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The Perth Mint Blog Team has its finger on the pulse! We work in marketing, PR and creative services. So if there’s anything newsworthy or novel happening around The Perth Mint, we’re here to make sure you hear about it first!

Aug 212017
 

Seventy-five years after its release in August 1942, Walt Disney’s Bambi has endured as a perennial classic, remembered long after others have been forgotten.

Loosely based on the novel published in 1923 by Austrian writer Felix Salten called Bambi, a Life in the Woods, the film explores more serious themes than any other Disney animation as it follows the birth and growth of a young deer named Bambi and the challenges he faces as he and his father, mother and friends fight to survive against the human hunter named Man.

Deep in the heart of the woods Bambi struggles to take his first steps as he explores his new world with his friends Thumper, a loveable rabbit, a bashful skunk named Flower, and his future mate, Faline. Along the way he learns valuable lessons about love, life, and loss.

The film is at times quite haunting and anyone who watched it as a child will still remember the devastating shooting of Bambi’s mother and the fire which blazed through the woods destroying the animals’ habitat. The intense thunderstorm sequences, fires and angry hunting dogs make Bambi an intense film with many messages for young viewers, but there are also light-hearted moments as we see Bambi struggle to find his footing on his long, slender legs, while the skating scene with Thumper is one of Disney’s most charming cinematic moments.

Bambi 75th Anniversary 2017 gold and silver proof coins

We’re delighted to offer 1oz silver and 1/4oz gold coins celebrating the 75th anniversary of this Disney classic. Housed in prestigious timber boxes with limited mintages of 10,000 and 1,000 respectively, these coins will make a beautiful gift for Disney fans and collectors.

©Disney

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Aug 092017
 

The Perth Mint has released the final coin in the Norses Goddesses three-coin series. Like the previous Freya and Frigg coins, the release is struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver with a high relief, antiqued finish.

According to ancient Norse mythology, Hel was the goddess of the dead and the queen of the underworld. Born with partially exposed bones, Hel is one of the most fearsome looking goddesses. She is described as hag-like, appearing half-alive and half-dead, and is often depicted alongside the first World Tree with the dragon Nidhug who lives at the base of the tree.

Hel was the hideous youngest child of Loki and the frost giantess Angrboda. The gods had terrible forebodings about the destiny of Hel and her two siblings, Fenrir the wolf and Jormungand the serpent, and as a result, Hel was banished to the netherworld by Odin, the king of Asgard, out of fear of what she might become. In the netherworld she was responsible for the fate of all those who died from sickness and old age, and those souls who did not die in battle.

The evil dead were banished to a realm of icy-cold death and torture, while women who had died in childbirth, and children that had died, were watched over by Hel. Those who did not die in battle, having decided against the path of war and violence, were guided through the circle of death to rebirth.

Norse Goddesses Hel 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin

The reverse of the coin depicts Hel sitting cross-legged underneath the first World Tree with Nidhug wrapped around the base of the tree. Some of the tree roots depict faces of the lost souls she watches over. The inscription HEL and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark also feature in the design.

Housed in a timber display case with a stunning engraved design on the lid, no more than 2,000 coins will be released worldwide.

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Aug 012017
 

This month we’re excited to release the final coins in these two popular series: Norse Goddesses and Ghostbusters™.

Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, Hel, the goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld is superbly depicted on this rimless antiqued high relief coin. The last coin in a series of three, there are only 2,000 available.

The final commemorative coin in the Ghostbusters™ trio features the gigantic paranormal monster, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The reverse of this 1oz silver coin depicts Stay Puft walking along the streets of New York City against a backdrop of lightning.

The Australian Koala 2017 5oz Gold Proof Coin takes centre stage this month. Housed in a luxurious timber display case, this uniquely Australian coin is a true collectors’ item with an extremely limited mintage of only 75.

Adding to the Australian theme, we are also releasing a majestic 1oz Gold Proof High Relief release coin of the iconic Kangaroo and a 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Koala coin.

For lovers of all things cute and cuddly we’ve released the fresh-faced harp seal 1/2oz silver proof coin, the fourth in the Polar Babies series. Known for their bright, snowy white coats that provide camouflage and warmth, the adorable harp seal sits perched on a bed of snow on the coin’s reverse.

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 website.

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Jul 252017
 

One of the biggest eagles in the world, the Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. The majestic bird is known to soar through the sky for hours on end, frequently reaching altitudes as high as 2,000 metres with a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres.

For your chance to win an Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: The Wedge-tailed Eagle is the official bird emblem of which Australian state or territory? 

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘August 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 August 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 Melissa Gilchrist of South Australia for the correct answer of ‘Common Brushtail’.

 
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Jul 252017
 

The second of three Ghostbusters™ coins features Slimer, the ectoplasmic apparition that left a trail of disgusting green slime in its wake. As the very first ghost captured by Stantz, Venkman and Spengler, Slimer became an enduring icon of the highly successful movie franchise.

Slimer’s territory was the Sedgewick Hotel, where his primary occupation was eating “anything that’s not nailed down or on fire” – as long it wasn’t green broccoli!

During an early encounter with the “ugly little spud” on the hotel’s twelfth floor, Venkman was bowled over and splattered in Slimer’s goo. In one of the film’s famous comic lines, the prostrate Ghostbuster was left lamenting: “He slimed me.”

The special effects team on the 1984 classic made three large foam latex models of what was then referred to as ‘Onionhead’. Each model was created to satisfy a particular requirement – insatiable eating, looking scared, smiling – with cables to adjust the expressions. In the days before computer generated imagery, the team’s innovative techniques helped secure Ghostbusters™ enduring place in cinematic history.

Ghostbusters™ – Slimer 2017 1oz Silver Coin

The second of three tribute coins depicts Slimer being pulled into a Ghost Trap, a sealed container that allowed the Ghostbusters to transport spirits to the Containment Unit located in the basement of their Firehouse HQ.

No more than 5,000 of the fan commemoratives will be released, each presented in a black display case featuring the legendary ‘no ghost’ symbol and the words WHO YA GONNA CALL? from Ray Parker Jnr’s unforgettable theme.

  • Earlier release: Ghostbusters™ 2017 1oz Silver Coin
  • Future release: Ghostbusters™ – Stay Puft 2017 1oz Silver Coin

TM & © 2017 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ARR.

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Jul 202017
 

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation idolise Jean-Luc Picard as one of Starfleet’s most inspirational captains. An accomplished diplomat and tactician, he made a deep impression as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D at a time of major upheavals in galactic history.

During an extraordinary career, he made contact with no fewer than 27 alien species, including the Ferengi, the Cardassians, the Q, and the Borg.

It was his capture by the Borg and transformation into Locutus of Borg that provided some of the most dramatic and memorable moments of the series.

Under its plan to assimilate Earth, the Borg famously informed the Federation that “resistance is futile… but welcome”. Picard was chosen to become an intermediary with the human race, and despite his refusal, was captured and embedded with cybernetic devices including a single, red laser ocular implant in order to undertake the role.

Picard’s assimilation allowed the Borg to acquire his knowledge and experience. However, the connection proved to be two-way. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D seized Locutus, they were able to use his link to disable and destroy the Borg’s vessel.

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary – 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which originally went to air in 176 episodes between 1987 and 1994. Judged by fans and critics to be a worthy successor to The Original Series, it remains one of the most admired series from the highly influential Star Trek franchise.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this stunning collectable portrays Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 30th anniversary logo. The design also includes references to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and Locutus of Borg, the Borg designation forced upon Picard after his assimilation by the cybernetic species.

With global celebrations including cast reunions scheduled throughout 2017, the coin offers fans a stunning item of memorabilia limited by official mintage to just 3,000 pieces.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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