May 072013

This month is nothing short of gigantic in terms of new coin releases.

In gold, we unveil the long-awaited new design for our annual Australian Sovereign, and capture the excitement of the FIFA World Cup™ on our official Australian commemorative.

There’s also a stunning line-up of new silver collectables. Forest Babies depicts absolutely gorgeous images of playful young animals. The Rainbow Lorikeet is vividly portrayed on the fourth release from Birds of Australia, and talking of feathered friends, the high relief version of our 2013 Australian Kookaburra also looks amazing. Treasures of the World kicks off this month with a locket coin featuring loose garnets, and there’s also two special releases for Australian note and stamp collectors!

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You can peruse these and more new releases at your leisure in this month’s electronic bulletin, or visit the recent releases section on our website.


May 072013

Here’s your chance to win a cute baby Grey Wolf coin, one of three irresistible Forest Babies releases.


Did you know that Grey Wolves develop close relationships and strong social bonds? They often demonstrate deep affection for the pack and may even sacrifice themselves to protect their family unit.

Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this gorgeous coin comes in a beautifully illustrated presentation card. No more than 10,000 coins will be released.

For your chance to win, use your skill to rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue:  Beloved story of a gold digger’s trusty sled dog who becomes leader of the pack!


How to enter: Email your answer to Mark your reply or subject line ‘May 2013 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and membership number, or the Twitter username you use to follow @perthmint. Entries close on 3 June 2013. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. (T&Cs)

Last month’s winner: Congratulations to Maria Lozada of New South Wales.


May 062013

The following coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

HR_Gold_Dragon Australian Lunar Series II 2012 Year of the Dragon 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 388 sold out
HR_Snake Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 7,500 sold out
Opal_Kangaroo Australian Opal Series – The Kangaroo 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 8,000 sold out
Platinum_Koala Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Proof Platinum Issue
Maximum Mintage: 1,200 sold out
ANDA_Perth_Snake Perth ANDA Coin Show Special – Australian Lunar Series II – 2013 Year of the Snake 2oz Silver Coloured Edition
Maximum Mintage: 1,000 sold out



May 012013

The period 1940 – 1968 is considered by historians to be one of the most important eras in the annals of The Perth Mint.

The production of gold sovereigns and half sovereigns ground to a halt in 1931 after 32 years of continuous production. While refinery operations continued unabated, the Mint endured a nine-year period of zero coin production.

The onset of war, however, created a window of opportunity and in 1940 The Perth Mint began striking Australia’s circulating copper coins for the Commonwealth Government.

In accordance with minting traditions, The Perth Mint struck proof record pieces of those coins being made for circulation. Some of the coins were archived. A few were gifted to prominent Australian and overseas institutions – the Royal Mint, the British Museum, and the Australian War Memorial are noted as receiving Perth proofs.

Extremely rare halfpenny

Very limited production means Perth Mint copper proofs are now astonishingly rare. The 1952 proof halfpenny is one of the very rarest – only six have been sighted on the open market over the last 40 years!

1952ProofHalfPennyPicture courtesy of Coinworks

That’s why we were fascinated to hear the news that a Melbourne-based rare coin specialist had recently sold the finest of the six known.

According to Coinworks, this outstanding coin “is a blazing full mint red proof, well struck and has superb fields. Even the slightest hint of copper brilliance in proofs of this era is highly regarded. This coin, with full brilliance, is a prize.”

A collector hunting for one of the very best Perth Mint copper proofs could reasonably expect to wait a decade before it comes up for grabs, it said.

So what value did the market put on this numismatic treasure? No doubt the vendor was extremely satisfied with the $52,500 sale price announced by Coinworks.