limited to the ANDA Coin Show. The recent "World Money Fair - Berlin Coin Show Special Year of the Dragon 1oz Silver Coloured Coin" which I wrote about in this recent post and the "2011 Beijing International Coin Exposition East Meets West 1/2oz Two-Coin Set" are other examples.
A recent comment on the Perth Mint Coin Collector Blog points to the value in special packaging:
One of the most common mistakes new collectors make, is that they don’t take into account the unique packaging of the coin.Even though there is nothing special about the coin itself (in all cases it is just a standard coloured coin for which the total mintage is much higher), the limited edition packaging and low number of COA's seems to draw interest to the ANDA Coin Show Lunar releases.
The packaging is as important as the coin, and of course, those who collect unique coins, ensure that the packaging is in pristine condition.
I’ve seen great coins in damaged packaging that just don’t sell or have little value except for their bullion value.