Australia is a continent rich in history, cultural diversity and unique habitats. The Perth Mint is pleased to announce the second 2014 silver coin design from the popular series, The Land Down Under.
The incredible Great Barrier Reef is the largest living structure on the planet, and one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Featuring a stunning array of coral in bright and beautiful colours, and a breathtaking variety of marine creatures, the reef offers some of the most spectacular maritime scenery on Earth.
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Each coin is meticulously struck from 5oz of 99.9% pure silver in superb proof quality.
Stunning Great Barrier Reef Reverse Design
The coin’s reverse depicts an aerial coloured view of the Great Barrier Reef, framed within the shape of Australia with a seaplane flying overhead. The inscriptions THE LAND DOWN UNDER and GREAT BARRIER REEF also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the weight and fineness of the coin.
Australian Legal Tender
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date, and the monetary denomination on the obverse.
Extremely Limited Mintage
No more than 400 of The Land Down Under – Great Barrier Reef 2014 5oz Silver Special Edition Coin will be issued by The Perth Mint.
Prestigious Packaging and Numbered Certificate
The coin is housed in a prestigious wooden case, within a beautifully illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Great Barrier Reef is the world’s most extensive coral reef ecosystem with more than 3,000 individual reefs of varying shapes and sizes and more than 900 islands ranging from small sandy cays and large vegetated cays, to rugged continental islands.
Teeming with life, the reef is home to more than 1,625 species of fish, some 600 species of coral, 4,000 species of mollusc, and approximately 215 species of birds, plus a range of sponges, anemones, marine worms, crustaceans, and other creatures. The great diversity of the organisms living on the Reef reflects the maturity of an ecosystem which has evolved over millions of years.
Previous releases: Sydney Opera House, Didgeridoo, Captain Cook, Surfing, Gold Rush
Forthcoming releases: Rock Fishing, Australian Stock Horse