Oct 162014
 
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Credit: : Andrew Silcocks – BirdLife Australia

From 20-26 October 2014, during national Bird Week, thousands of Australians will be taking part in the first-ever annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

The goal for the week is for Australian bird counters to spot a total of 100,000 birds, providing BirdLife Australia, the country’s largest independent, not-for-profit bird conservation organization, with important data to form a more detailed picture of the current state of Australian birdlife.

As well as traditional suburban backyards, participants will be spotting birds in local parks, school yards, farms and national parks – in fact in any green patch where they feel ‘at home’.

Get involved

If you’d like to get involved, all you need is 20 minutes and some keen eyesight (or binoculars). And it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice – BirdLife Australia has developed the Aussie Bird Count app to help identify and record every feathered friend spotted at your location.

Download the free appBackyardBird-app

You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted not just across your neighbourhood, but the whole of Australia!

Win a bird coin prize

A fantastic opportunity to help secure the future of Australia’s native birds, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count also provides every participant with a chance to win one of 10 superb coin prizes donated by The Perth Mint.

As well as five stunning 1oz silver coins portraying the colourful Rainbow Lorikeet, we’re also donating five Stamp & Coin Covers featuring the beautiful Striated Pardalote, to be given away by BirdLife Australia during the count.

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2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
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2013 Stamp & Coin Cover

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This first-ever Aussie Backyard Bird Count forms part of the national celebrations for Bird Week 2014, with bird-focused events taking place across the country including art shows, bird walks, camps, and breakfasts with the birds.

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Australians have been celebrating National Bird Week for more than 100 years and with Spring the peak nesting and breeding season for many of Australia’s favourite birds, it’s the perfect time to see them in action and learn more about how we can help them.

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Oct 072014
 

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this coin celebrates the exhilarating and dangerous activity of rock fishing. Extremely popular in Australia and New Zealand, rock fishing involves fishing straight into the sea from a rocky outcrop or platform.

Rock-Fishing_silver-coinFor your chance to win this amazing Rock Fishing 1oz silver proof coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: A great catch!

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘October 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 3 November 2014. 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 to Sharon Markwell, QLD for the correct answer of Cretaceous Period.

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Sep 022014
 

AUSTRALOVENATOR dinosaur coinStruck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this dramatic release portrays Australovenator, a carnivorous dinosaur with razor sharp claws and teeth.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be released as part of the exciting new Australian Age of Dinosaurs five-coin series.

For your chance to win this amazing coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: When Australovenator stalked Australia.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘September 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 6 October 2014. 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 Belinda Bann from Victoria, Australia for the correct answer of ‘mustering cattle’.

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Aug 192014
 

Congratulations to the following people who have won coin prizes in The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series competition.

1st prize – The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2oz Silver Three-Coin Set and a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald dated the 4 August 1914.

WINNER: Margaret Dachan

2nd prize – The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

WINNERS: Dianne Procopio, James Sharpe, Melicia Mah, Shane Martin

Correct answers to the competition questions were as follows:

  1. Andrew Fisher
  2. German wireless station
  3. Albany

If you are interested in further details about The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, please click here.

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Aug 112014
 

The five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series marks the impact of the First World War on Australia. Commemorating the courage and sacrifice of our diggers, the coin designs and accompanying information provide a chronological narrative of the battles and events which shaped Australia’s wartime experience and its aftermath.

Here is your chance to win superb silver coins from the first year of this important new series:

ANZAC Spirit 2014 silver coins

FIRST PRIZE

The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2oz Silver Three-Coin Set comprising ‘Answering the Call’, ‘Australia’s First Action’, and ‘Farewell to Family’.

BONUS: Historical copy of the Sydney Morning Herald, dated the 4 August 1914, the day Australia went to War.

SECOND PRIZE

The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin – ‘When the Empire is at War’.

How to Enter

To take part in the competition, find the answers to the following three questions from the information presented in our Australian Timeline – 1914.

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  • Who said: “Australians will stand beside our own to help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.” ?
  • What did the AN&MEF capture from the Germans at the Battle of Bita Paka?
  • The first troop convoy carrying Australians and New Zealanders to Egypt departed from which Australian port?

Please email your entry to contest@perthmint.com.au by Sunday 17 August 2014 (AWST time). The winning entries will be drawn at random by The Perth Mint and the winners’ names will be announced in a follow-up blog post during the week commencing 18 August.

Click here for full Terms & Conditions.

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Aug 042014
 

TheLandDownUnder--Stockman-Silver-1ozStruck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin‘s reverse portrays a legendary Australian stockman on his horse, watching over a flock of sheep.

With a mintage of 5,000, the Australian legal tender coin is housed in a contemporary case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For your chance to win this stunning coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: What a stockman does.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘August 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 1 September 2014. 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 Darla Coon, Ohio, United States

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