By Andrew Winthorp
Affectionately known as ‘The Land Down-under’, Australia is a multicultural society with a rich and diverse heritage and abundant mineral wealth. It’s commodity driven economy provides a surplus of natural resources which it exports to the rest of the world. As a leading miner and producer of gold, some of this metal finds its way to the Perth Mint in Western Australia. There the gold is refined and turned into bullion and coins. Investors and collectors from the world over purchase commemorative Australian coins as gifts and investments. Coins are crafted from proof grade gold, silver and platinum and include bullion grade products.
An overview of the range of commemorative Australian coins follows.
Treasures of Australia Coins
The Treasures of Australia coins comprise part of a series that is to be released between 2007 and 2011. These Australian coins showcase Australian mineral wealth in the form of gold, silver, pearls, opals and sapphires. These minerals are sourced from regions of Australia such as the East Kimberley region for diamonds, Queensland and New South Wales for blue sapphires and Coober Pedy in South Australia for Opals. The design of these Australian coins depicts an abstract interpretation of the Australian landscape with a transparent half locket providing a convenient pouch to contain the minerals. Each Perth Mint Commemorative Australian Coin is subject to limited release making them unique collectors items and suitable for once off special occasion gifts such as weddings.
Discover Australia Coins
The Discover Australia Coin Series is part of an ongoing program designed to showcase Australian wildlife. What makes these Australian coins unique is the range of animals that are presented. Animals such as the kangaroo, echidna, wombat, frilled neck lizard, platypus and saltwater crocodile live within Australia’s natural habitat. As a country that thrives on tourism, these animals are a prime tourist attraction for international guests. What is not so well known is the indigenous origins of these different species. The Discover Australia Coin program attempts to capture the essential spirit of the indigenous root origin of these animals by showcasing these animals via finely crafted Australian coins that represent traditional aboriginal art.
Perth Mint Commemorative Australian Coins Celebrate Australian Sporting Participation
In the year 2010, two grand sporting events will take place. The Vancouver winter Olympics and the South African World Cup. Each event will be eagerly followed by worldwide sporting fans. As a small nation of only 22 million people, soccer and winter sports are not what Australia is traditionally strong in. What we do possess, however, is a strong competitive spirit. The nation will furnish competitors at both the Winter Olympics and the World Cup event. To commemorate Australian sporting participation the Perth Mint has released a range of 2010 Australian Socceroo’s World Cup Coins and the 2010 Australian Winter Olympic Team Silver Coin. These Autralian coins are for sporting fans and individuals who want to support Australian participants at these premier sporting events.
Andrew Winthorp is a freelance writer for www.goldbullioningot.com. Discover more Commemorative Australian Coins suitable for unique gifts and investments.
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