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.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Australian Stock Horse 2013 1oz Silver Coin - Perth Mint Carded Edition

You can now purchase the 2013 Australian Stock Horse 1oz Silver Coin from the Perth Mint website, they have released it in limited edition packaging for Australia which is worth considering given the high premiums assigned to some Koala and Kangaroo coins which come carded:


Buy The Australian Stock Horse 2013 1oz Silver Coin from The Perth Mint featuring:

    99.9% Pure Silver
    Stunning Reverse Artistry
    Australian Legal Tender
    Illustrated Presentation Card
    Limited Issue – 1,000

It's a bit cheeky listing this as a separate 1,000 coin issue, given that it forms part of the 10,000 coin mintage, but this carded variety could end up achieving a healthy premium to the non carded coins in my opinion. At $59 this is the first modern numismatic coin from Perth Mint that I am considering buying a few of in quite some time! There are only 370 available on the Perth Mint site presently, I don't expect them to last more than 24-48 hours.



Monday, June 17, 2013

Tokelau 2014 Lunar Horse 1oz Silver Coin (Year of the Horse)

2014 Tokelau 1 Oz Silver Year of the Horse Coin ($5 Face Value)
Possibly the first 2014 Lunar Horse coin to be revealed is the 2014 Tokelau 1 Oz Silver Year of the Horse Coin. Pictured above, the coin was minted by New Zealand Mint on behalf of Tokelau, a territory of New Zealand.

Modern Coin Mart is taking preorders and has the following description on their website:
Just released! ModernCoinMart has the exclusive United States distribution rights to this new release commemorating the 2014 Lunar Year of the Horse! This is the second in a series of 1oz. Silver Lunar Bullion coins issued by Tokelau and has a low mintage of only 50,000 coins! Each non-graded coin will ship in the original mint capsule as issued (even for larger orders).

We will be carrying the coins in NGC as well as PCGS holders as well as singles, lots, and sealed boxes of ungraded coins!
This is the second Lunar coin in this series, with the 2013 Lunar Snake also available from Modern Coin Mart.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

2014 Lunar Horse Series Goes Square? New Coins from Perth Mint


Following on from the last post on the 2014 Lunar Series Coins from Perth Mint, comes this interesting revelation...
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”
While it won't be the first foray into square coins for Perth Mint, it appears 2014 will be the first of the Lunar series coins to go square. These descriptions come from Comlaw as a result of Perth Mint requiring approval for coins issued legal tender status.

Here is the description for a Silver version of the squared coin:
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”
The descriptions above are made 10 times each indicating that we might have some 2014 Lunar Horse Coin sets being issued (in both Gold and Silver) similar to the 2012 Lunar Dragon 10 Coin Set, except this time it appears the coins will be square rather than round.

Note that these square coins will only be a numismatic release and the bullion series 2014 Lunar Horse coins will still come in a round form. 

2013 1 oz Silver Australian Stock Horse Coin from Perth Mint

2013 1 oz Silver Australian Stock Horse Coin from Perth Mint
No it's not the new 2014 Lunar Horse coin from Perth Mint, but it's a nice front runner given the coins subject matter. According to the Perth Mint blog the Stock Horse coin is 
"Planned for release in August and will mark the first coin in a new annual series".
Other sources state:
"Yes, it is the first in a series of horses (annual). Yes, it only has 10,000. Yes, it has COA. And yes I bought a roll of 20! From what I understand, one wholesaler (Germany) has the exclusive rights to the series. 10,000 minted. 6000 gone already, 1000 to Australia, leaving 3,000 to snatch up."
Although it seems slated for an August launch on the Perth Mint website, with a majority of the coins being shipped overseas there are already Eurpopean dealers offering them for preorder and selling them on ebay. It seems Australians are best to go international with their purchase on this occasion if they want to guarantee being able to purchase the coin.

The coin comes at the cheaper price point of circa $50, much improvement over the usual $100 price tag of numismatic releases from Perth Mint although on this occasion it appears to be sold without the case (certificate only):

2013 1 oz Silver Australian Stock Horse

Originated from the colonial stock which arrived with the First Fleet in 1788, the Australian Stock Horse is bred to endure the harsh conditions of the countyr´s vast outback.

Renowned for its calm temperament, agility,  strength and endurance, the Australian Stock Horse  has evolved to become both a reliable working, and fine performance, breed. Considered extremely versatile , this variety of horse is often chosen for general riding , stock work on pastoral land and equestrian competitions.

The coin´s reverse portrays an Australian Stock Horse proudly rearing up onto its hind legs in a paddock on a rule property. The design  includes the inscription, THE AUSTRALIAN STOCK HORSE, the 2013-year-date, the metal, the weight and fineness and the Perth Mint´s "P" mintmark, design by Ing Ing John. The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse.

The Perth Mint has issued a strict mintage cap for these Silver coins, which means no more will be minted. Get yours while they are available! All Silver Stock Horse coins come in a plastic capsule with numbered certificate.

Mintage: only 10,000

Sunday, June 2, 2013

2014 Year of the Horse Coins (Lunar Series) from Perth Mint (Gold/Silver)

Update, images now available:
Images of Perth Mint Lunar (Year of the Horse) Gold & Silver Coins Released

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2002 Perth Mint Bullion Year of the Horse 1oz Gold Coin
While information on the 2014 Year of the Horse coins from Perth Mint is still thin on the ground I thought it was worth mentioning that the ComLaw documents Perth Mint submits (due to legal tender status of the coins) has descriptions on what we can expect from the designs:

2014 Gold Year of the Horse - Bullion Coins

The design on the 2014 Gold Year of the Horse (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 horse, and a landscape featuring grass, loose soil and mountains and clouds in the background. The coins include the following inscriptions ‘Year of the Horse’, the Pinyin pictograph pronounced ‘mǎ’ and meaning ‘horse’ and the initials of the designer Tom Vaughan ‘TV’.

2014 Silver Year of the Horse - Bullion Coins

The design on the 2014 Silver Year of the Horse (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 two horses, in a stylised landscape with leafy trees, hilly terrain and a river. The coins include the following inscriptions ‘Year of the Horse’, the Pinyin pictograph pronounced ‘mǎ’ and meaning ‘horse’ and the initials of the designer Tom Vaughan ‘TV’.

I'm looking forward to seeing the designs. We can expect images to be released by Perth Mint a few days in advance of their launch later this year (likely to be early September if past years are any guide).