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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!

Apr 232014
 

The following collector releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

2014Stockhorse_thmb The Australian Stock Horse 2014 1oz Silver Coin (on card)
Issue Limit: 1,000 Sold Out
Shakespeare_thmb 450th Anniversary of the Birth of William Shakespeare
2014 5oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 450 Sold Out
2014BerlinCSS_thmb World Money Fair – Berlin Coin Show Special
Australian Kangaroo 2014 1oz Silver Coloured Coin
Maximum Mintage: 2,000 Sold Out
Baby_Horse._hmb Baby Horse 2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 7,500 Sold Out

 
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Apr 222014
 

The second release from the Gods of Olympus series will be released on 3 June 2014.

The coin portrays Poseidon – the God of the Sea. According to ancient Greek mythology, Poseidon was adept at gathering clouds and creating violent storms, and responsible for shipwrecks and the drowning of many souls. However, he also held the power to grant a ship a successful voyage, and to save those in danger. Poseidon was often referred to as the ‘earth-shaker’ due to his penchant for causing earthquakes.PoseidonLike Zeus, the original release in the Gods of Olympus series, Poseidon is a rimless high-relief coin struck from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver with an ‘antiqued’ finish. It has a maximum mintage is just 1,500.

The spectacular new coin will be available on The Perth Mint website at 00.01am, Tuesday 3 June Australian Western Standard Time. Poseidon will also be available from authorised Perth Mint coin distributors.

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Apr 172014
 

In an exciting development, a host of Disney cartoon characters will be immortalised on gold and silver commemorative coins over the next two years.

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From hilarious figures like Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, to the stars of classics including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, the coin program is set to delight all who have been touched by the magic of Disney.

Naturally, a series of such magnitude could not begin without gold and silver coins dedicated to Mickey Mouse.  So fittingly, the most famous Disney character of them all appears on the inaugural releases in a design that depicts Mickey in 1928.

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In 1927, Walt Disney conceived a character with a round white face, big button nose and floppy black ears. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, however, was a hit for Universal, which owned the rights to the character.

Disney’s setback proved to be a watershed, for it inspired him to create an even more engaging character to which he indisputably laid claim.

Walt thought of a mouse character that would incidentally bear resemblance to Oswald. An early change to the new character was his proposed name. According to legend, Walt Disney had originally wanted to name the mouse Mortimer, but his wife, Lillian, objected and suggested Mickey instead. Mickey Mouse began his rise to mega-stardom with the release of Steamboat Willie in November 1928.

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Even though it was the third of Mickey’s films to be produced, Steamboat Willie was the first Mickey cartoon to be released. Consequently, it marks his on-screen debut, as well as that of his girlfriend, Minnie.

The film is notable for being the first cartoon with synchronized sound. It was also the first cartoon to feature a post-produced soundtrack using a fifteen-piece band and the voice of Walt Disney himself as Mickey.

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Produced from 1/4oz of gold and 1oz of silver, the stunning new coins feature a still frame from an early scene where Mickey Mouse is seen cheerfully standing at the boat’s wheel.

Fans will want to act fast, for with just 1,000 gold coins and 10,000 silver coins available for release worldwide, this Disney series is off to a fantastic start!

Disney – Steamboat Willie 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Disney – Steamboat Willie 2014 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

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Apr 112014
 

The first two coins in this absolutely gorgeous 1/2oz silver proof coin series have now been released.The Lioness and Asian Elephant releases will be joined in forthcoming months by coins portraying the love been a mother and baby Giraffe, Bear and Orangutan.MothersLovex2

While each coin is available individually, there is also a subscription option  suitable for those determined to complete the series without fear of missing a release.

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Apr 042014
 

Joining the Daleks and Weeping Angels, the Cybermen are the latest monsters to appear on the Doctor Who Monsters series of 1/2oz silver proof coins.

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Early form of Cyberman, as seen in The Tenth Planet in 1966.

Evil marauders of the Whoniverse, Cybermen were once humanoids from Mondas, the Earth’s twin planet, which drifted out of the solar system and into the abyss of space. In its harsh environment, the inhabitants of Mondas gradually replaced their weak mortal flesh with metal and plastic as a means of self-preservation. In the process, they also lost their compassion.

Cold, harsh and cruelly logical, these cyborgs decided everybody should be like them – or be “deleted”. So when Mondas was destroyed, they embarked on a galactic mission to free other beings from the shackles of thoughts, feelings and useless emotion.

Cybermen first appeared in the 1966 Doctor Who series, The Tenth Planet, when their physical appearance retained some human elements. Beneath cloth masks, the outline of their faces remained tangibly earthly, while their hands were still clearly flesh and blood.

The transition to an almost total robotic state has continued to unfold, and in 2006’s Rise of the Cybermen new generations of muscled-up metal megalomaniacs emerged with even more murderous intent!

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The five coins in the Doctor Who Monsters series are available individually or on subscription: Daleks, Weeping Angels, Cybermen, Silurians (released May),
Sontarans (released June)

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Apr 022014
 

RAN_submarineOn 24 May 1914, the Royal Australian Navy took delivery of its first submarines in Sydney, the two British-built E-class vessels HMAS AE1 and HMAS AE2, as part of a substantial upgrade of Australia’s fledgling naval fleet.

Following the outbreak of the First World War in August 1914, just three months after they arrived in Sydney, both submarines were sent to New Guinea with the Australian Naval & Military Expeditionary Force, tasked to attack the German Pacific Fleet and to capture the colony of German New Guinea.

On 14 September, a day after Germany surrendered the colony, the HMAS AE1 was mysteriously lost off the coast of Rabaul. It is assumed that the submarine struck an unchartered reef and sunk. Over the last 100 years there have been many attempts to locate the submarine and the remains of her 35 crew, which consisted of 15 Australian and 20 British submariners, but the site of this underwater military grave remains unknown.

The HMAS AE2 remained in the South Pacific until December 1914, when she was sent to the Mediterranean to support the British-led operations off the Gallipoli peninsula in Turkey. The HMAS AE2 played a pivotal role in the Gallipoli campaign, becoming the first Allied submarine to penetrate the heavily guarded narrow passage through the Dardanelles on 25 April 1915, entering the Sea of Marmara.

Animation: Blow-by-blow account HMAS AE2′s perilous passage through the heavily protected Dardanelles at Gallipoli between 24-29 April 1915. Click graphic.

The HMAS AE2’s extraordinary accomplishment at Gallipoli is believed to be the first successful submarine campaign to deny an opponent use of the sea. The submarine also relieved the pressure on the Allied troops who were engaged in combat on the beach.

Despite her success, the HMAS AE2 was abandoned just days after the Gallipoli campaign began, after falling victim to enemy fire and losing power. Lieutenant Commander Henry Stoker ordered all hands on deck before scuttling his craft. The wreck of the HMAS AE2 remains where she sank, in the Sea of Marmara, Turkey, as a protected relic.

2014 Centenary of Australian Submarines
1oz Silver Proof Coin & Replica Badge Set

The Perth Mint is pleased to celebrate 100 years of Australian submarines with this pure silver commemorative coin featuring a design representing  a modern-day Royal Australian Navy Collins-class submarine.

The coin is accompanied by a replica Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service badge featuring a dolphin and crown emblem with the inscription SUBMARINE FORCE AUSTRALIA SILENT SERVICE.

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No more than 3,000 sets will be released.

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