May 052015
 

The Perth Mint is honoured to commemorate the birth of the Royal Princess with the release of a special 1oz silver proof coin and 1/4oz gold proof coin.

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Fourth in line to the throne, Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born on 2 May 2015 at Saint Mary’s Hospital in London weighing 3.7 kilograms. She is the second child of Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and a great granddaughter of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

With the design approved by Her Majesty The Queen, these coins are set to be timeless reminders of this historic birth. Issued as Australian legal tender, no more than 5,000 silver and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

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May 052015
 

Whatever your preference in modern collectables, there’s a strong chance we’ve got something you’ll want this May!

Fans of high relief, for instance, are in for a triple treat with the release of three of these specially struck coins portraying native animals.

Another celebration of Australiana, the second Sunburnt Country rectangular coin features a new line from Dorothea Mackellar’s poem My Country.

And our much-admired Wedge-Tailed Eagle is available for the first time in the affordable 0.5g gold coin format.

Licensed themes are again strong with two new coins commemorating Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Meanwhile, Ariel joins the extremely popular Disney Princess gold and silver series.

This month also sees the release of a 75th anniversary release commemorating the pivotal Battle of Britain.

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Apr 282015
 

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

KimberleySunsetPinkGoldCoin_thmb Kimberley Sunset
2015 2oz Pink Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 500
USSEnterpriseSilverCoin_thmb Star Trek: The Original Series
U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Issue Limit: 5,000
AustralianKangaroo5CoinCollection Australian Kangaroo – 25th Anniversary
2014 Gold Proof Five-Coin Collection
Issue Limit: 200
StockHorse2015SilverCoin_thmb Australian Stock Horse
2015 1oz Silver Coin
Maximum Mintage: 10,000

 

Near sell out

As of today, the following coins are very close to sell out at The Perth Mint.

JamesTKirkSilverCoin_thmb Star Trek: The Original Series
Captain James T. Kirk
2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Less than 300 remaining
WealthWisdom2CoinSet_thmb Lunar Good Fortune
2015 Year of the Goat 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
Less than 150 remaining
Goat2ozColouredProof_thmb Perth ANDA Coin Show Special
2015 Year of the Goat 2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin
Less than 350 remaining

 

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Apr 072015
 

ANZAC Day – 25 April – is probably Australia’s most important national occasion. It marks the anniversary of the first major military action fought by Australian and New Zealand forces during the First World War.

This April we salute the courageous young men who fought at Gallipoli in 1915 with a special joint issue in conjunction with Australia Post and New Zealand Post –

Additionally, we’re proud to be releasing a trio of commemorative coins from The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series portraying significant themes from 1915 –

Other stunning new coins this month include:

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Mar 052015
 

Rare Perth Mint coins collectively worth a million dollars will be flown from Melbourne and displayed at the Perth coin and banknote show on Saturday, March 7 and Sunday, March 8, 2015, courtesy of Coinworks. Highlight of the display, the unique 1901 Perth Mint Proof Half Sovereign and Proof Sovereign: the pair of coins valued in excess of half a million dollars.

Coinworks managing director Belinda Downie says that ‘Proof’ coins are collector pieces, synonymous with rarity with only a handful ever struck and never intended to be used in every-day use.

But what makes Perth Mint ‘proof’ Gold Sovereigns incredibly rare is that over the years in which the Perth Mint was operating as a gold coin producer (1899 – 1931), the mint only struck ‘proof’ sovereigns in three separate years – 1899, 1901 and 1931.

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Even rarer again, the Perth Mint struck ‘proof’ Gold Half Sovereigns in only two separate years – 1899 and 1901, both of which are unique.

Downie says a single Melbourne investor owns the 1901 Perth Mint Proof Gold Sovereign and the 1901 Perth Mint Proof Gold Half Sovereign.

The pair is unique and was acquired for $450,000 several years ago. Downie is bringing the pair to Perth after the owner agreed to a Coinworks request to display the coins at the show.

But while the Perth Mint commenced striking Australia’s gold coins in 1899, and is still to this day a major gold coin producer, the mint in 1941 diversified its gold coining repertoire, and began striking the nation’s coppers (pennies and halfpennies) at the request of Treasury.

The mint continued to strike copper coins until 1964, two years before Australia converted to decimal currency.

Following the traditions of the Royal Mint London, the Perth Mint struck limited mintage ‘proof’ (presentation) strikings of those coins struck for circulation.

In a tribute to the Perth Mint’s skills Coinworks will also display a selected number of “finest known” Perth Mint rarities out of this “copper coin” era, all of which are limited mintage presentation strikings and which include the 1947 Proof Penny, the 1948 Proof Penny and Proof Halfpenny, the 1950 Proof Penny, the 1952 Proof Penny and the 1953 Proof Penny.

The six proof coins will form part of a dedicated copper coin Perth Mint display prepared by Coinworks, valued in excess of $300,000.

Downie’s comments on the copper coins on display are as follows: “Well preserved proof coins of the Perth Mint are unrivalled for quality. The coins not only display superb levels of detail in their design, but qualities and colours that are simply unmatched by those of the Melbourne Mint. Each coin is a work of art, as individual and as beautiful as an opal. Furthermore they are rare.”

The Perth Mint commenced striking proof coinage as part of a commercial enterprise in 1955 and continued until 1963, before decimal changeover. At the show, Coinworks will display some of the finest examples of coins struck at the Perth Mint between 1955 and 1963, including the very rare 1955 Proof Penny and Halfpenny and the 1956 Proof Penny.

“The proof record pieces of the Perth Mint form an integral part of our currency heritage,” Downie says. “It’s an historical edge and exclusivity that underpins their strong investment performance.”

This article was originally published by Coinworks.

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Mar 042015
 

This month we’re adding two extremely poignant coins to The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series:

Goodbye Cobber 2015 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

On 7 August 1915, the 3rd Light Horse Brigade attacked Turkish trenches at the Nek on the Gallipoli peninsula. In the words of Lieutenant-Colonel Noel Brazier, what occurred was “sheer bloody murder” as the Australian troops were mowed down by Turkish rifle and machine-gun fire. Despite calls to abandon the attack, four waves of men went over the top into a maelstrom of bullets.

With fatalistic recognition of what was about to happen to him, Trooper Harold Rush of the 10th Light Horse, aged 23, famously uttered to his mate: “Goodbye Cobber, God bless you.” The words are inscribed on his headstone and, in tribute to Rush and all those who fell with him, they now appear on this Australian coin made from 99.99% pure gold.

Restricted to a limited mintage of just 1,000, the coin’s emotive portrayal depicts an Australian soldier at a graveside being comforted by the spectral figure of his fallen comrade.

ANZAC-Lest-We-ForgetLest We Forget 2015 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin

More than 60,000 Australians lost their lives during the First World War. Many men died in battle, their final resting place the battle fields on which they fought.

They are buried in war cemeteries or listed on memorials to the missing in countries around the world – from the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Greece and Turkey, to Israel, the Lebanese Republic, Papua New Guinea and Syria.

Over the past 100 years, there have been many moving symbols that have come to be associated with military loss. One of these is the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, also known as the Battlefield Cross or Battle Cross, which is portrayed on the reverse of this magnificent pure silver release.

With a mintage of only 500, the Australian coin’s depiction of this silent sentinel is framed by a list of symbolic words and phrases, including the names of battlefields and cemeteries associated with World War I.

Now in its second year, the five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series honours the actions and sacrifices of those who served their country between 1914 and 1918, and how their courage, mateship, resourcefulness and egalitarianism helped shape Australian society and our national identity into what it is today.

Produced in association with the Australian War Memorial

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