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A new puppy is a joy to behold. Playful, innocent and brimming with curiosity, it’s guaranteed to warm the heart. Capturing the spirit of a mischievous pup this festive season, our delightful Baby Dog 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin would make a lovely collectable for any canine lover or an endearing gift for a new born baby in 2018.
Test your skill in our latest anagram competition for your chance to win this gorgeous release!
Clue: Popular pet breed
How to enter: Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org marking your reply ‘December 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 4 January 2018. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.
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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Ray Thomas of South Australia for the correct answer of ‘Buckingham Palace’.
Certain German shepherds are born with a blue tinge in their coats. As puppies, German shepherds with this colour variation can also have blue eyes.
The new Gemstone Edition from the 2018 Australian Lunar Series celebrates the Year of the Dog with an image of a German shepherd featuring a beautiful blue sapphire in its right eye.
Sapphires have mystical associations with truth, sincerity and faithfulness – the latter a strong trait of German shepherds which are well known for their loyalty and obedience. It’s also been claimed sapphires have strong healing powers, especially for sore eyes!
Probably best known as September’s birthstone and a 45th wedding anniversary gift, the sapphire is one of a trio of well-known precious gemstones including ruby and emerald that feature in sought after jewellery. Sapphire is also the second hardest natural gemstone to diamond.
This spectacular release features a sparkling finishing touch in the shape of a handset blue sapphire. Limited to maximum mintage of only 500, the coin is a remarkable keepsake for any German Shepherd owner and all those born in the Year of the Dog.
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!
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.
In Star Trek, the Klingons are an extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species who speak forcefully in a harsh, guttural language. Despite its disagreeable sound, ‘Klingonese’ has developed an extraordinary following in real-life.
Although the Klingon language was mentioned in the early Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles (1967), it wasn’t until Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) that the first words were spoken on screen. The subsequent development of Klingon into a fully-fledged language and the growing numbers of fans who speak it fluently reflects the enormous impact of the sci-fi classic’s impact on audiences worldwide.
The first Klingon words were devised by actor James Doohan (“Scotty”). For Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), director Leonard Nimoy and writer-producer Harve Bennett wanted the Klingons to speak in a structured way instead of random words, and so commissioned a more authentic script based on the phrases Doohan had originated.
The task was undertaken by Marc Okrand, a language expert with a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. His new vocabulary and grammar were enthusiastically embraced by actor Christopher Lloyd (Captain Kruge) who impressed Okrand with his desire to get the pronunciation right, know what the words meant and how the sentences fitted together.
Okrand’s The Klingon Dictionary (1985), which described many aspects of the Klingon language, achieved sales of more than 300,000. In 1992 he released the audio book Conversational Klingon featuring Michael Dorn, the actor who played Worf. Among his follow up books The Klingon Way: A Warrior’s Guide is regarded by fans as a canonical source of the alien language.
Okrand says he never imagined people would study it so seriously or learn it so well that they could actually carry on conversations!
The Klingon Institute (KLI), founded in 1992 by fellow academic Lawrence M. Schoen, offers online courses and holds an annual conference providing lessons, lectures and exercises for those wishing to speak Klingonese. The KLI also runs several projects to promote the language, including the translation into Klingon of the Bible and works by Shakespeare.
Antiqued silver coin portraying Worf, the first Klingon officer to join Starfleet.
Today, Klingon is probably the most fully developed fictional language in the world. Fans use it to conduct marriage ceremonies and to write songs. A Klingon Christmas Carol, based on the famous novella by Charles Dickens, is performed regularly in the United States. An opera in the Klingon language premiered in The Hague in 2010.
In Australia, the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains became the first attraction to offer guided tours in Klingon after the Sydney-class starship U.S.S. Jenolan appeared in an episode of The Next Generation.
In art, in advertising, even in television series and movies that have nothing to do with Star Trek, Klingon is now so extensively used that you might call it the first ‘universal’ language.
Running for 178 episodes over seven seasons, The Next Generation followed the 24th century adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard and his crew on board the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D. Together they encountered old enemies turned allies such as the Romulans and the Klingons, while confronting several new species including the Ferengi, the Cardassian and the Borg.
Fans of the show quickly became enamoured with the first Klingon to join Starfleet – Lieutenant Commander Worf, who was introduced in the first episode of The Next Generation. Funnily enough Worf was never intended to be a regular character on the show, but his popularity proved so great that he went on to appear in all five films and 272 television episodes of the hit Star Trek franchise.
American actor Michael Dorn appeared as Worf more times as a regular cast member than any other Star Trek actor.
The Klingons were an extra-terrestrial humanoid warrior species who initially appeared in The Original Series as antagonists of the Enterprise crew. By The Next Generation they had become a close ally of humanity and the United Federation of Planets.
Worf was born in 2340 on Qo’noS (home of the Klingon race) as the son of Mogh, where he remained until his parents moved to the Khitomer colony five years later.
Worf was orphaned during the attack by the Romulans on the Khitomer post. He was rescued by the U.S.S. Intrepid and taken in by Starfleet’s Chief Petty Officer, Sergey Rozhenko, who raised him on the planet Gault surrounded by humans. Despite this, Worf thought of himself as a Klingon at heart and his mannerisms, personality and sense of honour were more reminiscent of his heritage. In 2357 he joined Starfleet Academy, graduating in 2361 to become the first Klingon officer Starfleet had ever had.
Celebrating the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation this silver antiqued coin features the Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary logo and Lieutenant Commander Worf alongside the Klingon insignia. The design includes the well-known Klingon motto ‘It is a good day to die’™, written in the Klingon language.
Struck from 99.99% pure silver this stunning collectable has a maximum mintage of 1,701 and is presented in a Star Trek inspired case transporter machine which lights up when the lid is opened.