Jun 192017
 

How do you catch a ghost? You call the Ghostbusters, of course!

Released in 1984, Ghostbusters™ the movie followed three oddball doctors – Ray Stantz (l), Peter Venkman (c), and Egon Spengler (r) – who began their own business specialising in the elimination of ‘ectoplasmic’ entities.

A bit of a nerd, Spengler was responsible for developing the technology behind some of their famous equipment – including the positron collider, better known as a proton pack.

With Venkman, their laid back leader, and the eager and excitable Stantz, the team’s services were in huge demand from citizens of New York terrified at an alarming increase in paranormal activity.

The most powerful tool in the Ghostbusters’ mobile armoury, proton packs were particle accelerating devices comprising a hand held wand, or particle thrower, connected to a back pack sized ‘cyclotron’. Basically, they incapacitated negatively charged ghosts by entrapping them within their positively charged proton beams.

In an era before advanced digital techniques, the movie’s ghouls were created with puppets, maquettes, animation, overlays, and a great deal of ingenuity besides. The visual effects crew was equally inventive when it came to the proton ray. The tip of the prop’s wand featured fluorescent bargraphs, incandescent bulbs, and strobing flashes to which they synchronized the dazzling neon-coloured ‘streams’.

An unprecedented mix of fantasy, horror and comedy featuring special effects destined to hold up remarkably over time, Ghostbusters™ was a huge critical and commercial success. A brilliant theme song and its famous ‘no ghost’ symbol, which encapsulated the notion that evil apparitions could be confined and even ridiculed, added further to its unique and enduring appeal.

Ghostbusters™ 1oz Silver Coin Series

For the movie’s many fans worldwide, The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil the first of three special commemorative coin releases, each struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver. The 2017 Ghostbusters™ coin portrays Spengler, Venkman, and Stantz against a representation of New York under a slime green sky. As any genuine admirer would expect, the design also includes the ‘no ghost’ icon.

In coming months, further coins portraying Slimer, and Stay Puft, will be released in complementary presentation packaging. Subject to a limited mintage of 5,000 worldwide, together they’ll form a superb trio of rare numismatic tributes.

TM & © 2017 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ARR.

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Jun 142017
 

The Norse Goddesses series features three silver coins celebrating principal goddesses of ancient Norse mythology. Each coin is struck in high relief to a rimless format and features an antique finish.

Off to a flying start with Freya (sold out), the second coin in the series features a striking interpretation of Frigg, Queen of Aesir, wife of Odin, and mother of Baldur.

Norse Goddesses – Frigg 2017 2oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

DESIGN GUIDE

Frigg Goddess of love, marriage, fertility, motherhood, destiny and weaving
Newborn baby a symbol of Frigg’s role as protector of birthing women
Woven threads she was said to have weaved the threads of fate to determine the destiny of men and gods
White candle used by Frigg to bless women in labour
Mistletoe employed by the trickster Loki to kill Frigg’s son Baldur, whose death she had foreseen
Secret chest said to have stored Frigg’s shoes, jewels and secrets
Hlidskjalf as Queen of Aesir, she was permitted to it in Odin’s high seat, which featured carvings of his wolves
Rose quartz pendant  adornment featuring one of Frigg’s gemstones, with also included amber and moonstone.
 Falcon  her sacred bird

Extremely Limited Mintage

Just 2,000 of these Norse Goddesses – Frigg 2017 2oz Silver High Relief Coins will be released. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a timber display case with an engraved lid.

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Jun 072017
 

An essential aim for any proud organisation is to test its skills with the aim of surpassing all previous efforts. The Perth Mint has continuously challenged itself in order to extend its capabilities beyond the conventional. From a pioneering role in ‘colourisation’ and ‘gilding’ techniques, to casting our world record breaking One Tonne Gold Coin, we’ve never shied away from pushing the boundaries.

Recently, we created an innovative and prestigious range of iconic Australian coins combining pure precious metals with exceptionally rare pink diamonds from Western Australia’s Argyle Diamond Mine. Now, we’ve taken this stunning blend of natural treasures to a new level with the unveiling of The Australian Trilogy, possibly the most magnificent Australian Three-Coin Set ever created.

A never-to-be-repeated release with an official limited mintage of just one, the Trilogy combines three 2017 coins from our iconic Australian animal series. At one kilo apiece, the impressive releases are all large enough to fill the palm of your hand.

In the pursuit of perfection, up to 30 examples of each coin were struck before a process of scrupulous inspection and rejection resulted in three supreme choices (and the melting pot for those discarded).

With immaculate clarity and crispness, their appearance is instantly arresting. There’s a surprise, too – unprecedented combinations of metal and design mean the Australian Kookaburra is made from 9999 gold; the Australian Kangaroo from 9995 platinum; and the Australian Koala from a delightful shade of 22 carat rose gold.

Each masterpiece attains the truly spectacular with the inclusion of a carefully selected fancy coloured diamond within the design. Breathtakingly beautiful, these marvels of nature are so incredibly uncommon that less than a fistful see the light of day each year. The most valuable and sought after diamonds in the world, they’re exquisitely honed by the world’s most acclaimed cutters and polishers.

Respectively, Trilogy coins feature a round brilliant cut 0.47 carat Fancy Deep Purple-Pink; an emerald cut 0.46 carat Fancy Dark Gray-Violet; and an emerald cut 0.58 carat Fancy Intense Pink.

Even with the Mint’s extensive expertise, setting the stones was cause for significant nervousness. With much time and effort dedicated to producing coins with the highest quality finishes, it was alarming to think that one slip of a beading tool the whole project would be compromised.

The finest diamond setter, specially flown to Perth from Singapore, was entrusted to handset the fabulous gems. A collective intake of breath followed by an anxious wait was richly rewarded, however, when our expert craftsman completed the demanding procedure with immaculate precision.

The vision for The Australian Trilogy was the ultimate set of pink diamond adorned coins yet created. A shining example of what is achievable when creative, artistic and artisanal skills are united in the pursuit of perfection, we believe that as an unquestionable highlight of Australian precious collectables it has raised the bar once more.

With a recommended retail price of AUD 1.8 million, The Australian Trilogy can be viewed at The Perth Mint throughout June. Buyers are invited to contact Shop staff or call (+61 8) 9421 7376 for further information.

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Jun 062017
 

They’re so rare that only a few are produced annually. In fact an entire year’s production will fit into the palm of your hand!

So it’s little wonder that through history pink diamonds have been some of the world’s most sought-after gems. From the Agra diamond worn by 16th and 17th century Mughal emperors, to modern-day legends like the Graff Pink, their extreme rarity and regal beauty have made them the most valuable diamonds on the market.

Why they exude pink hues has long been shrouded in mystery. Today, it is believed that tiny foreign particles may have been trapped alongside carbon atoms during the crystallisation process in which diamonds are formed. Somehow this combination affects their photochromic behaviour, causing these special diamonds to radiate a spectrum of pink colours from cherry blossom to dramatic red.

The enigmatic story of their creation undoubtedly adds further aura to the allure of these enthralling natural wonders. But no less remarkable is the account of their commercial discovery in Western Australia’s Kimberley wilderness. Uncovered by ants, pink diamonds were first spotted glinting at the entrance to a colony’s nest in mid-1980s. The initial find provided just a hint of the treasure waiting to be unearthed from what was to become the world-renowned Argyle Diamond Mine.

Responsible for more than 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamond supply in recent decades, production in the rugged Australian outback is currently tailing off as the deposit “pipe” gets narrower and deeper. As the already miniscule supply shrinks further, one thing is certain – the number of opportunities to acquire and treasure these precious stones is becoming beyond rare!

Australian Kangaroo 2017 2oz Gold Proof Pink Diamond Edition

Extracted from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine, a 0.037carat round brilliant pink diamond appears below the animal’s paw on the reverse of this exclusive Australian Kangaroo coin. Exquisitely struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, the remarkable release marries Australia’s most alluring precious metal, one of its best known coin designs, and a stunning example of its most desirable diamonds.

Just 300 coins have been meticulously struck and skilfully handset with a pink diamond to offer discerning buyers a timeless and sumptuous collectable.

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Jun 062017
 

Special editions of the Australia Kangaroo dominate May’s new release bulletin.

Stuart Devlin’s classic image of the iconic marsupial now appears on a remarkable kilo coin beautifully struck from 99.99% pure silver in proof quality.

The iconic design is also featured on an exclusive 2oz gold proof release incorporating an exceptionally rare pink diamond from Western Australia’s Kimberley.

Collector delights, each magnificent coin has a limited mintage of just 300.

Kangaroo collectors are also invited to appraise a new 1oz silver proof high relief coin featuring an intricately detailed portrayal of the famous animal bounding across an outback plain.

There are similar new treats for fans of the Australian Koala with the release of two superb new issues. Our latest kilo silver proof coin and 5oz silver proof high relief coin also feature very limited mintages.

Meanwhile, this month sees two follow up releases to the recent Australian Stock Horse silver coin. Australia’s favourite steed is seen grazing on a new 5oz gold proof coin, while an amazing 5oz silver gilded edition incorporates all five of the Stock Horse designs seen since the introduction of this sell out series.

The wonderful Norse Goddesses series of high relief antiqued silver coins now turns its attention to Frigg, goddess of love, marriage, and destiny. (Hurry to secure yours because its predecessor Freya is already sold out!).

We’re also pleased to include in May’s bulletin a tribute to the 1984 supernatural comedy hit Ghostbusters™. A certain ‘must have’ for many collectors of movie memorabilia, the silver coin portrays the film’s three ghost busting heroes and its unforgettable ‘no ghosts’ symbol.

Click on the electronic bulletin above to discover this month’s complete line-up of new releases or visit Recent Releases on The Perth Mint web page.

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Jun 062017
 

The Splendid Fairy-wren is a jaunty bird that hops and bounces among the undergrowth in search of insects. When looking for a mate, the male’s plumage is transformed into eye-catching iridescent blues.

For your chance to win a Splendid Fairy-wren 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin from our Birds of Australia series, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: Bird experts

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘June 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 3 July 2017. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

See us on Facebook and Twitter for notification of anagrams and other great coin competitions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Lorenzo Procopio of WA for the correct answer of ‘a prehistoric monster’.

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