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Jul 072015
 

The Perth Mint is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland).

The children’s classic was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name Lewis Carroll. A lecturer at Oxford University, Dodgson possessed a remarkable range of talents. A skilled mathematician, logician and pioneering photographer, he also invented a wealth of word games and puzzles.

His famous fictional character was inspired by 10 year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, where he lived, taught and wrote.

Dodgson often took Alice and her sisters rowing on the Thames. During these boat trips and accompanying picnics, he would make up fantastical tales to entertain the girls. One summer’s day in July 1862 he told them the story that would become Alice. His young companion was so delighted the main character bore her name that she asked him to write it down.

Illustrated under the author’s guidance by Punch cartoonist John Tenniel, it tells of a young girl whose curiosity is sparked when she sees a talking White Rabbit run past her as she is sitting with her sister on the riverbank. Alice follows it down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by all manner of peculiar humans and anthropomorphic creatures.

Alice was popular almost from the moment it was published. But it seems Dodgson wanted to keep his success as a fiction writer separate from his professional life. His literary double is the first two parts of his name translated into Latin (Carolus Ludovicus), then loosely re-translated and presented in reverse order. He reputedly refused letters sent to “Lewis Carroll, Christ Church, Oxford”, claiming no such person lived there!

In print ever since its release in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland made the genre of literary nonsense a worldwide phenomenon. Subsequently translated into about 170 languages and adapted for at least 20 films and TV shows, this sesquicentennial represents a major opportunity to celebrate its ground-breaking significance and enduring appeal.

150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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The coin’s reverse design portrays Aleysha Howarth’s interpretation of Tenniel’s original Alice, White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat.

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released in individual presentation packaging.

150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2oz Silver Antiqued Clock Coin

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The coin’s reverse incorporates a miniature clock depicting a White Rabbit encircled by the inscription “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!” Storyline motifs re-imagined by Aleysha Howarth with an ‘antiqued’ finish complete the design.

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 2,500 of these coins will be released in individual presentation packaging.

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Jul 072015
 

PrinceGeorge_anagramThird in line to the throne, HRH Prince George was born in London on 22 July 2013. A joyous event for millions of Royal Family fans around the world, his birth was celebrated by The Perth Mint with this 1oz silver proof coin.

Can you decipher this month’s anagram for your chance to add this special tribute to your collection – and celebrate Prince George’s second birthday in Royal style?

Clue: Seat of learning and source of Royal title!

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How to enter:
Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘July 2015 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 3 August 2015. 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 to Robyn Moriconi of Western Australia for the correct answer to June’s anagram – ‘Spiny Anteater’.

 
Jul 072015
 

This month the Star Trek coin program celebrates the 24th century adventures of Deep Space Nine. Fans will be delighted at the designs of the two silver proof coins featuring Captain Benjamin Sisko and the Deep Space 9 space station.

Stunning new silver releases reflect worldwide interest in the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The superb issues include a 2oz antiqued release featuring an embedded clock!

Outstanding high relief coins come aplenty with 2015 additions to the gold and silver Wedge-tailed Eagle series and the iconic Australian Kangaroo.

More famous native animals – a kookaburra, kangaroo and koala – are portrayed in colour on this year’s Australian Outback 1/2oz silver coin collection.

An addition to Sunburnt Country, another coloured Australian series, symbolises the Great Barrier Reef with the inscription “I love her jewel sea” from Dorothy Mackellar’s beloved poem, My Country.

July also marks the release of the fifth coins from the popular Disney Princess series. This month it’s the turn of Jasmine, the star of Alladin.

Finally, the 2015 0.5g gold Mini Koala makes an adorable gift or personal keepsake.

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Jul 062015
 

Celebrate the Royal Christening with this special ‘two-for-the-price-of-one baby bundle’ comprising HRH Princess Charlotte and HRH Prince George tribute coins.

Each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and issued as Australian legal tender, the coins are housed in matching display cases and come with individual numbered Certificates of Authenticity.

Limited Time – Three Days Only

Offer ends Wednesday (or until stocks run out), so hurry to secure these superb commemorative coin releases celebrating the new Royal babies.

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Jul 022015
 

Target shooting is one of the oldest organised sports in Australia with records showing that musketry was practiced from the very earliest days of colonization.

When Britain entered the Crimean War in 1854, settlers grew apprehensive that regular troops would be withdrawn. Later that year, some of the colonies authorized local volunteer corps, while informal rifle clubs were also initiated around this time.

In 1860 the first official rifle associations were formed in New South Wales and Victoria, quickly followed by South Australia and Queensland.

In the West, club shooting activities had been conducted from the 1850s, notably in the Goldfields and south-western timber region where target competitions became an important means of socializing for itinerant workers.

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From The Perth Mint archive: example of the National Rifle Association of Western Australia competition medal, circa 1935.

Amid general concern about the readiness of Western Australia to defend itself, Premier John Forrest convinced the Department of Defence of the need to establish a basic defence strategy involving civilian rifle clubs working with the volunteers.

The National Rifle Association of Western Australia was eventually formed in 1901, holding its inaugural meeting on the 12th July that year.

The West Australian reported in September 1903 that the new Association’s second prize meeting would take place on the Karrakatta range later that year. “ ‘A’ Series matches were open to (a) Members of the Defence Forces of the British Empire; (b) members of the N.R.A. of Western Australia; (c) members of the Commonwealth Police Force”, it said.

The Association was renamed in 1965 to its current title of the West Australian Rifle Association.

Australian marksmen have forged on outstanding reputation in international competition since Donald MacKintosh’s success in the game shooting event at the 1900 Paris Olympic Games. Among a crop of modern day stars, dual Olympic champion Michael Diamond is one of the best known.

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