May 232016

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May 202016

It’s estimated that there are 1,025,109 words in the English language and that ‘love’ ranks inside the top 400 most commonly used. It comes from the Anglo Saxon lufu, which in turn is derived from the early Germanic lubō.

In Chinese, the world’s most widely spoken language, love is pronounced “ai”. It’s represented by a composite character comprising a number of traditional symbols, including representations of a man, a woman and a heart.

With over 400 million speakers, Spanish lies between Chinese and English as the second most popular language in the world. Amor comes directly from Latin, sharing its origin with similar French (amour) and Italian (amore) words for love.

Of course, with between 6,000 and 7,000 languages in the world, different cultures have invented countless other words to express the idea of love. Despite our language and many other differences, we are united in our innate understanding of love’s power.


The Perth Mint has released a spectacular 2oz silver proof coin portraying the word love in more than 30 languages, including English, Greek, Arabic, French, Korean, Filipino, Hindi, and Vietnamese. The design is interspersed with universally recognised love symbols, including Cupid, doves and a red-coloured heart.

A delightful gift for weddings, Valentine’s and anniversaries, or a beautiful way to make a spontaneous declaration of love, just 3,000 of these Language of Love 2016 2oz Silver Proof Coins will be released.


May 192016

The fourth release in the Remarkable Reptiles series features the Australian goanna. Goannas are large, carnivorous reptiles also known as monitor lizards.

Goannas are capable of swimming, and can also climb trees. They will move quickly when pressed, often sprinting short distances to escape harm. Goannas will rear up when threatened, and also inflate flaps of skin around their throats and emit a harsh hissing noise.

Here’s seven more remarkable facts about the Australian goanna:

  1. Colonial settlers in Australia christened these large, carnivorous lizards ‘goanna’ – a corruption of the word iguana, a separate South American species.
  2. Like snakes, to which they are distantly related, goannas are venomous – but they lack their slithering rival’s injecting fangs.
  3. Despite the family association, goannas eat snakes – a choice that led people to conclude they were immune to snake venom (although this has never been proved).
  4. Some goannas lay their eggs inside termite mounds, which provide their young with an instant meal just after they hatch.
  5. At 5 metres in length, a gigantic goanna called Megalania – the largest the world has ever seen – stomped across Australia during the Pleistocene epoch.
  6. A surprisingly small member of the species, the pygmy goanna defies expectations at only 20 centimetres in length!
  7. But the majority of today’s goannas are hefty animals, and if cornered one can swing its tail like a crocodile with enough force to knock down a human!


May 182016

Share_Your_StoryCoin collecting might be considered an ‘old fashioned’ hobby, but modern collectables featuring pop culture icons like Doctor Who, Transformers and Star Trek are attracting the interest of more young people. Sioban from WA recently contributed this story about her interest in coins and how the recent purchase of a Star Wars release is helping to ignite a similar passion in her son.

“Over the last 2 years I have attempted to foster an interest in coin collecting in my two children.

While my daughter is really only interested in coins for their capacity to purchase wonderful pretty things, my son embraced the collecting idea, focusing firstly on fifty cent face coins. This appealed to him as we could find most of these coins in circulation with a little detective work and once friends and family knew that he was looking – coins started coming in like the jackpot of a slot machine.

It was not until we began working on this together that I realised how many fond memories I had of coin collecting as a child. Memories of the huge container my dad kept of the fifty cent coins ‘with the pictures on’ or the coins we received at school to mark the bicentennial.

I still have coins that were given to me when people returned from holidays; too small to bother exchanging; yet to me they seemed so exotic and special, from faraway lands.

My favourite thing in my collection, is a little coin purse my grandad gave me when we visited Ireland when I was twelve. I only got to meet my grandparents once, on that holiday. That little purse full of pennies is worth so much more than the metal they are cast from.


Delighted at the latest addition to his collection – Darth Junior with his new Star Wars coin.

_HanSoloNow my son and I look at the emails from the Perth Mint to see what new coins are coming (the wonders of this technological age) and I like to think that one day he will have warm memories of the two of us working on his collection; memories that are worth so much more – than money in the bank.”

Got an interesting personal story about coins purchased  from The Perth Mint? Then why not write for us?


May 162016

With the discovery of payable gold in 1851, Australia needed a way in which to convert its new-found riches into durable and portable wealth for colonial citizens. The first step in this journey was the establishment of a local mint.

Amid hot competition between New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, the former emerged triumphant in its bid to host the first overseas branch of the Royal Mint. The enabling legislation passed the British Parliament in 1853 and the Sydney Mint opened in the south wing of the old ‘Rum’ hospital on 14 May 1855.

Official backing to strike sovereign and half-sovereign gold coins in Australia came with one major proviso. The colonial versions were to bear a new design in order to prevent damaging the status of London-made coins should anything go wrong. In other words, the Sydney Mint was going to have to prove itself.

The very first Sydney sovereign was struck on 23 June 1855. Its reverse was akin to William Wyon’s design for British shillings – in essence an open wreath below a crown. Created by his eldest son, Leonard Charles Wyon, the face of the Sydney Type I sovereign, however, possessed several unique characteristics that made it unmistakably ‘Australian’.

SYDNEY MINT above the crown announced unequivocally that this was not a London-made coin. As if the point needed further emphasis, the inscription AUSTRALIA appeared under the crown! Unlike its renowned British counterpart, which displayed no denomination at all, the Type I also included ONE SOVEREIGN (or ONE HALF SOVERIGN) at the foot of the design.


Struck by The Perth Mint, the Australian Sovereign 2016 Gold Proof Coin pays tribute to the first colonial-made sovereign in the British Empire.

Customising the original Sydney sovereign reverse to read PERTH MINT, our modern adaptation pays tribute to this important part of Australia’s numismatic history. Like the original coin, it is struck from 91.67% pure gold (22-carat) and weighs 7.9881 grams. With its shiny proof quality finish, strict limited mintage of 1,500, and superb presentation packaging, the annual release for 2016 is a prestigious addition to any coin collection.

As it turned out, British concerns about the new Sydney Mint’s ability to produce sovereigns to their exactingly high standards were unfounded. The Australian-made coins have never been faulted, and by 1871 the Sydney Mint was permitted to strike the same design as the Royal Mint. The same rule applied to the Melbourne and Perth branches (opened in 1872 and 1899 respectively), the latter continuing the tradition for supreme quality to this day.