To commemorate the famed gold rush of 1851, which triggered a period of radical transformation for Australia, The Perth Mint is offering a 1oz silver coin for historians and collectors alike.
Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
Each coin is meticulously struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in superb proof quality.
Stunning Reverse Design
The reverse design of the coin depicts a prospector panning for gold on the banks of a coloured river scene, framed within the shape of Australia. The inscription THE LAND DOWN UNDER also appears 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, each coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date and the monetary denomination on the obverse.
No more than 5,000 of The Land Down Under – Gold Rush 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be issued by The Perth Mint.
Australian Map-Shaped Display Case and Numbered Certificate
The coin is housed in a unique, contemporary, Australian map-shaped latex case which displays both sides of the coin. The case is packaged within a beautifully illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Perth Mint is pleased to announce the first 2014 designs of the popular the Land Down Under series.
Australia is a continent rich in history, with the famed Australian gold rush of 1851 triggered a period of radical transformation for the remote penal colony. The population and the economy boomed at an unprecedented rate, bringing about new towns, cities, trade, cultures and infrastructure, seemingly overnight.
Although there had been isolated reports of gold findings in Australia since the 1820s, it wasn’t until February 1851 when Edward Hammond Hargraves discovered gold in a waterhole near Bathurst, New South Wales, that the frenzied hunt for gold gripped the country.
Despite gold being found across the land, it was the discovery by Patrick Hannan at Kalgoorlie in 1893 that ultimately resulted in Australia becoming the world’s largest gold producer at the turn of the century, with half of its output mined in Western Australia.
Previous 2013 releases: Sydney Opera House, Didgeridoo, Captain Cook and Surfing.
Forthcoming releases: Great Barrier Reef, Australian Stock Horse and Rock Fishing.