Dec 022016
 

The dragon is one of the principal emblems of Chinese mythology. Unlike its evil, treacherous European counterpart, however, the Oriental dragon is wise and benevolent, a symbol of nobility and good fortune.

According to powerful Chinese legends, these auspicious creatures were present at the dawn of creation where they supported and encouraged humanity to survive and flourish. Strongly associated with water and also the ability to influence rain, they were valuable in helping mankind learn to fish and farm.

As a living embodiment of a dragon’s wisdom, generosity and compassion, the Emperor of China was seen as a son of a dragon by his subjects. Owing their very existence to dragons, the Chinese people also regarded themselves as descendants of these munificent beings, and over time came together under a common banner of the dragon.

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The Perth Mint has released a new silver collectable for Chinese dragon enthusiasts in time for New Year.

The significance of dragons has been reflected for thousands of years in many aspects of Chinese cultural life.

Decorative depictions of serpentine-shaped dragons date back to the Neolithic period. China’s iconic Forbidden City, constructed in the 1400s, teems with architectural ornamentation representing dragons.

Today, many cultural traditions displaying Chinese people’s respect and admiration for the dragon are widely appreciated worldwide.

In the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, for example, the dragon is regarded as the most propitious of all zodiac signs. Dragon boat racing, thought to have originated more than 2,500 years ago in Southern China, is a popular sporting pastime. Believed to have brought good luck to citizens since the Han Dynasty, the colourful dragon dance is another palpable demonstration of dragon culture that can be witnessed on every continent.

2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin

A stunning new opportunity for collectors of dragon themed coins, this 2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin has been released in time for Chinese New Year, which falls on 28 January in 2017.

Its superb design portrays a traditional elongated, snake-like Chinese dragon curled around a bright red paper lantern. The reverse also incorporates the Mandarin characters for ‘Happy New Year’.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be made available, each housed in a clear latex display case with a black frame accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The case is wrapped in a vividly coloured shipper featuring a dragon in high-gloss printing which doubles as the perfect gift-box.

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Nov 302016
 

Exquisite attention to design detail is the hallmark of the annual Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set, which now celebrates the Year of the Rooster.

Stunning colour depictions of the rooster on these coins are supported by intricate arrays of motifs aligned with the popular Chinese cultural themes of ‘wealth’ and ‘wisdom’.


Lunar Good Fortune Series – Wealth and Wisdom 2017 1oz Silver Two-Coin Set

Wealth

Standing on top of a horde of coins, the brown and blue ‘wealth’ rooster is surrounded by representations of warriors from the famous Terracotta Army.

China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, planned to spend his afterlife buried in a palatial tomb surrounded by worldly treasures intended to ensure his place in the next world. In preparation, the Emperor commissioned an extraordinary army of model warriors, most standing over six feet tall, to guard over an extensive trove of gold, jewellery and other symbols of his wealth and power.

Wisdom

The white and blue ‘wisdom’ rooster is portrayed upon Chinese scholar’s rocks – from which intellectuals were said to draw inspiration and insights. Especially prized were stones weathered by natural processes, such as those sculpted by rivers and streams, which are symbolised through the design’s water garden setting.

Woven into the background is a pine tree, an auspicious Chinese motif representing longevity, determination, and in this case, the wisdom associated with age.

Extremely limited offering

With each coin struck from from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this absorbing set is a perfect keepsake for anyone born under the influence of the lunar rooster in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.

Affording its owners with a precious and extremely rare memento, no more than 1,500 of these sets will be released.

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Nov 292016
 

anagramaustraliamapshaped-crocodileLurking in estuaries, creeks and billabongs across northern Australia, the Saltwater Crocodile is a truly formidable reptile. Powerfully built, belligerently territorial, and armed with deadly jaws, it’s a magnificent beast you cannot afford to get too close to!

For your chance to win a spectacular Saltwater Crocodile 2014 1oz Silver Coin from our unique Australian Map Shaped Series, try cracking this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: Australian waterway famous for crocs.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘December 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 2 January 2017. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

See us on Facebook and Twitter for notification of anagrams and other great coin competitions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Susan Schachinger of Ontario, Canada for the correct answer of ‘Treaty of Versailles’.

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Nov 292016
 

Our final bulletin before Christmas 2016 features a gorgeous choice of new releases along with a great range of gift ideas.

The latest collectable coins share Chinese New Year and the Year of the Rooster as their design focus.

Joining our 2017 Year of the Rooster program, the 1oz High Relief Gold Coin is a magnificent new release with a ‘lucky’ mintage limit of 388.

This year’s rectangular Lunar Calendar Four-Coin Set portrays four proud roosters in magnificent colour.

The 2017 Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set features more superbly executed rooster designs with exquisite detailing.

And our celebratory Chinese New Year Dragon Coin represents another fantastic opportunity to acquire a precious release featuring China’s most powerful cultural symbol.

Christmas order deadline
6 December – for overseas delivery
13 December – for delivery Australia
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Be sure to check the electronic bulletin and our Christmas Gift Guide for more magical ideas for you and the whole family this yuletide!

 

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Nov 182016
 

Even though they’ve been one of our closest animal companions for thousands of years, cats have never entirely shed the impulses of their wild ancestors. Frequently aloof and self-sufficient, they’re powerless to suppress their primal instincts to hunt and kill.

And yet, in any affectionate feline encounter, who can withstand the urge to stroke a cat’s velvety fur? The desire among humans to embrace this contrary creature is virtually irresistible – especially when it’s a cute, playful little kitten!
cubs-x5coinsPortraying the offspring of a tiger, jaguar, snow leopard, white lion, and lynx, The Cubs series of coins is inspired by our deep-seated emotional response to cats and their young.

High-spirited and boisterous, the antics of these cubs are just as appealing as their domesticated cousins. But destined to be dedicated hunters in their own wild domains, each one epitomizes the untamable essence of every suburban moggy.

All five Cubs coins available now! Click here for full details.

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Nov 162016
 

Welcome to new collectors who might be wondering about coin mintages and are stumped by some of the language associated with the topic. For example, if you’ve pondered ‘maximum mintage’, ‘declared mintage’, and ‘issue limit’, this article is here to help.

Mints keep historical records of how many coins they strike and issue. The total number for each coin is known as the mintage.

Thanks to mintage records at The Perth Mint, for instance, we know that we issued precisely 4,096,771 gold sovereigns 100 years ago in 1916.

Mintage figures are valuable to collectors because they provide guidance about ‘rarity’.

Maximum Mintage

Today, the vast majority of our modern collectables are issued with a specific mintage limit. Take the Australian Kangaroo 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin – it has a maximum mintage of 20,000.

This means The Perth Mint will issue up to 20,000 of these coin as Australian legal tender.

2016-australiankangaroo-1oz-silver-proof-highreliefSay we receive orders over the next few months for the maximum mintage, production will cease immediately and we’ll announce the coin as ‘sold out’. Collectors can be 100% certain that we’ll never make any more.

Declared Mintage

But what happens if the maximum mintage is not taken up by collectors? Obviously it does not make sense for any Mint to keep making a coin if the mintage is unlikely to be sold out.

If after a reasonable period of time we judge the market no longer has any interest in the coin, or for some other reason it is no longer viable, we close-off production and declare the mintage.

A declared mintage is the final number that will ever be made available for sale, even though the declared figure falls short of the original maximum mintage stated by the Mint.

In this way, some declared coins end up being much rarer than their original mintage limits would indicate. To find examples of this, visit the Numismatic Mintages page on our website.

Issue Limit

Even though the Australian Kangaroo 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin has a maximum mintage of 20,000, you may have spotted that it has an advertised issue limit of 18,000.

Issue limits refer to the format in which the coin is packaged. In this instance, up to 18,000 coins are being offered in individual coin cases. As a result, 2,000 coins remain available within the maximum mintage for sale in a distinctively different format.

This year, 1,000 of these coins are being made available in a spectacular Three-Coin Collection which also includes 1,000 each of our 2016 Kookaburra and Koala silver proof high relief coins.

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Released earlier this month, the 2016 Australian High Relief Silver Proof 2016 Three-Coin Collection is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity stating the maximum mintage of each coin – as well as its own specific issue limit of 1,000.

If collectors buy 1,000, we will announce the issue limit as sold out. If the market only requires 500, we will declare that number as the total ever issued.

Mintage Policy

You can read more about Perth Mint definitions, including ‘unlimited mintage’ and ‘mint-to-order’ in our formal Mintage Policy.

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