The Perth Mint has released the first one-ounce bullion strikes in gold which are part of the “Brumby” horse series launched last year as a two-ounce silver coin. The story of the Australian brumby horse is as unique as the island continent’s history itself. According to tradition, their story begins with soldier and pastoralist James Brumby (1771–1838), who was originally from Lincolnshire, England, and also a free man who was paid to make the long journey to Australia as a soldier in 1791. A sergeant in the New South Wales Corps, he was transferred from Sydney to Van Diemen’s Land in 1801, but before his transfer, he was forced to release a number of horses in his charge into the bush. Ultimately, they came to be known as “Brumby’s horses,” later as “brumbies,” and the word over time came to refer to wild horses.
Found in many areas around this vast country-continent, the best-known brumbies are found in an area known as the “Australian Alps” region, the highest mountain range located in Southeastern Australia. These mobs of brumbies today are descended from lost, abandoned, or escaped horses that in many cases belonged to other early British settlers like Brumby. Wild, independent, and successfully inhabiting a hostile environment, the brumby has become a national icon seen by many as symbolic of Australia’s own national character.
Designed by graphic artist Jennifer McKenna, the reverse side portrays the brumby as a magnificent, unfettered beast, galloping with abandon through water. The Perth Mint’s P mintmark, the weight, fineness, and the year 2021 also appear just under the primary design.
The Commonwealth effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II created by British engraver Jody Clark is seen on the obverse along with the coins’ denomination of 100 DOLLARS, which is included beneath the Queen’s likeness.
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Each coin is encapsulated and is presented in an elegant custom Perth Mint-branded case with a certificate of authenticity. For purchases in Australia, please visit the website of the Perth Mint.
Collectors and investors outside Australia may purchase the coins from LPM.