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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!

Sep 212016
 

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Released in 1935, The Band Concert was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon made in colour. During the highly acclaimed Disney short, the hero and his band are determined to complete their rendition of The William Tell Overture despite numerous distractions, including an unwelcome flute accompaniment played by none other than Donald Duck!

The Mickey Through the Ages coin collection celebrates Disney’s original, much-loved character during his hugely successful cartoon career. The first release, comprising a 1oz silver proof coin and a 1/4oz gold companion, portrays Mickey from a 1930s promotional poster for The Band Concert.

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Sep 152016
 

First edition collectors will be excited by the unveiling of the 2016 Australian Kangaroo Silver Proof Coin Series featuring a number of significant ‘firsts’.

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The Australian Silver Kangaroo was initially issued by The Perth Mint as an unlimited 1oz bullion coin. Unparalleled worldwide interest has resulted in more than 10 million being released to the market – putting it in the record book as the most heavily sought-after contemporary precious metal Australian coin to date.

This popularity has prompted the Mint to issue a limited number of supreme quality proof versions which are now available as a Four-Coin Set comprising 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coins, as well as an individual 1/4oz coin. Collectors acquiring these releases especially enjoy the fact that:

  • each release is struck from 99.99% pure silver, the first ever proof quality ‘four nines’ standard relief coins ever issued by The Perth Mint.
  • with Stuart Devlin’s iconic ‘red kangaroo’, they are the first silver proof issues ever to feature his world-famous portrayal.
  • the Four-Coin Set includes Australia’s first numismatic issues struck in proof quality from 1/4oz and 1/10oz of pure silver.
  • the 1/4oz coin is the first Australian silver coin of this weight ever to be released by The Perth Mint.

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Presented in display packaging, no more than 3,000 Four-Coin Sets and 10,000 individual 1/4oz coins will be released, each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Sep 082016
 

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The first regular episode of Star Trek: The Original Series went to air on the 8 September 1966. Almost exactly 50 years later, The Perth Mint has released a special silver coin in the shape of the iconic delta shield badge seen on Star Trek uniforms and starships throughout the entire canon.

An incredible memento, the brand new 50th Anniversary Delta 1oz Silver Coin could be yours! Simply unscramble the following letters for your chance to win!

Clue: Famous catchphrase inspired by Star Trek: The Original Series.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘September 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 4 October 2016. 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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August 2016 anagram competition winner: Congratulations Marcel Krawczyk of ACT for the correct answer of ‘Hawker Hurricane’.

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Sep 072016
 

Ahead of Chinese New Year on 28 January 2017, we’re delighted to unveil the new designs for the world’s longest running Proof Lunar coin series.

These releases celebrate the 10th animal revered in the ancient Lunar calendar – the rooster. According to ancient Chinese mythology, people born under the influence of the rooster are regarded as hardworking, loyal, honest, and sociable. The rooster is also seen as a perfectionist.

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Struck from 99.99% pure gold and, for the first time in its history, 99.99% pure silver, these Australian Lunar coins are presented with an exquisite proof quality finish – their mirror-like reflectivity and delicately frosted motifs a testament to the supreme skill of our minters since the first issue in 1996.

Featuring superbly-styled portrayals of the rooster in his domain, the extremely limited coins are sumptuous collectables and superb gifts that any recipient would be keen to crow over!

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Sep 062016
 

The arrow head badge, otherwise known as the ‘delta shield’, has appeared on Star Trek uniforms and starships since the launch of The Original Series 50 years ago in 1966.

Delta_Badge_CommandThe first version was gold with a black border. Worn on the left breast of the tunic by all onboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701, its design included an inner symbol identifying the crew member’s department. For example, a star with an elongated top – as sported by Captain James T. Kirk – represented ‘command’.

The delta shield badge was adopted on all Starfleet uniforms and even though the design was evolved for subsequent series, it always maintained its distinctive shape. CBS and Paramount even devised variations to celebrate Star Trek’s major anniversaries and milestones – and this year is no exception!

To mark Star Trek‘s half-century, the special 2016 design portrays the number ’50’ and the ‘command’ symbol within the iconic delta shape.

Star Trek: The Original Series – 50th Anniversary Delta Coin

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In a remarkable minting feat, The Perth Mint has replicated the design as a delta-shaped coin made from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. A must-have for collectors of Star Trek memorabilia, no more than 5,000 of these iconic pieces will be released worldwide, each housed in a space-age acrylic case.

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Sep 062016
 

One of the most significant coin launches of the year takes place this month with the unveiling of the 2017 Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Coin Series. Along with a comprehensive range of bullion coins, the scrupulously-crafted Proof Issue celebrates the Year of the Rooster, 10th animal of the ancient Chinese lunar calendar.

Our new proof-quality Silver Kangaroo coins lay claim to a number of ‘firsts’ which you can read about in a forthcoming blog post. Struck from ‘four nines’ silver, these iconic releases feature one of the best-known depictions of Australia’s most famous marsupial.

The incredible Wedge-tailed Eagle now appears in extraordinary detail on magnificent gold and silver high relief coins struck from 5oz of pure gold and 5oz of pure silver. They’re joined by a new and equally exhilarating 1oz gold and silver ‘bi-metal’ coin featuring John Mercanti’s superb depiction of our largest bird of prey.

It was 50 years ago this month that cultural phenomenon Star Trek was first seen on TV and to mark the occasion we’re delighted to introduce a unique silver commemorative in the shape of the ‘Delta Shield’, instantly recognisable to all fans as the Starfleet crew badge since the launch of The Original Series in 1966.

With the White Lyon addition to the gorgeous The Cubs series, another coin from the Endangered and Extinct Australian animal series, as well as a new treat for fans of Disney’s Mickey Mouse, September’s new coin bulletin is packed with highlight!

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