Sep 272012

The opportunity to design the entire Birds of Australia coin series was dream come true for Perth Mint designer Natasha Muhl.

The self-confessed ‘bird nerd’ grew up in the Kimberley in the North West of Australia where her family had a keen interest in birds – enabling her to look back on childhood photographs as part of her preparation and research for the series.

As she observes: “It was great to use one of my life passions to inspire my work.” Her beautiful drawings clearly demonstrate a remarkable affinity for all things avian.

Perth Mint coin designer Natasha Muhl and the first coin from Birds of Australia

Tash, as she prefers to be known, dreamed of becoming an illustrator as a youngster. A modest person, she recalls she never thought it would come true!

But after training as a graphic designer at Perth’s Central Institute, The Perth Mint snapped up the young talent and she’s subsequently put her name to some memorable coins.

Tash’s approach to illustrating is traditional. “Innovation is something that certainly motivates the coin design team and we’re always on the lookout for new ideas. However, I pride myself on being a bit of a traditionalist, and I prefer modest methods such as drafting each design with pencil and paper, before bringing it to life on the computer,” she explains.

“I find it really helps to get my imagination flowing, and I love the process of getting my creations down on paper.”

It’s obvious that coming to work for Tash is a joy. Every day she gets to do what she’s always wanted. That’s satisfying for her and great news for fans of her work, who can expect to see many more of her distinctive depictions.

“I hope to be here for many years to come, working on a variety of classic designs,” she beams.



  8 Responses to “Natasha fulfils design dream”

  1. Natasha Muhl

    Tash, your designs are modern, refreshing and brilliant! You make many collectors here in Australia and overseas very happy and I’m glad to say that my favourite design is the 2013 Australian Kookaburra 1oz Silver Bullion Coin.

    I can’t wait to see the colored version. 🙂

    You should be very proud of yourself and The Perth Mint, you all work together to bring us, what I believe, to be the best coins in the world.

    Keep up the great work, I look forward to your future designs.

    Kind regards

    Billy Black Smith

    • Hi Billy

      Tash was delighted to read your comments and sends her best wishes.

      Kind regards

      Blog Team

      • Ahh that’s good 🙂

        The next bird issue, “Birds of Australia” – Budgerigar 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin is going to be a hit around the world.

        Did you know that the Budgerigar is the most popular pet bird in the world! 🙂

        I prefer the colours and look of the native budgerigar, I use to have one, his name was “Pretty-Boy” so when I buy the coin, it will remind me of my child-hood pet.

        Imagine a large coin, like a 10oz proof budgie coin that could be placed on the mantle piece!!! Now that would be a “Pretty-Boy”. 🙂

        Here’s a video of wild Budgerigars in the Australian bush.

        Kind regards

        Billy Black Smith

  2. Natasha,

    You do excellent work. A number of people have said flattering things about your work on other coin comment boards and threads, and I’ve heard one person describe the 2013 kookaburra design as “the best ever for the kookaburra.” I also share this view!

    Hope to see many more of your designs in the future.

  3. Absolutely love your work Tash! I love going into the shop here in Derbs and seeing your Mum & Dads faces light up when they have your latest coin or sketchings to show me 🙂 I have four of your little owls and they are just exsquisite! Congratulations on your success and I hope there is many more creations to come! 🙂

  4. Hi Kristal

    Thanks so much! It’s great to hear from you on our company blog.


  5. Nice post keep up with this interesting work. Good work .


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