Feb 202018
 

CBS thrilled Star Trek fans last year with the release of a new live-action series, the first for 16 years.

Set in the 23rd century, about 90 years after Star Trek: Enterprise and 10 years before Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: Discovery continues to reflect creator Gene Roddenberry’s optimistic vision of the future, together with his allegories of the human condition and high-concept science fiction.

In line with the 52-year favourite franchise’s progressive handling of societal issues, Star Trek: Discovery is notable for minority characters, taking a colour and gender-blind approach. Its diverse crew includes First Officer Michael Burnham, a female Commander with a traditionally male name, who is played by Sonequa Martin-Green, the first African-American woman to play a lead character in a Star Trek series.

Reaction to the new adventures, which were broadcast on CBS Television Network’s digital streaming service, has been overwhelmingly positive, especially towards Martin-Green’s character. Having attracted millions of viewers already, Star Trek: Discovery is likely to go from strength to strength in its second series.

2018 Star Trek: Discovery 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set

For fans young and old, we’re delighted to add a new Two-Coin Set to our official Star Trek coin program celebrating Michael Burnham and the U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031.

Complementing previous releases featuring captains and ships from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek Voyager and Star Trek: Enterprise, the superbly crafted coins are housed in a representation of a classic transporter machine which lights up when the lid is opened.

Just 1,500 sets will be released.

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Feb 142018
 

In five cult classics and three subsequent reboot blockbusters, the long running Planet of the Apes franchise tells a shocking story of role reversal in which intelligent apes have won mastery over the human race.

Inspired by French novelist Pierre Boulle’s ‎La Planète des Singes, the original Planet of the Apes was released 50 years ago in 1968. Like all great science fiction, the ground breaking adventure probed controversies, deficiencies and questions relating our own society.

TM and © Fox 2018

When a team of astronauts crash-land on a dystopian planet in the year 3978, they find that humans have been subjugated by a dominant race of apes who treat them like illiterate vermin to be killed, enslaved or used for experiments. After surviving a brutal attack, astronaut George Taylor (Charlton Heston) becomes a focus of interest for chimpanzee couple Zira, a veterinarian, and Cornelius her archaeologist fiancé, who controversially try to prove that human society pre-dated their simian culture.

Both a critical and commercial success, the highly influential film helped establish sci fi as a mainstream movie genre. Nominated for three Oscars, it won a prized statuette for outstanding make-up achievement at the 1969 ceremony.

It also laid claim to having one of the best closing lines in movie history. Having escaped Ape City, Taylor discovers the remains of the Statue of Liberty – finally realising that the planet is actually a post-apocalyptic Earth. Lamenting the reckless behaviour of the human race, he yells in despair:

“You finally really did it. You maniacs! You blew it up! God damn you! God damn you all to hell!  

50 Years of the Planet of the Apes
2018 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This coin celebrates the 50th anniversary of Planet of the Apes. Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver under official licence of Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, its reverse portrays an ape from the original movie poster with a depiction of the adobe-like structures of Ape City in the foreground.

A rare and desirable semicentennial memento for movie buffs, the release is subject to a limited mintage of 5,000 coins which come individually housed in presentation packaging.

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Feb 092018
 

One of the iconic characters of the golden age of American animation, BUGS BUNNY’s timeless appeal has made him an audience favourite throughout his entire career.

So how much do you know about the wise-cracking grey and white trickster? Take our BUGS BUNNY quiz to find out.

1. Is BUGS BUNNY a hare or a rabbit?

2. Who famously voiced BUGS BUNNY and a host of other classic Looney Tunes and Merrie Melody cartoon characters?

3. Which Hollywood star is said to have inspired the unflappable manner in which BUGS BUNNY munched carrots?

4. At what number did BUGS BUNNY appear in TV Guide’s 50 greatest cartoon characters of all time?

5. Which famous movie award did the BUGS BUNNY cartoon Knighty Knight Bugs win in 1959?

6. What famous honour would you find at 7007 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles?

7. How did the United States Postal Service pay tribute to BUGS BUNNY in 1997?

8. Famous for his catch-phrase “Eh, What’s Up Doc”, BUGS BUNNY talks with a recognisable accent from which city?

Answers:

1. With the name BUGS BUNNY you’d definitely say rabbit – yet he first appeared in the animated short A Wild Hare. The debate rages! 2. Mel Blanc, also the voice behind Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety, Sylvester, Yosemite Sam, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and more! 3. Playing Peter Warne, Clarke Gable nonchalantly ate the orange vegetables while trying to impress a wealthy heiress in the 1934 romantic comedy It Happened One Night. 4. Number one, of course! 5. The Academy Award (Oscar) for Best Animated Short. 6. BUGS BUNNY’s star on the world famous Hollywood Walk of Fame. 7. By issuing a commemorative stamp depicting the beloved bunny leaning on a mailbox. 8. New York (Brooklyn-Bronx).

Congratulations if you scored six or more – you’re a BUGS BUNNY brainbox!

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Feb 082018
 

The following collector coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

Dragon & Pearl
2017 1oz Silver Antiqued Coin
Maximum Mintage: 3,000
  Baby Dog
2018 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 7,500
Sydney Money Expo Special Year of the Dog
2018 1/4oz Silver Coloured Coin
Issue Limit: 1,500

 

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Feb 062018
 

About 12 million weddings are registered annually in China with many more taking place among the Chinese diaspora – estimated at 50 million people worldwide.

Although Western-style ceremonies are an increasingly common choice, many couples opt for more traditional Chinese marriages which take heed of ancient practices and Confucian philosophy.

Some Chinese weddings combine elements of both customs – reflected by the bride who changes from a white gown to a traditional red coloured ‘qipao’ during the celebrations.

Whatever their preference, however, Chinese and other people of East Asian origin value the symbolic significance of Mandarin ducks at the time of their nuptials.

Said to be the most beautiful ducks in the world, Mandarin ducks have special significance for couples marrying in the East.

Referred to as yuanyang, a term embodying both male and female of the species, Mandarin ducks live together harmoniously, remaining faithful for life. Should one outlive the other, the surviving duck is said to be unable to live alone.

As a result, these magnificently coloured birds have long been regarded as symbols of fidelity, affection and enduring love, making them highly desirable gifts among newlyweds in the shape of carved figurines and jewellery.

Chinese Wedding
2018 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Struck from 99.99% pure silver, our rectangle-shaped Chinese Wedding coin honours the high regard in which Mandarin ducks are held, providing a unique memento that all couples getting married would be delighted to receive.

Incorporating the Chinese character for double happiness, the coin’s design also features lotus flowers, lucky symbols often associated with the prospect of children.

Making this doubly meaningful, the coin is housed in a decorative red packet, a customary Chinese means of gifting money at auspicious times of the year.

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