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Feb 202017
 

Australia has a profound association with Ypres in Belgium. Through this walled medieval city Australian soldiers and thousands of other allied troops marched towards the front line during some of the most costly fighting of the First World War.

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Reconstructed Cloth Hall, Ieper.

At the centre of the city, they would have passed the historic Cloth Hall, first constructed around 1200. By 1917, this proud symbol of the region’s famous textile trade had been virtually destroyed by German artillery fire.

As they made their way towards the battlefields of the Ypres Salient, the troops passed through the Menin Gate, at which two stone lions, also heavily battle scarred, stood astride the road on silent guard.

Originally commissioned for the ancient Cloth Hall, these magnificent carved blue stone beasts had been relocated to the city’s eastern gateway in 1862. At the end of the war they were pulled from the rubble, and in an important symbolic gesture, the Burgomaster of Ypres presented them to the Australian Government in 1936 as a token of friendship and an acknowledgement of Australia’s sacrifice.

It is estimated that Australia suffered 38,000 casualties in the fighting around Ypres. The names of 6,000 Australians are included among those recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing dedicated to the 55,000 British and Empire troops who died in Belgium during the First World War and have no known grave.

The Menin Gate Lions now have a permanent home inside the entrance to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There, they stand in abiding honour of those who never returned from Flanders.

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Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial – ART12510.001

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – Many Never Returned
2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Inscribed with the words ‘1917 Many Never Returned’, this addition to The Perth Mint’s five year ANZAC Spirit Coin Series bears a design representing war weary Australian soldiers walking near the ruins of the Cloth Hall in Ypres. Expressing the nation’s indebtedness to the men and their fallen comrades, the word GRATITUDE is included on the coin’s serrated edge.

Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, no more than 7,500 of these solemn coins will be released in individual presentation packaging comprising a red and black display case and superbly illustrated shipper.

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Feb 142017
 

In a return to tradition, The Perth Mint is delighted to announce the re-introduction of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Proof Five-Coin Set as our most prestigious collectable offering.

Showcasing the Mint’s acclaimed expertise in the production of flawless gold proof coins, the set will be issued annually for the first time since a run of 16 consecutive five-coin sets were released between 1989 and 2005.

Australia’s signature gold coins, iconic Kangaroos are struck from 99.99% pure gold. Depicting Australia’s most famous marsupial, bullion versions are sought widely around the world as trusted investments.

Exquisitely finished Proof Kangaroos, featuring mirror-like reflective tables and delicately frosted reliefs, exemplify the pinnacle of precious metal coining skills available from only a select group of leading mints worldwide.

The superb 2017 Australian Kangaroo Gold Proof Five-Coin Set comprises 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz releases portraying a kangaroo bounding across an outback plain. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each set is housed in a luxury timber case.

With rarity assured by an annual issue limit of just 500, the new generation of five-coin proof sets is set to become Australia’s most desirable numismatic collectable.

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Feb 102017
 

As many school kids know, if a magnetised needle is floated on a piece of cork it will line up with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Manuscripts dating from the 11th century indicate that it was the Chinese who first understood that by rubbing an iron bar with a lodestone (a naturally occurring magnetic mineral) it would point ‘north – south’ when allowed to rotate freely.

This discovery was enormously beneficial to early mariners who were constantly in danger of getting lost at sea. Featuring a needle on a pin over a card marked with the four cardinal points – north, south, east, and west – the ship’s compass was an important navigational tool by the 14th century.

In today’s era of GPS and other sophisticated electronic equipment, the magnetic compass remains a key feature aboard many modern ships. Simple to use, reliable and requiring no power, it’s a vital back up that could prove invaluable in an emergency.

2017 Compass 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin

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With a design featuring elements of an ancient world map, mythical sea creatures and other nautical motifs, this spectacular antiqued silver coin evokes the olden days of maritime exploration. A unique collectable, it has a decorative metallic compass inserted in the middle, celebrating the humble instrument’s huge contribution to navigation and orientation for hundreds of years.

Meticulously crafted and hand-finished for the appearance of an ancient artefact, no more than 2,500 of these magnificent coins will be released worldwide. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a presentation case and superbly illustrated shipper.

Developing Trend

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Both highly original, the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2015 2oz Silver Antiqued Clock Coin [Sold out at The Perth Mint] and the Yin Yang Rotating Charm 2016 1oz Silver Antiqued Coin make intriguing coins for collectors.

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Feb 092017
 

Building on the excitement created by last year’s 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Kangaroo Coin, this year’s release, which features a koala, is even more spectacular in terms of superbly  detailed design.

The stunning coin portrays a slumbering koala lying on a tree branch. The iconic Australian native’s habitat high up in the forest is exquisitely represented in a dense display of eucalyptus leaves and floral motifs.

The coin plaster

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As part of the traditional minting methods used in the production of this coin, the design was painstakingly sculpted in 3D. From this oversized plaster model, a hardened mould was taken as part of a process that saw the relief reproduced in steel via a reduction machine, and ultimately into a high relief coin die. As can be seen from the result, the coin sculptor must demonstrate an amazing eye for detail and superb skills to accurately interpret the original artist’s drawing.

The finished coin

Just 3,000 of these amazing Australian Koala 2017 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Coins will be released. The obverse and reverse of each coin are both ‘antiqued’ – a hand-applied finish that adds deep tone with a unique grained effect for an aged appearance.

Collectors will receive the coin in a classic grey display case within a stylised shipper, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Feb 082017
 

Perth ANDA Money Expo takes place at Domain Stadium, Subiaco this weekend. Doors are open to the public from 10am on both Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February. A superb opportunity for enthusiastic collectors, as well as anyone curious to learn more about a huge variety of coins and banknotes, entry is by gold coin donation.

Image courtesy of CoinWorks.

Remarkable 1899 pattern

Certain to draw a crowd, an historic Perth Mint half sovereign will be on display care of rare coin dealer CoinWorks. Valued at more than $500,000, the pattern (a trial coin made for evaluation purposes) is the only known one struck from the die dated 1899, the first year of The Perth Mint, and represents a unique part of Western Australia’s minting heritage.


Great reasons to attend

Do you know what’s lurking in your drawers and jars? With so many coin specialists and accredited experts on hand, you’re invited to bring along your old coins, military medals, and pieces of ‘shrapnel’, for an instant valuation. You never know your luck!

Younger members of the family can take part in the popular ‘Five Cent Forage’ – featuring a pile of 10,000 five cent pieces with every date between 1966 and 2016.

Enjoying a day at the Expo will also give you the chance to win amazing prizes donated by The Perth Mint, including a 1oz silver proof coin from our Anzac Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, and this year’s remarkably rare Money Expo Special.

2017 Year of the Rooster 2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin

With a limited mintage of only 1,000, the Perth ANDA Money Expo Special features our spectacular Year of the Rooster design in colour. Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality, it’s housed in a display case and themed box-shipper featuring the ANDA logo alongside the dates of the Perth event.

As a special incentive for collectors, the coin is available on The Perth Mint stand for the duration of the two-day event for the discounted price of $169 – a saving of $10.

Coin available worldwide from 13 February

Any stock available at the close of Perth ANDA Money Expo will be available for sale to interested collectors via The Perth Mint website from 8.30am on Monday 13 February (AWST). Alternatively, buyers are invited to call the Mint on Monday on 1800 098 817 (overseas +61 8 9421 7218) to secure this exceptionally limited release.

[The Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA) is the professional body representing individuals and businesses that deal in coins and banknotes throughout Australasia.]

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Feb 032017
 

Anagram_JaguarCubsThe jaguar is the third largest feline in the world after the tiger and the lion, and the largest in the Americas. Cute-looking jaguar cubs are taught to hunt from about the age of six months as they develop jaws that are stronger than any other species of cat.

By re-arranging the letters in our latest anagram competition, you could be the lucky winner of this gorgeous 2016 1/2oz Jaguar Silver Proof Coin from our Cubs Series.

Clue: Hot spot for Jaguars

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘February 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 6 March 2017. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Tanya Jones of New South Wales for the correct answer of ‘The Mock Turtle’.