Jul 282011

In less than a month, our Ginger Meggs silver proof commemorative is sold out – making it one of our fastest ever selling releases!

2011 90th Anniversary of Ginger Meggs
Full mintage: 3,000 sold out


2011 Australian Bush Babies – Koala, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
Full mintage: 10,000 sold out


2011 Australian Koala 5oz Silver Proof Coin
Full Mintage: 5,000 sold out


Near Sell Out: Today there are less than 300 of each 2011 Transformers coins available from The Perth Mint.

Jul 212011

Our Coin Show Special for the next ANDA Coin Show in Sydney is this 1oz silver proof release celebrating the Greater Blue Mountains. The reverse depicts the Three Sisters rock formation from Echo Point in colour, and a Blue Mountains Tree Frog, an inhabitant of the region’s rocky rivers and streams.
The very limited coin (2,500 mintage) will be offered at a special price at the Show.

The ANDA Sydney Coin, Banknote & Stamp Show takes place at Royal Randwick Racecourse on 20-21 August 2011.

Jul 182011

Diggers returning to Britain from the Victorian gold fields were among those drowned when the steam clipper Royal Charter sank during an unprecedented storm off the Welsh coast in 1859. The ship’s tragic tale and how gold coins and nuggets once belonging to the miners are slowly being retrieved is revealed in this fascinating article well worth reading in the UK’s The Telegraph.

In late October 1859 the Royal Charter was returning to Liverpool from Melbourne. Her complement of about 371 passengers (with a crew of about 112 and some other company employees) included many gold miners, some of whom had struck it rich at the diggings in Australia and were carrying large sums of gold about their persons. (Wikipedia)

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Jul 152011

What are Britain’s greatest icons? The Royal Mint made six interesting choices for this coin set celebrating the best of British in the lead up the 2012 London Games.

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Winston Churchill, the original ‘bulldog’ spirit, and Big Ben, the popular name for the famous clock tower at Westminster, are solid inclusions.

The same can be said for Buckingham Palace and The Mall, familiar landmarks at the heart of ‘royal’ London.

We particularly like the tribute to Old Father Thames. Witness to 2,000 years of history, its reflective course is cleverly shown meandering through the Olympic city in a brilliant design.

Another fascinating portrayal offers a close-encounter with Stonehenge, the millennia-old mystery on Salisbury Plain.

Finally, there’s a celebration of British music – from the Proms to pop – symbolised in a depiction of ‘Breathless’, a sculpture created from squashed brass instruments.

There’s a huge choice of iconic people, places, landscapes, art and culture that could have been represented in this sterling silver collection. But this is an admirable result that many Australians of British descent will take pride in as London puts its unique stamp on the next Olympic spectacle.

Available from The Perth Mint website now.

Jul 132011

Ginger Meggs cartoonist Jason Chatfield celebrated the launch of our “>2011 Ginger Meggs 90th Anniversary silver coin at the recent ANDA Melbourne Coin Show. While Jason signed copies of the coin Certificate, the Mint’s Tracey, Amanda and Irina were busy selling the new release to dozens of eager collectors.

If you have purchased the new coin and would like Jason to sign the Certificate, he’d be happy to hear from you via the Ginger Meggs website.

Jul 082011

Elise Martinson’s gorgeous Bush Babies designs can now be enjoyed on five fabulous Stamp and Coin Covers from Australia Post.

The first release, issued last week, depicts her cute koala. The dingo, bilby, sugar glider and kangaroo follow in August, September, October and November respectively.

If you’d like all five but don’t want the hassle of placing five orders, you can now purchase the Complete Series with one convenient transaction on The Perth Mint website.

Order the Complete Series here.

We’ll reserve each release as it becomes available and send you all five of these beautiful Covers in November.  Sweet!