Feb 252014
 

We’re excited to be attending the Perth ANDA Coin and Banknote Show at Belmont Park Racecourse, Burswood, on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March 2014.

This year’s Perth Mint Coin Show Special is a spectacular 2oz Year of the Horse coloured coin. Struck from 99.9% pure silver, it has a maximum mintage of just 1,000.

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The coin is available at the Show for the specially discounted price of $169 – a saving of $10 on the recommended retail price.

The ANDA Coin Show brings together coin specialists from across Australia who are keen to buy and sell. Bring along your collectables for a free valuation by selected dealers!

General admission is $10 for a day, or $15 for a two-day pass. Children under 15 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pensioner and student concessions also apply.

There’s free parking, or alternatively you can alight at nearby Belmont Park railway station.

The Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA) is the professional body representing individuals and businesses that deal in coins and banknotes throughout Australia.

For further information visit www.anda.com.au

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Feb 242014
 

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

WTE1HR Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle
2014 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 10,000 Sold Out
Aus-shaped_Platypus Australian Map Shaped Coin Series – Platypus
2013 1oz Silver Coin
Maximum Mintage: 6,000 Sold Out
DAKoalaGold12 Discover Australia – Koala
2013 1/2oz Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 550 Sold Out
DAKoalaGold110 Discover Australia – Koala
2013 1/10oz Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 550 Sold Out

 
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Feb 192014
 

Uniquely, the Australian Opal Coin Series portrays nocturnal native animals in slivers of spectacular opal gemstone.

Released this month, the fifth coin in the series portrays a Tasmanian devil – one of Australia’s most iconic marsupials.

The term ‘devil’ is a bit harsh. On the other hand, early European settlers found its dark colouring, cantankerous nature and, above all, bloodcurdling screech, extremely disturbing.

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Once found throughout mainland Australia, the devil was probably hunted to local extinction by dingos. In the absence of its primary predator in the island of Tasmania, however, it flourished – at least for a while.

Colonisation brought devils further problems. Suspected of attacking poultry, they were trapped and poisoned for more than a century. Complete extinction seemed a real possibility until in 1941 the Tasmanian devil was protected by law.

Sadly, its tribulations were far from over. Today, Devil Disease, which causes contagious facial tumours, is again threatening the population. There is a now a determined effort to preserve this important creature for the future. [Save The Tasmanian Devil]

World’s largest carnivorous marsupial

The Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. It has muscular jaws and sharp teeth said to be able to deliver, pound for pound, one of the most powerful bites in the mammalian world.

As scavengers, they eat whatever they can – including birds, snakes and reptiles. Devils are especially rowdy when jockeying for position on the carcass of a sheep or cow, which like all their food, disappears completely – bones, fur and all!

Such poor table manners contributed to the devil’s reputation as a bad tempered brawler, but these days it’s considered one of nation’s most famous species whose care and protection is an important priority.

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Australian Opal Series Tasmanian Devil 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin.

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Feb 112014
 

Did you know that inside every Dalek lurks a repellent mutant alien?

Inside_DalekThe Doctor’s arch nemeses are actually cyborgs – that is, they’re part organic and part mechanical or as the Seventh Doctor put it “little green blobs encased in polycarbonate armour”.

They were created by the Doctor’s archenemy Davros, a scientist who genetically modified a race of extraterrestrials from the planet Skaro, known as the Kaleds.

Without the ability to feel compassion or remorse, the Daleks came to view themselves as the supreme race in the Universe – and see the Doctor as their ultimate enemy.

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This stunning coin portrays a Dalek in its more familiar armoured robot casing. Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver, it’s the first release from an on-going Doctor Who Monsters series featuring other Doctor Who villains such as the Weeping Angels, the Cybermen, the Silurians and the Sontarans.

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Feb 072014
 

The Tramp, Charlie Chaplin’s most famous portrayal, is one of the most recognisable screen images of all time.

First seen by the public in 1914 in Kid Auto Races at Venice, The Tramp quickly became popular, appearing in numerous shorts and features over the next 22 years.

In the silent movie era, distinctive costumes revealed a vast amount about the on-screen character, helping actors make a strong emotional connection with their audiences.

Chaplin himself reportedly combed through the film studio costume closets to help create a figure that would be vividly outlined on the screen. He chose a bizarre combination of baggy pants and tight jacket, small ‘derby’ hat and large shoes, to go with a toothbrush moustache and bamboo cane.

The contradictions of the costume perfectly complemented the paradoxes of the personality he invented: “a tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow always hopeful of romance and adventure.”

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With the use of lenticular lenses, the reverse of our new Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 1oz silver coin depicts Charlie Chaplin’s on-screen character, The Tramp, jauntily walking as seen in the closing scenes of the 1928 silent movie, The Circus.

The Tramp had profound significance, for as Jeffrey Vance, has written:The birth of modern screen comedy occurred when Chaplin donned his derby hat, affixed his toothbrush moustache, and stepped into his impossibly large shoes for the first time at the Keystone Film Company.”

The Perth Mint is delighted to be celebrating Charlie Chaplin’s enormous contribution to the movie industry with this remarkable 2014 Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 1oz silver proof lenticular coin and The Tramp – 100 Years of Laughter 1/4oz gold proof coin in special packaging.

Charlei_Chaplin_CoinsWith a maximum mintage of 5,000 and 1,000 respectively, these unique releases reflect the worldwide appeal of The Tramp over the last 100 years.

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