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Oct 052017
 

Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987 and ran for 178 episodes over seven seasons until 1994, making it the longest running Star Trek series to date.

Set a century after Captain James T. Kirk embarked on his famous five year mission, the new series followed the 24th century adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

A distinguished Starfleet officer, archaeologist and diplomat, Picard endeared himself to a whole new generation of Star Trek fans, playing a central role in developing the sci-fi series’ reputation as one of the most culturally influential shows in television history.

As in The Original Series, the captain was surrounded by an inner sanctum of crew members, who each attracted loyal fans in their own right. On the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation, The Perth Mint’s latest Star Trek commemorative coin celebrates Jean-Luc Picard and six of his trusted officers.

Commander Deanna Troi – Ship’s Counsellor
Of mixed human and Betazoid heritage and a legendary connoisseur of chocolate, Troi had partial telepathic abilities that enabled her to empathise strongly. Her empathic ability was a key factor during away missions and first contact scenarios.

Lieutenant Commander Worf – Conn Officer/Chief Security Officer
Starfleet’s first and only Klingon officer, Worf was adopted by Federation parents, which meant he was often torn between his human upbringing and his own Klingon culture. From his unique standpoint, however, he was able to play a key role in Empire politics.

Commander William T. Riker – First Officer
Often referred to as ‘Number One’, Riker matured from a bold and ambitious young officer into a more patient, vigilant and wise character. From the second season he sported a beard, a trademark considered to make him appear more nautical.

Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge – Helmsman/Chief Engineer
Blind since birth, La Forge’s VISOR provided him with a sense of sight. With an irreverence tempered by the added responsibility of his move to engineering, he nevertheless retained a strong sense of humour.

Commander Beverly Crusher MD – Chief Medical Officer
Romantically linked with Captain Picard, Crusher was thorough and conscientious in her medical work. She was also a superior scientist in various fields of research. A Fellow of the Academy of Starfleet Surgeons, she took a turn for one year as head of Starfleet Medical before returning to the Enterprise.

Lieutenant Commander Data – Chief Operations Officer
An artificial intelligence and synthetic life form, Data was a self-aware and anatomically fully functional android who tried hard to feel human emotion. His ability to show wisdom, sensitivity, and curiosity won him immense respect.


Star Trek: The Next Generation Crew – 30th Anniversary
2017 2oz Silver Coin

Crafted from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, this fully authorised commemorative coin is issued by The Perth Mint with a limited mintage of just 3,000.

Destined to be sought after by fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a unique piece of memorabilia, the coin’s design includes the series’ official 30th anniversary logo.

Housed in superb presentation packaging, this release is recommended as a fascinating complement to our earlier Star Trek: The Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Crew 2016 2oz Silver Proof Coin.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Oct 032017
 

One of Australia’s most beautiful creatures, the mahogany glider is an extremely rare species of gliding possum found exclusively in a small area within Queensland’s wet tropics. By stretching the folds of skin between its front and rear legs, it can glide from tree to tree for 30 metres or more at a time.

For your chance to win a Mahogany Glider 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin from the Endangered and Extinct Series, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: Tastes delicious to a mahogany glider!

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘October 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 6 November 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.

Last month’s winner: Congratulations Maxine Stephens of Western Australia for the correct answer of ‘kookaburras’.

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Oct 032017
 

This month’s bulletin is a bonanza for those inspired by Chinese mythology and symbolism.

Always popular among collectors and gift buyers, coloured edition coins from the Australian Lunar Series feature vivid reverse depictions. This year’s additions portray the labrador retriever and German shepherd – two of the world’s favourite dogs.

Adding to the prestigious options available for everyone celebrating the Year of the Dog, the latest Typeset Collection showcases four superb finishes meticulously created by our craftspeople.

The new Dragon and Pearl antiqued silver coin is a shining example of creativity and innovation. Portraying two mythical dragons surrounding a rotating pearl-like bead, it brings together two of the most auspicious symbols in Chinese culture.

The dragon is also one of the symbols depicted on our colourful new Blessing coin. Eagle-eyed collectors will spot that together with other coloured design elements it represents the lucky Chinese character ‘Fu’.

For more details of these and other new releases including the fifth and final coin from our popular Polar Babies series, browse through the electronic bulletin above or visit Recent Releases.

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Sep 212017
 

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

2017 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle
2oz Gold High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 150
Australia Sovereign
2017 Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 1,000


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Sep 132017
 

A royal wedding is cause for much rejoicing. When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, a million people lined the procession route in London to glimpse the newlyweds while many more around the world watched on television.

Arguably, the marriage of the Prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was one of the most welcome and celebrated royal weddings in history.

In 1947, the nation was still recovering from World War II. Austerity was tough for the people of Britain’s bomb-damaged cities. Drab clothes, endless queues and limited food supplies dominated everyday life.

In this atmosphere, the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten provided blissful relief from years of worry and deprivation. Cheerful crowds gathered in London on the cold morning of 20 November, their unbridled joy erupting in a thunder of cheers as the bride’s coach headed towards Westminster Abbey.

After the ceremony, the throng’s good natured enthusiasm reached fever pitch, at one point causing the police to temporarily lose control as the crowd burst through the cordon into Buckingham Palace forecourt.

Throughout the Commonwealth, millions of adoring supporters also celebrated the glamorous couple’s nuptials thanks to live radio broadcasts and the new medium of television.

Despite the pageantry, the royal couple were very aware of their people’s hardships. Here are seven interesting examples of how Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh showed solidarity with the people on their big day.

Seven remarkable facts about the Queen’s wedding

  • Princess Elizabeth paid for material in her wedding dress with the aid of ration coupons.
  • The future Queen did her own makeup for the wedding.
  • When her borrowed diamond tiara broke on the morning of the wedding, repairs were quickly made by the court jeweller.
  • Philip is said to have brushed off his naval uniform for the occasion and worn darned socks.
  • The guest list for the wedding breakfast comprised a mere 150 people.
  • Pieces of the couple’s wedding cake, made from ingredients donated by the Australian Girl Guides, were distributed to school children and institutions.
  • The bride and groom also instructed that 500 cases of tinned pineapples received as a wedding present from the Government of Queensland should be directed to the people.

Juicy pineapple from the Sunshine State must have been an unimaginable luxury for the hungry folk lucky enough to taste it!

70th Anniversary of the Royal Wedding
2017 Silver, Gold and Platinum Proof Coins

After 70 years of marriage, The Perth Mint is proud to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s platinum wedding anniversary with four unashamedly lavish Australian commemorative coins featuring designs approved by the Queen.

Immaculately struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold and 2oz of 99.95% pure platinum, each coin portrays the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom alongside the shield from the Coat of Arms of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

As well as St Edward’s Crown, the intricate design also includes a floral display representing the symbolic rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Housed in presentation packaging, the releases are restricted to limited mintages of 5,000, 350, 750, and 250 respectively.

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Sep 062017
 

The Perth Mint is excited to present its new collection of Australian Lunar proof coins celebrating the Year of the Dog.

Immaculately struck in 99.99% pure gold and 99.99% pure silver, these 2018 releases feature magnificent representations of “man’s best friend”.

Lunar coins draw inspiration from the Chinese zodiac which associates a different animal with each year of the 12-year lunar cycle. According to legend, Lord Buddha summoned all the animals of the Earth to come to him before he departed to his next life – but only 12 arrived. In recognition of their devotion, Buddha rewarded each of the 12 with a year named after it in the lunar calendar – including the dog.

These loyal and dependable creatures are represented on our new Lunar silver proof coins by a German shepherd, and on the gold proof coins by a labrador retriever.

German shepherd

Consistently ranked as one of the most popular breeds in the world, the German shepherd, also known as the Alsatian, was originally developed for herding sheep. Intelligent, obedient and highly trainable, it is now most strongly associated with police and military work. Tireless in its efforts to assist in search and rescue, narcotics detection and host of other challenging roles, it is undoubtedly one of mankind’s most invaluable animal companions.

Labrador retriever

Beloved by millions of owners who have made it the world’s most popular pet dog, the labrador retriever is an attractive, gentle, yet highly capable breed. Naturally gifted in many ways of assistance to humans, it is perhaps best known for its skill as a guide dog for the blind. Its obedience, even temper, love of company, outgoing nature, and tenderness, have all combined to make it the ideal family dog too.

Year of the Dog

The year dates for people ruled by the Chinese lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. According to Chinese mythology, those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.

Presented in special themed packaging, these strictly limited collectables are ideal for dog lovers and anyone born in the Year of the Dog.

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