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The Perth Mint Blog Team has its finger on the pulse! We work in marketing, PR and creative services. So if there’s anything newsworthy or novel happening around The Perth Mint, we’re here to make sure you hear about it first!

Jan 162018
 

At the end of the First World War, the Australian Government launched a series of ‘Peace Loan’ campaigns. These were managed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia with the aim of recouping the costs of the war and helping to fund the pensions of returned servicemen. In the same way War Loans had functioned between 1915 and 1918, the public was asked to purchase bonds which were repaid with interest.

The first peace loan was announced on 30 July 1919. The amount requested was £25 million, equivalent to approximately £1.1 billion today. As with the war loans campaigns, promotional posters were developed and published in newspapers encouraging the general public to get involved.

One of the first subscribers to the second peace loan issued in July 1920 was Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII. The Prince was travelling around Australia at the time thanking the population for the sacrifices and contributions they had made during the war. The third and final loan, known as the ‘Diggers Loan’, was launched in August 1921.

Australian Posters of World War I – Peace Bonds
2018 1oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin

The fifth and final release from the Australian Posters of World War I coin series features a poster from the initial Peace Bonds promotional campaign of 1919.

The poster depicted a young veteran in uniform being welcomed back to civilian life by an elderly farmer declaring “Well Boy – You’ve done your Bit. What will Australia do for You?” The artwork symbolised that even those who had not been not eligible for recruitment could still make a useful contribution to their country.

Vividly portrayed in colour on the rectangular 1oz silver coin, it is headed by the inscription AUSTRALIAN PEACE BONDS.

Click for more information about the complete Australian Posters of World War I series.

Reflecting the development of a recognisably Australian style in poster art and its effectiveness as an advertising and promotional medium at the beginning of the 20th century, this series is produced by The Perth Mint in association with the Australian War Memorial. Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin in the special series is individually encapsulated in latex cases which allows the design on both sides to be displayed.

No more than 5,000 of each coin in the series will be released worldwide.


The Australian War Memorial logo is a registered trade mark of the Australian War Memorial TM © 2018.


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Jan 102018
 

If you loved the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cartoon series, or the many follow up shows and movies, this coin produced under licence from Warner Bros. is a must-have memento.

A cultural icon dating from 1969 when Scooby-Doo made his TV debut, the loveable great dane has been entertaining kids of all ages for almost 50 years.

A wholesome mix of fun and frights, the show’s plots centre around ‘supernatural’ mysteries in which Scooby-Doo and his teenage detective companions – Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy – pit their wits against miscreants and monsters in classic tales of good over evil.

Throughout, Scooby-Doo provides plenty of comic relief thanks to his many foibles – including constant cravings for ‘Scooby Snacks’, extreme ticklishness and helpless cowardice.

But nothing amuses fans more than his ability to speak broken English including catchphrases such as “Ruh Roh” when things are going badly!

Scooby-Doo 2018 1oz Silver Proof Coin

For his many devotees, the 99.99% pure silver coin portrays the comic canine hero as he appeared in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series.

With a worldwide mintage of just 5,000, it’s also a rare opportunity for all fans of official pop culture memorabilia.

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Jan 052018
 

Get ready for next month’s Chinese New Year. Celebrations in Australia include street festivals with dancing, music, fireworks and lanterns. To mark the occasion, we’ve issued this Chinese New Year 2018 1oz Silver Coin featuring two traditional symbols of good fortune in one image – a red dragon in the shape of a Chinese knot.

For your chance to win this stunning release, try solving our latest anagram.

Clue: Begins 16 February!

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘January 2018 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 2 February 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 Ian Hemmings from the UK for the correct answer of ‘Labrador Retriever’.

 
Jan 052018
 

The New Year is a time to set new goals and we’re aiming for the stars with our plans to bring you the most innovative and exciting range of precious metal collectable coins available. And if January is a yardstick of our intentions, it’s going to be a cracking 12 months!

Let’s begin with a major news announcement. Under an exclusive licensing agreement reached with the entertainment giant Warner Bros. we will be crafting and creating superb quality releases celebrating some of the best loved movies ever produced. The sensational line up of coins also features many of your favourite cartoon characters – including much loved icons from the famous Looney Tunes series of animated shorts.

The amazing Warner Bros. program gets underway this month with a release celebrating Scooby-Doo, the comical canine hero who has been entertaining kids of all ages for almost 50 years. With a strictly limited mintage of 5,000 coins worldwide, it’s an awesome collectable for devotees of the loveable great dane.

In other interesting developments, you’ve indicated that coins are fast becoming favoured gifts for all kinds of celebrations. In response, our designer have been working hard to develop delightful new designs and themes to mark many of life’s special moments.

This month we’re pleased to unveil an adorable new design for our Always Together series (especially popular around Valentine’s Day!) and a gorgeously re-imagined Newborn release to celebrate the joy surrounding the arrival of a baby in 2018.

As well as an impressive new take on Birthday coins, we’ve also developed a Graduation coin – a great way for proud parents and grandparents to reward hard working primary, secondary and university students for successfully completing their studies in 2018.

Among other Perth Mint coins we’re proud to announce this January, don’t miss the latest Opal Lunar release celebrating the Year of the Dog. Also marking the Chinese New Year is an extraordinary antiqued high relief creation featuring the symbolically auspicious Phoenix.

For more details of these and other new releases including the final coin from our landmark Australian Posters of World War I series, please browse through the electronic bulletin above or visit Recent Releases.

Best wishes for 2018 – The Perth Mint Blog Team.

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Dec 132017
 

In Eastern cultures, especially Chinese folklore, the three-legged money toad (aka Chan Chu or Jin Chan) is a symbol of financial good fortune.

With deep symbolic roots, the money toad is generally portrayed sitting on top of a pile of ancient Chinese coins. It holds a gold coin between its lips while a tasselled string tethering yet more coins emerges from the side of its mouth.

Small statues of the money toad can be found in many Chinese homes and businesses in the hope that it will bring them wealth and prosperity.

Where to place a money toad

Positioning the money toad for maximum influence is of great concern to Chinese people.

It’s crucial the placement complies with the ancient philosophy of feng shui – a manner of arranging objects so that energy, or “chi”, flows gently and smoothly throughout the premises.

Specific feng shui principles for the Money Toad decree it should be located inside a home or business on a diagonal from the entrance way. It should never face the door, but rather look towards the heart of the building so as to draw money inside while at the same time fending off bad financial influences.

In a mark of respect, the money toad should be placed on a raised surface – never on the floor.

Money Toad 2018 1oz Silver Gilded Coin

This Money Toad coin will prove lucky for some! With no more than 5,000 available for release, it’s a rare celebration of one of China’s most popular symbols of wealth.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, the coin’s image of the money toad is meticulously gilded in shining 24 carat gold in honour of its revered influence.

An upright framed presentation case makes it possible to display this coin so that the money toad keeps a watchful eye over your home!

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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!

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