Aug 152016
 

Released in 1995, Walt Disney Pictures’ animated feature film Pocahontas stars the 18-year old daughter of a Native American chief who falls in love with John Smith, an English soldier, during the 17th century settlement of Jamestown.

Beautiful, free-spirited and at one with nature, Pocahontas displays wisdom beyond her years by helping to allay mistrust and conflict between her people and the settlers. Despite injured John Smith’s desire for her to return to England with him, Pocahontas decides to stay with her tribe, but comforts him with the promise that “I’ll always be with you forever”.

Disney Princess: Pocahontas

The final release from the Disney Princess collectible coins program portrays delightful imagery of Pocahontas.

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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 Pocahontas surrounded by relief engraved foliage. 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 New Zealand Mint

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Aug 102016
 

In 1966, the team behind landmark sci-fi series Star Trek introduced one of the most memorable space craft ever devised for TV and film. So futuristic was the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, that 50 years later, the renowned starship is still highly admired – beloved even – by fans of the Star Trek canon.

Constructed at the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth, the Enterprise was a Constitution-class starship, a heavy cruiser built to explore strange new worlds, to serve as home to 400-plus crew, and to withstand the stress of battle.

Launched in 2245, she reached the peak of her 40-year career during Captain James T. Kirk’s famous five-year Starfleet mission to boldly go where no man has gone before™, as told across 79 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series.

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Her appearance was a revolutionary departure from customary rocket-style concepts. Comprising a saucer-shaped primary hull surmounted by a bridge dome, and pylon-mounted engine nacelles projecting from a secondary hull, she remains one of sci-fi’s most iconic images.

Kirk’s Enterprise featured 14 science labs, an observation deck, a massive lower deck which included main engineering, and a shuttle bay. Impulse engines provided propulsion to a maximum speed of Warp 8, while defences came in the form of deflector shields and armaments comprising photon torpedoes and phasers.

Among the ship’s extraordinary array of advanced technology, the transporter was unforgettable. Created when it was deemed too difficult (and expensive) to portray the Enterprise or its shuttlecraft landing on the surface of a planet, it ‘dematerialized’ humans or objects into energy patterns, then beamed them to a target for ‘rematerialization’ – giving rise to the popular catchphrase “Beam me up, Scotty”.

Star Trek: The Original Series – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
2016 Gold & Silver Proof High Relief Coins

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The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil three special ‘high relief’ coins dedicated to the iconic starship in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in 2016. Officially licensed by CBS, the proof quality coins are struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold, and 5oz and 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in stunning detail.

Housed in presentation packaging, these magnificent collector pieces are especially limited. Just 400 1oz gold coins, 800 5oz silver coins and 6,000 1oz silver coins will be released, each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

TM & © 2016 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Jul 152016
 

One of the curious things about koalas is the fact that they hug trees. After observing a group of koalas during hot weather, scientists say they have worked out why. Apparently, trunks of certain trees can be more than 5°C cooler than the surrounding air in extreme conditions. Incredibly, access to these trees can save about half the water a koala would need to keep cool on a hot day.

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This year’s Proof Issue from the Australian Koala gold proof coin series portrays a koala edging along a tree branch – maybe in search of a cool spot where it can take refuge from Australia’s intense summer sun!

Extremely Limited

The 2016 series includes 2oz and 1oz coins struck in superb high relief to extremely limited mintages of 150 and 500 respectively. The series also includes rare 1/4oz and 1/10oz versions, meticulously-crafted with the same koala design.

For more details about these and other cool Koala collectables, click here.

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Jul 122016
 

The world’s first coin featuring a significant red diamond from Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle Pink Diamond Mine was unveiled at The Perth Mint today.

Crafted from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure gold, the one-of-a-kind Kimberley Treasure coin features a bounding ‘red kangaroo’ and a radiant 0.54 carat red diamond. Selected for the Argyle Pink Diamond Tender, the most exclusive diamond sale in the world, the specially cut gemstone is hand set between the animal’s front paws.

Officiating at the launch of the unique offering, the Premier of Western Australia, the Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, said that its creation was a great example of two local companies sharing a passion for quality craftsmanship and the State’s rarest and most valuable resources.

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“The Perth Mint and Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine have both been at the hub of Western Australian industry for decades, so I am delighted to unveil a collector’s item which captures two of the most beautiful natural treasures of our State,” said Premier Barnett.

Valued at $1 million, the Australian legal tender Kimberley Treasure is the most breathtaking collaboration between the two organisations yet. Previous releases include a number of diamond-studded ingots and coins portraying symbolic representations of the Kimberley landscape.

The magnificent new coin is on display in The Perth Mint’s retail shop on Hay Street until late August. Persons interested in purchasing The Kimberley Treasure can acquire further details by calling +61 8 9421 7376.

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Jul 052016
 

Half sovereigns were produced by all three colonial branches of the Royal Mint opened in Australia during the 19th century. The very first issue, dated 1855, and the very last issue, dated 1918, represent two of the most valuable and sought-after gold coins in the history of Australian-made coinage.

In its inaugural year, the Sydney Mint struck just 21,000 half sovereigns. Each coin bore the distinctive ‘colonial’ reverse featuring St Edward’s crown, a laurel wreath and the word AUSTRALIA.

But few of these 1855 Sydney-made coins have survived in good condition, which fuels enormous interest on the rare occasions one comes to market.

By the time half sovereigns were struck in Perth, the Australian branch mints had permission to strike Imperial versions identical to those made in London – with the addition of distinguishing mintmarks.

The ultimate half sovereign year-date is the subject of much investigation. Records suggest The Perth Mint did not strike half sovereigns during 1918, but used dies of that year to strike 113,572 coins in 1919 and a further 106,416 in 1920.

Given 10 shilling notes had recently replaced half sovereigns, it’s likely they were struck for export where the majority was melted down. Evidence of surviving 1918 dates did not come to light until the 1970s and today it is estimated that between 200 and 300 pieces may have escaped destruction.

Australia Half Sovereign 2016 Gold Proof Coin

This modern 22-carat gold tribute embodies the spirit of Australia’s 1855 ‘S’ and 1918 ‘P’ half sovereigns. Struck by The Perth Mint in stunning proof quality to traditional specifications, its reverse combines key historical design elements first seen on Sydney coins of 1855 with a ‘P’ mintmark.

In keeping with the extreme rarity of its historic antecedents, no more than 1,500 of these coins will be released, each in a beautiful timber case befitting its significance as a reflection of Australia’s long association with half sovereign production.

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Jun 072016
 

New releases this June have been inspired by epic tales and achievements.

The ancestry of the Australian Stock Horse dates back to the arrival of the First Fleet in 1788. Bred for Australian conditions, more than 120,000 served in the First World War where their strength, stamina and courage earned them the reputation as one of the finest cavalry mounts in the world. Struck in superb proof quality, our 2016 Australian Stock Horse 5oz pure gold coin reflects its deeply rooted place in Australian history and folklore.

Almost 400 years ago, Dutch navigator Dirk Hartog left evidence of his exploration of the west Australian coast in the shape of an inscribed pewter plate – the oldest European object ever found on Australian soil. To commemorate the historic event, our Dirk Hartog Australian Landing high relief silver commemorative portrays the Eendracht, the East Indiaman that Hartog anchored near Shark Bay in October 1616 before charting the coast northwards.

In ancient Norse mythology, Thor was a hammer wielding God of Thunder who fought the terrifying serpent Jormungand. During their fatal final encounter, Thor killed the beast with his powerful war-hammer Mjollnir, but died shortly later from its venom. The second release from the exceptionally popular Norse Gods series of antiqued silver coins features a dramatic representation of their deadly encounter.

The Phantom is the hero of a long-running comic strip created by Lee Falk 80 years ago. Sworn to the destruction of piracy, greed, cruelty and injustice, the character has also been portrayed in other forms of media, including television, film, and video games. Celebrating his enduring popularity, The Phantom’s 80th Anniversary 1oz Silver Collectible is housed in a remarkable replica of Skull Cave, his secret hideout in the jungle of Bengalla.

June also sees the release of the 2016 Australian Kookaburra 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin featuring a classic design of the world’s largest Kookaburra perched on a barbed-wire fence.

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