Sep 152011

Watch: Premier of Western Australia Colin Barnett unveils silver medallions for CHOGM 2011.

The Perth Mint has struck commemorative silver medallions for presentation to top-flight international netball and hockey players competing in Perth ahead of next month’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM 2011).

Commissioned by the Western Australian Government as a memento of each athlete’s time in Perth, each medallion is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and depicts a coloured portrayal of the city skyline, the Swan River and a stylised representation of an iconic black swan.

Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer Ed Harbuz said the historic Mint was proud to be invited to contribute to CHOGM 2011, a major event set to generate invaluable publicity for Perth and Western Australia when Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II opens proceedings on 28 October.  “The medallion is a superb advertisement for the State’s precious metal refining and coining capabilities, which are truly world-class,” he said.

Major Sports  Events for Perth

The pre-CHOGM tournaments will see the Australian Netball Diamonds face off against the New Zealand Silver Ferns as part of the Holden Netball Test Series.  The double-header at the Burswood Dome on 23 October will also pitch world number five South Africa against world number six Malawi.

Meanwhile, the Kookaburras and Hockeyroos will take on India, Pakistan, Malaysia and New Zealand in a new International Super Series at the Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley between October 20 and 23.

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