Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Red-Back Spider Coin

The Red-Back Spider Coin is a new coin being issued by the Perth Mint. It is a 99.9 percent pure silver coin with a striking fearsome Red-Back Spider in mesmerizing detail.

Found all over Australia and particularly common in urban areas, Red-Backs can deliver an extremely painful bite. This is not fatal anymore thanks to Dr Saul Weiner, who discovered an anti-venom 50 years ago in 1956.

Striking black and red coloring on the reverse design brings this little devil in to sharp focus on the coin's brilliant mirror-like background.

Marking the 50th anniversary of Dr Weiner's discovery, this 2006-dated coin is produced by The Perth Mint from one ounce of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, the coin depicts the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Each coin is housed in a high-gloss timber presentation case, which comes in an illustrated outer box and each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

1oz Silver Proof Coin
99.9% Pure Silver
Legal Tender Status
Proof Quality
Legal Tender Status
Timber Presentation Case
Certificate of Authenticity
Commissioned Product
Limited Mintage - just 5,000

With no more than 5,000 to be released, the Red-Back Spider coin will make a rare and unusual addition to your collection.

Thursday, August 10, 2006

2006 £1 Silver Proof Piedfort

The 2006 £1 Silver Proof Piedfort is the third in the series of Piedfort silver coins struck in sterling silver to Proof quality, and these are great favorites of the numismatic coin collector.

They are struck on unusually thick blanks and contain twice the amount of silver as their standard silver Proof counterpart. The 2006 £1 silver Proof Piedfort, reverse features McNeill's Egyptian Arch, surrounded by an intricate pattern reminiscent of the canopy dags typical of a nineteenth-century railway station the Queen's portrait by Ian Rank-Broadley, surrounded by her royal titles and the usual edging of a hundred beads, one for each penny in the pound on the obverse.

John Benjamin Macneill was an accomplished architect and as Chief Engineer to the Dublin & Belfast Junction Railway, designed the grand Egyptian Arch Bridge.

Beautifully proportioned, elegant yet atmospheric, the Egyptian Arch now makes an inspired reverse for the 2006 £1 Silver Proof Piedfort coin. As you may already have purchased the previous two coins in the series and due to the very limited numbers of the 2006 coin left, this is your invitation to purchase the coin to ensure you are able to complete your collection.

Struck to Proof quality in sterling silver it comes in a transparent capsule to protect its pristine condition and housed in a splendid display case

There is an accompanying Certificate of Authenticity which guarantees its specifications and the issue limit of 7,500.

You can order from the British Royal Mint quoting order code UK06PF for £49.95.

The 2006 £1 Silver Proof Piedfort makes a great addition to any coin collection.