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, 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.

I would recommend subscribing by email to this site to ensure you are kept up to date. I am not sure if I will have any further information to share on the coins release prior to launch, but will keep readers up to date on anything I hear.

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
Update (13/8) - Pictures and release date information is now available in this post:
Perth Mint 2015 Australian Lunar Year of the Goat Silver & Gold Coins Revealed

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:


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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).