Apart from ordinary bullion, gold and silver coins are mainly aimed at investors. The world’s large mints manufacture coins that are strictly addressed to collectors, and due to their refining qualities, commemorative value, exclusive designs, and small mintages, collectible coins carry high premiums, and are unsuitable for pure investment. But coin collectors love them, and a strong market has developed in the field.
A true pioneer in the category of collectable coins is Australia’s Perth Mint. Almost the entire Perth Mint’s production of precious metal coins issued for investment or collective purposes is based on the spectacular variety of indigenous Australian wildlife.
A huge variety of animals, 83% of the mammals, 89% of reptiles, 90% of fish and insects and 93% of the amphibians that inhabit the continent are endemic to Australia. This high level of endemism can be attributed to the continent’s long geographic isolation, tectonic stability, and the effects of an unusual pattern of climate change on the soil and flora over geological time.
Australia is home to numerous venomous species, which include the Platypus, spiders, scorpions, octopus, jellyfish, mollusks, stonefish, and stingrays. Uniquely, Australia has more venomous than non-venomous species of snakes.
Kangaroos are the largest living marsupials (a group of mammals that raise their young in a pouch) in the world. When European explorers first saw these strange hopping animals and asked a native Australian (aborigine) what they were called, he replied “kangaroo” meaning “I don’t understand”. And that’s how the kangaroo got its name.
Australian wildlife collectable gold and silver coins
Gold Kangaroos are the Perth Mint’s official bullion coins aimed at investors. Recently, the Perth Mint announced the issue of the 2014 Mini Roo 0.5g gold bullion coin as part of its annual series. Added to the new 2014 Mini Kookaburra and the Mini Koala annual series, these unique legal tender (face value AUS$ 2) delicate button sized releases make a precious collectable or extremely affordable gift that will stand the test of time.
These three remarkable creatures together with many other animals that live only in the Land Down Under adorn the many issues of the “Discover Australia” gold coin series, an impressive variety of proof quality, 99.99% pure gold legal tender coins of all denominations, depicting images of Australian animals in the unique style of Australian indigenous artist Darryl Bellotti. Beautiful depictions of goannas, green and gold bell frogs, white sharks, Tasmanian devils, emus and dingoes are found on the reverse side of these brilliant coins.
The Perth Mint’s unbeatable minting expertise, together with the use of advanced manufacturing technology and design artistry, contribute to the manufacturing of some of the highest quality collectible silver coins in the world.
Australia has more species of reptiles than any other continent, with their colourful variety and extraordinary behaviours making them arguably one of the most fascinating groups of animals in existence. Amongst others, the “Australian Saltwater Crocodiles” series and the “Australia’s Remarkable Reptiles” series comprise of excellent proof quality, 99.9% pure silver, legal tender coloured silver collectible coins.
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