From January this year was issued the first of a Silver Coin Series from the Perth Mint series of three 99.9 percent pure silver coins featuring Australia’s iconic landmarks.
The first of these landmarks is the City of Melbourne.
As the mint states, “The coin's reverse depicts Melbourne. The capital of Victoria and Australia's second largest city, Melbourne is famed for its culture, cuisine and sporting obsessions. Founded on the shores of Port Phillip Bay during the 1830s, Melbourne was shaped by the discovery of gold in the middle of the 19th century. Among the modern city's glass and steel skyscrapers, grand civic buildings and imposing facades built with gold rush wealth embody the essence of 'marvelous' Melbourne.”
“The coin's reverse depicts a view of Melbourne from the Yarra River. The design includes rowers and Southgate pedestrian footbridge with towers of the Central Business District represented in colors in the background. The year-date and The Perth Mint's traditional ‘P’ mintmark also appear in the design.”
This coin is available as a single coin or as a subscription set. Collecting coin sets is always a great idea as the value is well enhanced by virtue of it being a set.
This 2006-dated coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965/ The coin also depicts Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.
With a limited mintage of only 7500 and a price of around 52 US dollars plus about 20 dollars shipping this coin is set to be a valuable addition to the Discover Australia series.
Each coin is housed in a superb presentation case with a lid made from Australian sheoak timber. The case comes in a protective outer shipper featuring Discover Australia's distinctive logo and each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Silver Coin Series from the Perth Mint is a magnificent collector coin program . All the coins are scheduled for release between 2006 and 2008 and will surely make a valuable addition to any coin enthusiasts collection.