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May 172017
 

Two of the most potent animal symbols in Chinese mythology appear in stunning high relief on these new gold and silver proof coins from The Perth Mint.

Seen as wise and benevolent, the Oriental dragon represents nobility and good fortune in a culture where people believed their Emperor to have been the son of a dragon.

Another ancient symbol of good fortune, the Phoenix is considered to be an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadowed harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new Emperor.

In Feng Shui, the dragon and phoenix are said to be perfect matches for one another. The phoenix is ‘yin’ while the dragon is ‘yang’ according to the Chinese philosophical account of natural balance and interdependence. Their portrayal together is also recognised as a symbol of everlasting love.

This design includes a third significant Chinese symbol – a flaming pearl. Viewed as a metaphor for wisdom, enlightenment and spiritual essence, it is also said to rid a person of their troubles, bringing career success, as well as fortune and good health.

Abundant in Chinese symbolism, both these releases will be rare. Just 5,000 coins struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, and a minuscule 500 coins made from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, will be released.

Available in Australia exclusively from The Perth Mint. For information on how to acquire these coins outside Australia, please contact Hong Kong based LPM.

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May 052017
 

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

10th Anniversary Australian Koala
2017 10oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 750
Norse Goddesses – Freya
2017 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 2,000
Lunar Good Fortune Series – Wealth and Wisdom
2017 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
Maximum Mintage: 1,500


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May 042017
 

Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!

The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race known as the Halkans. As they beam back aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the transporter is affected by an ion storm, hurling the four officers into a mirror universe in which the Imperial Starship Enterprise is run on the basis of fear, torture, and assassination.

In Mirror, Mirror, a classic episode of Star Trek first seen in 1967, Captain James T. Kirk and three fellow officers are thrown into an alternative universe in which Spock has become a ruthless and malevolent character who wears an intimidating goatee beard. Picture courtesy of CBS Studios Inc.

Aboard the alternative starship they’re greeted by a malevolent incarnation of First Officer Spock, a servant of the repressive and violent Terran Empire. Spock’s striking makeover, in the form of a goatee beard, instantly alerts Kirk and company of their arrival in a strange and hostile world.

Nominated for a Hugo Award in 1968 as Best Dramatic Presentation, Mirror, Mirror inspired episodes of  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise, and has been referenced and parodied in many other works. Although Spock’s beard provoked a range of views from die-hard fans of the show, it was so unforgettable that the episode is often recalled as “the one with Spock’s beard”.

Described as blending action, suspense, and Star Trek idealism, Mirror, Mirror was hailed for the performances of its lead actors. Needless to say, the heroes engineered a means of returning to their own universe, but not before challenging Mirror Spock about the futility of his role in the brutal Terran Empire. In one of his most memorable lines, he insists: “Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed.”

Nothing if not thought provoking, Mirror, Mirror is rightly considered to be one of the finest instalments from The Original Series.

2017 Star Trek: The Original Series – Mirror, Mirror 1oz Silver Proof Coin

In tribute to Mirror, Mirror, this new coin from our Star Trek coin program features a design portraying characterisations of Spock in both worlds. Between his profiles are Starfleet Command‘s famous Delta Badge featuring a sciences insignia, and the symbol of the Terran Empire represented by planet Earth bisected by a sword.

No more than 3,000 of these special collector releases will be issued, each housed in presentation packaging featuring a ring of blue light around the coin which illuminates when the lid is open.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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May 022017
 

Fossilized bones from a Diamantinasaurus, a large titanosaurian sauropod, were discovered a few years ago at an ancient billabong near Winton in Queensland. Between 15 and 16 metres in length, and 15 to 20 tonnes in weight, the remarkable creature lived about 94 million years ago.

For your chance to win a Diamantinasaurus 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin from our Australian Age of Dinosaurs series, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: It was definitely one of these!

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘May 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 5 June 2017. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

See us on Facebook and Twitter for notification of anagrams and other great coin competitions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations David Leivesley of NSW for the correct answer of ‘Deciduous trees’.

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May 022017
 

Each month The Perth Mint has pleasure in offering an exclusive new range of modern numismatic coins for collectors and gift buyers.

For the many fans of Australian high reliefs coins, this May presents an opportunity to add to your collection with outstanding versions of the 2017 Australian Kookaburra in 1oz and 5oz of pure silver.

Classic Australian coin design featuring our most famous animal icon can also be acquired in the shape of the 2017 Australian Kangaroo 1oz Silver Gilded Edition, which features a meticulously applied layer of 24 carat gold over the representation of a bounding ’roo.

For collectors of less traditional coins, there’s some exciting releases from the ‘pop culture’ genre.

First Officer Spock, mainstay from the sci-fi classic Star Trek, appears as himself and also his alter ego on a CBS authorised 1oz silver memento celebrating Mirror, Mirror – one of the most memorable episodes from The Original Series.

Younger fans of space adventures will be delighted by the availability of a five coloured coin collection featuring Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy 2 – which comes in spectacular packaging along with a number of bonus gifts.

If you’d like something else to get your teeth into, then don’t miss the spectacular new T-REX dinosaur coin, or the latest addition to Deadly and Dangerous, the Bull Shark!

Click on the electronic bulletin above to discover this month’s complete line-up of new releases or visit Recent Releases on The Perth Mint web page.

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Apr 262017
 

The genesis of Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman festivals dedicated to female mythological characters. The classical Greeks, for example, celebrated Rhea, the mother of the Olympian gods and goddesses.

In Great Britain, the fourth Sunday in Lent – or Mothering Sunday – was traditionally a day when young people working in domestic service were permitted to visit their mothers at home. As families walked to church, children would often pick violets and wildflowers for their mothers.

Across the Atlantic in America, the unrelated Mother’s Day celebration was officially endorsed by the Federal government in 1914. The annual observance was the idea of Anna Jarvis, who a few years earlier had persuaded a local church to hold a service in honour of her own mother. During the memorial, Anna handed out white carnations, which became symbolic of Mother’s Day in the U.S.

Like many other nations, Australia adopted America’s choice of the second Sunday of May on which to mark Mother’s Day. However, Australian’s tended to gift and wear chrysanthemums, a flower naturally in season in the Southern Hemisphere during May.

Today, there are more than six million mums across Australia who will be the focus special attention on Sunday 14. Whether it’s with flowers, some other thoughtful gift, or a family gathering around the meal table, the celebration of mothers everywhere will be strongly embraced.

Shipping information
For delivery by 14 May 2017: International – orders must be paid for by 24 April 2017 | Australia – orders must be paid for by 1 May 2017.

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