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2019 brings us the second thrilling issue in the Australian Bird of Paradise series, which is struck by the innovative and world renowned Perth Mint.
The reverse of this remarkable series features a new design every year showcasing the different moods and activities of Australia’s various Bird of Paradise species. The species highlighted this year’s design is the Manucodia. It is seen perched on a branch. The year, 1 oz. weight, .9999 fine silver purity and the iconic Perth Mint ‘P’ mintmark are incorporated into the reverse design. The 2019 image was designed by Jennifer McKenna.
The obverse of the coin features the effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, as designed by Jody Clark, the British Royal Mint’s superstar engraver. This is the “Fifth Official Portrait” for use on coinage.
The Australian Bird of Paradise silver bullion issue has a mintage of only 50,000 coins to satisfy worldwide demand--similar in many ways to the earlier days of the landmark Perth Mint Kookaburra Series. The Bird of Paradise series continues the Perth Mint’s tradition of celebrating Australia’s unique and thrilling wildlife. The issue will be available from ModernCoinMart for stackers in rolls and boxes. MCM will offer high quality graded examples that have been preserved for future generations.
The Perth Mint engravers and designers are known all over the world as leaders in the precious metals, bullion and numismatic space. They are responsible for the widely collected Australian Kookaburra series, the Australian Koala series, the Australian Platypus Platinum Coin Series and the widely collected and sensational Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Coin series.
Due to a local Western Australian gold strike, the Perth Mint began operations as part of the British Royal Mint system on June 20, 1899. They struck one of the most widely recognized coins in the world at that time, the British Gold Sovereign. The British Empire abandoned the gold standard in 1931. The Perth Mint stopped minting gold coinage then but continued refining operations and continued to produce gold bars from the rich local gold strikes that continue to produce gold today.
The Perth Mint has struck billions of coins for Australian circulation. In 1987, they began offering legal tender precious metals coinage to collectors all over the world. The first offering was the trendsetting Australian Gold Nugget coins.
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