Oct 132017
 

One of the benefits for coin collectors attending the Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association’s Money Expo is the opportunity to pick up interesting coin show specials.

At the forthcoming Sydney event, taking place at Lower Sydney Town Hall between 14 and 15 October, attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to secure a unique release from our Australian Lunar – 2018 Year of the Dog Silver Coin Series.

Struck from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure silver, this petite show special portrays a meticulously coloured image of a German shepherd and its pup. The design also includes the Chinese character for ‘dog’.

With an issue limit of just 1,500, the Australian legal tender special offers astute collectors the essential combination of exclusivity, quality and popularity.

How to buy

To secure your coin, which is housed in presentation packaging including a distinctive box shipper featuring Sydney Money Expo branding, it will be necessary to visit ANDA’s own booth at the event.

With a recommended retail price of just $29, it’s a great and affordable way to mark your attendance.

For those unable to get to the Expo, any remaining stock will be available from The Perth Mint and Downies on 16 October.

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Oct 122017
 

The dragon is one of the principal emblems of Chinese iconography. Ancient myths and legends portray the dragon as a benevolent creature that brought rain to help the Chinese people grow crops. As the embodiment of the Chinese emperor, it continues to be revered as a powerful symbol of good fortune.

Said to be the dragon’s favourite possession, the pearl was endowed with mystical powers that could grant people their wishes. For example, it was thought that a pearl could swell or multiply anything it came into contact with. In one legend it helped a farmer expand his crop yield.

Because of their milky radiance, pearls were also seen as symbolic of the moon.

The combination of dragons and pearls has been depicted in Chinese painting, fabrics, ceramics and architectural friezes from at least the Tang Dynasty (618 – 907), a golden age in Chinese art and literature. A frequent theme in such works portrayed celestial dragons eagerly competing with one another in pursuit of a pearl. As it was caught and slowly devoured by the victorious dragon, the pearl was said to represent the waning moon. In the reverse process, the dragon gradually disgorged the pearl to symbolise the waxing moon.

Dragon and Pearl 2017 1oz Silver Antiqued Coin

If you’re fascinated by Chinese symbolism and mysticism this remarkable new coin will have special appeal. Like our popular 2016 Ying Yang release, it’s a highly innovative creation in which our skilled minters have incorporated a revolving charm.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver with an antiqued finish, the coin portrays two Chinese dragons encircling a pearl-like bead. Bisected by a pin on which it rotates, the bead has a lustrous, milky appearance in-keeping with the pearl’s lunar associations.

Only 3,000 of these Dragon and Pearl coins, each housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, will be released on behalf of collectors.

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Oct 102017
 

Australian women faced an array of challenges during World War I, from sole responsibility for children and family to coping, in many cases, with the reality of losing a loved one. A large number of women were recruited into jobs vacated by men, particularly in the armaments sector, while others threw themselves into projects such as the Comforts Fund in support of the troops.

Although prevented from serving on the front line, more than 3,000 Australian women also volunteered for active service as nurses, medical workers and ambulance drivers. Stationed in Europe, Britain, the Middle East and India, they worked in hospitals, on hospital ships and trains, or in casualty clearing stations close to the front lines where they were exposed to threats from artillery and bombing.

The nurses carried out their nursing duties with diligence and care, and were called upon to display extreme bravery.

On the night of 22 July 1917, the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station near Armentières in France was targeted by a German bombing raid. In dangerous circumstances, Sisters Clare Deacon, Dorothy Cawood, Alice Ross-King and Staff Nurse Mary Derrer helped injured men escape from the Station’s burning remains.

Each nurse received the Military Medal – awarded to personnel for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire.

In all, eight Australian nurses received this award during the course of the War. Tragically, 25 were killed while on active service, and four died in Australia from lingering injuries or illnesses.

Women in War – A Century of Service

One hundred years after nurses proved themselves to be an essential part of the military, Australia Post has issued a Stamp and Coin Cover entitled Women in War – A Century of Service. Displaying poignant historical imagery, it includes an Australian commemorative coin crafted by The Perth Mint in honour of our nurses’ achievements and sacrifices.

The image of Staff Nurse Ella McLean from Roma, Queensland is seen in the foreground of the commemorative $1 stamp. Originally working on home service at Kangaroo Point Military Hospital, she embarked on the Khiva in May 1917, serving first in India and then Egypt.

In the background is a photograph showing a woman knitting socks direct from the fleece of a sheep. The Australian Comforts Fund packed finished garments like these into bales and shipped them overseas for the troops.

The main envelope image shows nurses tending a ward of wounded troops in the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station near Steenvoorde (about 30 kilometres from Armentières) on 30 November 1917. Most of the patients treated there were injured during the Third Battle of Ypres, where in eight weeks of fighting Australian forces incurred approximately 38,000 casualties.

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Oct 062017
 

As the major sponsor of the Gold Industry Group, The Perth Mint is partnering with other members in support the Group’s latest initiative – the Heart of Gold Discovery Trail.

The trail is the first virtual tour of its kind which will give local residents and tourists of all ages an interactive ‘gold’ experience via a free app.

Using augmented reality, enticing audio visuals, games and more, the app will tell the tales of a city built on gold as it takes trail blazers on a virtual gold treasure hunt across the city to The Perth Mint.

To launch the trail, a free family event will be held at Elizabeth Quay on Saturday 7 October.

From 10am to 3pm, the Quay will become a hub of gold inspired activities to educate and entertain the community.

Throughout the day, The Perth Mint will be hosting a dry gold panning activity, giving children and their families the chance to experience what it was like to search for gold during the early gold rushes.

Great prizes are also up for grabs, including a handful of real gold nuggets donated by Ramelius Resources, family passes to our exhibition, Young Collector ‘Experience It’ coin in cards, and of course chocolate coins!

Participants who complete the Heart of Gold Discovery Trail will claim additional golden rewards upon their arrival at The Perth Mint, including a commemorative #heartofgold medallion and 25% discount on admission fees to our dazzling exhibition.

Download the free Heart of Gold Australia app online now, available for both Apple and Android.

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Oct 052017
 

Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987 and ran for 178 episodes over seven seasons until 1994, making it the longest running Star Trek series to date.

Set a century after Captain James T. Kirk embarked on his famous five year mission, the new series followed the 24th century adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

A distinguished Starfleet officer, archaeologist and diplomat, Picard endeared himself to a whole new generation of Star Trek fans, playing a central role in developing the sci-fi series’ reputation as one of the most culturally influential shows in television history.

As in The Original Series, the captain was surrounded by an inner sanctum of crew members, who each attracted loyal fans in their own right. On the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation, The Perth Mint’s latest Star Trek commemorative coin celebrates Jean-Luc Picard and six of his trusted officers.

Commander Deanna Troi – Ship’s Counsellor
Of mixed human and Betazoid heritage and a legendary connoisseur of chocolate, Troi had partial telepathic abilities that enabled her to empathise strongly. Her empathic ability was a key factor during away missions and first contact scenarios.

Lieutenant Commander Worf – Conn Officer/Chief Security Officer
Starfleet’s first and only Klingon officer, Worf was adopted by Federation parents, which meant he was often torn between his human upbringing and his own Klingon culture. From his unique standpoint, however, he was able to play a key role in Empire politics.

Commander William T. Riker – First Officer
Often referred to as ‘Number One’, Riker matured from a bold and ambitious young officer into a more patient, vigilant and wise character. From the second season he sported a beard, a trademark considered to make him appear more nautical.

Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge – Helmsman/Chief Engineer
Blind since birth, La Forge’s VISOR provided him with a sense of sight. With an irreverence tempered by the added responsibility of his move to engineering, he nevertheless retained a strong sense of humour.

Commander Beverly Crusher MD – Chief Medical Officer
Romantically linked with Captain Picard, Crusher was thorough and conscientious in her medical work. She was also a superior scientist in various fields of research. A Fellow of the Academy of Starfleet Surgeons, she took a turn for one year as head of Starfleet Medical before returning to the Enterprise.

Lieutenant Commander Data – Chief Operations Officer
An artificial intelligence and synthetic life form, Data was a self-aware and anatomically fully functional android who tried hard to feel human emotion. His ability to show wisdom, sensitivity, and curiosity won him immense respect.


Star Trek: The Next Generation Crew – 30th Anniversary
2017 2oz Silver Coin

Crafted from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, this fully authorised commemorative coin is issued by The Perth Mint with a limited mintage of just 3,000.

Destined to be sought after by fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a unique piece of memorabilia, the coin’s design includes the series’ official 30th anniversary logo.

Housed in superb presentation packaging, this release is recommended as a fascinating complement to our earlier Star Trek: The Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Crew 2016 2oz Silver Proof Coin.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Oct 032017
 

One of Australia’s most beautiful creatures, the mahogany glider is an extremely rare species of gliding possum found exclusively in a small area within Queensland’s wet tropics. By stretching the folds of skin between its front and rear legs, it can glide from tree to tree for 30 metres or more at a time.

For your chance to win a Mahogany Glider 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin from the Endangered and Extinct Series, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: Tastes delicious to a mahogany glider!

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘October 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 6 November 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.

Last month’s winner: Congratulations Maxine Stephens of Western Australia for the correct answer of ‘kookaburras’.

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