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Mar 302017
 

Each month The Perth Mint has pleasure in offering an exclusive new range of modern numismatic coins for collectors and gift buyers.

This April, iconic releases include a beautiful new Australian Stock Horse silver coin, and a special 5oz silver tribute to writer and poet Henry Lawson, born 150 years ago in 1867.

The courage and compassion displayed by Australians on the Western Front and in the Middle East during 1917 is honoured on this year’s Three-Coin 1/2oz Silver Set from our moving ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series.

Meanwhile, anyone absorbed by the mythology of dragons will love the exquisite imagery and detailing on our latest ‘antiqued’ silver coin release.

Together with a spectacular new silver Kookaburra made from 1 kilo of silver, and our majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle now offered in high relief on 2oz of gold, this month’s new coins underline The Perth Mint’s reputation for one of the most successful collector coin programs in the world.

Check out the electronic bulletin above to discover this month’s complete line-up of new releases. To order, please visit perthmint.com.au, call 1800 098 817 / +61 8 9421 7218, or visit The Perth Mint Shop, 310 Hay Street in East Perth.

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Mar 282017
 

New sales and mintage figures for collector coins issued by The Perth Mint are now available for download.

This update includes Declared Mintages for all 2014-dated coin releases with the exception of the five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, which will be announced in 2019.

The update also includes Declared Mintages for 2015 Australia Sovereign and Half Sovereign gold proof coins.

Sold Out and Sales to Date information for all 2015 and 2016-dated releases is presented as at 31 December 2016.

 

Visit Numismatic Mintages on our website to access the information.

To read our Mintage Policy and Glossary of Terms, click here.

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Mar 212017
 

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

  Australian Kookaburra
2017 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
Issue Limit: 1,000
  Star Trek: The Original Series
U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
2016 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 800
  Australian Kangaroo
2016 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 250


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Mar 162017
 

John Mercanti’s career as a coin designer and engraver is a remarkable one.

John Mercanti.

His artistic talents were recognised in 1974 by the US Mint, where he spent 36 years, the last four in the revered position of Chief Engraver.

John was responsible for more successful designs than any other employee in the history of the Mint, where the process was traditionally a competition between members of the in-house team.

Among his achievements are many notable American coins and medals, including the American Eagle, a landmark release in that nation’s history.

Since his ‘retirement’, John has been involved in many projects, including the design of the first Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, originally struck by The Perth Mint in 2014.

Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2017 1oz Gold & Silver High Relief Coins

We’re delighted to release these 2017-dated versions showcasing John’s second interpretation of Australia’s largest bird of prey standing on a dead tree branch.

Made from pure gold and pure silver in flawless proof quality, the beautiful coins are struck in high relief, a minting process which increases the design’s prominence from the surrounding table. Displaying the intricate detail of the majestic bird’s plumage with superb clarity, the stunning coins do full justice to John’s unforgettable portrayal.

John once described his involvement in the Wedge-tailed Eagle program as “one of the highlights of my career.” Undoubtedly, the result of his exceptional talents is one of the highlights of our annual collector releases.

With just 500 gold and 10,000 silver versions, these coins are destined to be sought after by collectors the world over.

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Mar 092017
 

Featuring renowned deities and heroes, Norse mythology encompasses a large body of northern Germanic legends dating from pagan times. Its traditions continue today in Scandinavian folklore, which has strongly influenced a number of popular authors, including J.R.R. Tolkien.

In our second coin series based on Norse mythology, The Perth Mint is featuring three principal goddesses. Like the Norse Gods series, which portrayed Thor, Odin, and Loki, these remarkable coins are each struck from 2oz of pure silver with an antiqued, high relief finish.

Depicted in a dramatic style, Freya introduces the new Norse Goddesses series, which will also feature coins portraying similarly striking depictions of Frigg and Hel.

Norse Goddesses – Freya 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin

Design Guide

 ᚠ Freya The goddess of love, beauty, fertility, battle and death. A symbol of sensuality and of the wile and untamed forces of nature, Freya was famed for her beauty and golden hair.
Feather cloak A magical cloak of falcon feathers which enabled Freya to fly.
Brísingamen A golden necklace made by four dwarfs, it featured an amber jewel – Freya’s hallowed crystal.
  Girdle The sword belt in the constellation Orion as was known to the Norse as ‘Freya’s Girdle’.
Hildisvíni
Freya’s golden battle swine, one of her sacred animals, on which she once rode.
Battlefield As a valkyrie, Freya chose who died and who lived in battle, transporting the heroic dead to the Realm of the Gods.
 ᚷ Cat Freya’s chariot was pulled by two cats, another of her sacred animals.

Extremely Limited Mintage

Just 2,000 of these Norse Goddesses – Freya 2017 2oz Silver High Relief Coins will be released. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a timber display case with an engraved lid.

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Mar 082017
 

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

  Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle
2016 1oz Platinum Coin
Maximum Mintage: 350
  Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle
2016 1oz Bi-metal Coin
Maximum Mintage: 750
  Yin Yang Rotating Charm
2016 1oz Silver Antiqued Coin
Maximum Mintage: 3,000
  Compass
2017 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin
Maximum Mintage: 2,500
  Year of the Rooster
2017 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 388


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