Jan 062012

This graph will be interesting to those who read our recent blog post New Coin Releases Come Early For Collectors In 2012.

In it we announced the online availability of our latest coins at just after midnight on Tuesday 3 January 2012.

As explained in that post, traditionally we announce details of new products around 9.00am Perth time on launch day. Recently, this has resulted in a stampede of online and telephone orders from within Australia, putting pressure on internal sales and administration systems.

The graph reveals the impact of the change of schedule. Even though January was not such a big month as November, it achieved a positive outcome.

The red line portrays the sharp rise in transactions in the first few hours of our November 2011 product launch.

In contrast, the blue line shows a more gently build up of transactions in January 2012, thanks to the earlier release hour.

As a consequence, our systems handled demand more effectively, resulting in improved levels of client satisfaction (although we did experience short-term difficulties with the availability of one product because of unrelated technical problems).

The result ensures that we will continue with this new practice. While it is encouraging, however, it is not the final solution to the underlying issues. Consequently, we remain fully committed to the complete review of our website, telephone, back-end systems and other support infrastructure.

This redevelopment is now in progress, but as I stated in the last post, the full extent of these changes will take time to implement fully.

Jan 062012

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Hopman Cup and Steve Perkins

The Perth Mint was delighted to be invited to strike 2oz commemorative silver medallions for each player at this week’s Hopman Cup in Perth, including Wimbledon Champion Petra Kvitova (right) and world number 46, Tsvetana Pironkova.

We also made the 1/2oz silver medallions tossed prior to every match on Centre Court. Delighted spectators who won the right to ‘toss the coin’ and meet the players also kept the specially minted medallions.

Jan 052012

Since the age of six, my son has played soccer. I’ve attended dozens of Sunday morning matches as a cheering parent – but also as a linesman and occasional ref. Great fun – especially when he scores a goal. But nothing causes as much angst to a volunteer official as the offside rule. Woe betide you if you get this law wrong!

Explaining the offside rule to football beginners (and their parents) can be difficult and frustrating. So I was cheered to read this morning that this topic is as much an issue in Britain (where the modern-day game was invented) as it is in Australia.

Now there’s a 50 pence coin which attempts to explain football’s offside rule to the many who do not understand it. Designer Neil Wolfson, a sports journalist and football fanatic, says he hopes people can use the coin when they are trying to clarify the complicated law.

“If I had 50p for every time someone had asked me to explain the offside rule I’d be a very rich man!” he says.

An ingenious diagram on the coin’s reverse outlines a football pitch with simple icons showing whether a player is offside or not.

The coin is part of a new Royal Mint set celebrating the London 2012 Olympics. I really should get one for the next time my boy runs on to the soccer pitch.

Jan 042012

The Korean War began in June 1950 when North Korean forces launched an invasion of South Korea. The United Nations multinational force defended South Korea from the Communist forces, which included the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army. The Australians were part of a force that was defending the Kapyong Valley, north of Seoul, during April 1951.

Kapyong came to be the most significant and important battle for Australian troops in Korea. In April 1951, the Chinese launched their spring offensive with the aim of retaking the city of Seoul. They quickly overran South Korean troops defending one of the major approach routes to Seoul – the valley of the Kapyong River.

During a night of fierce fighting and throughout the daylight hours of 24 April, the Australians and a Canadian battalion, supported by a New Zealand artillery regiment, stalled the Chinese advance before eventually withdrawing after dark. The Australians had helped hold off the Chinese 60th Division and prevented Seoul from falling into enemy hands.

Members of The Royal Australian Regiment, Korea 1951. Photograph courtesy of the Australian War Memorial - image 147350.

For its “extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance of combat duties in action against the armed enemy” 3rd Battalion, The Royal Australian Regiment (3 RAR) was awarded the United States Presidential Citation.

The end of the Korean War came with the signing of an armistice on 27 July 1953. After the war ended, the presence of Australians in Korea continued with a peacekeeping force until 1957.

Released yesterday, The Perth Mint’s Famous Battles in Australian History – Kapyong 1oz silver proof coin commemorates this historic event.

Jan 032012

Video: See inside this month’s new product Bulletin

Download the complete January Bulletin, or visit our Recent Releases webpage for more details of each new release.

What better way to bring in the New Year than with our fresh new designs?

The Battle of Kapyong is commemorated on the latest coin in the Famous Battles in Australian History series. Kapyong is acknowledged as the most significant confrontation for Australian troops in Korea.

For the romantics out there, the Forever Love coin released this month is a great example of wonderful artistry. Last year’s coin sold out almost immediately, so do be quick!

Of equal importance is the Wildlife in Need – Polar Bear 1oz silver proof coin. For every purchase a donation of $1.99 will be made to WWF Australia, a wonderful way to help this endangered species.

Showcased too, in this month’s Bulletin, are all of the official London Olympic releases.

Here’s to a great 2012!

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A perfect gift for your loved one, this pretty coin’s coloured artistry depicts two Australian koalas framed by a heart of entwined gum leaves with an eternal waterfall in the background. Struck from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the design includes the inscription Forever Love.

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

Clue: A day that celebrates love

How to enter:

Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au Mark your reply ‘January 2012 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and Perth Mint membership number. (Not yet a member? Register here) Entries close by 6 February 2012. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone. (T&Cs)

Last Month’s Winner

Congratulations to M. Fraser of Victoria who wins a 2012 Surgeonfish 1/2oz silver proof coin.