Australian gold and silver coins of the Swan series

Australian gold and silver coins of the “Swan” series started to be minted in 2017 due to the success of the previous series of investment coins made of precious metals “Panda” and “Kangaroo”. The series is represented by only two denominations of 1 and 100 Australian dollars. However, it has already become one of the most successful series, since all its circulation was sold during a few days after issue.

Australian gold and silver dollars of the Swan series

Coins of the minting of 2017

1 Australian silver dollar denomination

  • Weight: 1 ounce (31.107 g)
  • Diameter: 40.6 mm
  • Fineness: 999.9 Ag
  • Quality: proof
  • Circulation: 2,500 copies
  • Confirmation of the authenticity: serial number and certificate
  • Edge: reeded
  • Thickness: 4 mm
  • Obverse: glossy profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the matte surface; stamp of engraver Ian Rank-Bradley – “IRB”; inscription «ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017 *1 DOLLAR» on the glossy rim of the coin.
  • Reverse: glossy, matte and ridged surface; swan on the water; stamp of the Perth Mint “P” and artist-engraver Natasha Mul “NM” next to it; inscriptions «The 1oz 9999 AUSTRALIAN» and «SILVER SWAN».

"Swan" series

100 gold Australian dollars denomination

  • Weight: 1 ounce (31.107 g)
  • Diameter: 32,6 mm
  • Fineness: 999,9 Au.
  • Quality: proof
  • Circulation: 5,000 copies.
  • Confirmation of the authenticity: serial number and certificate
  • Edge: reeded
  • Thickness: 2.8 mm
  • Obverse: glossy profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the matte surface; stamp of engraver Ian Rank-Bradley – “IRB”; inscription «ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017 *1 DOLLAR» on the glossy rim of the coin.
  • Reverse: glossy, matte and ridged surface; swan on the water; stamp of the Perth Mint “P” and artist-engraver Natasha Mul “NM” next to it; inscriptions «The 1oz 9999 AUSTRALIAN» and «SILVER SWAN».

The 1oz 9999 AUSTRALIAN

Coins of the minting of 2018

1 Australian gold dollar denomination

  • Weight: 1 ounce (31.107 g)
  • Diameter: 40.6 mm
  • Fineness: 999.9 Ag.
  • Quality: proof
  • Circulation: 25,000 copies.
  • Confirmation of the authenticity: serial number and certificate
  • Edge: reeded
  • Thickness: 4 mm

Obverse: glossy profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the matte surface; stamp of engraver Ian Rank-Bradley – “IRB”; inscription  «ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2017 *1 DOLLAR» on the glossy rim of the coin.

ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018*1 DOLLAR

Reverse: glossy, matte and ridged surface; swan with a nestling on the water; stamp of the Perth Mint – “P” and the stamp of the 12th head engraver of the US Mint John Mercanti – “J.M.” next to it; «The 1oz 9999 AUSTRALIAN» и «SILVER SWAN».

The 1oz 9999 AUSTRALIAN» и «SILVER SWAN

100 Australian gold dollars denomination

  • Weight: 1 ounce (31.107 g)
  • Diameter: 32.6 mm
  • Fineness: 999,9 Au.
  • Quality: proof
  • Circulation: 5,000 copies.
  • Confirmation of the authenticity: serial number and certificate
  • Edge: reeded
  • Thickness: 2.8 mm
  • Obverse: glossy profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the matte surface; stamp of engraver Ian Rank-Bradley – “IRB”; inscription  «ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2018 *100 DOLLAR» on the glossy rim of the coin.
  • Reverse: glossy, matte and ridged surface; swan with a nestling on the water; stamp of the Perth Mint – “P” and the stamp of the 12th head engraver of the US Mint John Mercanti – “J.M.” next to it; «The 1oz 9999 AUSTRALIAN» и «GOLD SWAN».

100 Australian gold dollars denomination

What was this series created for

At the end of the 20th century, the Perth Mint began to mint the series of investment coins with animals that reflect the rich and unique fauna of Australia. The success of such series as “Kangaroo”, “Kookaburra ” and “Koala” prompted the creation of a new series of gold and silver coins, which depict swans – one of the symbols of the Perth Mint, located near Swan Lake. This series has already become popular among investors and collectors because of its highest quality of gold and silver and the exclusive design of coins for each year of issue.

Design

Three designers-engravers worked on this series:

  • Ian Rank-Breadly;
  • Natasha Muhl;
  • John M. Mercanti.

Their personal stamps can be seen on coins along with the stamp of the Perth Mint.

Coins of the “Swan” series can be purchased individually, in gift packages and wholesale lots:

  • plastic capsule;

  • plastic capsule

  • plastic sealed packing with a coin in a plastic capsule;
  • plastic sealed packing

  • sets of 20 and 100 coins in plastic tubes;
  • sets of 20 and 100 coins in plastic tubes

  • gift packaging for one coin in a plastic capsule.
  • gift packaging for one coin in a plastic capsule

    In addition, there were produced sets, packed in gift cases of three coins (two silver coins with the “proof” quality of minting and one gold with the “diamond” quality of the minting), which were issued in a limited edition of 250 coins.

    Which mint issues

    The main and only mint of Australia today is the mint in the city of Perth, which is located in the state of Western Australia. It was founded in 1899 along with two more mints in Sydney and Melbourne. At that time, the Perth Mint was a colonial branch of the British Royal Mint. Today, this historical fact is reminiscent by the profile of the British Queen Elizabeth II, depicted on the obverse of the investment coins

    The cost of coins of this series on the market

    Due to the fact that coins of this series are made of silver and gold with a fineness of 999.99, the price for them can several times exceed the denomination. This is primarily affected by the small circulation of this series and the cost of an ounce of silver and gold on world exchanges for the purchase/sale of precious metals.

    Approximate cost of coins on numismatic exchanges and auctions:

  • 1 Australian silver dollar41.9-50.46 AUD;
  • 100 Australian gold dollar1361.99-1481.24 AUD.
  • Interesting facts

    • Visitors of the Perth Mint can find out the value of their own weight at current gold prices by standing on special scales.
    • The Perth Mint obtains Australia’s largest collection of natural gold nuggets, plates and crystals.
    • The stone walls of the smelter shop of the Perth Mint are literally soaked with gold dust accumulated here for many decades of work.
    • In 2015, the Perth Mint introduced a secure online trading platform for precious metals trading, which allows investors to buy and store gold, silver, and platinum at the mint.
    • Sketches of future coins are always made manually, and only then transferred to the computer program. On their basis, they manually mold its bulk model in the size of a large dinner plate, while the design details can be thinner than a human hair. The stamp layout is also performed manually using a microscope.

    Sources:

  • Swan 2018 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Australia 1 oz Silver Swan $1 Coin GEM BU (Original Mint Capsule)
  • AUSTRALIA 1 OZ SILVER SWAN BU
  • OZ AUSTRALIA SWAN 9999 SILVER COIN BU
  • Australian 1oz Silver Swan Coins Realizing Strong Prices (Photos)
  • Perth Mint follows up success of silver swan bullion coins with two new swan issues
  • Australia 1 oz Gold Swan BU
  • Australia Swan 3-Coin Set Proof/BU
  • «117 фактов о Пертском монетном дворе (Австралия) к его 117-летию»
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