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First-Ever High Relief Reverse Proof Silver Wedge-Tailed Eagles are here!

2017 High Relief Reverse Proof Wedge-Tailed Eagles

Available for the first time in history!

In 2014, the Perth Mint was the focus of many collector’s attention as they introduced the Wedge-Tailed Eagle series. Designed by John Mercanti, former U.S. Mint Chief Engraver and designer of the reverse of the American Silver Eagle, the reverse of the Wedge-Tailed Eagle coin is wildly popular among collectors worldwide.

2017-P Australia 1 oz High Relief Silver Wedge Tailed Eagle Reverse Proof $1 NGC PF70 (Mercanti Signed Label)

Now, in 2017, the Perth Mint stuns again as they continue the legacy of their Wedge-Tailed Eagle series with the introduction of their first-ever High Relief Reverse Proof coin. Adding to the collectability of the High Relief Reverse Proof coins, collectors who secure them will know they got in on the ground floor of this new release!

ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to offer this first-of-its-kind coin in both ungraded and certified options.

Graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation, 2017 High Relief Reverse Proof Silver Wedge-Tailed Eagles are available in Gem Proof, PF69 or PF70 condition and encapsulated with our exclusive John Mercanti hand-signed label.

Don’t miss the opportunity to add a numismatic first to your collection with this impressive 2017 Perth Mint Release!

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High Relief 2 oz. Silver Compass Coin: Add adventure to your collection!

An incredible new release from the Perth Mint

NGC-Certified High Relief Compass Coins Available!

Set your sights on a release unlike anything else. ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to offer the brand new 2017 Tuvalu Compass High Relief 2 oz. Silver Antiqued coin for those seeking to add a little adventure to their collection.

2017-P Tuvalu Compass High Relief 2 oz. Silver Antiqued $2 GEM BU (Original Government Packaging) – Reverse

2017-P Tuvalu Compass High Relief 2 oz. Silver Antiqued $2 GEM BU (Original Government Packaging) – Obverse

An impressive statement piece, this antiqued high relief coin has a massive presence with 6mm of depth hosting a decorative compass! With a limited mintage of just 2,500 coins, they have already sold out from the Mint and are expected to sell quickly!

2017-P Tuvalu Compass High Relief 2 oz. Silver Antiqued $2 GEM BU (Original Government Packaging)

Available are raw coins accompanied by their Original Mint Packaging and official Certificate of Authenticity in addition to coins that have been certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation to be in MS69 & MS70 condition. Certified coins have been awarded the coveted Early Releases designation to make these unique coins that much more desirable!

2017-P Tuvalu Compass High Relief 2 oz. Silver Antiqued $2 NGC MS70 Early Releases

The Perth Mint is known for minting innovative releases that sometimes feature unique items inserted into the structure of certain coins. Another release that featured this creative concept was their Antiqued Proof Silver Yin Yang coin that featured a rotating enameled charm! Each Perth Mint release that featured a moving part captured the attention of collectors worldwide and quickly sold out! that featured a rotating enameled charm! Each Perth Mint release that featured a moving part captured the attention of collectors worldwide and quickly sold out!

Could this 2017 2 oz. Silver High Relief Compass coin be the next release to find its way into your collection?

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Don’t miss the First-Ever High Relief Star Trek Coins with Hand-Signed Labels!

William Shatner Signed Labels

William Shatner Signed Labels

Star Trek coins boast labels signed by the actor that played Captain Kirk!

Launched in the year 2245, the USS Enterprise NCC-1701 was a Federation Constitution-class starship that through 40 years of space discovery and combat, earned the status of the most famous space-exploration vessel in Star Trek history.  Most remembered for her impressive, five-year mission from 2264-2269, the USS Enterprise is a vital component of the Star Trek legacy.

2016-P Tuvalu $100 1 oz. High Relief Proof Gold Star Trek - Enterprise NGC PF70 UC (William Shatner Signed Label)

2016-P Tuvalu $100 1 oz. High Relief Proof Gold Star Trek – Enterprise NGC PF70 UC (William Shatner Signed Label)

Fans respectfully remember the honorable destruction of the famed starship when Captain James T. Kirk activated her auto-destruct sequence to avoid capture by the Klingons. Now, represented for the first time in High Relief gold and silver coins, the USS Enterprise is back and more celebrated than ever.

Available exclusively from ModernCoinMart, fans are invited to add High Relief Star Trek: the Final Frontier Enterprise coins from the Perth Mint to their collection!

2016-P Tuvalu $8 5 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Star Trek - Enterprise NGC PF70 UC (William Shatner Signed Label)

2016-P Tuvalu $8 5 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Star Trek – Enterprise NGC PF70 UC (William Shatner Signed Label)

These coins are available in 1 oz. silver, 5 oz. silver, and 1 oz. gold, struck with a detailed, high relief depiction of the USS Enterprise on their reverse. Stars are shown as simple streaks of light as the ship speeds forward through space. A modified version of the Starfleet Insignia, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek appears on the design.

2016-P Tuvalu $1 1 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Star Trek - Enterprise NGC PF70 UC (William Shatner Signed Label)

2016-P Tuvalu $1 1 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Star Trek – Enterprise NGC PF70 UC (William Shatner Signed Label)

Certifed by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), these coins were awarded the highest grade possible, Proof 70 Ultra Cameo. These coins would not be complete without another important feature – labels that have been hand-signed by William Shatner himself!

Don’t be left behind as fans excitedly purchase the first-ever High Relief Star Trek coin. As a ModernCoinMart exclusive, these coins are expected to sell quickly and their supply is very limited. Beam these Star Trek collector’s items into your collection today!

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Ancient Norse Legends Retold in Ultra High Relief!

Perth Mint Norse Gods Series

Perth Mint Norse Gods Series

Add Nordic Mythology to your Coin Collection!

You may be familiar with the Norse gods Odin, Thor, and Loki from the recent Marvel films, but you have probably never seen them like they are portrayed on the Perth Mint’s Norse Gods coin series! This exciting series depicts the three gods with links back to their original Norse Mythology.

2016-P Tuvalu $2 2 oz. Antiqued High Relief Proof Silver Norse Gods - Odin NGC PF70 UC

2016-P Tuvalu $2 2 oz. Antiqued High Relief Proof Silver Norse Gods – Odin NGC PF70 UC

It is fitting that Odin is the first issue in the series, considering he is the “All-Father” in Norse mythology. He is depicted riding into combat on his eight-legged horse, Sleipnir, and wielding Gungir, his spear. His two wolves, Geri and Freki, and two ravens, Hugin and Munin, also accompany him. Right now, you have the opportunity to be one of the first people to complete this new series.

2016-P Tuvalu $2 2 oz. High Relief Antiqued Proof Silver Norse Gods - Thor NGC PF70 Early Releases

2016-P Tuvalu $2 2 oz. High Relief Antiqued Proof Silver Norse Gods – Thor NGC PF70 Early Releases

The second issue is Thor, God of Thunder and son of Odin. He is depicted in his legendary battle, where he fights the world eating serpent Jörmungandr. He is shown holding the massive Serpent by the fang while he draws his famous hammer, Mjölnir, back in preparation for a mighty swing!

2016-P Tuvalu $2 2 oz. High Relief Antiqued Proof Silver Norse Gods - Loki NGC PF70 Early Releases

2016-P Tuvalu $2 2 oz. High Relief Antiqued Proof Silver Norse Gods – Loki NGC PF70 Early Releases

The third and final release in the series is Loki, the God of Discord. He is depicted leering at the viewer, wearing a dark, hooded cloak that fades in smoke at its edges. He is accompanied by the great serpent, Jörmungandr and the monstrous wolf, Fenrir – the two legendary creatures that are said to have killed Thor and Odin!

Each of these Norse gods are struck in Ultra High Relief into 2 Troy oz. .999 fine silver coins. The designs use a very unique art style which, along with the Antique Finish, gives them a rustic feel. The combination of all of these features on all three coins in the series results in a beautiful set that could be considered a work of art!

ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to offer these coins graded Proof 69 or Proof 70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC). With the first two coins already sold out from the Perth Mint and the 3rd coin, Loki, sure to sell out soon, you will need to act quickly to secure yours. Commemorate Norse Mythology by adding these beautiful coins to your collection today!

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First-Ever High Relief Star Trek Coin Hand-Signed by William Shatner!

High Relief Star Trek Enterprise Coins

First-Ever High Relief Star Trek Enterprise Coins

Plus, William Shatner hand-signed labels now available!

Star Trek fans everywhere recognize Spock’s infamous phrase, “Live Long and Prosper.” A necessary piece of knowledge for any Trekkie, this statement takes fans back to the beginning days of the Star Trek legacy.

2016-P Tuvalu $8 5 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Star Trek - Enterprise

2016-P Tuvalu $8 5 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Star Trek – Enterprise NGC PF70 UC Early Releases (William Shatner Signed) 

Now, fans and collectors everywhere are given the incredible opportunity to capture the essence of Star Trek with the first-ever High Relief Star Trek: the Final Frontier Enterprise coins featuring William Shatner-signed labels! Graded by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), this collection offers a coin for every Trekkie.

2016-P Tuvalu $1 1 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Star Trek - Enterprise Early Releases

2016-P Tuvalu $1 1 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Star Trek – Enterprise NGC PF70 UC Early Releases

A Hollywood icon, Shatner embodied the character Captain Kirk on the popular Star Trek television series and movies for several years. His genuine signature on these NGC labels is a true testament to the commemoration of the Star Trek legacy.

Don’t be left behind as fans excitedly purchase the first-ever High Relief Star Trek coin. A ModernCoinMart exclusive offering, these coins are expected to sell quickly and our supply is limited.

Move at warp speed and land the Enterprise in your collection now!

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2016 High Relief Kangaroos are on sale now!

2016 High Relief Proof Silver Kangaroos

2016 High Relief Proof Silver Kangaroos

Raw & certified coins now available at MCM!

The Perth Mint in Australia is well-known for its releases that feature some of Australia’s indigenous inhabitants. The kangaroo is perhaps the most well-known representative of the Land Down Under and well-known around the world for carrying their offspring in their pouch.

2016-P Australia $1 1 oz. High Relief Proof Silver Kangaroo

These adorable creatures are featured on the latest release, the 2016 High Relief Proof Kangaroo. Struck from one troy ounce of .999 silver, these coins are available in both the original Perth Mint packaging and certified by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC) in PF69 & PF70 grades with their exclusive Australia label.

Call your mates and bag a ‘Roo for your collection today and enjoy MCM’s low prices and free domestic shipping!

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Dramatic new Dragon & His Nine Sons 2016 5 oz. High Relief Silver Coin

Symbolic of good fortune in Chinese mythology, the Dragon is said to have nine sons, each endowed with a unique supernatural power. Portraying these legendary characters, this limited silver coin was made at The Perth Mint using high relief dies for a stunning result. With a strict limited mintage, no more than 1,000 of these collector coins will be issued.

Source: The Perth Mint

Australian Coins: 2016 Australian Kangaroo 2 oz. Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin

It is a little more than a month since its release in February, but to my great surprise the 2016 Australian Kangaroo $2 2 oz. .999 High Relief Antiqued silver coin has not sold out yet. Is the market saturated with high relief, antique finish coins? I discuss this and more in this article.

Reverse – Australian Kangaroo $2 2016 2 oz. High Relief Silver Coin Antiqued

2016 Silver Australian High Relief Kangaroo 2 oz. Silver Antique Finish $2 HR – Reverse

2016 Silver Australian HR Kangaroo 2 oz. Silver Antique Finish $2 – Reverse

This 2016 Australian kangaroo coin features a hopping kangaroo in high relief (see image above). It is pictured within a typical outback landscape on what can be described as a very detailed reverse. The reverse design also includes a lizard that’s sitting on a rock in the foreground – considered a “nice touch” by more than one collector.

Inscriptions on the reverse, includes the “P” mintmark of the Perth Mint, as well as the initials of Wade Robinson (“WR”), the designer of the reverse of this coin.

Robinson, a long standing member of The Perth Mint’s design team, is the same guy who designed the reverse of the first Silver Kangaroo coin in high relief – the popular 2010 Silver $1 Kangaroo High Relief coin.

Given the above, Robinson’s involvement with the design of the 2016 $2 Australian Kangaroo 2 oz. Silver High Relief Antiqued Finish coin is quite fitting. It is the first high relief, rimless, antique finish 2 oz. silver kangaroo coin issued under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, which makes it legal tender of Australia.

As far as I could establish, it is also the first low mintage, antique finish, high relief, .999 fine 2 oz. Australian legal tender silver coin issued by The Perth Mint.

It must be noted that the reverse design of this coin is completely different from any design that can be found on the Gods of Olympus high relief, antique finish coins.

Obverse – 2016 P Australian $2 High Relief Kangaroo

2016 Australian Kangaroo Antiqued Coin in High Relief – Obverse

2016 Australian Kangaroo Antiqued Coin in High Relief – Obverse

The obverse features a portrait of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, as designed by Ian Rank-Broadley (“IRB”). His initials appear on the obverse of this coin (see image above) along with the following inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II,” “AUSTRALIA,” “2oz 999 SILVER,” “2016” and “2 DOLLARS” (AUD).

Although similarities with the Gods of Olympus coins are striking, especially in terms of the obverse of this coin, there are still notable differences. E.g. inscriptions on the reverse of the 2014 Tuvalu 2 oz Silver Gods of Olympus Zeus High Relief coin include: “QUEEN ELIZABETH II,” TUVALU,” “2oz 999 SILVER,” “2014” and “2 DOLLARS” (Tuvaluan dollar). The initials “IRB” are also included (see image below).

Gods of Olympus – Zeus 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin - Obverse

Gods of Olympus – Zeus 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin – Obverse

Beginning 1976, Tuvalu started to issue their own coins for circulation – although not independent currency – rather a variation of the Australian Dollar (AUD).

Packaging and COA

2016 Australian Kangaroo Antiqued Coin in High Relief - Outer Packaging

2016 Australian Kangaroo Antiqued Coin in High Relief – Outer Packaging

Each of these 2016 Perth Mint coins comes seated in a clear latex display frame, which protects the coin and makes optimal display possible (see image below). The frame itself comes seated within well-designed outer packaging (see image above). An individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity (COA) is also included. It also includes a card that explains in short what is meant with individually ‘antiqued.’

2016 Australian Kangaroo 2 oz. Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin - Display Frame

2016 Australian Kangaroo 2 oz. Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin – Display Frame

Kindly note that while fully protected, the coin might move in its frame during transit (this happened to the one that I’ve ordered and received from Talisman Coins). This is perfectly normal given the nature of the packaging and certainly not a train smash. The position of the coin can be corrected as follow:

Place the frame upright on a hard surface – such as a table – with the direction you wish the coin to move in at the bottom. Tap the frame at the top with two fingers until the coin is in the desired position. Rotate the frame if required.

If the above doesn’t work, follow these steps:

Place the frame flat on a hard surface (make sure The Perth Mint logo is in the left lower corner facing you), firmly hold the bottom part of the frame with one hand and pull the top part with your other hand – use only your thumbs and middle fingers in both instances.

Perth Mint Logo

Perth Mint Logo

The aim should be to break the magnetic field, without breaking the frame itself, allowing you to open the frame and position the coin as desired. Keep in mind that the two parts of the frame is permanently attached at the top – it works in the same manner as a hinge. Use white cotton gloves – designed to safely handle coins – to move the coin into the desired position.

It is very easy to move the coin into the desired position. Don’t allow my rather lengthy instructions to discourage you – I am known for getting into the deep end when it comes to these matters.

Is the Market Saturated with Low Mintage Antique Finish High Relief Rimless .999 2 oz. Silver Coins?

The Perth Mint took the market by storm in 2014 by the release of low mintage Gods of Olympus antique finish high relief rimless .999 2 oz. silver coins (see image below). This opened the market to something new and exciting, but can the same be said today?

Gods of Olympus – Zeus 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin - Reverse

Gods of Olympus – Zeus 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin – Reverse

Gods of Olympus – Zeus 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin - Obverse

Gods of Olympus – Zeus 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin – Obverse

The Perth Mint undoubtedly set the “standard” for what determines a popular coin at the time, especially considering that all three coins in the Gods of Olympus Series sold out in record time. It is difficult to determine how much of the initial demand was driven by genuine, organic demand and how much was driven by pure greed – the desire to make a quick buck by flipping the coins.

Nonetheless, it is not difficult to see that numerous mints across the world have since then brought their own antique finish, high relief silver coins of various sizes to market, including 2 oz. size coins.

The market seems to be flooded by these coins at the moment – is this the reason why the low mintage 2016 Australian Kangaroo 2 oz. Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin has not sold out yet?

This 2016 Australian kangaroo coin, released by The Perth Mint early February this year, strongly reflects the same style and/or format as that of the Gods of Olympus coins – high relief, antique finish .999 fine 2 oz. silver coins with a maximum diameter of 40.50 mm and thickness of 6 mm.

Despites similarities to the Gods of Olympus coins and even coins in the Swiss Mint’s wildlife series, this 2016 kangaroo coin is also unique in its own right, especially in terms of its reverse design and the fact that it is Australian legal tender.

I am of the opinion that once the market learns about the uniqueness of this coin, despite similarities to other coins, perceived or real, it might go down in history as one of those much sought after Australian coins.

Why should you be interested to buy the 2016 Australian Kangaroo 2 oz. Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin?

There is literally a ton of kangaroo coins out there as well as coins of the same format and/or style – why should you be interested in this particular one, especially at the price listed at The Perth Mint’s website? Here are my thoughts in no particular order:

First Coin in New Series: This is the first coin in a brand new 3 coin series by The Perth Mint. This is great, but personally I would have loved to see a long-term series with a new coin being released every year. Is the Mint going to release all 3 coins in the series in 2016? If yes, then I simply don’t foresee a stampede when the other two get released later this year.

Antique Finish: Each coin has been individually ‘antiqued’ to give it a unique finish conveying the surface abrasions of an ancient artefact. As a result of this treatment, the appearance of each coin may vary. 

This alone makes each coin unique in its own right. The antique finish captures the depth and detail of the design extremely well (see image below).

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Antique Finish

Low Mintage: A maximum of only 3,000 of these collector issue 2016 Australian coins will be minted and distributed worldwide. This is a good number in my opinion; high enough to satisfy demand in a controlled manner, but also low enough not to open the door too wide.

Display Frame: Each coin comes seated in a clear, sturdy latex display frame. According to numismatic expert, Louis Golino:

Those frames cost $15-20 if bought separately, which shows you what a good deal this is in my opinion.

(Australian Kangaroo 2016 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin coming from Perth Feb. 2nd, Louis Golino, MCF).

Individually Numbered COAs: Each of these 2016 Australian coins comes with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity (CoA). This certainly adds value, especially considering that each coin comes with its own unique number (see image below).

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COA

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Individually Numbered

High Relief: Each coin started out as an extra thick blank that that was struck with a high relief die – imparting an unusually deep impression or high relief. It is somewhere else described as an ultra-high relief (UHR) and even piedfort coin.

The above might be technically correct, but personally I am not 100% convinced of it. Nonetheless, it is certainly still an extremely impressive high relief silver coin – an Aussie coin that is destined for greatness in my opinion! 

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Not the clearest of photos, but is the coin Ultra-High Relief (UHR)?

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Piedfort? Technically perhaps. In hand not so much. Just my opinion.

2016 .999 3 oz. Silver Odin Coin – Max Relief Strike (the big brother of UHR)

Australian Legal Tender: Each of these 2016 Perth Mint coins comes with a face value of “2 DOLLARS” (AUD). It was issued under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, which makes it legal tender of Australia.

Now a $2 AUD face value is certainly not something to write home about. However, the fact that it is legal tender of Australia, means that the silver purity and weight of this .999 fine 2 oz. silver coin, are guaranteed by the Australian Government.

Silver Content: Each of these solver silver coins comes packed with 2 oz. of .999 fine silver. This creates a protective value floor beyond the collector’s value of the coin.

Reverse Design: The reverse design created by Wade Robinson is in my opinion the most unique part of this 2016 Australian kangaroo coin (see image below).

Beyond the similarities this coin shares with other coins, the detailed reverse design certainly adds to the uniqueness of this Aussie coin.

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Reverse designed by Wade Robinson

Fair Prices: The coin is listed at The Perth Mint’s website at $180.91 AUD (more or less $134 USD) – a price that excludes the 10% GST tax Australians have to pay. This while it is listed at Talisman Coins at $124.95 USD (more or less $170 AUD). These prices exclude the cost of shipping.

Personally I deem these prices to be fair when compared to what’s currently available in the market place, especially considering all the extras (and I was not paid to write this article).

The maximum authorized mintage is 3,000 – twice as much as the 1,500 of each of the Gods of Olympus coins issued in 2014 – but it is already almost 2 years later. One cannot expect of them to list this 2016 Australian kangaroo coin at a $162.73 AUD (the same price the Gods of Olympus coins sold at in 2014) or even less.

Needless to say, if you’re in the market to buy silver as close to spot as possible, then this coin will certainly be expensive to you. Understand that this is a collector issue coin and that such coins normally cost more to produce than bullion issue coins, especially considering that applying the antique finish is a manual process, done by hand. You could wait for prices to drop, but personally I wouldn’t bargain on it.

High Quality: Perth Mint coins are known to be coins of outstanding quality. It is no different this time around. I am of the opinion that most coin collectors will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of these coins, especially when observed in hand – the best way to observe a coin in my opinion. 

Source of Video: losinglouie

Specs

Country of Issue: Australia

Mint: The Perth Mint

Year of Issue: 2016

Face Value: Two Dollars

Weight: 62.270 g

Diameter: 40.50 mm

Maximum Thickness: 6.00 mm

Maximum Mintage: 3,000

Finish: Antique with high relief

Composition: .999 Fine Silver

Edge: Smooth or Plain

Artist: Wade Robinson (reverse), Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse)

COA: Individually Numbered