Not to be missed, this is the final UK Quarter Sovereign to bear the fourth definitive coinage portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Struck from 22-carat gold in proof quality, the delightful little coin’s iconic design of St George slaying the dragon is widely recognised as a symbol of strength and continuity that has appeared regularly ever since it was first introduced in 1817.
The coin’s obverse portrait, designed by the renowned sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley FRBS and introduced in 1998, will soon be replaced by a fifth, marking the next chapter in the life of the monarch and Britain’ gold coinage.
No more than 4,600 of these sought-after coins will be issued. Each coin offered by The Perth Mint is housed in a luxurious wooden case accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity and booklet.
The launch of the Commonwealth’s own silver coins in 1910 and first bronze coins in 1911 were key events in the history of modern Australia.
A few years after their introduction, the young nation faced its biggest challenge to that point – a world war of unimaginable carnage and horror.
Drawing together these important themes, this superb pre-decimal coin pack offers collectors an example of all six Commonwealth coins featuring year-dates between the fateful years of 1914 and 1918.
- Threepence: 92.5% Silver, 7.5% Copper
- Sixpence: 92.5% Silver, 7.5% Copper
- Shilling: 92.5% Silver, 7.5% Copper
- Florin: 92.5% Silver, 7.5% Copper
- Halfpenny: 97% Copper, 2.5% Zinc, 0.5% Tin
- Penny: 97% Copper, 2.5% Zinc, 0.5% Tin
The six coins are housed in a detailed A5-sized display folder which provides information, facts and figures about Australia’s involvement in World War I, as well as original wartime imagery.
For further details about this impressive release, please click here.
Every summer the prospect of prolonged hot and dry weather creates the potential for destructive fires in Australia.
And each year firefighters put their lives on the line to protect people and property from the devastating consequences of fire.
As well as permanent and retained firefighters, there are also thousands of volunteer firemen and women who play a significant and vital role in defending communities all across Australia.
As the nation once again focuses attention on the bushfire season, we’re honoured to share an image of this numismatic tribute to the courage and dedication of Australian firefighters.
The medallion’s obverse portrays a fireman from an earlier era carrying a female occupant from a house fire.
Its reverse inscription reveals it was issued by the Australian Assembly of Volunteer Fire Brigade Associations on the occasion of its 1990 National Conference in Adelaide.
Although in the custody of The Perth Mint, we know nothing more about the provenance of this medallion and would be extremely pleased to hear from anyone with any information pertaining to its design and manufacture.
Please note the following deadlines for guaranteed Christmas delivery from The Perth Mint.
- International customers – Today 4 December 2014
- Australian customers – Monday 15 December 2014
Some of this year’s best sellers include the Gold Filigree Egg Decoration, Teardrop Pendant with White and Pink Diamonds, Kailis Carbon Fibre Telescopic Pen, and 5g Gold Bullion Bar Pendant.
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