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Sep 022014

Between 145 million and 65 million years ago, during the period known to science as the Cretaceous, the evolving continent of Australia provided an ideal environment for dinosaurs.

Evidence of their existence has been found in numerous areas, including Central-West Queensland, a hot-spot for the discovery of fossilised bones from dinosaurs alive at that time.

In 2006, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum made one of the region’s most famous discoveries near the town of Winton. From the clay at the bottom of an ancient billabong, they uncovered the most complete skeleton of a meat-eating dinosaur yet found in Australia.

AUSTRALOVENATORBrandishing razor-sharp teeth and three slashing claws on each hand, the creature was a ferocious predator. Approximately 5 metres in length, 1.5 metres high and weighing around 500 kilograms, it probably attacked much larger dinosaurs like the lumbering herbivorous sauropod whose skeleton was found in the same billabong!

The terrifying beast is known formally as Australovenator wintonensis (Winton’s Southern Hunter). But to the locals it’s Banjo, a nickname honouring the fact that Banjo Paterson first performed Australia’s unofficial anthem, Waltzing Matilda, in Winton.

With such an unequivocal Australian pedigree, Banjo is depicted on the first release from our new Australian Age of Dinosaurs silver proof coin series. Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, the Australian legal tender coin includes a coloured portrayal of the pre-historic landscape through which he rampaged.


Coin collectors who wish to embark on a 100 million year journey back to the Cretaceous Period with this stunning coin program can look forward to the release of four more coins in coming months with designs featuring Diamantinasaurus, Leaellynasaura, Minmi and Muttaburrasaurus.

To buy the first release or learn more about a series subscription, click here.


Sep 022014

AUSTRALOVENATOR dinosaur coinStruck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this dramatic release portrays Australovenator, a carnivorous dinosaur with razor sharp claws and teeth.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be released as part of the exciting new Australian Age of Dinosaurs five-coin series.

For your chance to win this amazing coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: When Australovenator stalked Australia.


How to enter: Email your answer to marking your reply ‘September 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 6 October 2014. 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 Belinda Bann, Victoria, Australia


Sep 022014

Are you an avid Lunar coin collector? Were you born in the Year of the Goat? Is someone in your family born in the Year of the Goat?

Then don’t miss our latest bulletin featuring the Proof Issue from our internationally renowned Australian Lunar Coin Series.

Available now, stunning gold and silver versions of the 2015 releases make superb collectables, gifts and keepsakes for anyone born under the influence of the goat in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.

This month’s exciting range of new coin releases also includes:


Aug 212014

Six of the most famous characters from Walt Disney Studios are captured on these stunning silver coins portraying Mickey & Friends – Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.Mickey Mouse coin, Minnie Mouse coin, Donald Duck coin, Daisy Duck coin, Goofy coin, Pluto coin
These unique, lovable characters debuted to the public between 1928 and 1940. Quickly achieving audience adoration, they’ve remained intensely popular with subsequent generations ever since.

With no more than 10,000 of each coin available for release worldwide, the opportunity to collect all six releases is likely to be short-lived. Officially licensed by Disney Consumer Products, they will undoubtedly be sought-after by collectors of authorised Disney merchandise.

If you’re a coin collector, gift-buyer or simply mad about Disney, don’t miss this unique opportunity to treasure Mickey & Friends, which vividly portrays Disney’s classic characters in contemporary style.

Mickey and Minnie Mouse

Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. Issued by NZ Mint as legal tender of Niue, each release depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

Each coin is housed in an individual Perspex case allowing for 360 degree display. The case, which incorporates a Certificate of Authenticity, is surrounded by film-themed outer packaging illustrating the history of the beloved character. All six outer package illustrations align to create one superb continuous image.


Click for more information here.