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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!

Jul 142017
 

The red kangaroo is synonymous with the land down under and the stunning new Australian Kangaroo 2017 Silver Proof Four-Coin Set and 1/4oz silver coin showcases this symbol of Australia perfectly.

This is only the second edition of this impressive set, with the first edition in 2016 proving enormously popular with collectors.

The set comprises a 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coin, as well as an individual 1/4oz silver proof coin each depicting the iconic red kangaroo design by Dr Stuart Devlin AO CMG.

Each coin is struck from 99.99% pure silver in proof quality and presented in display packaging. Only 3,000 sets will be released, with each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Jul 112017
 

Diwali, the ancient five day Hindu festival, is considered one of the happiest holidays in India.

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means “row of lighted lamps”. The main theme of the festival is the triumph of light over darkness, goodness over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

To celebrate Diwali, people clean and decorate their houses with lights and candles, dress up in their finest clothes, and take part in puja (prayers), often kneeling before Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, to seek her divine blessing.

During the festival nights, fireworks light up the sky and family and friends celebrate with elaborate feasts.

How popular is Diwali?

  • Approximately 80% of India’s 1.2 billion people identify themselves as Hindu.
  • The country is home to more than 20 million Sikhs and 4 million Jains, who also celebrate Diwali.
  • Diwali has significance for many Buddhists, who mark the day by chanting mantras to remember Lord Buddha.
  • Throughout the world, Diwali is officially recognised in several other countries, including in Bali, Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Thanks to the Indian diaspora, there are also celebrations in Western nations such as the United States and United Kingdom.
  • In Australia, where Diwali occurs on 19 October 2017, carnivals featuring fireworks, food stalls, dancing and henna paintings will occur in capital cities.

Diwali Festival 2017 1oz Silver Coin

The Perth Mint’s first coin to mark Diwali portrays a coloured representation of Lakshmi sitting on a lotus flower with gold coins pouring out of her hands, symbolising material and spiritual wealth.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, no more than 5,000 of these vividly coloured releases will be issued, each housed in a latex display frame that displays both sides of the coin.

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Jul 042017
 

Lighting the way this month is the vivid Diwali Festival coin from July’s new release bulletin.

Celebrated by millions of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains and some Buddhists the world over, Diwali is an ancient five day ‘festival of lights’ and is considered one of the happiest holidays in India and Nepal.

The colourful Lakshmi, goddess of wealth, health, fortune and prosperity is superbly depicted on this 1oz coin struck from 99.99% pure silver.

For the many fans of Australian coins, July welcomes the 2017 Australian Koala Gold Coin series, featuring a new design across four 99.99% pure gold coins.

Celebrating Australia’s most beloved marsupial, each coin features an iconic koala resting on the soft grass beneath a eucalyptus tree.

Each stunning coin is issued with a limited mintage and is presented in luxurious timber packaging.

For the collector of all things Ghostbusters™, the second of three tribute coins features Slimer the gluttonous ghoul who leaves a ghastly green slime in his wake. As the very first ghost captured by the Ghostbusters team, the “ugly little spud” became an icon of the 1984 hit movie franchise.

We’re also pleased to announce the release of the 2017 Australia Half Sovereign.

Inspired by the Sydney Mint’s original half sovereign, struck from 22 carat gold, this modern tribute reflects the traditional purity of all sovereign coins since 1817.

Issued as Australian legal tender, this stunning half sovereign is beautifully presented in a wooden case, with a mintage of 1,000.

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 042017
 

City dwellers in Australia are well acquainted with possums. Inventive and determined foragers, they have a liking for vegetable gardens and kitchen raids! These nocturnal scallywags are also known to take up residence in the roof spaces and wall cavities of people’s homes.

For your chance to win a Possum 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin from our Australian Bush Babies II  series, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: Australia’s most familiar possum

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘July 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 July 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 Siobhan O’Neile of NSW for the correct answer of ‘Ornithologists’.

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Jul 032017
 

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

Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle
2017 1oz Gold High Relief Coin
Maximum mintage: 500
Henry Lawson 150th Anniversary
2017 5oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 250
Australian Stock Horse
2017 5oz Silver Gilded Edition
Maximum Mintage: 500
Australian Opal Lunar Series – Year of the Rooster
2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum mintage: 5,000
Star Trek: The Original Series
2016 1oz Silver Delta Coin
Maximum mintage: 5,000


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Jun 192017
 

How do you catch a ghost? You call the Ghostbusters, of course!

Released in 1984, Ghostbusters™ the movie followed three oddball doctors – Ray Stantz (l), Peter Venkman (c), and Egon Spengler (r) – who began their own business specialising in the elimination of ‘ectoplasmic’ entities.

A bit of a nerd, Spengler was responsible for developing the technology behind some of their famous equipment – including the positron collider, better known as a proton pack.

With Venkman, their laid back leader, and the eager and excitable Stantz, the team’s services were in huge demand from citizens of New York terrified at an alarming increase in paranormal activity.

The most powerful tool in the Ghostbusters’ mobile armoury, proton packs were particle accelerating devices comprising a hand held wand, or particle thrower, connected to a back pack sized ‘cyclotron’. Basically, they incapacitated negatively charged ghosts by entrapping them within their positively charged proton beams.

In an era before advanced digital techniques, the movie’s ghouls were created with puppets, maquettes, animation, overlays, and a great deal of ingenuity besides. The visual effects crew was equally inventive when it came to the proton ray. The tip of the prop’s wand featured fluorescent bargraphs, incandescent bulbs, and strobing flashes to which they synchronized the dazzling neon-coloured ‘streams’.

An unprecedented mix of fantasy, horror and comedy featuring special effects destined to hold up remarkably over time, Ghostbusters™ was a huge critical and commercial success. A brilliant theme song and its famous ‘no ghost’ symbol, which encapsulated the notion that evil apparitions could be confined and even ridiculed, added further to its unique and enduring appeal.

Ghostbusters™ 1oz Silver Coin Series

For the movie’s many fans worldwide, The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil the first of three special commemorative coin releases, each struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver. The 2017 Ghostbusters™ coin portrays Spengler, Venkman, and Stantz against a representation of New York under a slime green sky. As any genuine admirer would expect, the design also includes the ‘no ghost’ icon.

In coming months, further coins portraying Slimer, and Stay Puft, will be released in complementary presentation packaging. Subject to a limited mintage of 5,000 worldwide, together they’ll form a superb trio of rare numismatic tributes.

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

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