Sep 172013

With Doctor Who gold proof coins moving at interstellar speed, our initial website allocation was sold within hours of release.

But the good news for those who missed out is that we’ve secured more coins from the exceptionally low worldwide mintage of 250.

Australian ‘Whovians’ who would like to purchase the coin should check website availability now. Once again, stocks are limited and likely to sell fast.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 2013 1oz Gold Proof Coin.

Did you know? Cybermen have such an aversion to gold that it kills them! That’s something we discovered listening to 6PR last night.

Catch Ron Currie’s entertaining interview on Nightline with Graham Mabury:


Sep 162013

We all know that Doctor Who’s extraordinary time-travelling space ship is bigger on the inside (or is it smaller on the outside?) and that it accommodates countless rooms and amenities – libraries, gardens, swimming pools and even a cricket pavilion!

Problem is, unless you’re the Doctor’s next companion (hardly likely given there’s been less than 50 in the last nine centuries) your chances of ever exploring inside are virtually nil.

At least they were.

Across London from the junkyard where the TARDIS made its Earthly debut in 1963 stands a modern-day version of a blue police box  – the guise in which the TARDIS is stuck due to its faulty “chameleon circuit”.

Now, Google Maps Streetview cleverly enables Whovians to step inside (virtually speaking) for a 360-degree panoramic view of the TARDIS console room.

The best bit is getting up close to all the control knobs, buttons, levers and switches where you might find yourself planning a trip to the far-reaches of the galaxy!

The 3D representation was engineered to mark the 50th anniversary of the world’s longest running sci-fi TV series.

And we’re joining the celebrations with another Doctor Who 50th anniversary coin – this time made from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold.

It may not be as rare as taranium, but with just 250 available throughout the Universe, it’s a prize that even the famous Time Lord might have trouble locating!


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Sep 162013

There are three new coins for collectors available from today.

Green_TurtleGreen Turtle 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Did you know that Green Turtles were alive when dinosaurs roamed Earth? It’s incredibly sad that such a long-lived species is now listed as endangered.

Struck by The Perth Mint for the popular Endangered and Extinct Series, this 1oz silver proof coin portrays an exquisitely-coloured Green Turtle.

No more than 5,000 of these coins will be released, each housed in a black presentation case and illustrated shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Willandra Lakes Region 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Now that the ANDA Sydney Coin Show is over (see previous post), we have a number of Willandra Lakes Region Coin Show Specials available on the website.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 2013 1oz Gold Proof Coin

Don’t miss the stunning gold coin with a limited mintage of just 250.


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Sep 092013

Special price for coin rarity at next weekend’s ANDA Sydney Show

Willandra Lakes is the most incredible place in Australia you’ve probably never heard of!

Shaped by wind and water, the World Heritage Listed Region comprises a series of ancient lakes and sand formations containing one of the most amazing archaeological finds ever made. Preserved in this hauntingly beautiful environment are over 450 footprints of men, women and children, which along with their fireplaces, stone tools and other ancient artefacts, depict life here 20,000 years ago.

At the forthcoming ANDA Sydney Coin Show, you can celebrate this unique place with a 1oz silver proof Coin Show Special of exceptional rarity. No more than 2,500 of these coins portraying its rugged landscape and Australia’s largest bird of prey, a Wedge-tailed Eagle, will be released in superbly illustrated presentation packaging featuring the ANDA logo.


Making your visit on either day of the Show especially worthwhile, this superb release will be available at the special discounted price of $85 (as against the normal rrp of $92.50).

Coin designer to sign Certificates


Aleysha Howarth is one of the friendly Perth Mint staff coming to Sydney for the ANDA Coin Show. Aleysha designed the new Pygmy Possum 1oz Silver Proof Coin depicting a representation of the beautiful little marsupial in pure Australian opal. Come along to say hello and get your Certificate signed by the designer!

When and where

The Sydney ANDA Coin Show takes place on Saturday 14 September (10.00am to 6.00pm) and Sunday 15 September (10.00am to 5.00pm) at the Lower Town Hall, Druitt Street, Sydney.  Full details at the ANDA website.


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Sep 062013

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

The Limited Edition Argyle Pink Diamond Ingot
Maximum Mintage: 168 sold out
Australian Seasons – Summer
2013 1oz Silver Proof Square Coin
Maximum Mintage: 5,000 sold out
Queen Victoria 175th Anniversary of Coronation
2013 2oz Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 150 sold out


Sep 052013

Surfing astounds South Pacific explorers


Surfing on Maui, by James Gay Sawkins, 1855.

When European seafarers visited the South Pacific they were astounded by the Polynesian inhabitants’ love of surfing.

One of the first to describe this “strange diversion” was Sir Joseph Banks, the English naturalist who accompanied James Cook around the world between 1768 and 1771 (the famous journey that also took them up Australia’s east coast).

He marvelled at how “with infinite ease” the islanders dived under breaking waves before rising on the other side. “But their chief amusement was carried on by the stern of an old canoe, with this before them they swam out as far as the outermost breach, then… opposing the blunt end to the breaking wave were hurried in with incredible swiftness.”

As Banks was to discover, surfing was central to Polynesian culture and had been practiced since ancient times.

Duke Kahanamoku introduces surfing in Australia

At the beginning of the 20th century, brilliant displays of wave riding by Hawaiian surfers aroused tremendous interest in America and Australia.

Initially they were invited to demonstrate their skills in California. The most famous was Duke Kahanamoku, who is also credited with introducing surfing to Australia.

Brought up at Waikīkī beach in Honolulu, Kahanamoku had exceptional aquatic talents. He won the first of his Olympic gold medals for swimming in 1912, and as a Hawaiian hero of the pool and surf performed swimming and surfing demonstrations around the world.

In late 1914, a crowd of spectators gathered to watch him surf at Freshwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches using a board fashioned from local sugar pine. For schoolgirl Isabel Letham it was a truly memorable day, as this episode of Australian Encounters reveals.

Australian Encounters: Isabel Letham & Duke Kahanamoku (1914)


Australian Encounters airs 6.55pm Tuesday nights on ABC1.
Watch this episode now courtesy of ABC iview.

Coins celebrate Aussie surfing culture

Surfing has become synonymous with the Australian way of life. From Margaret River in the west to Bells Beach in Victoria, famous surf breaks abound around the coast.

The Beach Boys, America’s legendary surf band, paid tribute to Australia’s surfing pedigree in their 1963 classic, Surfin’ USA. The only exception in the otherwise all-American line-up of surf locations mentioned in the famous hit is “Australia’s Narrabeen”.

Today, it’s even possible to collect coins celebrating Aussie surf culture!


Swell coins for surfers: As well as this 1oz silver proof release, don’t miss our 1/4oz pure gold coin if you’re into surfing.


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