Aug 292012

The Australian Ballet is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The first work it performed back in 1962 was Swan Lake – which reminds us that this celebrated ballet was featured on one of the coins in our 2010 Famous Ballets Silver Proof Coin Set.

Amazingly, Pyotr Tchaikovsky’s first ballet was a disappointment when it opened in Moscow in 1877. But two years after its composer’s death, the 1895 revival at the Marynsky Theatre in St Petersburg met with critical acclaim.

Today, the tragic love story of Prince Siegfried and Princess Odette is “the world’s most beloved ballet”.

Celebrating Don Quixote, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Cinderella and Swan Lake, designs for our Famous Ballets coin set were created by Aleysha Howarth: “I love ballet and the theatre and I was lucky enough to be able to conduct field research by watching the Western Australian Ballet rehearse,” she said. “I studied their movements and took sketches to assist with my designs. This product was extremely beautiful and I am honoured to have been a part of its creation.”

Fans who may be interested in the limited coin set will also be delighted to know that the Australian Ballet has a beautiful new production of Swan Lake, while the Western Australian Ballet will shortly be performing another favourite, The Nutcracker.



  One Response to “Beloved ballet on beautiful coins”

  1. Dear Perth Mint,

    I wonder why Perth Mint is not announcing a coin to commemorate the anniversary of Australian Ballet. I think this is a missed opportunity to celebrate Australian art & culture.

    I would love to know if one coin is in the work that will be announced soon. I believe it is still not to late to come out with one coin. There is currently one other Mint who announced a ballet coin. I think Perth Mint missed out.

    The previous 5 set coin mentioned above was a nice design but in no way they are worthed the hefty price of over $500. I believe secondary market is selling almost half price.

    Looking forward to your ballet commemorative coin.


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