Mar 262015
 

A magnificent follow-up to the earlier 5oz silver Mythological Characters coloured release, this superb new coin portrays the same legendary creatures in stunning high relief detail.

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According to ancient Chinese mythology, the universe was divided into four quadrants marking the beginning and end of the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes. These heavenly quadrants were known as the ‘Four Celestial Palaces’, with each palace represented by a guardian animal with a corresponding colour, element, and virtue.

The Blue Dragon

The dragon is considered to be a symbol of supreme power. Although fearsome and frightening, the dragon is also believed to be benevolent, just, and the bringer of wealth and good fortune. The dragon represents spring, wood, and the east, the colour blue, and propriety.

The White Tiger

The white tiger represents autumn, metal, and the west, and is said to be a fierce protector with the power to exorcise evil spirits and grant a good harvest. Representing the colour white, the tiger is believed to be the king of all animals and the lord of the mountains. The tiger is also believed to be the bringer of wealth and symbolic of a good marriage.

The Red Phoenix

The auspicious phoenix represents summer and the south, the colour red, fire and knowledge. Appearing in times of good fortune, the phoenix is symbolic of resurrection and immortality, and is believed to bring happiness to people.

The Black Tortoise

Representing winter, water, and the north, the black tortoise symbolises longevity, wisdom, knowledge, and reproduction. The tortoise is also considered to be the God of water. The ancient Chinese believed there were no male tortoises, and so the females were forced to mate with snakes. As a result, the tortoise is commonly portrayed in an embrace with a snake.

Chinese Mythical Creatures 2015 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

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Struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, just 1,000 of these stunning coins are available worldwide.

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Mar 252015
 

Extremely upsetting news that thieves have stolen one of the Gumnut Baby sculptures from Stirling Gardens in the centre of Perth.

The theme of our Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ 2015 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin, the characters are the much-loved creation of Australian author and artist May Gibbs, who published her first book about the pair’s adventures in 1918.  The sculptures are by Claire Bailey and date from 2001.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before the missing Baby is returned and the statue repaired for all to enjoy once again.

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Mar 232015
 

For the next eight days only you can secure our amazing Charlie Chaplin gold and silver commemorative coins with 20% off the original issue price. This offer marks the final opportunity to acquire these superb releases which are being withdrawn from sale on 31 March 2015.

Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 2014 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

Struck from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, this coin displays a struck portrait of Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp. It is housed in a remarkable display case which plays a short film clip to music from the silent film, The Circus.

Available now at the special price of $599.50
(Original issue price $750)

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Each 100 Years of Laughter 2014 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin is housed
in a prestigious MP4 box which plays a short film clip
when the lid of the case is opened.
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Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 2014 1oz Silver Proof Lenticular Coin

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this amazing coin features a movie-like sequence of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic onscreen character The Tramp, which ‘plays’ as the coin is moved.

Available now at the special price of $86.90
(Original issue price $109)

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With the use of lenticular lenses, the reverse of the 100 Years of Laughter 1oz silver coin depicts Charlie Chaplin’s on-screen character, The Tramp, jauntily walking as seen in the closing scenes of the 1928 silent movie, The Circus.

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Take advantage before the 31 March deadline and celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s comic genius with these extremely limited numismatic tributes.

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Mar 112015
 

Most of us would be familiar with the traditional wedding day rhyme signifying what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck.

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue
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Often forgotten is the last line, which says:

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

The practice of placing a sixpence in a bride’s shoe began in Britain. Sixpences were first made in the 1550s, meaning the tradition is possibly hundreds of years old.

Customarily put in the bride’s left shoe by her father, the sixpence was said to bring good fortune and prosperity to the newlyweds.

Wedding 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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Made from 1oz of pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, The Perth Mint’s 2015 Wedding coin is a perfect gift reflecting this wonderful tradition.

But it doesn’t have to be placed in the bride’s shoe! This beautiful coin comes in a white display box featuring a stunning heart-shaped crystal on the lid, making it suitable for any wedding guest to give to the lucky bride.

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Mar 102015
 

In military tradition, the Last Post is the bugle call signalling the end of the military day. Historically, it was part of ‘Tattoo’, thought to have originated with British troops stationed in Holland during the 17th century.

The custom included the First Post which marked the start of evening inspection (beginning at the first sentry post). In between the sounding of First and Last Post, a drum was beaten to call off-duty soldiers in from local hostelries. The word tattoo comes from the Dutch for “turn off the beer taps”.

The Last Post was eventually incorporated into military funerals where it symbolises that the duty of the dead is over and that they can rest in peace. It is an equally important and moving component of commemorative services held each Remembrance Day and ANZAC Day in Australia.

On these occasions the Last Post is followed by a minutes silence, which is broken by another bugle call – either Reveille, or more usually, the Rouse.

Reveille derives from the old French word meaning ‘wake up’ and for hundreds of years has been sounded to awaken soldiers at sunrise. While the Last Post is associated with death, Reveille symbolises resurrection.

A shorter call, the Rouse, was the signal for soldiers to arise and attend to their duties. While the Rouse is most commonly used in conjunction with the Last Post at remembrance services during the daytime, Reveille is the bugle call heard at ANZAC Day dawn services.

2015 Anzac Day $1 Coin in Card

This year’s ANZAC Day $1 uncirculated coin marks 100 years since Gallipoli. Portraying a line of diggers with the inscription Lest We Forget, the coin is housed in a display card illustrated with a silhouetted Australian trumpeter sounding the Last Post and Reveille.

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