The Perth Mint has launched a new one year coin series which will showcase aspects of Australia’s ancient culture, its discovery, its lifestyle, and iconic landmarks. The first releases of the series feature the Sydney Opera House, which was made a UNESCO World Heritage Site on June 28, 2007.
The Sydney Opera House is one of the world’s premiere performance venues, with approximately a thousand rooms, including five theaters, five rehearsal studios, two main halls, four restaurants, six bars, and numerous souvenir shops. It is a famous tourist destination visited by millions of people every year. Its unique design, which was inspired by the flotilla of sails and boats that frequented the harbor, and its location make it one of the world’s most famous landmarks.
The design of the 1 oz Silver Proof Coin features a view of the Sydney Opera House set against a backdrop of colorful fireworks, which are framed within the map shape of Australia. Inscriptions include “The Land Down Under” and the silver weight and purity. The obverse of the coin contains the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2013” year date and legal tender denomination of “1 Dollar”.
The design for the 1/4 oz Gold Proof Coin features a view off the Sydney Opera House across the harbor. The inscriptions include “The Land Down Under” and an indication of the gold content and purity. The obverse contains the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2013” date and denomination of “25 Dollars”.
Each coin is housed an Australian map-shaped case with a stylized shipper and accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. The silver coin has a maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces, while the gold coin has a maximum mintage of 1,000 pieces.
Future releases of the Land Down Under Coin Series will include additional coins for the Sydney Opera House struck in 10 oz. of silver and 2 oz. of gold. This will be followed by coins highlighting the Didgeridoo, Captain Cook, and Surfing.
For additional information on the series or to place an order for the coins, please visit the Perth Mint’s website.