May 012012

Perth Mint designer Aleysha Howarth worked on this month’s special commemorative release commemorating the life of Marilyn Monroe.

“Personally, I think Marilyn epitomised glamour and beauty,” says Aleysha. “She had a magical, other-worldly quality. It was a real responsibility to do her legend justice.”

Photographed by Milton H Greene © 2012 Joshua Greene Marilyn Monroe™; Rights of Publicity and Persona Rights: The Estate of Marilyn Monroe, LLC

The Perth Mint tribute coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. Its reverse design depicts an image of Marilyn Monroe set against a background of film and stars. The design also includes a representation of Marilyn’s signature.

No more than 12,500 of these coins will be issued. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a presentation display case and themed shipper

So what are Aleysha hopes for the finished product?

“You always finalise a design in the hope that collectors will love it,” she says. “We have been thrilled to pay tribute to such a dazzling and beautiful icon.”

Buy now: Marilyn Monroe™ 2012 1oz Silver Proof Coins

Marilyn Monroe – Portrait of a star

Photographed by Milton H Greene © 2012 Joshua Greene 2012 Joshua Greene Marilyn Monroe™; Rights of Publicity and Persona Rights: The Estate of Marilyn Monroe, LLC

Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) was born Norma Jeane Mortenson, but baptized Norma Jeane Baker. She was an American actress and model who graced the screen with her luminous beauty.  Considered the epitome of the ‘blond bombshell’, Monroe began her career as a model, which led to a film contract in 1946. Her early film appearances were minor, but by 1959, she had attained several leading roles and was being hailed by critics. In her relatively short career, she won both a BAFTA award (1957) and a Golden Globe Award (1959).  Marilyn Monroe’s film career and troubled life have been well documented and controversy still surrounds her untimely passing in 1962. What is certain, however, is that Monroe remains a ‘megawatt’ of the silver screen.


  4 Responses to “Perth Mint coin pays tribute to Marilyn Monroe™”

  1. The best I have ever seen

  2. best of the lot – truely a legend

  3. Where’s the anagarm? This is SO irritating!

  4. Perth Mint is to be congratulated for the manufacture of the Marilyn Monroe coin. Marilyn encapsulates the very best of the human qualities and although used and abused by those in control never lost her dream to be accepted by those around her. She now belongs to the Ages and will be remembered, and admired, with genuine love and affection.


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