Jun 302014

It is with great sadness that The Perth Mint learned of the passing at the weekend of Cheryl Holt, better known as Maggie to members of the Silver Stackers forum. Maggie played a highly-significant role in the coin community in Australia and beyond and will be sadly missed by the many collectors and investors whose lives she touched. In regular dealings with the Mint, Maggie displayed her trademark cheerfulness, kindness and grace, which has left a lasting impression on all staff who had the pleasure of conversing with her. The Mint would like to convey its sincere condolences to Maggie’s husband Russell and the family at this tremendously difficult time.

For further information and tributes, please visit Silver Stackers.


Jun 302014

The following collector coin releases are now sold out.

Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie coin Disney – Steamboat Willie
2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Maximum Mintage: 10,000 Sold Out
Mickey Mouse Steamboat Willie coin Disney – Steamboat Willie
2014 1oz Gold Proof Coin

Maximum Mintage: 1,000 Sold Out


Jun 262014

Donald DuckDonald Fauntleroy Duck is arguably Disney’s second most successful cartoon character. Famous for his brash, mischievous nature and agitated temper tantrums, in many ways he is diametrically opposed to Mickey Mouse. But as a rascal with a heart of gold, audiences have always found him impossibly hard to resist!

Donald made his cartoon debut on 9 June 1934, six years after Mickey, his friend and rival, became Disney Studios’ first star. In The Wise Little Hen, Donald’s shameless behaviour was the architect of his undoing. Soon, such setbacks would be igniting his regular fits of incomprehensible squawking rage.

Less physically rounded in his early appearances, Donald was nevertheless introduced in his trademark sailor’s shirt, cap and bow tie. Moreover, he communicated in a unique, semi-intelligible quacking-style – care of Clarence Nash – surely now one of the most recognizable character voices in history.

By 1937, audience reaction to Donald’s comically irascible personality saw him move from supporting character to star in his own right. Often accompanied by his adorable nephews – Huey, Dewey, and Louie; love interest Daisy Duck; or his thrifty uncle Scrooge McDuck, Donald rose to the status of cartoon royalty and one of the best-loved animated characters of all time.

Celebrating  the 80th ANNIVERSARY of Donald Duck

Donald Duck coin
Donald Duck’s debut film appearance in The Wise Little Hen is the inspiration behind these 80th Anniversary of Donald Duck gold and silver coin releases.

Portraying a vintage Donald in his instantly recognisable attire, the coins are struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, with no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins to be released.

Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, offering the perfect opportunity to celebrate eight decades of Donald’s comic antics.


Jun 112014

The Sontarans are an aggressive clone warrior race from Sonar. Short, squat, muscular and grey, their leathery faces exude menace.

Doctor Who Sontarans coinIndeed, Sontarans thrive on combat and delight in the rigours of warfare.

Their enduring enemies are a shape-shifting race known as the Rutans. In pursuit of an advantage, Sontaran Commander Linx launched an invasion of 13th century Earth until it was repelled by the Doctor.

Virtually anyone is fair game in a Sontaran’s mind. In the Fourth Doctor’s era, they even had the temerity to attempt an invasion of the Time Lord home planet of Gallifrey!

Their cunning and genius meant they almost succeeded. Despite their narrow defeat, the Sontarans’ passion for warfare anywhere in the universe was undiminished.

Doctor Who Sontarans coin
The final of five coins portraying some of the deadliest monsters faced by Doctor Who depicts a Sontaran warrior in a typically aggressive stance. Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver, the coin is subject to a maximum mintage of just 5,000.

See all our Doctor Who coins here.


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Jun 102014

The advent of international aviation and the ‘jet age’ of the late 1950s and 1960s put cheaper, quicker long-distance travel within reach of many people. In response, Australia launched an eye-catching poster campaign to sell its exotic attractions – sun, sand, surf and a unique array of fauna and flora.

Many Australian travel posters were commissioned by the Australian National Travel Association (ANTA), established on 1 July 1929, “to place Australia on the world’s travel map and keep it there”. Bright, attractive and enticing, these posters were extremely effective in encouraging visitors to sample our sunny shores and vast, mysterious outback.

Some of the era’s most innovative artists created works for the poster campaign which have subsequently become highly-desirable collectables. One of the standout artists was Eileen Mayo, who produced a magnificent series of posters during the 1950s.

Click here to find out more about the definitive collection of Australian travel posters at the National Gallery of Australia.

Australian Travel PosterBorn in England, Mayo’s training included a period under Henry Moore at Chelsea Polytechnic. She migrated to Australia in 1952 where her work included murals, tapestries, stamps and posters, many featuring native wildlife.

Issued in 1957, Mayo’s AUSTRALIA poster portrayed a bold image of a kangaroo with its joey in a remote outback landscape.

In what describes the objective of many of these works of art, the Powerhouse Museum says it “illustrates the designer and client’s interest in referencing Australia’s unique fauna and landscapes as a dramatic and appealing aspect of Australian culture and identity.”

Australia Vintage Travel Poster – Kangaroo 2014 1oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin

The Perth Mint is delighted to have been granted permission to reproduce Eileen Mayo’s iconic work on the first coin in a new series featuring Australian vintage travel posters.

Issued as Australian legal tender, this rectangular-shaped release is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.Australian Travel Poster coinAssuring collectability, no more than 5,000 of these superb coins will be issued by The Perth Mint. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a latex case displaying both its reverse and obverse design.

Credit: Eileen Mayo
Australia (Kangaroo)  1957
colour lithograph
National Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Gift of Margaret MacKean-Taylor 1993


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