Oct 292013
 

We recently announced (via our bullion blog) the official sell out of 30,000 1oz gold bullion coins and 300,000 1oz silver bullion coins from the 2014 Australian Lunar – Year of the Horse Series. The following collector releases from this Series have also sold out at The Perth Mint.

SilverProofHorse1oz 2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Issue Limit: 5,000 sold out
SilverProofHorseSet 2014 Year of the Horse Silver Proof Three-Coin Set
Issue Limit: 1,000 sold out

 

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Oct 282013
 

Australia’s most famous building is marking the 40th Anniversary of its official opening. As the celebrations continue, we take the opportunity to look back at some great Perth Mint coins featuring the iconic Opera House.

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A limited number of The Land Down Under – Sydney Opera House 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin (top right) remain available so contact The Perth Mint now.

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Oct 252013
 

The festive season will soon be here and as is traditional at this time of year, The Perth Mint is proud to present its annual Christmas coin. Click for full details of our 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Christmas Coin and see below for this year’s Christmas Gifts catalogue.

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GIFT CATALOGUE

As the proverb says, it’s better to give than to receive. Enjoy gift-giving this Christmas with a choice of thoughtfully chosen gifts for family and friends.


FOR GUARANTEED CHRISTMAS DELIVERY please order by 6 December Standard Delivery or 13 December Express Delivery.

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Oct 252013
 

PrinceGeorge_SilverPurchase our HRH Prince George 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin and you will also receive Australia’s Post’s Birth of a Prince Stamp and Coin Cover (rrp $15.95) completely free.

Celebrating the Royal christening, this offer is valid for a limited time only, so please act soon. Click here for details.

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Oct 232013
 

Six British monarchs share the name George with the Royal infant who will be christened at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace today.

The latter four Georges occupied the throne during Australia’s transformation from colony to independent nation – each leaving his mark.

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When the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay, George III was in the 28th year of his 60-year reign. Remembered for losing Britain’s American colonies, he was probably a victim of porphyria, accounting for the nickname Mad King George towards the end of his life.

Did you know? Australia’s original ‘High Street’ was named in honour of George III by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1810.  Today, Sydney’s George Street remains one of the busiest streets in the city centre.

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When George III became ill, his son was appointed Prince Regent. Famous for his extravagant style and taste, his interest in art, and the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, he eventually became King in 1820.

Did you know? Captain Charles Fremantle hoisted the British flag at the mouth of the Swan River in May 1829 and took formal possession in the name of His Majesty King George IV of “all that part of New Holland which is not included within the territory of New South Wales”.

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George V’s reign between 1910 to 1936 was characterised by a series of tumultuous events, including the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and 1926 General Strike. None had more impact than World War I, however, during which he made over 450 visits to troops and over 300 visits to hospitals.

Did you know? In 1901, the future King opened the first session of the Australian Parliament in Melbourne upon the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia, and toured the then two-year old Perth branch of the Royal Mint.

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The father of the present Monarch became King in 1936 following the abdication of his brother Edward VIII. During World War II he remained in London, gaining great popularity for his visits to severely bombed areas of the capital.

Did you know? In another parallel with his earlier namesake, George and his wife were the royal representatives at the opening of the provisional Parliament House in Canberra on 9 May 1927.

The future King George

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PrinceGeorge_SilverA wonderful companion to our Australian silver proof coin celebrating the birth of Prince George to William and Kate, this colourful Stamp and Coin Cover has just been released by Australia Post. Incorporating an Australian $1 coin struck by The Perth Mint, it also features and commemorative stamp with a post mark from George Town, Tasmania, named after the infant Prince’s ancestor, King George III.

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Oct 212013
 

The Perth Mint was the first mint in the world to issue legal tender coins displaying ‘moving’ lenticular images.

You may remember notable lenticular coins celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the First Moon Walk, the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II, and 50 Years of Australian Television.

The concept has made a welcome return in the form of an Australian coin celebrating the sister cities of Melbourne and St Petersburg. Begun in 1989, theirs is the only such cooperative partnership between cities in Australia and Russia.

Changing the angle at which the coin is viewed causes the reverse to ‘morph’ between Flinders Street Station in Melbourne and the Admiralty building in St Petersburg.

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  • The Admiralty was one of the first structures to be built when Peter the Great founded St Petersburg in 1703. Originally a fortified dockyard where ships for the Baltic fleet were built, it was transformed in the 19th century into a marvellous example of the Russian Empire style. With its gilded spire topped by a golden weather-vane in the shape of a small sail warship, it is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
  • A design competition was held in 1899 for the replacement of the old sheds of the Melbourne terminus. Opened in 1910, James Fawcett and H. P. C. Ashworth’s winning entry for the main building was said to have embraced the French Renaissance style. With its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks, Flinders Street Station is a cultural icon and one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

Made from 99.9% pure silver, the coin was released as a ‘show special’ at the inaugural Melbourne International Coin Show with an issue limit of just 2,000. Remaining coins in this issue are now available for sale on the website.

How lenticular works

Very basically, the lenticular concept requires two components: a printed image and a lenticular lens screen through which the image is viewed.

The image requires two or more graphics to be spliced together in very fine strips – a process often referred to as ‘interlacing’.

The interlaced image is printed or attached to a clear plastic sheet featuring thousands of fine elongated lenses, or ‘lenticules’, on its surface.

Depending on the angle of observation, the carefully configured lenses reveal different slices of the interlaced image in a way that makes sense to the viewer.

The lenticular ability to show two distinct images was the perfect choice for a coin featuring two iconic city images!

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