Apr 262017
 

The genesis of Mother’s Day can be traced back to ancient Greek and Roman festivals dedicated to female mythological characters. The classical Greeks, for example, celebrated Rhea, the mother of the Olympian gods and goddesses.

In Great Britain, the fourth Sunday in Lent – or Mothering Sunday – was traditionally a day when young people working in domestic service were permitted to visit their mothers at home. As families walked to church, children would often pick violets and wildflowers for their mothers.

Across the Atlantic in America, the unrelated Mother’s Day celebration was officially endorsed by the Federal government in 1914. The annual observance was the idea of Anna Jarvis, who a few years earlier had persuaded a local church to hold a service in honour of her own mother. During the memorial, Anna handed out white carnations, which became symbolic of Mother’s Day in the U.S.

Like many other nations, Australia adopted America’s choice of the second Sunday of May on which to mark Mother’s Day. However, Australian’s tended to gift and wear chrysanthemums, a flower naturally in season in the Southern Hemisphere during May.

Today, there are more than six million mums across Australia who will be the focus special attention on Sunday 14. Whether it’s with flowers, some other thoughtful gift, or a family gathering around the meal table, the celebration of mothers everywhere will be strongly embraced.

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Jan 052017
 

The wrapping is coming off an exciting new coin from The Perth Mint which offers a highly original way to celebrate someone’s special day…Spacer
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Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, this sweet coin features an exuberant ‘Happy Birthday’ design.

Meticulously crafted, it’s a timeless keepsake that comes in beautiful display packaging – the perfect way to show how much you care for a friend or family member celebrating another year!

More information: 2017 Happy Birthday 1oz Silver Coin in Card

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Oct 312016
 

Perth’s most exclusive gift buying destination is opening late for a sumptuous night of Christmas shopping and magical family attractions on Friday 11 November.

jewellery-customerRenowned worldwide for its vast selection of superb gold, silver and platinum coins, The Perth Mint is also the State’s leading destination for exclusive jewellery showcasing stunning Australian pearls, opals and fancy coloured diamonds, as well as a wide range of unique gifts for all budgets.

With special discounts on the night, plus the chance to win a $500 gift voucher, The Perth Mint Shop offers a treasure trove of glittering possibilities. But it’s not the only reason to attend this wonderful evening event.

CEO to ‘light up the night

Perth Mint CEO Richard Hayes will be switching on a dazzling display of decorative fairy lights festooning our giant forecourt Christmas tree. With the gatehouse and perimeter fence similarly illuminated with festive bulbs, the display promises to light up the night in spectacular fashion!

Free gold pouring demonstrations

perth-mint-gold-pour2The old melting house will be a ‘hot’ destination for visitors wishing to witness the spectacle of a free gold pouring demonstration. Because these extraordinary displays are bound to be popular, bookings are essential for this part of the evening’s entertainment as places are limited.

Fun for kids

From fairies to superheroes or any Christmas attire, kids are encouraged to dress up in their favourite costumes for the chance to win prizes. With Santa rumoured to be making a surprise appearance some time during the evening, they’re sure to be richly rewarded!

Make a date in your diary

With food and drinks available for purchase and the chance to browse a gorgeous range of gifts, The Perth Mint’s inaugural Christmas shopping event promises to be a delightful evening for the whole family.

Make a date in your diary now to get Christmas off to a flying start at our heritage premises located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, on Friday 11 November. Gates open between 5.30pm and 8.00pm with the Christmas tree light up at 7.15pm. Entry is free.


The Christmas 2016 1oz Star Shaped Silver Proof Coin doubles as a beautiful hanging decoration.
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Apr 222016
 

Two-up is a true blue Aussie game of chance which took off on the gold fields during the 19th century. It is most strongly associated, however, with the ‘diggers’ of World War I, who played it extensively in the trenches and while on troop ships to relive the monotony.

Essentially, two coins (usually pennies) are placed tails up on a flat board called a kip or paddle. A spinner is called to toss the coins (at least 10 feet in the air) and bets are taken on which way the coins will land.

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A group of First World War Australian soldiers at Ypres playing the popular game of two up. [Image E01199 courtesy of Australian War Memorial.]

The two-up custom continued with Australian soldiers during the Second World War and currently it is permitted to be played publicly on Anzac Day in pubs and clubs around the country in honour of these military traditions. After the sombre proceedings of dawn services and other acts of remembrance, games take place in the spirit of mateship and larrikinism for which our hero diggers are famed.Copper-Two-Up-Set

This traditional Two-Up Set available from The Perth Mint features two Australian pennies, portraying the famous leaping kangaroo design, and a typical wooden kip, made from plantation pine.

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Nov 052015
 

In the past, evergreen shrubs and trees held special meaning for people during the depths of the northern winter. Pine, spruce and yew were used to brighten dwellings around the time of the winter solstice. Some people believed an evergreen sprig above the door would ward off evil spirits.

The first Christmas tree lit with candles is thought to have been the creation of religious reformer Martin Luther. It’s said he was inspired by the vision of stars twinkling among the evergreens on a winter’s night. Erected in Strasbourg Cathedral in 1539, his tree must have been a spectacular sight.

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Christmas Tree in The Perth Mint Shop

When Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz moved to Britain to marry King George III in 1761, she took with her the German custom of adorning Christmas trees with wax tapers, coloured papers, fruit, trinkets and gifts. Thereafter, this ritual became popular with members of the British court and nobility.

It was not until the middle of the 19th century, however, that the practice became more widespread. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s German-born husband, was particularly instrumental in popularising Christmas trees. He used glass ornaments, coloured beads and paper baskets with sugared almonds for decoration. In 1848, an engraving of the Royal Family celebrating Christmas at Windsor beneath their dressed tree sparked extensive interest.

Australian colonists uphold the northern tradition

Christmas was generally a frugal affair in the early years of the Australian penal colony, but by the 1850s free-settlers from Britain were spreading the Royal Family’s new Christmas customs. Without the Christmas tree, however, they were forced to make the most of native flora; branches of eucalypt, pink-coloured Christmas Bushes, scarlet Christmas Bells and even ferns were employed to decorate the house, roof, or veranda.

Like these summer varieties in the east, the Western Australian Christmas Tree, the world’s largest mistletoe, bursts into an amazing display of golden flowers perfectly timed for Christmas!

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Christmas 2015 1oz Star Shaped Silver Proof Coin: Portraying a Christmas tree, the coin is housed in a special star-shaped capsule with a hole for a ribbon (not supplied), so that it can be hung as a Christmas tree decoration.

In due course, the use of Christmas Bushes had to compete with introduced trees and the mid-20th century development of the artificial tree. Today, whether it’s the pack-away variety or a fresh-cut pine, dressing the Christmas tree in mesmerising displays of tinsel, baubles and glittering lights is a favourite Christmas ritual for Australians in whom the seasonal spirit is deep-rooted.

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