Oct 092014
 

If this sovereign could talk, what a story it might tell.

With lineage dating back to King Henry VII, the sovereign was the most important coin in the British Empire and thus the world during much of the nineteenth century.

Symbolising purity, power and prestige, not only did it play an indispensable role in commerce and banking, but was also used as everyday spending money.

1914_SovereignSovereigns were valued at 20 shillings, still a substantial amount of money when this example was made at The Perth Mint in 1914.

Maybe it once belonged to a well-heeled West Australian whose life was on the cusp of being interrupted by war? Could it have been spent by a newly recruited soldier before leaving for the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front? It’s fascinating to speculate.

The grave impact of the First World War sounded the death knell for gold as a circulating medium. In Britain, people were urged to give up their sovereigns to aid the war effort and it disappeared from circulation within a year. Before the conflict was over, Britain ceased production altogether.

Although The Perth Mint continued making sovereigns in Australia until 1931, this date is ranked among the last to be considered a true circulating coin.

Struck from 7.98g of 22-carat gold to the fastidious standards that made it so internationally trustworthy, the coin portrays the iconic Saint George and the Dragon design by Italian-born Benedetto Pistrucci, chief medalist of the Royal Mint.

GeorgeV_effigySignifying its place of manufacture, a symbolic ‘P’ mintmark is engraved above the centre of the year-date.

The obverse bears the effigy of King George V by Melbourne-born sculptor Bertram Mackennal.

Reflecting an important chapter in the history of the sovereign and providing an important link to Australia’s entry into the Great War 100-years ago, an extremely limited number of these superb coins in uncirculated condition are available now.

Buy here while stocks last.

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Oct 072014
 

This month sees the launch of some special releases celebrating the 2014 Year of the Goat. These beautiful coins are magnificent collectables, gifts and keepsakes for anyone born under the influence of the lunar goat in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.

Coloured Gold Coins

Coloured Silver Coins

For the ultimate silver collectable marking the Year of the Goat, this year’s Typeset Collection features Proof, Bullion, Coloured and Gilded coins in one stunning presentation.

This month sees the release of many more exquisite coins catering for a broad range of tastes and interests in the wonderful world of modern numismatics.

Happy collecting!

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Sep 222014
 

Mickey & Friends, the delightful coin program featuring some of Disney’s most famous cartoon characters, is now available in gold!

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1/4oz of pure gold, the six new coins portray the ever popular Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto.

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Issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender of Niue, each coin is officially licensed by Disney Consumer Products.

Destined to be highly-prized for their rarity, no more than 1,000 of each coin will be released worldwide!

Click below to buy while stocks last:

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Sep 042014
 

The ancient Chinese lunar calendar, which dates back beyond 2,600BC, is reputedly the longest chronological record in history. According to Chinese legend, Buddha summoned the animals to attend him before departing to the next life. Just 12 came and consequently each one was rewarded with a lunar year to preside over.

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2015 Year of the Goat

The Chinese believe that these animals have a profound effect on the personality of people born under their influence. Thus, anyone born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 or 2003 – the Year of the Goat – will likely be elegant, charming, artistic, gifted and calm!

The Year of the Goat, which occurs again in 2015, is celebrated on the latest coins from the Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Coin Series II. The stunning quality of the Proof Issues make them perfect for all ‘goats’ to cherish.

Whether you’re thinking of buying these coins as personal keepsakes or as gifts for someone who was born in the Year of the Goat, don’t hesitate too long as mintages are exceptional limited.

Click here for full details of the exquisite Gold and Silver Proof Issues.

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Sep 022014
 

Are you an avid Lunar coin collector? Were you born in the Year of the Goat? Is someone in your family born in the Year of the Goat?

Then don’t miss our latest bulletin featuring the Proof Issue from our internationally renowned Australian Lunar Coin Series.

Available now, stunning gold and silver versions of the 2015 releases make superb collectables, gifts and keepsakes for anyone born under the influence of the goat in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.

This month’s exciting range of new coin releases also includes:

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