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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.

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Aug 202014
 

Now part of The Perth Mint’s historical collection, this Prize Medal was issued by Australia’s oldest University.

Established in 1850, the University of Sydney was a trailblazer for higher education in colonial Australia.

Sydney University Prize Medal

University of Sydney Prize Medal

With the end of convict transportation to New South Wales in 1840 and the arrival of more and more free-settlers, many felt the need for a local university had become vital.

Influential colonist William Charles Wentworth, for example, believed that a university, secular and open to all, was essential for the growth of a self-governing Australian society. As a result of Wentworth’s efforts, a committee of the Legislative Assembly reported on the best means of instituting and maintaining at public expense a University in Sydney “for the promotion of literature and science”.

In an eloquent parliamentary speech, Wentworth stated his belief that it should enable “the child of every class to become great and useful in the destinies of his country”, and that “it would be the fountain of knowledge at whose springs all might drink, be they Christian, Mahomedan, Jew, or Heathen.”

Operating on the basis of these principles, the University of Sydney broke with the traditions of Britain’s ancient universities by admitting students on academic merit rather than on the basis of religion or social class. In 1881, it also became one of the earliest universities in the world to admit women.

By 1900 the University was developing rapidly as a result of generous public donation and increased government funding. The well-established medallion making service of the Sydney Mint would have been ideal for the production of prize medals formally recognizing academic excellence among its expanding student cohort.

About the Medal

Struck in bronze, the University of Sydney Prize Medal was engraved circa 1900 by Allan Wyon, a member of the celebrated dynasty of British coin and medal makers.

Its obverse portrays the original University crest of 1857 with the Latin motto SIDERE MENS EADEM MVTATO, most commonly translated as “the constellation is changed, the disposition is the same”.

Uninscribed, its reverse features an open olive wreath and the words PRIZE MEDAL.

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Aug 192014
 

Congratulations to the following people who have won coin prizes in The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series competition.

1st prize – The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2oz Silver Three-Coin Set and a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald dated the 4 August 1914.

WINNER: Margaret Dachan

2nd prize – The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

WINNERS: Dianne Procopio, James Sharpe, Melicia Mah, Shane Martin

Correct answers to the competition questions were as follows:

  1. Andrew Fisher
  2. German wireless station
  3. Albany

If you are interested in further details about The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, please click here.

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Aug 142014
 

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series launch in Perth was a moving and well-attended event with special guests from the Government, the Australian Defence Force and the Returned and Services League. The unique commemorative coins pay homage to the Australian men and women who served in the First World War, capturing some of the most prominent events in the nation’s history in brilliant 99.99% pure gold and 99.9% pure silver.

Click for details of the 2014 coins.

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