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THE GLOBAL SILVER COIN COLLECTION

Category:  World Coins
Owner:  DCZAN
Last Modified:  4/1/2016
  
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CRITERIA FOR INCLUSION IN THE GLOBAL SILVER COIN COLLECTION


For a coin to be included in this set it must meet 5 criteria: (1.) have SILVER in it's composition, (2.) be NGC graded, (3.) have good eye appeal or significant history, (4.) slabbed in an "EdgeView" holder and (5.) it must be a country's legal tender or exonumia minted by a country's official or authorized mint.

Currently this "thematic & topical coins" custom registry set contains 435 silver coins from 80 different countries around the globe that were minted with .100 to .9999 silver and range in date from 238 AD to 2015 AD. All coins are NGC graded and are slabbed exclusively in "EdgeView" holders with a grading range of VG 10 to MS/PF 70. Most of the coins included in this set are rare and have very low NGC populations. Many are the finest NGC graded examples and a few are the only known NGC graded examples. Each coin has an obverse and reverse photo and is described in full detail including NGC population in the "owners comment" section, so please view the collections gallery or slide show (tabs for both are located at the top of this set listing).





HISTORY OF SILVER


Silver has been used for thousands of years for coins, ornaments, utensils, trade and as the basis for many monetary systems. Its value as a precious metal was long considered second only to gold. The word "silver" appears in Anglo-Saxon in various spellings, such as seolfor and siolfor. A similar form is seen throughout the Germanic languages. The chemical symbol Ag is from the Latin word for "silver", argentum, from the Indo-European root *arg-, meaning "white" or "shining". Silver has been known since ancient times and it is mentioned in the Book of Genesis. In the Gospels, Jesus' disciple Judas Iscariot is infamous for having taken a bribe of 30 coins of silver from religious leaders in Jerusalem to turn Jesus of Nazareth over to soldiers of the High Priest Caiaphas. Slag heaps found in Asia Minor and on the islands of the Aegean Sea indicate silver was being separated from lead as early as the 4th millennium BC using surface mining. The stability of the Roman currency relied to a high degree on the supply of silver bullion, which Roman miners produced on a scale unparalleled before the discovery of the New World. Reaching a peak production of 200 tons per year, an estimated silver stock of 10,000 tons circulated in the Roman economy in the middle of the second century AD, five to ten times larger than the combined amount of silver available to medieval Europe and the Caliphate around 800 AD. Financial officials of the Roman Empire worried about the loss of silver to pay for highly demanded silk from Sinica (China). The Chinese Empire during most of its history primarily used silver as a means of exchange. In the 19th century, the threat to the balance of payments of the United Kingdom from Chinese merchants demanding payment in silver in exchange for tea, silk, and porcelain led to the Opium War because Britain had to find a way to address the imbalance in payments, and they decided to do so by selling opium produced in their colony of British India to China.

Silver has been used for coinage instead of other materials for 6 main reasons:

-it is long lasting and durable
-it has a shiny white luster
-it has a high value to weight ratio
-it has a certain weight that is fungible
-it has a stable and an intrinsic value
-it is an ever rare precious metal





SILVER IN MODERN TIMES


In modern times with the reduced or even non-existent link between the value of the currency and the value of precious metals, silver gradually has ceased to be used in the manufacture of ordinary circulating coins (most countries across the globe stopped issuing silver coins for circulation in the 1960s or 70s). For this reason, silver coins are now mainly either special commemorative coins minted for sale to coin collectors or bullion coins primarily sold to investors that, although are legal tender, are not expected to circulate. As with all collectible coins, many factors determine the value of a silver coin, such as its rarity, weight, fineness, demand, condition or grade and the number originally minted. Other than collector's, silver coins and silver bullion coins are popular among people who desire a "hedge" against currency inflation. While many nations across the globe have issued silver bullion coins over the past four decades, there are 7 series of issues that are widely collected and are eligible for Precious Metal IRAs. These 7 series are the:

Mexican Silver Libertad (1982),
Chinese Silver Panda (1983),
American Silver Eagle (1986),
Canadian Silver Maple Leaf (1986),
Australian Silver Kookaburra (1990),
Great Britain Silver Britannia (1997),
Austrian Silver Vienna Philharmonic (2008).

Today the top use for silver is not coinage, it is electronics. 35% of all silver produced is used for electronics, while 25% is for coins & medals, 10% in photography, 6% for jewelry & silverware and 24% for other uses. Global silver production increased nearly 25% since 2009, from 766 million oz. to 877 million oz. in 2014. The total world production to date is estimated at 4.7 billion oz. (which is not much more than the estimated 4.25 billion oz. of total world gold production).





COUNTRIES WITH COINAGE IN THIS COLLECTION


My passion for world coins started when I was a child in the 1970's & 80's. My father was in the US Navy and he'd be deployed for six months at a time all over the world, upon returning he'd always have a pile of coinage from all of his destinations. The diverse, foreign and exotic designs always amazed and intrigued me as they continue to do so today. It is just as exciting for me to update my set with a silver coin from a new country as it was for me to receive coinage from my father when he'd return from his travels!

My decision to focus solely on silver wold coins is due to one simple fact: silver coins have not only numismatic value but an intrinsic value as a precious metal as well.

The coins in this collection are listed alphabetically by country, year and denomination. The silver markers on the global map below represent each country that is included. (Note: several markers represent multiple locations in the same proximity).






Set Goals

To ultimately compile the finest and most comprehensive collection of NGC graded SILVER coins from as many countries across the globe as possible.

Slot Name
Origin/Country
Item Description
Full Grade
Owner Comments
Pics
View Coin   ANDORRA 25D 1964 ANDORRA X-M9 SILVER MEDALLIC COINAGE NGC PF 66 This 14.00 grams, .900 Ag, 29mm, Andorran 25 Diners coin had an extremely limited mintage of 2,350 and this is the only know NGC graded example. The obverse of this coin depicts the laureate head of Napoleon facing left with the lettering: NAPOLEO I EMP D FRANCA Co PR D L V D'ANDORRA. The initials FM are underneath Napoleon's bust, the version of this coin minus the FM is extremely rare and increases the value x10. The reverse features the ornate arms of Andorra at center, denomination at top and date at the bottom. This coin has a reeded edge and has been demonetized.
View Coin   ANDORRA S10D 2009 CHOPIN - VARSOVIA 1849 NGC PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO This 25 grams, .925 Ag, 38.61mm, Andorran coin was minted to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of the famous composer Frédéric François Chopin and was limited to just 1,810. This coin has a very low NGC population of just 11 (only 3 graded higher at PF 70). The obverse of this coin features the upper torso of Chopin facing left, with the lettering: VARSOVIA 1849 at bottom. The reverse depicts the Andorran coat of arms with the denomination and date below.
View Coin   ANDORRA S10D 2009 GILT CHOPIN - PARIS 1848 NGC PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO This 25 grams, .925 Ag (24k Au gilt), 38.61mm, Andorran coin was minted to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the birth of the famous composer Frédéric François Chopin and was limited to just 1,810. This coin has a very low NGC population of just 10 (only 3 graded higher at PF 70). The obverse of this coin features the bust of Chopin in gold gilt facing right in the foreground with a grand piano in the background. The reverse depicts the Andorran coat of arms with the denomination and date below.
View Coin   ARMENIA S200D 2012LEV NOAH'S ARK NGC MS 69 This 15.55 grams, .999 Ag, 200 dram Noah's Ark coin depicts a representation of the famous biblical story and it is the first investment grade bullion coin issued by the Central Bank of Armenia. It was minted by the Leipzig Precious Metals Factory, a high-tech mint located in Germany. This coin has a low NGC population of just 51 with this being the finest example.
View Coin   ARMENIA S500D 2012LEV NOAH'S ARK NGC MS 69 This 31.1 grams, .999 Ag, 500 dram, Noah's Ark coin from the Republic of Armenia commemorates the Biblical story of Noah's Ark. In the story of Noah's Ark God sent a great flood to destroy the earth but spared Noah, his family, and two of each animal in a the giant Ark that Noah built. The Ark is shown floating on the waters of the flood with Mt. Ararat, the supposed location of the Ark, in the background. The Dove that Noah sent out to find land is featured in the foreground. The other side of the coin displays the official seal of the Republic of Armenia. The coins are minted by the Leipzig Precious Metals Factory, a high-tech mint located in Germany. This coin has an NGC population of just 729.
View Coin   ARMENIA S200D 2013LEV NOAH'S ARK NGC MS 69 This 15.55 grams, .999 Ag, 200 dram Noah's Ark coin depicts a representation of the famous biblical story and it is the first investment grade bullion coin issued by the Central Bank of Armenia. It was minted by the Leipzig Precious Metals Factory, a high-tech mint located in Germany. This coin has a low NGC population of just 53 with this being the finest example.
View Coin   ARMENIA S500D 2013LEV NOAH'S ARK EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 31.1 grams, .999 Ag, 500 dram Noah's Ark coin depicts a representation of the famous biblical story and it is the first investment grade bullion coin issued by the Central Bank of Armenia. It was minted by the Leipzig Precious Metals Factory, a high-tech mint located in Germany. This coin has an NGC population of just 787.
View Coin   ARMENIA S500D 2014LEV NOAH'S ARK EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 31.1 grams, .999 Ag, 500 dram, Noah's Ark coin from the Republic of Armenia commemorates the Biblical story of Noah's Ark. In the story of Noah's Ark God sent a great flood to destroy the earth but spared Noah, his family, and two of each animal in a the giant Ark that Noah built. The Ark is shown floating on the waters of the flood with Mt. Ararat, the supposed location of the Ark, in the background. The Dove that Noah sent out to find land is featured in the foreground. The other side of the coin displays the official seal of the Republic of Armenia. The coins are minted by the Leipzig Precious Metals Factory, a high-tech mint located in Germany. This coin has an NGC population of just 299 with this being the finest example.
View Coin   ARMENIA S500D 2015LEV NOAH'S ARK NGC MS 69 This 31.1 grams, .999 Ag, 500 dram, Noah's Ark coin from the Republic of Armenia commemorates the Biblical story of Noah's Ark. In the story of Noah's Ark God sent a great flood to destroy the earth but spared Noah, his family, and two of each animal in a the giant Ark that Noah built. The Ark is shown floating on the waters of the flood with Mt. Ararat, the supposed location of the Ark, in the background. The Dove that Noah sent out to find land is featured in the foreground. The other side of the coin displays the official seal of the Republic of Armenia. The coins are minted by the Leipzig Precious Metals Factory, a high-tech mint located in Germany.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - CIRCULATION 2S 1927 PARLIAMENT HOUSE NGC XF 45 This 11.31 grams, .925 Ag, 28.50mm, Australian 2 Schillings coin had a mintage of 2,000,000 and has a low NGC population of 196. The obverse of this coin was designed by George Kruger Gray and depicts the left facing crowned bust of King George V. The reverse of this coin features the Parliament House in Canberra at center with the date below. This coin has a reeded edge.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$5 1990P KOOKABURRA NGC PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO This 31.1030 grams, .999 Ag, 5 dollar Australian Kookaburra coin had a very limited mintage of just 22,000 and currently has an NGC population of only 17 (there is only 1 finer at PF 70). The obverse of the coin was designed by Raphael Maklouf and depicts Queen Elizabeth II crowned and facing right with the denomination below. The reverse was designed by Stuart Devlin and depicts the Australian Kookaburra sitting on a branch facing right with the date below.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$5 1991 Kookaburra NGC MS 66 This 31.1030 grams, .999 Ag, 40.60mm, Australian $5 Kookaburra coin had a limited mintage of just 300,000 and has a low NGC population of 226. The obverse of this coin was designed by Stuart Devlin and features a Kookaburra perched on a branch facing right with the date below and the weight and fineness encircling to the right. The reverse of this coin was designed by Raphael Maklouf and depicts the right facing crowned bust of Queen Elizabeth II with the denomination at bottom center.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1992 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 This 31.1 grams, .999 Ag, $1 Australian Kookaburra coin had a limited mintage of just 300,000 and currently has an NGC population of only 706 (580 at MS 69). The obverse depicts Queen Elizabeth II with a corned head facing right and the denomination below. The reverse depicts an Australian Kookaburra perched in a tree facing left with the date below.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1993 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 This 31.10 grams, .999 Ag, 40.40mm, $1 Australian Kookaburra coin was authorized for a mintage of 300,000 but the declared final mintage was only 190,581. This coin also has a low NGC population of just 531. The obverse of this coin depicts a mother Kookaburra returning to her nest with a lizard to feed her hungry chicks, while the reverse depicts a young Queen Elizabeth II facing right. The coin has a reeded edge.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1994 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 This 31.1035 grams, .999 Ag, 40.60mm, Australian $1 Kookaburra had a limited mintage of 174,561 and has a NGC low population of 931. The obverse of this coin features two kookaburra birds perched on a branch facing opposite directions with the date and fineness below, while the reverse depicts a crowned Queen Elizabeth II facing right with denomination below. The coin was engraved by Raphael David Maklouf.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1995 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 This 31.1035 grams, .999 Ag, 40.60mm, Australian $1 Kookaburra coin had a limited mintage of just 300,00 and has a very low NGC population of 447. The obverse of this coin engraved by Stuart Devlin and depicts a Kookaburra on a branch facing left with the date at bottom and weight and fineness to the right. The reverse features the crowned head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right designed by Raphael Maklouf, with denomination below.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 1997 Kookaburra NGC MS 68 This 31.1035 grams, .999 Ag, Australian $1 Kookaburra had a mintage of and has a NGC population of just 122. The obverse of this coin features a Kookaburra perched on a nest facing right with the weight, fineness and date encircling it. The reverse depicts the Queen Elizabeth II facing right with the denomination at bottom.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2001 KOOKABURRA NGC MS 68 This 31.970 grams, .999 Ag, mm, Australian $1 Kookaburra coin had a very low mintage of 169,265 and a NGC population of only 262. The obverse of this coin features two kookaburras back-to-back on branch with the date at the bottom. The reverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley image of Queen Elizabeth II with tiara facing right and the denomination below.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S50C 2003 YEAR OF THE GOAT NGC MS 69 This 16.40 grams, .999 Ag, 31.9mm, Australian Lunar Series I Goat 50 cents coin had a limited mintage of just 51,776 and has a low NGC population of just 14 (this being the finest example). The obverse of this coin features an adult goat and a kid at center, the Chinese character for goat at the right, the year at the left and the weight and fineness at the bottom. The reverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley depiction of Queen Elizabeth II with tiara facing right, denomination below. The coin has a reeded edge.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2005 KOOKABURRA NGC MS 69 This 31.10 grams, .999 Ag, 40mm, Australian Kookaburra coin had a maximum mintage of 300,000 however the declared final mintage was only 84,455. This coin has a NGC population of just 794. The obverse of this coin features a right facing Kookaburra perched on a branch (partially gilt). The reverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley image of Queen Elizabeth II with tiara facing right and the denomination below. This coin has a reeded edge.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - COMMEMORATIVE - ANTARTIC TERRITORY S$1 2006 EDGEWORTH DAVID BASE COLORIZED NGC PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO This 31.10 grams, .999 Ag, Australian Antarctic Territory Commemorative coin had a very limited mintage of just 7,500 and has a very low NGC population of just 14 (this being the finest example). This is the third release from The Perth Mint's popular Australian Antarctic Territory Series celebrates the establishment 20 years ago of the Edgeworth David summer base, which lies 85 kilometres inland from the Shackleton Ice Shelf in the Bunger Hills area. The base is named in honour of Australian geologist and explorer Sir Tannant William Edgeworth David, who led the first successful ascent of Mount Erebus, Antarctica’s only active volcano, and led the first team to reach the Magnetic South Pole during Shackleton’s famous expedition of 1907. The main design, which appears within the outline of Antarctica, is symbolic of the site of Edgeworth David, where permanent sea ice is suitable for use as an aircraft runway. Coloured elements include an Albatross and its chick, as well as the inscriptions ‘EDGEWORTH DAVID BASE:1986-2006’, ‘Australian Antarctic Territory’ and the Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s obverse depicts Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2007 KOOKABURRA NGC MS 69 This 31.56 grams, .999 Ag, 40.50mm, Australian Kookaburra one dollar coin had a limited mintage of just 300,000 and has a NGC population of just 557. The obverse of this coin depicts a left facing Kookaburra perched on a branch with no leaves, with the date at bottom left and the weight and fineness at bottom center. The reverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley image of Queen Elizabeth II with tiara facing right and the denomination below. This coin has a reeded edge.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S$10 2008 KOALA NGC MS 68 NOTE: This coin is labeled incorrectly by NGC as a S$10, when it is actually a S$1 coin.

This 31.1035 grams, .999 Ag, 40.6mm, Australian Koala coin had a mint to order total of 84,057 and has a very low NGC population of just 824. The obverse of this coin depicts a mother koala facing right on a branch with an infant koala upon her back with a shimmer background, the weight and fineness are at bottom right. The reverse of this coin depicts the Ian Rank Broadley image of a crowned Queen Elizabeth II with denomination at bottom.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S50C 2009P YEAR OF THE OX COLORIZED NGC MS 69 This 15.55 grams , .999 Ag, 36.60mm,50 cents Australian Koala coin had an extremely limited mintage of just 3,800 and has a low NGC population of 69. The obverse of this coin depicts an adult bull and a calf facing left (colorized) with a mountain background and the symbol for ox at top center and the lettering: Tear of the Ox at bottom center. The reverse depicts a right facing Queen Elizabeth II with the date at bottom center.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S$1 2009P KOALA NGC MS 69 This 31.1050, .999 Ag, 40.60mm, Australian Koala coin had a final mint to order total mintage of 336,757 and has a NGC population of just 762. The obverse of this coin was engraved by Darryl Bellotti and depicts a koala facing left sitting upon a branch with weight and fineness at bottom left. The reverse depicts the the Ian Rank-Broadley image of a crowned Queen Elizabeth II facing right with denomination below. This coin has a reeded edge.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2009 P20 Kookaburra NGC MS 69 This 31.1050 grams, .999 Ag, 40mm, Australian 20th Anniversary Kookaburra coin had a very limited mintage of just 10,000 and has a very low NGC population of only 793. The obverse of this coin was engraved by Darryl Bellotti and depicts a kookaburra facing left perched on a branch with sun rays in the background (the weight, fineness and date are at bottom). The reverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley image of a crowned Queen Elizabeth II with denomination below. This coin has a reeded edge.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S10C 2011P KOALA EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 3.135 grams, .999 Ag, 10 cents Australian Koala coin features a mother koala with a baby koala on a tree branch, design by Elise Martinson. The Ian Rank-Broadley profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. The coin has a diameter of 20.60mm and a thickness of 2mm.These silver coins are issued as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. As such, their weight and purity are guaranteed by the government of Australia. Final mintage of the coin is to be based on demand. This coin has a NGC population of just 788.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S50C 2011P YEAR OF THE RABBIT NGC MS 69 This 15.55 grams, .999 Ag, 50 cents Australian Lunar Year of the Rabbit coin had a limited mintage of just 124,488 and currently has a NGC population of just 98. The coin depicts Queen Elizabeth II with the coins denomination, weight and fineness on the obverse, while the reverse depicts an adult and adolescent rabbit with the lettering Year of the Rabbit at the bottom and the Chinese symbol for rabbit in the upper right.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - COMMEMORATIVE S$1 2011 THE PRESIDENTS CUP COLORIZED NGC PF 70 ULTRA CAMEO This 31.10 grams, .999 Ag, 40mm, Australian $1 Presidents Cup commemorative coin was minted by the Royal Australian Mint and has a very limited mintage of 7,500. This is the finest NGC graded example and it has a total NGC population of just 44. These coins were sold at a stand during the November 2011 tournament at the Royal Melbourne Golf Course. The obverse of this coin features the tournaments official logo with fineness and denomination at bottom center. The reverse of this coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley right facing profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II with the date at bottom right.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S$1 2011P KOALA ONE OF FIRST 20000 STRUCK NGC MS 69 This 31.135 grams, .999 Ag, 40.6mm, Australian Koala $1 coin had a mintage of 910,480 ands has a NGC population of 22,693. The obverse of this coin features a mother koala with a baby koala on a tree branch, designed by Elise Martinson. The Ian Rank-Broadley profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. These silver coins are issued as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. As such, their weight and purity are guaranteed by the government of Australia.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2011P Kookaburra NGC MS 70 This 31.1035 grams, .999 Ag, 40.6mm, Australian $1 Kookaburra coin had a limited mintage of just 300,000 and has a low NGC population of 1,479 (395 at MS70). The obverse of this coin features a left facing Kookaburra with wings spread perched on a stump with the date, weight and fineness at bottom center. The reverse of this coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley engraved bust of a right facing Queen Elizabeth II. This coin has a reeded edge.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S10C 2012P KOALA EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 3.135 grams, .999 Ag, 2012 1/10 oz Silver Koala features a mature koala resting on a tree branch and incorporates The Perth Mint’s famous ‘P’ mintmark., design by Aleysha Howarth . The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. This coin has a low NGC population of 891.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - COMMEMORATIVE S50C 2012P KANGAROO EARLY RELEASES NGC SP 70 This 15.591 grams, .999 Ag, 36.60mm, Australian Outback Collection commemorative coin had an extremely limited mintage of just 5,000 and has a very low NGC population of just 75. The obverse of this coin depicts a right facing kangaroo with windmill in the background and the date, weight and fineness at bottom center. The reverse of this coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The portrait is surrounded by the inscriptions of "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "50 CENTS."
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - COMMEMORATIVE S50C 2012P KOOKABURRA EARLY RELEASES NGC SP 70 This 15.591 grams, .999 Ag, 36.60mm, Australian Outback Collection commemorative coin had an extremely limited mintage of just 5,000 and has a very low NGC population of just 74. The obverse of this coin depicts a right facing kookaburra perched on a branch and the date, weight and fineness at bottom center. The reverse of this coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The portrait is surrounded by the inscriptions of "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and "50 CENTS."
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S50C 2012P YEAR OF THE DRAGON NGC MS 69 This 15.537 grams, .999 Ag, 50 cents, 2012 Silver Lunar Year of the Dragon coin had a limited mintage of 389,161 and features a traditional Chinese dragon, a long, scaled, serpentine creature with four legs, with a "pearl of wisdom" and the Chinese character for "dragon." The Ian Rank- Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. This coin comes in a plastic capsule. In the Chinese Lunar Calendar, 2012 is the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is known for its strength, beauty, and noble nature. These traits are flawlessly portrayed in the Perth Mint's 2012 Year of the Dragon coin. Not only is the dragon the only mythical creature in the Chinese zodiac, it is also one of the most popular. The coin is 36.66mm.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KANGAROO S$1 2012 KANGAROO NGC MS 69 This 31.1 grams, .999 Ag, 40 mm, Australian $1 Kangaroo coin had a limited mintage of only 20,000 and has a low NGC population on just 174. The obverse of this coin was engraved by Wojciech Pietranik and features a frosted background with a standing kangaroo facing left, the value at upper right and weight and fineness at bottom. The reverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II facing right.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S10C 2013P KOALA EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 3.135 grams, .999 Ag coin has a diameter of 20.60 mm and a thickness of 2.00 mm. This year’s reverse design depicts an adult koala resting in the fork of a eucalyptus tree. It is the work of Perth Mint artist Tom Vaughan. Inscriptions surrounding the marsupial include "AUSTRALIAN KOALA," "2013 1/10 OZ 999 SILVER" and the Perth Mint’s "P" mintmark. Obverses offer the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions are "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and the legal tender face value of "10 CENTS." These silver coins are issued as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. As such, their weight and purity are guaranteed by the government of Australia. Final mintage of the coin is to be based on demand. This coin has a very low NGC population of just 199.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S50C 2013P KOALA EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 15.70 grams, .999 Ag, 36.60mm, 50 cents Australian Koala coin had a final mint to order total of just 84,184 and has a low NGC population of 298. This year’s reverse design depicts an adult koala resting in the fork of a eucalyptus tree. It is the work of Perth Mint artist Tom Vaughan. Inscriptions surrounding the marsupial include "AUSTRALIAN KOALA," "2013 1/10 OZ 999 SILVER" and the Perth Mint’s "P" mintmark. Obverses offer the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions are "ELIZABETH II," "AUSTRALIA" and the legal tender face value of "10 CENTS." These silver coins are issued as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. As such, their weight and purity are guaranteed by the government of Australia.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S50C 2013P YEAR OF THE SNAKE EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 70 This 15.537 grams, .999 Ag, 50 cents, 2013 coin celebrates the Year of the Snake, the sixth animal in the twelve year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar snake include 1905, 1917, 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be intelligent, graceful, independent, analytical and charming. The reverse of each coin depicts a representation of a snake curled around a tree branch. The Chinese character for ‘snake’ and the inscription "Year of the Snake" also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark. Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse. This coin has a low NGC population of just 1036.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2013P Kookaburra Snake Privy NGC MS 69 This 31.1 grams, .999 Ag, 1 dollar Kookaburra features an attractive reverse design that changes each year. The 2013 issue features two juvenile kookaburras sitting on a tree branch amid flowers, design by Natasha Muhl. This coin bears a Lunar Year of the Snake privy mark. The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. This coin has a very low NGC population of just 194.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2013P KOOKABURRA - HIGH RELIEF NGC PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO This 31.135 grams, .999 Ag, 32.60mm, Australian $1 High Relief Kookaburra coin had a very low mintage of only 10,000 and has a NGC of just 1,516. The obverse of this coin was engraved by Natasha Muhl and features two juvenile kookaburras sitting on a tree branch amid flowers. The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. The coin’s high relief reverse and obverse are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die. The Australian Kookaburra high relief coin is a prestigious and limited offering from The Perth Mint. Native to Australia, kookaburras are best known for their unmistakable call, which sounds uncannily like loud, echoing human laughter.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KANGAROO S$1 2013P KANGAROO - HIGH RELIEF ONE OF FIRST 3000 STRUCK NGC PF 69 ULTRA CAMEO This 31.135 grams, .999 Ag, 32.60mm in diameter & 6mm thick, Australian Kangaroo High Relief coin had a maximum mintage of just 20,000 and the Perth Mint issued no more than 19,000 in the limited edition packaging (this coin is #02112). This coin has a low NGC population of just 2928. The coin’s high relief reverse and obverse are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die. The coins obverse depicts an adult kangaroo standing in an outback desert scene. The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO, The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the 2013 year-date. The reverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S50C 2014P KOALA EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 15.55 grams, .999 Ag Australian Koala coin has featured a unique design each year since its debut in 2007. This year's coin is no exception. Its reverse side features an adult koala's head with eucalyptus leaves - the primary source of nutrition for the Koala in the Australian wild. The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which debuted on British Commonwealth coins in 1998, and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. The 50 cent Silver Australia Koala coin is minted to order, so the mintage of these beautiful coins fluctuates annually. This coin has a low NGC population of 497.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S50C 2014P KOALA EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 70 This 15.55 grams, .999 Ag Australian Koala coin has featured a unique design each year since its debut in 2007. This year's coin is no exception. Its reverse side features an adult koala's head with eucalyptus leaves - the primary source of nutrition for the Koala in the Australian wild. The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which debuted on British Commonwealth coins in 1998, and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. The 50 cent Silver Australia Koala coin is minted to order, so the mintage of these beautiful coins fluctuates annually. This coin has a low NGC population of 497 (226 at MS 70).
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - LUNAR S50C 2014P YEAR OF THE HORSE EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 15.537 grams, .999 Ag, 50 cents coin was minted to commemorate the Chinese Year of the Horse and has a very limited mintage of just 9,000. The Horse is the seventh animal in the twelve year Chinese Zodiac calendar. Exciting and extroverted, vivid and animated, those born during the Year of the Horse are the life of any party they attend. They are bursting with energy, always looking for the next place to kick up their heels and hang loose. Years of the Horse include 2014, 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954, 1942, 1930, and 1918. The coin is 36.6 mm in diameter and has a milled edge. This coin has a very low NGC population of just 298.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - COMMEMORATIVE - SHARK S50C 2014P GREAT WHITE SHARK NGC MS 69 This 15.80 grams, .999 Ag, 32mm commemorative 50 cents Australian coin was minted at the Perth Mint and had a very limited mintage of just 300,000 and has a very low NGC population of just 199. This beautiful silver coin features one of the most feared creatures on earth: the great white shark. These magnificent animals grow to an average of 15 feet in length and weigh around 5,000 pounds. The Great White Shark's torpedo-shaped body and powerful tail can propel them through water at speeds of up to 15 mph.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - COMMEMORATIVE - SHARK S50C 2014P GREAT WHITE SHARK EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 70 This 15.80 grams, .999 Ag, 32mm commemorative 50 cents Australian coin was minted at the Perth Mint and had a very limited mintage of just 300,000 and has a very low NGC population of just 672 (with this being the finest example). This beautiful silver coin features one of the most feared creatures on earth: the great white shark. These magnificent animals grow to an average of 15 feet in length and weigh around 5,000 pounds. The Great White Shark's torpedo-shaped body and powerful tail can propel them through water at speeds of up to 15 mph.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOOKABURRA S$1 2014P KOOKABURRA NGC MS 69 This 31.1 grams, .999 Ag, Australian Kookaburra coin features a kookaburra sitting on a tree branch surrounded by leaves on the reverse. The Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse. These Kookaburra's have a limited Perth Mint mintage of 500,000 and currently has a NGC population of 3,290.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - COMMEMORATIVE - CROCODILE S$1 2014P SALTWATER CROCODILE EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 31.135 grams, .999 Ag, 40.60mm, Australian Saltwater Crocodile coin had a mintage of 1,000,000 and has a NGC population of just 1,430. The obverse of this coin was engraved by Natasha Muhl and depicts a saltwater crocodile facing right with mouth open with date, weight and fineness at bottom. The reverse features the crowned image of Queen Elizabeth II facing right with denomination at the bottom.

The Saltwater Crocodile is the largest reptile in the world in terms of body mass, and is found in suitable habitats from northern Australia through Southeast Asia to the eastern coast of India. Males can reach up to 7 metres in length and can weigh more than 1,000 kilograms, while females are significantly smaller, generally reaching only 4 metres in length, and weighing up to 100 kilograms. Despite their name, the saltwater crocodile not only inhabits salt water but is just as happy in fresh, brackish and saline water in ponds, swamps, lakes, rivers and the ocean. The saltwater crocodile is an extremely formidable and opportunistic predator capable of killing almost any animal that enters its territory, propelling itself through the water with surprising speed. Their sheer enormity makes them the most dangerous of all crocodiles to humans.
View Coin   AUSTRALIA - KOALA S$1 2015P KOALA EARLY RELEASES NGC MS 69 This 31.10 grams, .999 Ag, 40.6mm, Australian $1 coin is still being minted until the end of 2015 and has a NGC population of just 496. The obverse of this coin features a right facing koala on a tree branch with the date and fineness at the bottom center. The reverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which debuted on British Commonwealth coins in 1998, and the monetary denomination at bottom center.
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