May 222015
 

Following the success of the Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 coins, check out these individual releases celebrating Captain Jean-Luc Picard and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

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May 132015
 

Thirty-five Australians flew combat operations in the Battle of Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940. The RAF suffered heavily throughout the campaign, losing more than 500 fighter pilots, of whom at least 10 were Australian.

One such airman was Paterson Clarence Hughes. Born in 1917 at Numeralla, New South Wales, Hughes joined the Royal Australian Air Force at Point Cook in 1936. The following year he sailed for England to take a short service commission in the Royal Air Force.

With the outbreak of war against Nazi Germany in 1939, Hughes became a flight commander at the reformed 234 Squadron which flew a mixture of Blenheims, Battles and Gauntlets until March 1940, when it began receiving Spitfires.

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In this legendary aircraft, Hughes proved himself to be a tough, uncompromising and determined fighter pilot, quickly chalking up sufficient victories to be considered a flying ‘ace’.

Hughes used aggressive and dangerous ‘close-in’ tactics which involved getting as near as possible to enemy aircraft before firing. On 7 September, as his squadron dived on a large force of German aircraft, it probably proved fatal for the brave young pilot. As Hughes flew close to a Dornier 17, his Spitfire is thought to have been struck by a large piece of debris from the exploding bomber.

With a tally of at least 14 confirmed, 1 probable, 3 shared and 1 unconfirmed attributed to his total, Hughes was the highest-scoring Australian fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain. For gallantry in flying operations against the enemy, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 22 October.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill immortalised the extraordinary accomplishments of skilful and courageous pilots like Pat Hughes in one of his most famous wartime speeches: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

 75th Anniversary of WWII Series – The Battle of Britain 2015 1oz Silver Coin

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The Perth Mint is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a superb release struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. The coin’s reverse portrays representations of another iconic British fighter plane, the Hawker Hurricane.

While the Hurricane was considered less glamorous than the legendary Spitfire, more Hurricanes flew during the period of the Battle than all other British fighters combined, accounting for the highest number of RAF victories. The coin’s reverse shows two Hurricane fighters in cloud above southern England.

Issued as Australian legal tender, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released, each housed in a display case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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May 112015
 

PrincessArielFollowers of the Disney Princess series will be delighted by the addition of these Ariel coins featuring the title character of the 1989 animated classic, The Little Mermaid.

Princess Ariel, who lives in the underwater kingdom of Merfolk, is the curious and courageous youngest daughter of King Triton. Deeply fascinated by the human world, she does her utmost to be with her true love, the human Prince Eric.

Disney’s movie The Little Mermaid was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy-tale of the same name. Adapted for release by Disney in 1989, it employed a vast array of special effects to bring its underwater scenes to dazzling life. The film went on to win ACADEMY AWARDS® for Best Song, “Under the Sea”, and Best Original Score.

Ariel is portrayed as a beautiful red-haired mermaid. She is also kind, protective and independent, but sometimes defiant. The charming nature of her characterization immediately endeared Ariel to Disney Princess fans worldwide.

Disney Princess – Ariel Coins

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Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Princess Ariel surrounded by relief engraved flowers. Issued as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

Each silver coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity. Each gold coin comes in a timber display case and fairy-tale styled shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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For more information about previous Disney coin releases, including Cinderella and Aurora – click here.

Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.

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May 052015
 

The Perth Mint is honoured to commemorate the birth of the Royal Princess with the release of a special 1oz silver proof coin and 1/4oz gold proof coin.

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Fourth in line to the throne, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born on 2 May 2015 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in London weighing 3.7 kilograms. She is the second child of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a great granddaughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

With the design approved by Her Majesty The Queen, these coins are set to be timeless reminders of this historic birth. Issued as Australian legal tender, no more than 5,000 silver and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

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May 052015
 

Twenty-one years after the debut of The Original Series, Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek follow-up hit the screens amid enormous interest. The Next Generation ran for seven seasons until 1994, becoming a multi-award winning spectacle avidly watched by dedicated followers worldwide.

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Captain Jean-Luc Picard (front) leads the crew of U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D in Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Set in the Milky Way Galaxy from 2364, the show featured a new crew and a new Federation starship – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Fascination ran high, not least because of the inevitable comparisons to be made between new Captain Jean-Luc Picard, played by Patrick Stewart, and William Shatner’s iconic James T. Kirk.

Picard was revealed as a distinguished and multi-talented Starfleet officer, archaeologist and ambassador. Deeply moral, highly logical and hugely intelligent, he was a master of diplomacy and debate. In the same vein as Kirk, he was brave, caring and loyal to those around him. Never hesitating to risk his own well-being where the safety of others was concerned, he also believed deeply in the Starfleet mission of exploration.

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But it was not only the new Captain that made a powerful impression. Twice the length of its predecessor and with eight times the amount of interior space, the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D was another equally important drawcard in favour of The Next Generation. Under Picard’s command, it successfully completed many important missions, including the defeat of the Borg invasions in 2366 and 2369, and the blockade of the Klingon-Romulan border during the Klingon Civil War.

Star Trek Coin Program

The Perth Mint is proud to announce its continuing mission to release official licensed coins commemorating the cultural phenomenon of Star Trek. Following Captain James T. Kirk and the USS Enterprise NCC-1701, we have now launched the next generation of coins celebrating Captain Jean-Luc Picard and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

2015 Star Trek: The Next Generation – Captain Jean-Luc Picard 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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  • Issue Limit 5,000 (from a Maximum Mintage of 6,500)
  • Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • Tuvalu Legal Tender

2015 Star Trek: The Next Generation – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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  • Issue Limit 5,000 (from a Maximum Mintage of 6,500)
  • Proof Quality 99.9% Pure Silver
  • Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • Tuvalu Legal Tender

2015 Star Trek: The Next Generation – 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set

Both Star Trek: The Next Generation coins can be acquired as a Two-Coin Set in a replica of a Star Trek transporter machine which lights up when the lid is opened. No more than 1,500 of these special sets will be released, each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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