World Coins

Perth Mint issues Looney silver series

Looney Tunes fans will clamour for the Perth Mint’s latest issue from its partnership with Warner Bros., as Bugs Bunny goes from the silver screen to a silver Proof half dollar. 

The multicolored coin features a laid-back Bugs Bunny enjoying — you guessed it — a crunchy carrot. The Proof .999 fine silver coin weighs 15.553 grams, measures 32.6 millimeters, has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces and retails for $53.35.

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Some of Bugs’ Looney Tunes counterparts to be struck in silver later in 2018, include Daffy Duck (April), Tweety Bird (June), Sylvester the Cat (August) and the Tasmanian Devil (October). Each half-ounce coin in the series is issued as Tuvalu legal tender and packaged in a clear acrylic case. The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, the denomination as 50 CENTS and issue date, 2018, are featured on the obverse.

The first release in the Warner Bros. collaboration in January, a dollar coin, features a colorful headshot of Scooby Doo. The beloved canine’s Proof .999 fine silver coin weighs 31.107 grams, measures 40.6 millimeters, has a mintage limit of 5,000 pieces and retails for $81.81.

What makes a ‘key-date’ coin?This month’s cover feature defines key coins for several popular series, explaining why some are so hard to find. Also in this issue, Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpieces live on, numismatically.

The coins can be purchased at Collectors can also purchase the commemoratives from leading coin dealers and Australia Post outlets.

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