Whilst the Perth Mint of Australia is better known for its releases of Gold and Silver bullion coins, there is also one platinum bullion coin in its annual numismatic programme, the Platypus.
One of Australia’s many iconic and typically unusual animals; the semi-aquatic egg-laying platypus is unique to Eastern Australia and Tasmania, but it is by no means unique to Australian coinage.
The platypus also features on the reverse of the circulating Australian 20 cent piece since 1966 and has also featured in Proof quality on the Discover Australia 2010 Dreaming coin series, in several different guises. This 2012 platinum bullion coin measures 32.60mm in diameter and has been struck in one ounce of 99.95% pure platinum. The reverse features the platypus diving reverse design, with Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
Having sold out of its entire significant mintage of 30,000 in its first year of issue in 2011, the Mint has decided not to alter this figure for the 2012 Platypus coin; a decision likely to result in a high demand for this piece.