Nov 142013

With the release of our Australian Citizenship coin for 2014, we’ve been on the hunt for interesting facts about the Australian Coat of Arms featured prominently on the reverse.

You’ve probably already heard this, but it’s often said the emu and the kangaroo were chosen because neither animal is capable of taking a step backwards. The inference is these creatures symbolise the progression of the nation.

Almost 100 years before Australia’s received its Coat of Arms in 1908, however, these two animals appeared in a similar stance on ‘Bowman’s flag’.

John Bowman was a Scottish free-settler who arrived in New South Wales in 1798 and took up farming in the Hawkesbury region. Although thousands of miles from home, he was sufficiently inspired by Britain’s naval victory over France at Trafalgar in 1805 to commission his remarkable silk flag.

Considered to be the first Australian-made flag, it portrayed an emu to the right and a kangaroo to the left of a shield under which appeared Nelson’s famous order: “England expects every man will do his duty.”

Their presence indicates that by the early nineteenth century the two animals were recognised within the colony as the unofficial symbols of Australia.

Today, Bowman’s precious artefact is held at the State Library of New South Wales, which suggests it may have been the true inspiration for the use of the kangaroo and emu on the present-day Coat of Arms.


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Nov 112013

Win a Doctor Who Coin Set

Have you ever imagined the possibility of travelling in space and time? If the concept fires your imagination, consider your coordinates for the journey of a lifetime now to enter our fantastic Facebook competition for a Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Eleven-Coin Set, or cinema tickets to a special screening of the Doctor Who 50th anniversary episode.

Where would you go? What would you do?

Maybe it’s a trip to a far off galaxy in search of alien encounters? Or perhaps you’d travel back in time to witness an historic event on planet Earth?

Well here’s the opportunity to impress us with your most imaginative suggestion for a great chance to win an incredible silver coin set depicting all eleven Doctors from TV’s longest-running sci-fi show.

BONUS – if you live in Australia, we also have double movie passes to give away to special 3D screenings of ‘Day of the Doctor’ at a cinema in your capital city. This exclusive opportunity to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Doctor Who takes place on Sunday 24 November 2013 – so keep your diary clear!

How to Enter

Head over to The Perth Mint’s Facebook page now where you’ll find the official competition question. Then put your creative thinking into overdrive to come up with an ingenious, quirky, amusing or otherwise suitably original answer.

Simply post your answer as a Facebook ‘comment’ and you will be in the running to win the Doctor Who coin set. Add your Australian State in brackets at the end of your answer (eg New South Wales) and you could also win tickets to a 3D cinema screening of the ‘Day of the Doctor’ in Adelaide, Brisbane, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Sydney or Perth.

Last date for entries is Sunday 17 November – so get thinking like the Doctor now. Winners will be announced by The Perth Mint in the week commencing 18 November.

And good luck, wherever you’re going!


Nov 062013
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Are you a fan of these innovatively shaped coins? They certainly provide an interesting alternative ‘canvas’ for our coin designers to work on.

Within the rectangular shape of each 1oz silver proof coin is a fine portrayal of a horse in colour, surrounded by struck elements representing a picturesque landscape.

No more than 3,000 sets comprising all four of these impressive coins will be released. For more information, just click one of the images above to visit our website.


Nov 052013

The last, but certainly not least, Bulletin of the year is a feast for fans of High Relief silver coins. Not only does it include the 2013 Australian High Relief Collection featuring our special kangaroo, kookaburra and koala coins – but also a brand new High Relief release celebrating the Year of the Horse.

Anther magnificent release worthy of your attention this month is the Lunar Calendar Series set, comprising four rectangular coins depicting more superb steeds in colour.

As well as our mid-month releases, among them the quite superb Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Eleven-Coin Set, you’ll also find a fitting finale in form of two cheery Christmas gifts.

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