Oct 062015

This month’s new coin bulletin introduces superb coloured versions from the 2016 Year of the Monkey coin program and the stunning Lunar Typeset Collection featuring proof, bullion coloured and gilded Monkey coins each made from 1oz of pure silver.

Continuing with the Chinese theme, Five Blessings is an intricate silver release portraying five bats, culturally symbolic of longevity, wealth, health, virtue and the desire to die a natural death in old age!

Among the latest releases depicting our iconic Australian fauna is a new addition to the Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle suite of coins. Crafted from 99.95% pure platinum, it is exceptionally rare with a maximum mintage of just 500.

Sure to be a winner, the latest Australian Map Shaped Coin portrays the infamous Redback spider, while Endangered and Extinct now features the extraordinary-looking Southern Cassowary.

For those who like to get organised early, this month’s bulletin also features our 2015 Christmas coin. Portraying a traditional image of a festively decked tree, the unique star-shaped release can also be used as a hanging decoration.

**Look out for the official Back to the Future coin program which will launch on 21 OCTOBER. These exceptional releases are perfect for fans celebrating the 30th anniversary of the hugely successful 1985 movie starring Michael J. Fox.


Oct 012015

New customers buying gold and silver bullion* coins to the value of AU$5,000 are no longer required to complete ID checks when ordering over the telephone.

Previously, all new customers wishing to buy bullion coins had to provide two certified identification documents as part of their customer registration process.

This condition no longer applies to phone buyers purchasing bullion coins under the AU$5,000 limit. New buyers can now open an account and place their first order during the very same call!

It's now more convenient for 'mum-and-dad' type investors as well as gift buyers to collect coins from The Perth Mint's gold and silver bullion range.

It’s now more convenient for ‘mum-and-dad’ type investors as well as gift buyers to collect coins from The Perth Mint’s gold and silver bullion range.

Telephone buyers can continue to buy bullion as frequently as they wish so long as the value of their accumulated orders awaiting dispatch from the Mint does not exceed the maximum allowance.

According to Perth Mint Acting General Manager, Neil Vance, the new rules for telephone ordering will benefit many customers. “It will help small investors, particularly ‘mum-and-dad’ type buyers, who want to purchase one or two coins at a time with as little hassle as possible,” he said.

“Gift buyers too will appreciate the ability to pick up individual bullion coins from series like our Australian Lunar program, which is an extremely popular way of marking Chinese New Year and celebrating birthdays.”

The Perth Mint’s full range of internationally renowned bullion coins, as well as its cast and minted bars, can be viewed on www.perthmintbullion.com. To open an account and order, just call 1300 201 112 from Australia or +61 8 9421 7218 from overseas.

For orders in excess of AU$5,000, customers must satisfy full ID requirements under the Australian Government’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.

[*Bullion Coin – a mass produced coin primarily aimed at precious metal investors. May be supplied with or without a capsule and/or tube, and without Certificate or presentation packaging.]


Sep 292015

Isaac Newton is undoubtedly one of the most influential scientists of all time. He also spent 30 years running the Royal Mint, then located in the Tower of London.

The late 17th century was a time of crisis for England’s silver coinage. With many hammer-struck coins still in circulation, the problem of ‘clipping’ had become serious.

Clipping is the act of illegally shaving off a small amount of a precious metal coin for profit. The irregular shaped, rimless coins of Newton’s day made them easy to clip without detection.

And with people in continental Europe prepared to pay a high price for silver bullion, the temptation to clip England’s coinage simply proved too great!

Milled edges on coins are often associated with Isaac Newton.

Milled edges on coins are often associated with Isaac Newton.

Newton accepted the position of Warden of the Mint in 1696. At his disposal was “a new invention of rounding the money & making the edges of them with letters or grainings”. When the Government decided to recall all clipped and badly worn coins, he oversaw the replacement program with extreme efficiency.

Complete by the middle of 1698, the ‘re-coinage’ stopped clippers in their tracks. Perfectly round machine-made coins with milled edges made it impossible to scrape off even the minutest piece of silver without being detected.

Like his brilliant scientific deductions, Newton’s coin legacy lives on. Although clipping modern fiat coins made from base metal is largely pointless, milled edges are a useful deterrent to would-be coin counterfeiters.

The collar die.

The collar die.

The need to mill each coin’s edge was eventually replaced by the use of the collar die – a device which surrounds the blank, imparting the edge design into the blank when it is struck.

Today, these serrations also fulfill another useful function by helping blind people distinguish different coin denominations. Examples of this in action include the Australian two-dollar coin which has a mostly smooth rim alternating with small sections of milling, and the one-dollar coin which has a mostly milled rim alternating with small sections of smooth rim.


Sep 232015

Just 18 years old, the colony of South Australia fabricated Australia’s first gold coin on this day in 1852.

Strictly speaking it isn’t a coin, but a coin-shaped ingot or token guaranteed by the colony to be worth one pound.

It came about after an estimated 8,000 men left Adelaide to join the Victorian gold rush – taking with them most of the city’s sovereigns. As the first successful miners began to return with their finds, a means of turning it into coins was quickly required

With the local economy on the brink, the Adelaide Assay Office was hastily established under the Legislative Council’s Bullion Act of 1852. At first it made irregularly-shaped ingots, but on 23 September it began production of 22-carat Adelaide Pounds.

Images courtesy of www.sterlingcurrency.com.au – click to magnify.

The initial die cracked almost immediately. No example of the type one is known today without some evidence of the die crack. The example pictured was made with the second die cut by local die sinker Joshua Payne. Nearly 25,000 of these ‘coins’ were struck, but not many survive today and most that do have been mounted for jewellery.

The reverse portrays a crown and the year-date 1852 inside a dentilated inner circle with an inscription around the outer circle. Fleur de lis are positioned either side of the word ADELAIDE.

Unfortunately, by infringing upon the Royal prerogative to coin gold, the Adelaide Pound was technically illegal. Its creators felt the time involved in gaining permission from London to establish a mint was too great a risk to the economy. By the time approval was received, production of the Adelaide Pound had ceased anyway thanks to a shipment of sovereigns.

Nevertheless, it was the first ‘coin’ produced in Australia from Australian ore with an entirely Australian design. It is hardly surprising surviving examples are keenly sought by enthusiasts the nation over.


Sep 082015

Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth II will became the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015.

Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne on the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth’s historic 2015 milestone means she surpasses her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s previous record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes (63 years and 7 months) on the throne.

Watch how the Queen has changed over 63 years on the throne.

Queen of Australia

When The Queen visits Australia, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia. Over the past 63 years she has devoted enormous energy in her service to Australia, visiting on 16 occasions during which she has been to every Australian State and the two mainland Territories. She has undertaken many important duties, as the following record of her visits attests.


Eight months after her coronation, the new Queen becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia
The Queen commemorates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Canberra
The Queen marks the bi-centenary of Captain James Cook’s journey up the east coast of Australia with the inauguration of The Captain James Cook Memorial
The Queen officially opens Sydney Opera House
The Queen opens Australian Parliament in Canberra
The Queen undertakes her Silver Jubilee Royal Tour
The Queen opens the new High Court of Australia building in Canberra
The Queen attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Melbourne
The Queen opens the new National Gallery of Australia in Canberra
The Queen signs the Proclamation for the Australia Act which makes Australian law independent of British parliaments and courts
The Queen opens new Parliament House in Canberra, takes part in bicentenary celebrations, and attends World Expo Brisbane
The Queen marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Sydney
The Queen undertakes her first tour since the 1999 referendum on Australia’s Head of State
The Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee and opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane
The Queen opens the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne
The Queen opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth and attends the ‘big Aussie barbie’ with tens of thousands of people on the city foreshore
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Australian Coin Tributes

The Perth Mint is delighted to honour The Queen’s achievement as Britain longest reigning monarch with three Australian legal tender commemorative coins. Struck from pure gold and silver, each coin is subject to an extremely limited mintage.


  • 2oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown with handset aquamarine gemstone in its cross. Mintage: 350.
  • 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown. Mintage: 1,000.
  • 1oz Silver Proof Intaglio Coin – featuring an incused depiction of the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a pattern of Tudor roses. Mintage: 5,000.

Intaglio: devices or lettering which are sunk below neighboring surfaces, in this case design elements that are impressed (incused) into the coin table.

Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Sep 072015

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

2ozAlice-in-Wonderland 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
2015 2oz Silver Antiqued Clock Coin

Maximum Mintage: 2,500
20152ozGoldPrKoalaHR Australian Koala
2015  2oz Gold Proof 2oz High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 150
20151ozGoldPrKangaHR Australian Kangaroo
2015 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 500
Sisko_DS9_Set Star Trek: Captain Benjamin Sisko & Deep Space 9
2015 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
Issue Limit: 1,500