Aug 172015
 

SnowWhite_DisneyDisney’s first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered on 21 December 1937.

Based on the German fairy tale published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, it told the story of a fair young princess forced to flee the evil Queen’s murderous jealousy, and how she found refuge in a forest cottage belonging to the small-statured Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful and Happy!

The movie’s culmination established one of Disney’s famous trademarks – a happy ending. After the dwarfs helped defeat the villainous Queen, Snow White found love with the handsome Prince of whom she’d always dreamed.

The fetching storyline, its endearing characters, and the technical innovations introduced by Disney stunned the star-studded audience at the movie’s launch. Charlie Chaplin announced that it “surpassed our high expectations.” Snow White went on to become one of the most popular films ever made, establishing Walt Disney as one of the world’s great film producers.

Disney Princess: Snow White

Following the Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle and Jasmine officially-licensed 2015 Disney Princess coins, these superb new releases celebrate “the fairest one of all” – Snow White.

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Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Princess Snow White surrounded by relief engraved flowers. Issued as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

Each silver coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity. Each gold coin comes in a timber display case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.

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Aug 072015
 

Each release from the innovative Treasures of the World ‘locket’ coin series celebrates a renowned gem and a continent in which it has been venerated through time.

Matching Europe with garnet in 2013 and Australia with gold in 2014, the series now focusses on North America’s association with turquoise.

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Turquoise has long played a central role in the art and culture of Native American Indians. Legend has it that when they rejoiced at the arrival of rain, their tears of joy seeped into the Earth where they were transformed into this sought-after gemstone.

Mining for turquoise dates back at least 2,000 years in the Southwest of the continent. Significant deposits have been found in New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, California, Colorado and Utah. Originally, indigenous peoples in these areas shaped and polished turquoise into beads and adornments including necklaces, earrings and bracelets. It was also highly-prized for its talismanic properties.

With Spanish colonization and the spread of silversmithing skills during the 16th century, Native Americans fabricated stunning silver and turquoise jewellery. Today, turquoise remains a significant material in their contemporary jewellery designs which are internationally popular.

Classic turquoise is sky-blue in colour and is generally opaque with waxy lustre. Turquoise also occurs in hues ranging from blue-green to green, and often with black veins that lend unique character to individual pieces.

Treasures of the World – North America

Struck from 99.99% pure gold and 99.9% pure silver, this year’s Treasures of the World coins feature a design representing a Southwest desert landscape. Within each coin there is a locket containing hand-cut and polished turquoise sourced from Arizona.

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Housed individually in presentation packaging accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity, just 750 gold coins and 7,500 silver coins will be released.

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Aug 062015
 

As we celebrate the 75th Anniversary of Bruce Lee with new gold and silver commemorative coins, here are 10 classic images of the Kung Fu master accompanied by 10 of his many memorable sayings.

  • <center>“Always be yourself. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself.”</center>
    “Always be yourself. Express yourself. Have faith in yourself.”
  • <center>“All types of knowledge ultimately mean self-knowledge.”</center>
    “All types of knowledge ultimately mean self-knowledge.”
  • <center>“You must accept the fact that there is no help but self-help.”</center>
    “You must accept the fact that there is no help but self-help.”
  • <center>“The meaning of life is that it is to be lived.”</center>
    “The meaning of life is that it is to be lived.”
  • <center>“Action is a high road to self-confidence and esteem.”</center>
    “Action is a high road to self-confidence and esteem.”
  • <center>“When I have listened to my mistakes, I have grown.”</center>
    “When I have listened to my mistakes, I have grown.”
  • <center>“When one is not expressing himself, he is not free.”</center>
    “When one is not expressing himself, he is not free.”
  • <center>“Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.”</center>
    “Have faith in your ability. You will do just fine.”
  • <center>“You will never get any more out of life than you expect.”</center>
    “You will never get any more out of life than you expect.”
  • <center>“Success means doing something sincerely and wholeheartedly.”</center>
    “Success means doing something sincerely and wholeheartedly.”


Bruce Lee – the legend

Born in San Francisco on 27 November 1940, Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong-American martial artist and teacher, action-film actor, philosopher, and film maker. He remains one of the greatest icons of martial arts cinema and 20th century pop culture. His film success in Hong Kong in the early 1970s kick-started a cultural obsession with martial arts cinema and would be hugely influential in opening up the martial arts genre in the United States of America, as well as Europe, in the decades to follow.

Off the back of the tidal wave of success created by his first two films, The Big Boss and Fist of Fury, Bruce Lee was able to write, produce, direct and star in Way of the Dragon, released in 1972. This film was also a record breaker and earned him recognition and fame not only in Hong Kong, but also in Hollywood.

Unfortunately, he never saw the opening of his next project, Enter the Dragon, the first ever Hong Kong-American co-production. On 20 July 1973, Bruce Lee passed away at the age of 32. His success as a martial arts actor opened the door to broader depictions of Asian Americans in cinema and created a whole new breed of action hero. His legacy as a martial artist and instructor continues to be revered among legions of fans worldwide.

75th Anniversary of Bruce Lee
2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 5,000
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75th Anniversary of Bruce Lee
2015 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 1,000
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Aug 032015
 

This month we’re delighted to be able to unveil a fantastic addition to our official Star Trek coin program dedicated to Spock, the unflappable Vulcan-human beloved by generations of Star Trek fans.

August also marks the release of 75th anniversary coins celebrating influential martial artist Bruce Lee. Raised in Hong Kong, Lee was credited with unprecedented influence on Hollywood’s treatment of martial arts films on his way to becoming a pop culture icon of the 20th century.

See inside this month’s digital bulletin for information about more new coins, including the latest Treasures of the World releases featuring turquoise, and a stunning Mother of Pearl Shell coin.

Full line-up of new releases

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Jul 272015
 

In line with our earlier announcement, the 2015 Australia Sovereign and Half Sovereign 22-carat gold proof coins were withdrawn from sale on Friday 17 July. While each release originally had a permitted maximum mintage of 1,500 coins, the closure of sales means the following declared (final) mintage figures apply.

2015AusSov Australia Sovereign
2015 Gold Proof Coin

Declared Mintage: 1,398
2015HalfAusSov Australia Half Sovereign
2015 Gold Proof Coin

Declared Mintage: 958

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Jul 232015
 

For such a young nation, Australia is responsible for some seriously sought-after coins. The 1813 holey dollar & dump and the 1930 penny are two of our most desirable rarities. With an equally illustrious status in Australian numismatics, the 1920 Sydney sovereign is another legendary collectable.

Portraying Pistrucci’s famous St George design with a ‘S’ mintmark in the exergue (above the year-date), only three examples of the 1920 Sydney sovereign are known to exist in private hands. It’s Australia’s rarest collectable gold coin and, unsurprisingly, commands a price tag to suit!

£650,000 was needed to secure one of these elusive treasures when it came to auction in London in 2012. A new world-record price for any Australian or Commonwealth coin, the A$1million sum procured it on behalf of a determined Australian collector.

It’s a pure pleasure to gaze upon the 1920 Sydney sovereign in these exquisite images courtesy of rare coin dealer Jaggard’s. In providing one of just three possible opportunities to achieve a complete series of sovereigns made at Australia’s mints between 1855 and 1931, its significance cannot possibly be overstated.

Credit: Images courtesy of © Jaggard’s.

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