May 292015
  • Starship Class: Galaxy
  • Previous Starships named Enterprise: 4
  • Status: Starfleet flagship
  • Constructed: Utopia Planitia Fleet Yards
  • Launched: October 4, 2363 (Stardate 40759.5)
  • Crew & Passenger Capacity: 1,012
  • Decks: 42
  • Crew Amenities: Amphitheaters, gymnasium, holodecks, bar
  • Specified Top Speed: Warp 9
  • Reverse to Top Speed: 0.03 milliseconds
  • Pioneering capability: Separation of saucer and primary hull
  • Shield: High-capacity shield grid
  • Phaser Banks: 10
  • Photon Torpedo Launchers: 2
  • Photon Torpedoes: 250
  • Final Battle: Battle of Veridian III
  • Destruction: 2371
  • First Commemorative Coin: 2015 Star Trek: The Next Generation – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D 1oz Silver Proof Coin


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May 272015

Many collectors are fascinated by piedforts (pronounced pee-ay-fore), unusually thick and heavy coins that take their name from French words meaning ‘heavy weight’.

French monarchs from the 12th century are known to have bestowed treasured piedforts on visiting dignitaries. At about double the thickness and double the weight, the coins served as powerful physical reminders of the richness of the kingdom and the skill of its artisans.

French coiners also made piedforts as patterns, or trial pieces. This activity began in England under Edward I (r. 1207 – 1307), the patterns’ extraordinary thickness distinguishing them as original test models. Thought to have been made in London by master engravers, they would have been distributed to regional mints common at that time where the design could be copied.


With its extra thick planchet, a high relief coin from The Perth Mint is reminiscent of a traditional ‘piedfort’.

According to the Royal Mint, a sixpence of 1588 was the last English piedfort under this tradition, although they continued to be made across Europe as prestige pieces until the mid-seventeenth century.

Modern commemorative piedforts are struck for collectors, their extra thickness making them a particularly satisfying keepsake for many of those absorbed by non-circulating legal tenders issues. Interestingly, some dealers refer to Perth Mint ‘high relief’ coins as piedforts because of the extra thick planchet these specialised releases require.


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May 222015

Following the success of the Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 coins, check out these individual releases celebrating Captain Jean-Luc Picard and U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

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May 132015

Thirty-five Australians flew combat operations in the Battle of Britain during the summer and autumn of 1940. The RAF suffered heavily throughout the campaign, losing more than 500 fighter pilots, of whom at least 10 were Australian.

One such airman was Paterson Clarence Hughes. Born in 1917 at Numeralla, New South Wales, Hughes joined the Royal Australian Air Force at Point Cook in 1936. The following year he sailed for England to take a short service commission in the Royal Air Force.

With the outbreak of war against Nazi Germany in 1939, Hughes became a flight commander at the reformed 234 Squadron which flew a mixture of Blenheims, Battles and Gauntlets until March 1940, when it began receiving Spitfires.

In this legendary aircraft, Hughes proved himself to be a tough, uncompromising and determined fighter pilot, quickly chalking up sufficient victories to be considered a flying ‘ace’.

Hughes used aggressive and dangerous ‘close-in’ tactics which involved getting as near as possible to enemy aircraft before firing. On 7 September, as his squadron dived on a large force of German aircraft, it probably proved fatal for the brave young pilot. As Hughes flew close to a Dornier 17, his Spitfire is thought to have been struck by a large piece of debris from the exploding bomber.

With a tally of at least 14 confirmed, 1 probable, 3 shared and 1 unconfirmed attributed to his total, Hughes was the highest-scoring Australian fighter pilot in the Battle of Britain. For gallantry in flying operations against the enemy, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross on 22 October.

British Prime Minister Winston Churchill immortalised the extraordinary accomplishments of skilful and courageous pilots like Pat Hughes in one of his most famous wartime speeches: “Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.”

 75th Anniversary of WWII Series – The Battle of Britain 2015 1oz Silver Coin

The Perth Mint is commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a superb release struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. The coin’s reverse portrays representations of another iconic British fighter plane, the Hawker Hurricane.

While the Hurricane was considered less glamorous than the legendary Spitfire, more Hurricanes flew during the period of the Battle than all other British fighters combined, accounting for the highest number of RAF victories. The coin’s reverse shows two Hurricane fighters in cloud above southern England.

Issued as Australian legal tender, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released, each housed in a display case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


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May 112015

PrincessArielFollowers of the Disney Princess series will be delighted by the addition of these Ariel coins featuring the title character of the 1989 animated classic, The Little Mermaid.

Princess Ariel, who lives in the underwater kingdom of Merfolk, is the curious and courageous youngest daughter of King Triton. Deeply fascinated by the human world, she does her utmost to be with her true love, the human Prince Eric.

Disney’s movie The Little Mermaid was inspired by Hans Christian Andersen’s 1837 fairy-tale of the same name. Adapted for release by Disney in 1989, it employed a vast array of special effects to bring its underwater scenes to dazzling life. The film went on to win ACADEMY AWARDS® for Best Song, “Under the Sea”, and Best Original Score.

Ariel is portrayed as a beautiful red-haired mermaid. She is also kind, protective and independent, but sometimes defiant. The charming nature of her characterization immediately endeared Ariel to Disney Princess fans worldwide.

Disney Princess – Ariel Coins

Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Princess Ariel surrounded by relief engraved flowers. Issued as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

Each silver coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity. Each gold coin comes in a timber display case and fairy-tale styled shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.


For more information about previous Disney coin releases, including Cinderella and Aurora – click here.


Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.