Sep 152011

Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister Sir Robert Menzies held a keen interest in the introduction of Australia’s decimal currency, symbolised by his monogrammed coin pouch which held prototypes of each Aussie coin introduced in the 1960s.

The coins in his pouch are discoloured at the edges, but remain quite shiny in the centre. Find out more at: Treasure Trove: Menzies’ coin pouch – ABC Canberra – Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

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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Sep 082011

Darryl Bellotti has portrayed many Australian animals in a distinctive style for coins released by The Perth Mint. Recently he focussed on the platypus, a unique animal highly-revered in Indigenous culture. This video looks at the freshly unveiled 2011 Platypus Dreaming coins, while Darryl talks about his approach to the design. It also includes footage of the extraordinary platypus – a creature that combines mammal, reptile and bird-like characteristics!

Sep 062011

Australia’s best sportsmen and woman will compete at the 2012 London Olympics with universal support from everyone here at home.

But that wasn’t the case for those who travelled to Moscow in 1980. The Games were boycotted by the United States and others in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan – action that split Australia down the middle.

Ultimately, however, 120 of our athletes decided to compete. With them went sports commentator Norman May, and his presence resulted in probably the most memorable piece of Olympics broadcasting in Australia’s history.

Norman May

Ironically, it’s also one of the most misquoted!

His call of 4 x 100m men’s medley relay final was a ripper. In the final lap, Western Australian Neil Brooks gave his all to hold off Soviet swimmer Sergey Kopliakov. Fuelling the drama unfolding in front of May was the knowledge that Australia hadn’t won Olympic gold in eight long years.

Excitement and tension poured from May: “…Ten metres now. Brooks in front. It could be Australia’s gold. Five metres. Four, three, two, one. Gold! Gold to Australia! Gold!”


The victory helped turn public opinion at home. Perhaps the relief of so much tension also explained why so many of those listening thought he said: “Gold, gold, gold.”

May’s famous words have been inscribed on our incredibly rare 2012 Australian Olympic Team 2oz gold proof coin, to inspire a new generation of Australians to aim for gold in London. Upon lifting the lip of the special presentation packaging, an original recording of May’s ecstatic voice can be heard celebrating the famous moment in Australian Olympic history.

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Sep 062011

This month’s new products from The Perth Mint:

  • Australian Lunar Coin Series II
    2012 Year of the Dragon Gold Proof Coins
  • Australian Lunar Coin Series II
    2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof Coins
  • Australian Olympic Team
    2012 2oz Gold Proof Coin
  • Australian Sea Life II – The Reef – Starfish
    2011 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Young Collectors
    2011 Mythical Creatures
    $1 Nine-Coin Collection
  • Australian Bush Babies – Bilby
    2011 Stamp and Coin Cover

For full details, download the new Bulletin, or visit our Recent Releases webpage.