Australia Coins

Australian coins include coins from a multitude of mints.  Initially, Australian coins were mined by branch mints of the Royal Mint of the United Kingdom.  Those branch mints became available to mint Australian coins once Australia became an independent country.

The Australian government now operates two mints that produce Australian coins, one of which is the Perth Mint with responsibilities of minting bullion coins and commemorative coins.  The other mints are now combined, and the one remaining mint of three, the Royal Australian Mint, mints Australia’s circulating coins and some commemorative coins.

Australia now mints decimal Australian coins, but the change from the old British denominations of Australian coins occurred in the sixties, so older coins are still being collected by numismatists.

In this section of the blog we provide news of some interesting releases by the Perth Mint, and may also address any Australian numismatic topic.  Most of the Perth Mint issues are for Australia, with a significant number of coins of Tuvalu.

Emperor Penguin Platinum Coin

Emperor Penguin Platinum Coin Emperor Penguin Platinum Coin Is Unique and Mysterious The 2018 Emperor Penguin Australia Antarctic Territories platinum coin is different, and was not easy to get information on this one.  Here at Black Spaniel Gallery we watch what is coming out at some of the large mints of the world.  This platinum coin came out without being noticed.  The mystery deepens when one looks at the Perth Mint website, the coin is not found.  Yet, the coin is .....

Buying Bullion

Buying Bullion Buying Bullion Is Not as Simple as One Might Hope Buying bullion is easy, just go to a coin show or a coin shop, or find an online dealer.  And, if there were nothing else to consider there would be no need for this article, but there are many things that one must take into account.  The first is what kind of bullion is desired, but other issues are also present.  Size and .....

Gold Bullion:  Coins, Bars, and Medallions

Gold Bullion:  Coins, Bars, and Medallions in Gold Gold bullion comes in several forms, and the first consideration is what form would best fit your needs.   Gold bullion coins are official issues of a mint that bear a denomination.  While they are not likely to be spent, they are technically money.  Coins are issued by, or on the authority of, a legitimate government.  They ar.....

Cute Baby Animals on Coins at the Perth Mint Silver Coin Series

Cute Baby Animals on Coins at the Perth Mint Silver Coin Series Great Series to Consider   The cute baby animals on coins at the Perth Mint coin series is a set of beautiful issues.  In fact, baby animals have been found on coins for some time, and they keep coming.  In 2017 the Perth Mint released a five-coin series titles Polar Babies.  These are coins that depict some of the baby animals found in the polar regions.  Both the North Pole and the South Pole a.....