Saturday, January 20, 2007

Gold Coast - 2007 1oz Silver Coin

The Gold Coast - 2007 1oz Silver Coin is one of the Perth Mint in Australia's first issues for 2007.

The Discover Australia is a magnificent collector coin program from the historic Perth Mint. And is being release during 2006 and 2008. The program comprises pure gold, silver and platinum proof coins depicting Australia's amazing fauna, landmarks and flora.

This particular coin, as part of the series, depicts Queensland's Gold Coast on the reverse.

The long white beaches just an hour south of Brisbane became popular holiday destinations for well-heeled city dwellers at the end of the 19th century. But it was not until the real estate boom of the 1940s that it was dubbed the 'gold coast'. Frenetic development transformed a string of seaside towns, including Surfers Paradise, into a vibrant metropolis benefiting from bustling esplanades, theme parks and shopping precincts.

The reverse design portrays the high-rise developments of the Gold Coast and a surfer riding a Pacific Ocean wave, which is depicted in color. The year-date and The Perth Mint's traditional 'P' mintmark also appear in the design.

The coin, as all Perth Mint coins are, is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965. The coin depicts Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.

Each coin is housed in a superb presentation case with a lid made from Australian sheoak timber And the case comes in a protective outer shipper featuring Discover Australia's distinctive logo.

Each coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and the Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of these coins worldwide.

Specifications include:
This 2007-dated coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.
Features Australia's Iconic Landmarks
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Landmarks Theme – Gold Coast
Coloured Reverse Design
Australian Legal Tender
Uniquely Australian Packaging
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Limited Mintage

AUD$70.91 Estimated
Shipping AUD$5.50

This will make an invaluable addition to the Discover Australia collection for coin enthusiasts.

2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge

The Perth Australia Mind has just issued the 2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge 1 ounce silver proof coin.

This issue marks the 75th Anniversary of the Famous Bridge known throughout the world.

The coin’s reverse depicts the iconic steel arch bridge, also known locally as the coat hanger, which spans the sparkling waters of Port Jackson between Dawes Point and Milsons Point, with a celebratory burst of fireworks in color.

As well as the words SYDNEY HARBOUR BRIDGE, the 2007-dated coin also includes and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse and is accompanied by a Numbered Certificate of Authenticity, is housed in a black presentation case within an illustrated box shipper.

Coin specifications are:
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Iconic Reverse Design
Australian Legal Tender
Presentation Packaging
Limited Mintage
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity

No more than 10,000 of these commemorative silver coins will be released by The Perth Mint for 70.91 AUD each.

The 2007 Sydney Harbour Bridge makes a memorable coin for any enthusiastic coin collector.

Friday, January 12, 2007

2007 Proof Silver Dollar

The Canadian Royal Mint has introduced, for the first coin of 2007, the 2007 Proof Silver Dollar.

This splendid coin features Thayendanegea, also known as Joseph Brant.

"According to the Canadian Royal Mint, Thayendanegea was "…born in Ohio during a tumultuous era that defined North America, Thayendanegea's life was greatly influenced by an alliance with the British. Thayendanegea was given the Christian name of Joseph Brant and received an English education."

"Brant fought his first battle with the British when he was just a teenager. But this young warrior was also a visionary. Brant clearly understood that Native people faced inevitable change and united various nations to protect their interests."

"As war chief of the Six Nations and a British military captain, Brant was respected by both sides. And when the American War of Independence ended (1783), he acted as statesman and negotiated land for the Six Nations people."

"They settled in the Grand River Valley (Ontario) where Brant played a key role in their economic, political and religious lives, bringing a school, as well as a saw and grist mill to the community. Yet, despite this seemingly British way of life, Brant's vision of Native sovereignty persisted.
Thayendanegea was equally at ease with a tea cup or a tomahawk. He adopted a new culture without dishonoring his Native roots. Through his voice and his actions, Brant shaped much of Native Canada a truth that echoes throughout southwestern Ontario and in the town that bears his name."

The Royal Canadian Mint engravers adapted an original drawing by Laurie McGaw for this coin and the reverse features the stately portrait of Thayendanegea, war chief of the Six Nations, wearing a traditional headdress. On the obverse is an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

The coin specifications are:

Face Value: 1 dollar
Mintage: 65,000
Composition: 92.5% silver, 7.5% copper
Weight (g): 25.175
Diameter (mm): 36.07
Edge: Reeded
Finish: Proof
Certificate: Serialized

There is a limited mintage of 65,000 coins only so you will need to be quick to ensure your get your 2007 Proof Silver Dollar coin!

Tuesday, January 09, 2007

2007 Lunar Holey Dollar & Dump Set

The Perth Mint in Australia has just introduced the 2007 Lunar Holey Dollar & Dump Set. According to the mint, "The set format mirrors Australia's first lawful coinage - Governor Macquarie's famous Holey Dollar and Dump."

Each set is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and the central Dump is gold-plated.

"The reverse of the Holey Dollar portrays animals associated with China's ancient Lunar Calendar, which is based on the 12-year cycles of the moon. According to legend, the animals, which exert a profound effect on people born under their influence, raced for the honor of representing the first year. The winner was the mouse, followed by the ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig."

The obverses of the Holey Dollar & Dump depict the Raphael Maklouf and Ian Rank-Broadley effigies of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II respectively.

The reverse of the gold-plated Dump is inscribed with the words LUNAR NEW YEAR 2007 and GOOD FORTUNE & PROSPERITY, which surround Chinese characters meaning Happy New Year.

Each coin is housed in a red presentation case, which comes in a brightly illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Coin Specifications:
First Lunar Holey Dollar & Dump
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Reverse Depicts 12 Animals
Australian Legal Tender
Presentation Packaging
Limited Mintage - 8,888
Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
Cost: $90 AUD (Approx 75USD)

The coin set will be available from the 9th of January 2007
Only 8,888 of these 2007 Lunar Holey Dollar & Dump Sets will be released - reflecting the belief held in Chinese Feng Shui that the number 8 represents 'prosperity' and 'abundance'.

For those lucky 8,888 enthusiasts who are quick enough to obtain a 2007 Lunar Holey Dollar & Dump Set it will be a lucky day indeed!