Nov 292017

How does a fashion designer carve out a career in The Perth Mint design studio?

Meet Lucas Bowers, who’s doing exactly that.

Having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Perth’s Curtin University, Lucas found a unique opening in the graphic design sector that allowed him to specialise in illustration and painting, and soon discovered a niche in the fashion scene.

Even though it sounds far-fetched, the work proved to be a perfect segue into coins.

“Through fashion I was becoming more and more involved with designing for metal – cuff links, belt-buckles, brooches – that kind of thing,” he explains. “I found the challenges and possibilities of the medium extremely exciting.

“I’ve also had a long-standing fascination with coins and other historical artforms, so when the opportunity came up to join the design studio at an organisation with as long and prestigious a history as The Perth Mint, I jumped at the chance.”

Now, coin collectors are starting to see the fruits of Lucas’s considerable skills.

Two of his earliest coin creations are available this month in the form of the 2018 Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set.

One of the Mint’s most consistently popular Chinese themed products, the annual release is renowned for its highly detailed artistic style.

To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Lucas produced brilliant illustrations of a rottweiler and a border collie, each placed within a collection of beautifully rendered motifs signifying either ‘wealth’ or ‘wisdom’.

Impressing colleagues with his ability, passion and direction, Lucas has made a seamless transition to the world of coin designing.

Now he’s applying his fresh ideas and creative talents to some innovative and exciting new collections which promise to bring a whole new dimension to Australian coins!


Nov 282017

A new puppy is a joy to behold. Playful, innocent and brimming with curiosity, it’s guaranteed to warm the heart. Capturing the spirit of a mischievous pup this festive season, our delightful Baby Dog 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin would make a lovely collectable for any canine lover or an endearing gift for a new born baby in 2018.

Test your skill in our latest anagram competition for your chance to win this gorgeous release!

Clue: Popular pet breed

How to enter: Email your answer to marking your reply ‘December 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 4 January 2018. 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 Ray Thomas of South Australia for the correct answer of ‘Buckingham Palace’.

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Nov 282017

The year is coming to an end but the celebrations are only just beginning!

This month we’re pleased to unveil more stunning releases to help you mark the forthcoming Year of the Dog.

Choose from stunning Astrological gold coins representing the cutest shina inu, poodle and husky puppies, or the superb Wealth and Wisdom silver coin set portraying a rottweiler and a border collie.

Along with an immaculate 1oz Lunar gold coin depicting a labrador retriever in high relief, there’s now an exceptional canine coin to suit almost everyone’s liking!

Both our Happy Birthday and Wedding silver coins are back with a 2018 year-date to provide you with a brilliant alternative gift for family and friends on the most important occasions in their lives.

To start the party in the most propitious way, we’ve also embodied symbols of good fortune and prosperity in new releases celebrating the Chinese New Year and highly symbolic Money Toad.

For more details of these and other beautiful gifts ideas, browse through our final electronic bulletin of the year or head to Recent Releases on our website.

And don’t forget our Christmas Gift Guide where along with more glittering gift ideas you can check final order dates for delivery before 25 December.


Nov 272017

Certain German shepherds are born with a blue tinge in their coats. As puppies, German shepherds with this colour variation can also have blue eyes.

The new Gemstone Edition from the 2018 Australian Lunar Series celebrates the Year of the Dog with an image of a German shepherd featuring a beautiful blue sapphire in its right eye.

Sapphires have mystical associations with truth, sincerity and faithfulness – the latter a strong trait of German shepherds which are well known for their loyalty and obedience. It’s also been claimed sapphires have strong healing powers, especially for sore eyes!

Probably best known as September’s birthstone and a 45th wedding anniversary gift, the sapphire is one of a trio of well-known precious gemstones including ruby and emerald that feature in sought after jewellery. Sapphire is also the second hardest natural gemstone to diamond.

2018 Year of the Dog Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition

This spectacular release features a sparkling finishing touch in the shape of a handset blue sapphire. Limited to maximum mintage of only 500, the coin is a remarkable keepsake for any German Shepherd owner and all those born in the Year of the Dog.


Nov 202017

A royal wedding is cause for much rejoicing. When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, a million people lined the procession route in London to glimpse the newlyweds while many more around the world watched on television.

Arguably, the marriage of the Prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was one of the most welcome and celebrated royal weddings in history.

In 1947, the nation was still recovering from World War II. Austerity was tough for the people of Britain’s bomb-damaged cities. Drab clothes, endless queues and limited food supplies dominated everyday life.

In this atmosphere, the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten provided blissful relief from years of worry and deprivation. Cheerful crowds gathered in London on the cold morning of 20 November, their unbridled joy erupting in a thunder of cheers as the bride’s coach headed towards Westminster Abbey.

After the ceremony, the throng’s good natured enthusiasm reached fever pitch, at one point causing the police to temporarily lose control as the crowd burst through the cordon into Buckingham Palace forecourt.

Throughout the Commonwealth, millions of adoring supporters also celebrated the glamorous couple’s nuptials thanks to live radio broadcasts and the new medium of television.

Despite the pageantry, the royal couple were very aware of their people’s hardships. Here are seven interesting examples of how Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh showed solidarity with the people on their big day.

Seven remarkable facts about the Queen’s wedding

  • Princess Elizabeth paid for material in her wedding dress with the aid of ration coupons.
  • The future Queen did her own makeup for the wedding.
  • When her borrowed diamond tiara broke on the morning of the wedding, repairs were quickly made by the court jeweller.
  • Philip is said to have brushed off his naval uniform for the occasion and worn darned socks.
  • The guest list for the wedding breakfast comprised a mere 150 people.
  • Pieces of the couple’s wedding cake, made from ingredients donated by the Australian Girl Guides, were distributed to school children and institutions.
  • The bride and groom also instructed that 500 cases of tinned pineapples received as a wedding present from the Government of Queensland should be directed to the people.

Juicy pineapple from the Sunshine State must have been an unimaginable luxury for the hungry folk lucky enough to taste it!

70th Anniversary of the Royal Wedding
2017 Silver, Gold and Platinum Proof Coins

After 70 years of marriage, The Perth Mint is proud to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s platinum wedding anniversary with four unashamedly lavish Australian commemorative coins featuring designs approved by the Queen.

Immaculately struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold and 2oz of 99.95% pure platinum, each coin portrays the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom alongside the shield from the Coat of Arms of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

As well as St Edward’s Crown, the intricate design also includes a floral display representing the symbolic rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Housed in presentation packaging, the releases are restricted to limited mintages of 5,000, 350, 750, and 250 respectively.









Nov 172017

In Star Trek, the Klingons are an extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species who speak forcefully in a harsh, guttural language. Despite its disagreeable sound, ‘Klingonese’ has developed an extraordinary following in real-life.

Although the Klingon language was mentioned in the early Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles (1967), it wasn’t until Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) that the first words were spoken on screen. The subsequent development of Klingon into a fully-fledged language and the growing numbers of fans who speak it fluently reflects the enormous impact of the sci-fi classic’s impact on audiences worldwide.

The first Klingon words were devised by actor James Doohan (“Scotty”). For Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), director Leonard Nimoy and writer-producer Harve Bennett wanted the Klingons to speak in a structured way instead of random words, and so commissioned a more authentic script based on the phrases Doohan had originated.

The task was undertaken by Marc Okrand, a language expert with a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. His new vocabulary and grammar were enthusiastically embraced by actor Christopher Lloyd (Captain Kruge) who impressed Okrand with his desire to get the pronunciation right, know what the words meant and how the sentences fitted together.

Okrand’s The Klingon Dictionary (1985), which described many aspects of the Klingon language, achieved sales of more than 300,000. In 1992 he released the audio book Conversational Klingon featuring Michael Dorn, the actor who played Worf. Among his follow up books The Klingon Way: A Warrior’s Guide is regarded by fans as a canonical source of the alien language.

Okrand says he never imagined people would study it so seriously or learn it so well that they could actually carry on conversations!

The Klingon Institute (KLI), founded in 1992 by fellow academic Lawrence M. Schoen, offers online courses and holds an annual conference providing lessons, lectures and exercises for those wishing to speak Klingonese. The KLI also runs several projects to promote the language, including the translation into Klingon of the Bible and works by Shakespeare.

Antiqued silver coin portraying Worf, the first Klingon officer to join Starfleet.

Today, Klingon is probably the most fully developed fictional language in the world. Fans use it to conduct marriage ceremonies and to write songs. A Klingon Christmas Carol, based on the famous novella by Charles Dickens, is performed regularly in the United States. An opera in the Klingon language premiered in The Hague in 2010.

In Australia, the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains became the first attraction to offer guided tours in Klingon after the Sydney-class starship U.S.S. Jenolan appeared in an episode of The Next Generation.

In art, in advertising, even in television series and movies that have nothing to do with Star Trek, Klingon is now so extensively used that you might call it the first ‘universal’ language.

tlhlngan maH!
[We are Klingons!]

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