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This month’s bulletin is a bonanza for those inspired by Chinese mythology and symbolism.

Always popular among collectors and gift buyers, coloured edition coins from the Australian Lunar Series feature vivid reverse depictions. This year’s additions portray the labrador retriever and German shepherd – two of the world’s favourite dogs.

Adding to the prestigious options available for everyone celebrating the Year of the Dog, the latest Typeset Collection showcases four superb finishes meticulously created by our craftspeople.

The new Dragon and Pearl antiqued silver coin is a shining example of creativity and innovation. Portraying two mythical dragons surrounding a rotating pearl-like bead, it brings together two of the most auspicious symbols in Chinese culture.

The dragon is also one of the symbols depicted on our colourful new Blessing coin. Eagle-eyed collectors will spot that together with other coloured design elements it represents the lucky Chinese character ‘Fu’.

For more details of these and other new releases including the fifth and final coin from our popular Polar Babies series, browse through the electronic bulletin above or visit Recent Releases.



  2 Responses to “What’s New? Perth Mint collector coin releases for October 2017”

  1. It is a shame that PM does not use a real pearl for the Dragon & Pearl antique 1oz silver coin. A cultured pearl or synthetic pearl is very affordable and it should have been used instead of a pearl like bead. What a miss opportunity in this release. Therefore we have to call it Dragon & Pearl (like) antique coin. Apparently most dragon coins are all Tuvalu legal tender which means nothing for us Australian.

    • Thanks for your feedback, which we always welcome.

      By way of an explanation, the cost of sourcing real pearls of a consistent size for the 3,000 mintage would have made the release prohibitively expensive for many collectors and gift buyers.

      A recognised issuing authority, Tuvalu is a Commonwealth member nation whose currency is interchangeable with the Australian dollar. As such it provides legal tender status for many non-circulating collectables and has enabled The Perth Mint to release many popular coins featuring non-Australian themes.

      Kind regards

      Blog Team


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