Aug 212017
 

Seventy-five years after its release in August 1942, Walt Disney’s Bambi has endured as a perennial classic, remembered long after others have been forgotten.

Loosely based on the novel published in 1923 by Austrian writer Felix Salten called Bambi, a Life in the Woods, the film explores more serious themes than any other Disney animation as it follows the birth and growth of a young deer named Bambi and the challenges he faces as he and his father, mother and friends fight to survive against the human hunter named Man.

Deep in the heart of the woods Bambi struggles to take his first steps as he explores his new world with his friends Thumper, a loveable rabbit, a bashful skunk named Flower, and his future mate, Faline. Along the way he learns valuable lessons about love, life, and loss.

The film is at times quite haunting and anyone who watched it as a child will still remember the devastating shooting of Bambi’s mother and the fire which blazed through the woods destroying the animals’ habitat. The intense thunderstorm sequences, fires and angry hunting dogs make Bambi an intense film with many messages for young viewers, but there are also light-hearted moments as we see Bambi struggle to find his footing on his long, slender legs, while the skating scene with Thumper is one of Disney’s most charming cinematic moments.

Bambi 75th Anniversary 2017 gold and silver proof coins

We’re delighted to offer 1oz silver and 1/4oz gold coins celebrating the 75th anniversary of this Disney classic. Housed in prestigious timber boxes with limited mintages of 10,000 and 1,000 respectively, these coins will make a beautiful gift for Disney fans and collectors.

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Aug 092017
 

The Perth Mint has released the final coin in the Norses Goddesses three-coin series. Like the previous Freya and Frigg coins, the release is struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver with a high relief, antiqued finish.

According to ancient Norse mythology, Hel was the goddess of the dead and the queen of the underworld. Born with partially exposed bones, Hel is one of the most fearsome looking goddesses. She is described as hag-like, appearing half-alive and half-dead, and is often depicted alongside the first World Tree with the dragon Nidhug who lives at the base of the tree.

Hel was the hideous youngest child of Loki and the frost giantess Angrboda. The gods had terrible forebodings about the destiny of Hel and her two siblings, Fenrir the wolf and Jormungand the serpent, and as a result, Hel was banished to the netherworld by Odin, the king of Asgard, out of fear of what she might become. In the netherworld she was responsible for the fate of all those who died from sickness and old age, and those souls who did not die in battle.

The evil dead were banished to a realm of icy-cold death and torture, while women who had died in childbirth, and children that had died, were watched over by Hel. Those who did not die in battle, having decided against the path of war and violence, were guided through the circle of death to rebirth.

Norse Goddesses Hel 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin

The reverse of the coin depicts Hel sitting cross-legged underneath the first World Tree with Nidhug wrapped around the base of the tree. Some of the tree roots depict faces of the lost souls she watches over. The inscription HEL and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark also feature in the design.

Housed in a timber display case with a stunning engraved design on the lid, no more than 2,000 coins will be released worldwide.

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Aug 012017
 

This month we’re excited to release the final coins in these two popular series: Norse Goddesses and Ghostbusters™.

Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, Hel, the goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld is superbly depicted on this rimless antiqued high relief coin. The last coin in a series of three, there are only 2,000 available.

The final commemorative coin in the Ghostbusters™ trio features the gigantic paranormal monster, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The reverse of this 1oz silver coin depicts Stay Puft walking along the streets of New York City against a backdrop of lightning.

The Australian Koala 2017 5oz Gold Proof Coin takes centre stage this month. Housed in a luxurious timber display case, this uniquely Australian coin is a true collectors’ item with an extremely limited mintage of only 75.

Adding to the Australian theme, we are also releasing a majestic 1oz Gold Proof High Relief release coin of the iconic Kangaroo and a 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Koala coin.

For lovers of all things cute and cuddly we’ve released the fresh-faced harp seal 1/2oz silver proof coin, the fourth in the Polar Babies series. Known for their bright, snowy white coats that provide camouflage and warmth, the adorable harp seal sits perched on a bed of snow on the coin’s reverse.

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 website.

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