Jul 252017
 

One of the biggest eagles in the world, the Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. The majestic bird is known to soar through the sky for hours on end, frequently reaching altitudes as high as 2,000 metres with a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres.

For your chance to win an Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: The Wedge-tailed Eagle is the official bird emblem of which Australian state or territory? 

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘August 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 August 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 Melissa Gilchrist of South Australia for the correct answer of ‘Common Brushtail’.

 
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Jul 252017
 

The second of three Ghostbusters™ coins features Slimer, the ectoplasmic apparition that left a trail of disgusting green slime in its wake. As the very first ghost captured by Stantz, Venkman and Spengler, Slimer became an enduring icon of the highly successful movie franchise.

Slimer’s territory was the Sedgewick Hotel, where his primary occupation was eating “anything that’s not nailed down or on fire” – as long it wasn’t green broccoli!

During an early encounter with the “ugly little spud” on the hotel’s twelfth floor, Venkman was bowled over and splattered in Slimer’s goo. In one of the film’s famous comic lines, the prostrate Ghostbuster was left lamenting: “He slimed me.”

The special effects team on the 1984 classic made three large foam latex models of what was then referred to as ‘Onionhead’. Each model was created to satisfy a particular requirement – insatiable eating, looking scared, smiling – with cables to adjust the expressions. In the days before computer generated imagery, the team’s innovative techniques helped secure Ghostbusters™ enduring place in cinematic history.

Ghostbusters™ – Slimer 2017 1oz Silver Coin

The second of three tribute coins depicts Slimer being pulled into a Ghost Trap, a sealed container that allowed the Ghostbusters to transport spirits to the Containment Unit located in the basement of their Firehouse HQ.

No more than 5,000 of the fan commemoratives will be released, each presented in a black display case featuring the legendary ‘no ghost’ symbol and the words WHO YA GONNA CALL? from Ray Parker Jnr’s unforgettable theme.

  • Earlier release: Ghostbusters™ 2017 1oz Silver Coin
  • Future release: Ghostbusters™ – Stay Puft 2017 1oz Silver Coin

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

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Jul 202017
 

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation idolise Jean-Luc Picard as one of Starfleet’s most inspirational captains. An accomplished diplomat and tactician, he made a deep impression as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D at a time of major upheavals in galactic history.

During an extraordinary career, he made contact with no fewer than 27 alien species, including the Ferengi, the Cardassians, the Q, and the Borg.

It was his capture by the Borg and transformation into Locutus of Borg that provided some of the most dramatic and memorable moments of the series.

Under its plan to assimilate Earth, the Borg famously informed the Federation that “resistance is futile… but welcome”. Picard was chosen to become an intermediary with the human race, and despite his refusal, was captured and embedded with cybernetic devices including a single, red laser ocular implant in order to undertake the role.

Picard’s assimilation allowed the Borg to acquire his knowledge and experience. However, the connection proved to be two-way. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D seized Locutus, they were able to use his link to disable and destroy the Borg’s vessel.

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary – 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which originally went to air in 176 episodes between 1987 and 1994. Judged by fans and critics to be a worthy successor to The Original Series, it remains one of the most admired series from the highly influential Star Trek franchise.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this stunning collectable portrays Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 30th anniversary logo. The design also includes references to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and Locutus of Borg, the Borg designation forced upon Picard after his assimilation by the cybernetic species.

With global celebrations including cast reunions scheduled throughout 2017, the coin offers fans a stunning item of memorabilia limited by official mintage to just 3,000 pieces.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Jul 182017
 

Australia’s Trans-Australian Railway was a vital piece of national infrastructure that officially opened on 22 October 1917. The promise of its construction had been made prior to Federation of the Australian colonies in 1901 to encourage a reluctant Western Australia to join the proposed Commonwealth.

Crossing 1,600 kilometres of the Nullabor Plain, Australia’s driest and most isolated terrain, the line connected the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie in the west with Port Augusta in South Australia, becoming a vital component in the trans-continental route between Perth, the Western Australian capital, and the bulk of the new nation’s population in the eastern states.

Trans-Australian Railway 2017 Stamp and Coin Cover

Used during the construction phase, Commonwealth Railways G class locomotives hauled trains for the first two decades of Trans-Australian Railway operations. At the time of the photograph featured on this centenary postal and numismatic cover, they’d been replaced by C class locos which were capable of meeting demand for increased loads. Like its contemporaries, engine C 66 was constructed at the Queensland engineering company Walkers Limited, which had built its first locomotive in 1873.

Incorporating an Australian commemorative coin struck by The Perth Mint, the Australia Post issue also features stamps portraying travel posters from 1930 and 1960. Extolling the romance of rail travel during the age of steam, the first stamp includes an image of a camel. Ideally suited to Australia’s arid conditions, these animals were imported during the 19th century from India and Afghanistan to aid outback exploration, transport and construction. The second stamp, entitled ‘To the West’, depicts a GM class diesel locomotive constructed by Sydney-based Clyde Engineering, first seen on the Trans-Australian Railway in 1951.

Just 7,500 of these stamp and coin covers will be released, each featuring a Kalgoorlie first day of issue postmark dated 4 July 2017.

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Jul 142017
 

The red kangaroo is synonymous with the land down under and the stunning new Australian Kangaroo 2017 Silver Proof Four-Coin Set and 1/4oz silver coin showcases this symbol of Australia perfectly.

This is only the second edition of this impressive set, with the first edition in 2016 proving enormously popular with collectors.

The set comprises a 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coin, as well as an individual 1/4oz silver proof coin each depicting the iconic red kangaroo design by Dr Stuart Devlin AO CMG.

Each coin is struck from 99.99% pure silver in proof quality and presented in display packaging. Only 3,000 sets will be released, with each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Jul 112017
 

Diwali, the ancient five day Hindu festival, is considered one of the happiest holidays in India.

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means “row of lighted lamps”. The main theme of the festival is the triumph of light over darkness, goodness over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

To celebrate Diwali, people clean and decorate their houses with lights and candles, dress up in their finest clothes, and take part in puja (prayers), often kneeling before Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, to seek her divine blessing.

During the festival nights, fireworks light up the sky and family and friends celebrate with elaborate feasts.

How popular is Diwali?

  • Approximately 80% of India’s 1.2 billion people identify themselves as Hindu.
  • The country is home to more than 20 million Sikhs and 4 million Jains, who also celebrate Diwali.
  • Diwali has significance for many Buddhists, who mark the day by chanting mantras to remember Lord Buddha.
  • Throughout the world, Diwali is officially recognised in several other countries, including in Bali, Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Thanks to the Indian diaspora, there are also celebrations in Western nations such as the United States and United Kingdom.
  • In Australia, where Diwali occurs on 19 October 2017, carnivals featuring fireworks, food stalls, dancing and henna paintings will occur in capital cities.

Diwali Festival 2017 1oz Silver Coin

The Perth Mint’s first coin to mark Diwali portrays a coloured representation of Lakshmi sitting on a lotus flower with gold coins pouring out of her hands, symbolising material and spiritual wealth.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, no more than 5,000 of these vividly coloured releases will be issued, each housed in a latex display frame that displays both sides of the coin.

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