For well over a century, the skilled individuals at Perth Mint in Australia have crafted high-quality products, including both collectible bullion coins and circulation coins. In recent decades, one of their outstanding collectible series has been the mint’s Wildlife Series, which celebrates the unique and fascinating creatures that inhabit the Land Down Under.
One of the standout coins in the series, the Silver Kookaburra, was first produced in 1990. These coins, which are 99.9% fine silver, stand apart as true works of art. Other coins in the series, which are on par with the Kookaburra in terms of beauty, are produced for a more limited time. For example, the 2014 1/2 oz Australian Outback Coloured Coin Collection has a maximum mintage of 4,000.
Many of the silver coins in the series share the 99.9% purity level, though the sizes of the coins vary. The Kookaburra coins, for instance, are minted in four different denominations and sizes, ranging from one troy ounce to one kilogram in weight and from 40 millimeters in diameter to more than 100. Some other coins in the Wildlife series weigh as little as one-tenth of an ounce.
The stunning diversity of this series makes it attractive to investors, since they can choose the coins that fit their budget and their personal preferences.
The Perth Mint offers an impressive variety of long-running silver bullion coin programs focused on native wildlife. The Silver Kookaburra, Silver Koala, and Silver Kangaroo have a track record stretching back as far as three decades for the Kookaburra and more than 10 years for the Koala and Kangaroo. There are, however, newer programs that have come online from Perth Mint in recent years that are worth of their own hype and attention.
One of the latest entries is the Australian Silver Wedge Tail Eagle coins. This series depicts the Wedge Tail Eagle on the reverse of the coins. The Wedge Tail Eagle is the largest predatory bird in Australia and can also be found in southern New Guinea, as well as parts of Papua New Guinea and Indonesia. Perth Mint teamed up with former US Mint Chief Engraver John Mercanti to create the designs of the wedge tail eagle on these coins. Mr. Mercanti is the same man who designed the American heraldic eagle on the reverse of the American Silver Eagle and the image of the Statue of Liberty from the American Platinum Eagle, two of the United States Mint’s most important coin releases each year.
The Australian Silver Wedge Tail Eagle program launched in 2014. The 2014 and 2015 coins shared the same design. A new design was revealed in 2016 that was again used in 2017. However, the 2018 and 2019 coins in the series each had their own unique designs. Below is a breakdown of the designs and any other changes in the series:
Perth Mint’s focus on wildlife-themed annual releases continued in 2018 with the debut of a brand-new silver bullion collection. The Australian Silver Emu coin made its debut in 2018 with a low mintage cap of just 30,000 coins. Each one features 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver, in keeping with all other major silver bullion issues, and is set to depict the emu in a different relief on the reverse side each year.
The emu is the second-largest living bird in the world by height behind the ostrich, and it is endemic to Australia. The bird is the only extant member of the Dromaius genus and used to include three subspecies in the region: Tasmanian emu, Kangaroo Island emu, and King Island emu. The latter three subspecies all became extinct shortly after European settlement of Australian in 1788.
Details on the available issues in this collection to date include:
Among the newest collections from the Perth Mint, the Bird of Paradise Series includes both silver and gold bullion coins with each design release. Debuting in 2018, the coins have a new member of the Bird of Paradise family of bird species. This grouping includes 42 different species in 15 separate genera. Though the birds are distinct in their own right, most males regardless of specific species have beautiful plumage with elongated, elaborate feathers found either on the beak, wings, tail, or head.
The obverse designs in the series feature a right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Like other coins released over the 2018-2019 date mark divide, the coins in this series feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s fourth-generation British design with a 2018 date mark and the latest Jody Clark design of Queen Elizabeth II for 2019 date marks. The new design is the sixth to appear on Australian coins during Elizabeth II’s reign.
For the reverse, the Perth Mint features a different species each year:
If you’d like to add silver bullion from these other Perth Mint series to your portfolio, don’t hesitate to contact JM Bullion customer service. You can call us on the phone at 800-276-6508, chat with us live online, or simply send us an email.