Oct 102011

Orangutans are in danger of extinction.

Today, Asia’s only great ape is found exclusively on the Southeast Asian islands of Borneo and Sumatra where less than 50,000 individuals are estimated to live.

According to the WWF, a century ago there were probably more than 230,000 orangutans

Unfortunately, their tropical forest habitat is fast disappearing due to logging and agricultural schemes. Hunting and the pet trade are other major threats.

This month, the Wildlife In Need collectable silver coin series, which aims to highlight the plight of endangered animal species around the world, portrays an orangutan and its baby.

Like the previous Giant Panda release (sold out), the coin is made by The Perth Mint on behalf of Coin Club Australia.

Anyone anxious to support the WWF’s orangutan conservation projects can purchase the coin in the knowledge that Coin Club Australia will make a donation of $1.99 to the WWF Australia on their behalf.

Oct 072011

The Perth Mint’s Tina Kircher today presented each of the Wiggles with their own 20th Birthday $1 Four-Coin Set from our popular Young Collectors program. Anthony, Murray, Jeff and Sam are performing in Perth on their The Wiggles Big Birthday 2011 tour.  The boys loved the coin sets, which we issued earlier this year in celebration of their remarkable success!

he Perth Mint’s Tina Kircher presented each of the Wiggles with a 20th Birthday $1 Four-Coin Set from our popular Young Collectors program today. Anthony, Murray, Jeff and Sam are performing in Perth on their The Wiggles Big Birthday 2011 tour. The boys loved the coin sets, which issued earlier this year in celebration of their remarkable success!

Oct 052011

This stunning coin is up for grabs in October’s anagram competition.

A sumptuous prize, it’s struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver with a dragon design coated in 24-carat gold.

Issued as Australian legal tender, no more than 50,000 of these coins will be released worldwide.

For your chance to win, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram!

Clue: Look to your sovereign for the identity of this dragon adversary!

How to enter:

Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au. Mark your reply ‘October 2011 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and Perth Mint membership number. (Not yet a member? Register here) Entries close by 31 October 2011. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone.

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Oct 042011

The Kokoda Track (Trail) Campaign was part of the Pacific Theatre of World War II and was critical to the defence of Australia. The battle was a series of fierce engagements fought between Japanese and Allied forces from July 1942 to January 1943. The Allied contingent consisted primarily of Australians who defended what was then the Australian Territory of Papua.

“Kokoda was arguably Australia's most significant campaign of the Second World War. More Australians died in the seven months of fightingin Papua, and the Japanese came closer to Australia than in any other campaign.” Australian War Memorial

Having had their initial effort to capture Port Moresby by a seaborne landing disrupted by the battle of the Coral Sea, the Japanese saw the Kokoda Track as a means by which to advance on it overland.

The Kokoda Track crosses some of the most rugged and isolated terrain in the world. It is a single-file path, passable only on foot, starting outside Port Moresby and running through the Owen Stanley Ranges to Kokoda and the coastal lowlands beyond.

The troops endured nightmare conditions: torrential rain, leeches, malaria, humidity in the day and freezing temperatures at night, horrific hand-to-hand fighting, and a terrain churned to mud with the traffic of war.

By 16 September, Allied reinforcements had arrived from Port Moresby and during the next six weeks, the Japanese fell back over the mountains. Several significant actions were fought and the Campaign finally ended with the surrender of Japanese survivors on 22 January 1943.

This month we pay tribute to the men who fought on the Kokoda Track with the release of a new Australian legal tender commemorative coin from the Famous Battles in Australian History series. The design incorporates a photograph taken in 1942, officially supplied to The Perth Mint by the Australian War Memorial. It portrays men of 2/25th and 2/33rd Australian Infantry Battalions crossing the Brown River by means of a bridge constructed from a fallen tree on their way forward to Menari.

Oct 042011

This month’s new products from The Perth Mint:

  • Australian Lunar Coin Series II
    2012 Year of the Dragon
    – 1kg Silver Gemstone Edition
    – 1oz Silver Gilded Edition
    – 1/2oz & 1oz Silver Coloured Proofs
    – 1oz Silver Typeset Collection
  • Famous Battles in Australian History – Kokoda
    2011 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Wildlife in Need – Orangutan
    2011 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Australian Bush Babies – Sugar Glider
    2011 Stamp and Coin Cover
  • 2012 Australian Citizenship
    $1 Coin in Presentation Card

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

Oct 042011

To all those who responded to my previous post, I am delighted to announce that our Australian Lunar Dragon special silver collectables are on sale now. Click the image to be transferred directly to the relevant page for website orders.




Year of the Dragon Typeset – sold out on the website. Limited stocks may be available for sale over the phone. Please call 1800 098 817 or (61) 94217218.