Jan 312017

The Perth Mint is delighted to announce that it will be the principal sponsor of this year’s Gallipoli Run, hosted by Athletics Western Australia.

The Perth Mint Gallipoli Run 2017 is a family friendly event and is expected to be bigger than ever with race routes in both Perth and Kalgoorlie.

An event first held in Perth in 2003, this year’s Perth Mint Gallipoli Run invites the Western Australian community to walk or run the four or eight kilometre course in honour of the Anzacs, and celebrate the spirit of mateship and camaraderie which remains their legacy.

With a history of supporting the Returned & Services League (RSLWA) and other veteran support organisations through its release of military-themed commemorative coin programs, the Mint is proud to sponsor this event.

Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer Richard Hayes said, “We attribute great importance to preserving the memory of the Anzacs through our coin programs, as we issue these on behalf of all Australians.

The Perth Mint Gallipoli Run 2017 strengthens our commitment to their legacy and we encourage the community to join us in championing this event in the lead up to Anzac Day,” Mr Hayes continued.

Athletics WA Chief Executive Officer, Wayne Loxley, said The Perth Mint’s rich history in Western Australia combined with its range of Anzac-inspired collectables led them to approach the Mint for support.

“Athletics WA is proud to partner with The Perth Mint to present The Perth Mint Gallipoli Run 2017 as we too have a strong connection to the Anzac spirit through our ongoing association with RSLWA and Legacy WA,” said Mr Loxley.

Motivated by the increasing popularity of the Perth fixture, the run will also be held in Kalgoorlie in 2017 sharing Anzac commemorations among both local and regional communities.

RSLWA President, Peter Aspinall, said, “Participating in these community events is one of the best ways in which to honour our Anzacs and the freedoms for which they fought and continue to defend.”

Proud to have been involved with the Gallipoli Run since 2010, Legacy WA President, James Ford, is grateful for the contribution and awareness this event generates each year in recognising the significance of Anzac Day.

“I encourage all Western Australians to take part in this fantastic community event which celebrates the Anzac legacy,” said Mr Ford.

The Kalgoorlie run will be held on Sunday 26 March from 8am at Centennial Park, while the Perth event will be held on Sunday 23 April from 8am in Kings Park.

Registrations for the Kalgoorlie and Perth events are open until Thursday 23 March and Thursday 20 April, respectively.

Upon registration, all race-goers will automatically enter a competition draw for the chance to win one of 10 ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Sets issued by The Perth Mint. Each coin superbly depicts symbolic imagery and themes from World War I, representing Australia and New Zealand’s involvement in the Gallipoli campaign of 1915.

To register for The Perth Mint Gallipoli Run 2017, visit waathletics.org.au

PERTH MINT MEDIA CONTACT: Kiara Canavate | 9421 7204 | Kiara.Canavate@perthmint.com.au


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Jan 242017

Australia’s national gemstone is opal, a stone celebrated throughout the world for its brilliant colours.

Known to Indigenous people as the ‘fire of the desert’, it’s a powerful symbol of Australia’s arid outback, where geological conditions are thought to favour to their mysterious formation.

Black opal, the highest quality precious opal, is only found in Australia. White opal, crystal opal, fire opal and boulder opal are also found in Australia, which produces over 90 per cent of the world’s precious opals.

These remarkable stones comprise microscopic spheres of silica. As the light passes through them it is diffracted into the colours of the spectrum, creating brilliant internal colour flashes – known as the ‘play of colour’.

The best opals share exulted company with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls as the world’s most desirable precious gemstones.

Opal in coins


In recognition of opal as one of Australia’s most sought-after natural treasures, The Perth Mint is delighted to offer innovative collectable coins incorporating polished flakes of pure Australian opal.

This month we’ve added a new offering in the form of the Australian Opal – Lunar Rooster 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin – a beautiful release which pays homage to the 10th animal of the ancient lunar calendar in a way that is as unique as the Australian gemstone it contains.

The follow-up to last year’s Australian Opal – Lunar Monkey (sold out), this dramatic coin is limited to a worldwide mintage of just 5,000. Housed in presentation packaging, each display case incorporates a small light source to help illuminate the colours of the coin’s opal inset.


Jan 172017

While enduring the horrors of shells, bullets, and gas during World War I, letters from home provided troops with moments of joyful respite. For Australian troops fighting on the other side of the world, letters accompanied by photographs of wives, children, sweethearts and parents brought even greater delight.

wwiposterseries-homefrontTo this end, the Snapshots from Home League of Australia was established in early 1916 by Archibald Pursell, a director of the YMCA (Sydney), who had been inspired by the work of the League’s founding branch in London the previous year.

To meet the objectives of Snapshots, the YMCA distributed application forms to the men at the front, recruited photographers across Australia to donate their time and skills, and coordinated sittings for relatives wishing to send photos to their loved ones serving overseas.

In this way, around 150,000 intimate portraits were able to be sent to active and injured Australian soldiers in Europe and the Middle East during the remaining years of the War.

The YMCA dedicated much energy to making the scheme a success, advertising it in newspapers, magazines, shops, and at its own collection depots. Additionally, it adopted British promotional posters for use in Australia, including this memorable example which is portrayed on the latest addition to our Australian Posters of World War I Coin Series.

Designed by artist Fred Pegram, it captures the poignant moment when an off-duty soldier in battle-scarred France becomes the first in his group to celebrate the arrival of pictures from home. Including the League’s promise “YMCA will supply free of cost”, posters like this one helped make Snapshots one of the most effective First World War campaigns in Australia.

Australian Posters of World War I Coin Series


Issued annually between 2014 and 2018, Australian Posters of World War I reflects the large number of posters that were produced during the War to satisfy a wide variety of advertising and communication needs. With the addition of the 2017 Home Front coin, four out of five of these stunning releases are now available:

Limited Mintage

Produced by The Perth Mint in association with the Australian War Memorial, each coin in this outstanding and original series is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. Issued as Australian legal tender, each encapsulated coin is housed in a latex case which allows the design on both sides to be displayed.

No more than 5,000 of each coin in the series will be released worldwide.


The Australian War Memorial logo is a registered trade mark of the Australian War Memorial TM © 2017.

YMCA logo courtesy of YMCA Australia.

The red cross emblem is an internationally recognised symbol used to identify those providing impartial humanitarian assistance and protect them from harm in times of armed conflict. The use of the emblem is restricted under both international and Australian law in order to ensure that this meaning continues to be understood. In Australia, the use of the emblem without the authorisation of the Minister of Defence is a criminal offence.


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Jan 102017

Citrine has been advocated by various groups over time for a variety of alleged powers and benefits.

For instance, it’s known as the ‘success stone’ by those who believe in its ability to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in business, where it’s also earned the nickname the ‘merchant’s stone’.

Said to radiate positive energy, citrine is worn next to the skin by people who credit it with healing properties – particularly in the case of stomach disorders.

On an emotional and spiritual level, others avow its ability to inspire optimism, generosity and enlightenment.


This 2017 Gemstone Edition includes a yellow citrine in the rooster’s eye.

A rare form of crystal

Naturally occurring citrine quartz crystal is extremely rare. Of translucent tawny appearance, it’s known to have been prized in jewellery since the time of ancient Greece.

Because of its scarcity, most citrine available today is actually processed amethyst. Under heat treatment, its purple hues turn to citrine’s characteristic yellow and gold.

Strongly associated with Virgo, and seen as an alternative birthstone for November, citrine also enjoys the unusual quality of being regarded as the most appropriate gemstone for a 13th wedding anniversary!

Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II – 2017 Year of the Rooster
1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition

A small piece of this fascinating gemstone has been incorporated into the latest addition to the 2017 Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series.

Struck from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure silver, this spectacular Gemstone Edition holds special relevance to people born in the Year of the Rooster.

Extending its undoubted appeal, the rooster’s left eye incorporates a yellow citrine – which is also significant in China where it is regarded as a stone of wisdom!


Jan 052017

The wrapping is coming off an exciting new coin from The Perth Mint which offers a highly original way to celebrate someone’s special day…Spacer

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, this sweet coin features an exuberant ‘Happy Birthday’ design.

Meticulously crafted, it’s a timeless keepsake that comes in beautiful display packaging – the perfect way to show how much you care for a friend or family member celebrating another year!

More information: 2017 Happy Birthday 1oz Silver Coin in Card


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Jan 032017

Balicecoin_anagramorn 185 years ago in January 1832, Lewis Carroll wrote Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, the classic fantasy novel that continues to delight people of all ages.

Portraying Alice and two of the story’s best known animal characters, this beautiful silver coin celebrates Carroll’s famous work in fitting style.

For your chance to win our Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin, try rearranging the following letters in this month’s anagram contest.

Clue: Alice’s unhappy acquaintance.


How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘January 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 2 February 2017. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Tim Hogben of South Australia for the correct answer of ‘East Alligator River’.

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