Apr 172014
 

In an exciting development, a host of Disney cartoon characters will be immortalised on gold and silver commemorative coins over the next two years.

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From hilarious figures like Donald Duck, Goofy and Pluto, to the stars of classics including Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Cinderella and The Little Mermaid, the coin program is set to delight all who have been touched by the magic of Disney.

Naturally, a series of such magnitude could not begin without gold and silver coins dedicated to Mickey Mouse.  So fittingly, the most famous Disney character of them all appears on the inaugural releases in a design that depicts Mickey in 1928.

Mickey Mouse

In 1927, Walt Disney conceived a character with a round white face, big button nose and floppy black ears. Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, however, was a hit for Universal, which owned the rights to the character.

Disney’s setback proved to be a watershed, for it inspired him to create an even more engaging character to which he indisputably laid claim.

Walt thought of a mouse character that would incidentally bear resemblance to Oswald. An early change to the new character was his proposed name. According to legend, Walt Disney had originally wanted to name the mouse Mortimer, but his wife, Lillian, objected and suggested Mickey instead. Mickey Mouse began his rise to mega-stardom with the release of Steamboat Willie in November 1928.

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Even though it was the third of Mickey’s films to be produced, Steamboat Willie was the first Mickey cartoon to be released. Consequently, it marks his on-screen debut, as well as that of his girlfriend, Minnie.

The film is notable for being the first cartoon with synchronized sound. It was also the first cartoon to feature a post-produced soundtrack using a fifteen-piece band and the voice of Walt Disney himself as Mickey.

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Produced from 1/4oz of gold and 1oz of silver, the stunning new coins feature a still frame from an early scene where Mickey Mouse is seen cheerfully standing at the boat’s wheel.

Fans will want to act fast, for with just 1,000 gold coins and 10,000 silver coins available for release worldwide, this Disney series is off to a fantastic start!

Disney – Steamboat Willie 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Disney – Steamboat Willie 2014 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

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Apr 012014
 

For more than a billion years, Argyle pink diamonds were hidden kilometres beneath the Earth’s surface. First sighted glinting in an anthill in the mid-1980’s, the discovery was just a hint of the treasure waiting to be unearthed from what was to become the Argyle Diamond Mine in Western Australia’s Kimberley region.

Following on from the highly successful 2013 release, the second Limited Edition Argyle Pink Diamond Rose Gold Ingot bears a unique design paying homage to the extraordinary discovery of these precious gems.


Go behind the scenes during the production of this rare pink gold ingot featuring hand-set Argyle pink diamonds.

Minted from 1oz of 22-carat pink gold and hand-set with approximately 0.11 carats of Argyle pink diamonds, just 200 of these individually numbered ingots will be released. Each ingot comes in stylish display case and branded shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For further information or to order immediately, click here.

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Apr 012014
 

WHAT’S NEW – In April we bring you the following new coin releases -

Australian Sovereign 2014 Gold Proof Coin: our customised version of the original Sydney Mint Sovereign is made from the traditional 91.67% pure gold with a spectacular modern-day proof finish.

Centenary of Australian Submarines 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin & Replica Badge Set: a superb release comprising an Australian coin and enamel badge to celebrate the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service’s historic milestone.

Land Down Under – Great Barrier Reef 2014 2oz Gold & 5oz Silver Special Editions: large format coins featuring one of Australia’s natural wonders – the incomparable reef bathed in Queensland’s translucent tropical waters.

The Australian Stock Horse 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin: the second Stock Horse release has a fine pedigree after the phenomenal success of its predecessor.

The Limited Edition Argyle Pink Diamond 1oz Pink Gold & 1oz Platinum Ingots: breathtaking creations featuring handset pink diamonds in 91.67% pure pink gold and 99.95% pure platinum.

Australian Koala 2014 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin: this giant Koala coin is a wonder to behold!

Australian Kookaburra 2014 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin: the Kookaburra coin is a standout!

Mother’s Love – Asian Elephant 2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin: the second heart-warming release from this wonderfully loveable new series.

Doctor Who Monsters – Cybermen 2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin: beware – another one of Doctor Who’s deadly enemies is here!

Young Collectors Super Powers Series 2014 Invisibility $1 Coin: another mind-boggling release from the series with the power to fire imagination.

Plus: exclusive Sovereign Sets and Baby Keepsake.

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Mar 042014
 

2014MiniRooHere’s your chance to win an iconic Australian 99.99% pure gold coin.

The reverse of the 2014 Mini Roo portrays a kangaroo in a classic standing stance. The obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The coin comes in a protective acrylic capsule presented in a wallet-sized display card.

Simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

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Clue:
What are the three different names for a male kangaroo?

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘March 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 March 2014. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Clinton McQueen of Victoria for the correct answer of ‘pans for gold’.

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Mar 042014
 

WHAT’S NEW – there’s so much to report this month!

Australian Posters of World War I: a timely five-year series of rectangular-shaped silver proof coins which begins with Enlistment, portraying ‘A Call from the Dardanelles’.

100 Years of Australian Military Aviation: a silver proof commemorative marking the centenary of the first flight of an Australian military aircraft – the Bristol Military Biplane.

450th Anniversary of William Shakespeare: an extremely limited 5oz silver proof issue incorporating a special ‘spiral’ illustration of the immortal bard.

Australia Map Shaped Series – Koala: the penultimate release from this unique program of silver proof coins portraying native wildlife.

Doctor Who Monsters: a series of 1/2oz silver proof coins portraying five terrifying aliens – now including the Daleks and Weeping Angels.

Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter: special gold and silver releases celebrating the much-admired comic genius.

Australian Antarctic Territory – Wandering Albatross:  the latest silver proof release from a popular series studying the history and wildlife of Earth’s southern polar region.

Australian Megafauna – Genyornis: the third of five releases portraying giant, extinct animals that once inhabited Australia.

Super Senses: the inaugural release in our new Superpower Series from the Young Collectors program.

PLUS two Coin Show Specials.

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