Jun 282011

Our ANDA Melbourne Coin Show Special depicts the haunting beauty of Heard Island & McDonald Islands, Australia’s pristine sub-Antarctic island group in the wild Southern Ocean.

The beautifully-coloured release from the Celebrate Australia program is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. No more than 2,500 will be issued.

Visitors to the Melbourne Show can purchase the new coin at the exclusive Show price of $94.50. Thereafter, any remaining mintage will be advertised by The Perth Mint at the recommended retail price of $107.

Show Special - 2011 Heard Island & McDonald Islands 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, the Australian legal tender coin is housed in a display case and wonderfully illustrated box-shipper featuring the ANDA logo alongside the dates of the Melbourne Show.

To purchase your Coin Show Special at just $94.50, visit The Perth Mint stand at ANDA Melbourne, which is being held on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July 2011 at Caulfield Racecourse.

Jun 272011

Jason Chatfield is our special guest at the ANDA Melbourne Coin, Banknote and Stamp Show.

Jason is the fifth cartoonist to write and draw Australia’s longest running comic strip Ginger Meggs, which first appeared in 1921.

Ginger Meggs cartoonist Jason Chatfield.

Jason has kindly offered to sign Certificates for our special Ginger Meggs 90th Anniversary silver proof coin, which is being launched at the Show.

The ANDA Melbourne Coin Show takes place on Saturday 2 July and Sunday 3 July 2011 at Caulfield Racecourse, Concourse Ground Level, Melbourne.

Please be at The Perth Mint stand between 10:30am and 12:00pm on either day to take advantage of this exclusive opportunity to meet Jason.

Jun 242011

The popularity of coloured coins is reflected in the commemorative silver line-up offered by The Perth Mint. So how is the colourisation of precious metal coins achieved?

The Mint uses a specially adapted pad-printing technique. It begins with the preparation of four printing plates, known as clichés, each one etched with different elements of the coin design as a series of tiny depressions.

Cyan, magenta, yellow and black ink, the base colours from which all others are produced, are mixed and applied to the etched surfaces of the clichés.

Silicone pads are lowered onto the clichés to absorb the ink. Then, in a carefully sequenced process, the pads deposit the ink on the face of a coin in successive layers until the image is complete.


Colouring coins at The Perth Mint

Special inks are required for optimal quality. As only very small quantities of ink are transferred during the pad-printing process, the pigmentation must be highly concentrated. The Perth Mint mixes its ink with hardener, which cures to leave an exceptionally durable finish, resistant to fading, as well as solvent and chemical attack.

Colour adds vibrancy, realism and appeal – the results are often quite spectacular.

Jun 202011

The Perth Mint is donating a Transformers Trio Set to be auctioned at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo Charity Auction in Perth this weekend.

Fans of the series will have the chance to take home the unique piece of memorabilia while raising money for charity.

MC of the Charity Auction will be Neil Kaplan, voice of Optimus Prime in the Transformers: Robots in Disguise TV series.

The Supanova Pop Culture Expo will be held at Claremont Showgrounds from June 24 to 26. For more information, visit www.supanova.com.au

Neil Kaplan, voice of Optimus Prime, is looking forward to signing autographs and daily Q&As at the Expo.