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Nov 132014

Many Chinese people place great store in the Chinese horoscope and its 12 animal signs. According to legend, the goat was eighth to arrive when Buddha called upon the animal kingdom to visit him – hence the goat is the eighth animal symbol of the popular Lunar calendar.

Positive characteristics of being born under the influence of the goat are believed to include charm, elegance and composure. Goats are also considered to be gifted and artistic people.


Get ready for the next Year of the Goat (commencing 19 February 2015) with this stunning presentation comprising four rectangle-shaped coins each made from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver.

Just 3,000 of these unique sets will be released, each housed in a contemporary latex presentation case which beautifully displays a panoramic view of both sides of the coins.

More information: Lunar Calendar Series 2015 Year of the Goat Four-Coin Set


Nov 122014

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

Hades_Thmb Gods of Olympus – Hades
2014 2oz Silver High Relief Rimless Coin
Maximum Mintage: 1,500
5ozHR_WTE Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle
2014 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 5,000


Close to Sell Out

These releases are extremely close to sell out with 50 or less of each set now available.

SilverGoatx3-Set Australian Lunar Series II
2015 Year of the Goat Silver Proof Three-Coin Set
2014Kangaroox5_Set Australian Kangaroo – 25th Anniversary
2014 Gold Proof Five-Coin Collection



Nov 102014

2014Christmas_coinThis year’s Christmas release is a coin with a difference.

Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver, it depicts snow covered roofs set against a backdrop of snowflakes falling from the night sky. A silhouette of Santa Claus and his sleigh drawn by reindeer is reflected across the full moon.

Out of the ordinary

But its out of the ordinary aspect is a multimedia portrayal of Santa that can be seen via a smartphone or tablet.

To experience the delightful imagery and music, a collector must first download the free DAQRI application from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then by holding their device’s camera over the reverse of the coin (or the picture of the coin provided in the packaging), Santa can be seen delivering the Christmas coin on Christmas Eve!

Demonstration of the ‘augmented reality’ feature offered by this year’s Christmas coin.

Augmented reality

The special effect takes advantage of ‘augmented reality’, by which the view of the real-world through a digital device is supplemented by computer-generated sound and graphics.

A first of its kind for The Perth Mint, this amazing Australian legal tender release is housed in a display case accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity incorporating a Christmas gift tag. Instructions on how to activate the augmented reality Christmas coin are included in the packaging.

No more than 5,000 of these 2014 Christmas 1/2oz silver proof coins will be released.


Nov 072014

The latest dinosaur to be portrayed on our Australian Age of Dinosaurs silver proof coin series is a bit of a tounge-twister! Its name is pronounced DIA-MAN-TINA-SAW-RUS.

Diamantinasaurus is a titanosaur, a group of plant eating sauropod dinosaurs that existed in the late Cretaceous Period. It lived in the Cenomanian Epoch between 100 and 95 million years ago.

Fossilised limb, rib and girdle remains of Diamantinasaurus were discovered in 2005 near Winton, central Queensland, by a local landowner and recovered from what was once an ancient billabong by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. It was described be vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Scott Hocknull and colleagues in 2009.

The dinosaur was nicknamed ‘Matilda’, after Waltzing Matilda, the world famous song by Australian poet Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson – the scientific name Diamantinasaurus matildae meaning Matilda’s Diamantina River lizard.

Matilda was approximately 16 metres long and would have weighed about 20 tonnes. The skeleton is extremely robust with heavy limbs and a thick, dense pelvic girdle. In contrast, the vertebrae in Matilda’s back and long neck are packed with numerous hollow chambers called ‘camerae’, which would have helped reduce its massive weight.

Like many other sauropod dinosaurs, Matilda may have been able to stand on its hind legs, using its tail for support. This would have enabled it to forage on the high reaching vegetation that was prolific at the time, including conifers, ginkgoes, cycads and angiosperms. It is also possible that it was a semi-aquatic animal that wallowed in billabongs, like the one that eventually preserved its fossils.


Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this 2015 coin from the Australian Age of Dinosaurs depicts the Diamantinasaurus matildae set against a prehistoric forest scene.

Issued as Australian legal tender in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be struck by The Perth Mint.


Nov 062014

Fantastic news for Doctor Who fans – the Twelfth Doctor commemorative silver coin has materialised!

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver, the superb new release features a coloured image of the Doctor’s latest ‘regeneration’ played by Peter Capaldi.

During the popular sci-fi’s first 50 years on screen, eleven actors portrayed the famous Time Lord from the planet Gallifrey.

With each regeneration, the Doctor took on a new physical appearance with a distinctive personality.

Taking the series into a new era, Capaldi retains some of the character’s finest characteristics – he’s still brave, heroic and drawn to danger. And he still sees humour in the direst situations.

On the other hand he has a dark side, not to mention ‘attack eyebrows’!

Doctor Who – Twelfth Doctor 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

Twelfth-Doctor-Who_coin-caseIssued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender under the authority of Niue Island, just 4,000 of these Twelfth Doctor coins will be released.

Fob-WatchEach coin is housed in a display case and illustrated shipper.

For passionate Whovians, the option exists to take the coin out of its individual display case and insert it into the appropriate position in the previously released Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Eleven-Coin Set.


Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint

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Nov 052014

From the very beginning, Mickey Mouse was crazy in love with Minnie.

They made their on-screen debut together in Steamboat Willie, the first Mickey cartoon to be released.

In 1928’s Plane Crazy, the daring couple take a thrilling flight with Mickey at the aircraft controls.

During their hilarious airborne adventure, Mickey sneaks a kiss from his beau – only to be rebuffed for his boldness!

It doesn’t take long for Minnie to fall for Mickey’s charms, however.

In Mickey’s Follies, released in 1929, Mickey successfully woos his “sweetie” in song, establishing them as a couple in the eyes of the audience.

The devoted pair never actually wed on-screen, although Mickey dreams about their marriage in the 1932 production, Mickey’s Nightmare.

“In private life, Mickey is married to Minnie,” Walt Disney told Film Pictorial magazine in 1933. “A lot of people have written to him asking this question, because sometimes he appears to be married to her in his films and other times still courting her. What it really amounts to is that Minnie is, for screen purposes, his leading lady. If the story calls for a romantic courtship, then Minnie is the girl; but when the story requires a married couple, then they appear as man and wife. In the studio we have decided that they are married really.”

Crazy In Love – Limited Edition 1oz Silver Coin

Celebrating one of Hollywood’s most famous couples, this charming new Disney coin features a colourful image of Mickey and Minnie kissing, with words of love engraved in the background.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender under the authority of Niue Island, just 10,000 of these coins will be released worldwide.

Each coin is presented in a love-themed card-style case with space for a short, personalized written message – making this release an ideal Valentine’s Day gift for any Disney fan or coin collector!


Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.