About one dozen world mints were in attendance during the American
Numismatic Association World’s Fair of Money in Rosemont, Ill., and
several of them offered special sets for collectors.
The Perth Mint in Western Australia and the Royal Canadian Mint
were among the mints with a special set available for sale to those
attending the show. Both mints released show-specific sets earlier in
2011 for the World Money Fair in Berlin, but the makeup of those sets
is different than the ANA sets for 2011.
Two precious metal coins are offered in the Little Aussies set
from the Perth Mint. The set is limited to an edition of 2,000. The
Perth Mint offering is still available from official distributors.
The Perth Mint’s set offers miniature versions of the standard
bullion program offerings, a Koala tenth-ounce .999 fine silver coin
and a Kangaroo half-gram .9999 fine gold coin.
The Koala coin, denominated 10 cents, made its debut earlier this
year as an extension of the silver bullion series. A bright-eyed baby
joey watches viewers from the fork of a gum or eucalyptus tree, while
itself being observed by the watchful eye of the mother koala. The
scene appears on the reverse of the silver coin, which was designed by
The Kangaroo coin in the set is a much smaller version than the
standard 1-ounce size.
The reverse of the coin in the set shows an adult kangaroo paused
in a classic pose in the Australian outback by designer Wade Robinson.
The Kangaroo coin is denominated $2.
Both coins carry legends indicating their fineness and purity, as
well as the Perth Mint’s “P” Mint mark.
The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appears on the
obverse of both coins in the set.
The silver coin weighs 3.135 grams and measures 20.6 millimeters
in diameter; the gold coin weighs 0.5 gram and measures 11.6
millimeters in diameter.
Both coins are struck in Reverse Proof, and are displayed in
special packaging marking the ANA show. The coins are not new versions
but the special packaging is limited.
On the packaging, the ANA logo appears with images of the animals
shown with each respective design, as well as text reading “2011
Australian Little Aussies,” “the Perth Mint show special” and
“miniature two-coin set.” Additional text reads “ANA World’s Fair of
Money Chicago 2011.”
The original show issue price was $60, with the price rising after
Distributor Talisman Coins has the Perth Mint show set for $74.95.
Shipping is an additional charge per order.
To order the set, visit Talisman’s website at www.talismancoins.com,
telephone the company at 888-552-2646 or fax the business at 314-968-3801.
Royal Canadian Mint set
Circulating coinage features in the Royal Canadian Mint’s set,
which also includes a small medal unique to the set.
The six-coin set contains one Proof-like (Uncirculated) example of
each circulating coin, from cent to the $2 piece, except for the
Included coins feature the standard circulating motifs: maple
leaves (1-cent coin), the schooner Blue Nose (10-cent coin), caribou
(25-cent coin), the national coat of arms (50-cent coin), the loon ($1
coin) and the polar bear ($2 coin).
Joining the coins in the set is a copper medalet that, on one
side, marks the show with text reading american numismatic association
aligned in a partial circle along the periphery of the design, with
chicago illinois 2011 in three lines at center, with an arrangement of
maple leaves at the bottom (RCM officials have not stated which side
is obverse or reverse.)
The other side shows the RCM’s logo (what the RCM calls a Mint
mark, and what collectors have dubbed the “Circle M” mark) at the
center, and the RCM name spelled out in English and French.
No specifications were available for this medalet, but it is
presented in the spot a 5-cent coin might otherwise have appeared,
suggesting they are similar in size. The medalets are struck on the
same blanks the RCM has used to allow visitors to strike their own
souvenir medalets on an older press.
Packaging for the set includes an image of a large and colorful
maple leaf, as well as text reading “Commemorative Canadian coin and
medal set” along with the same phrase in French.
The ANA show logo and “World’s Fair of Money 2011” on the
packaging identify the issue as a show special.
Five hundred sets were issued at $15, but they sold out quickly.
Collectors will have to search the secondary market to purchase one. ■