Nov 272015

Bruce Jun Fan Lee was born in the hour and the year of the Dragon, on 27 November 1940 in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Bruce was the fourth child born to Lee Hoi Chuen and his wife Grace Ho. Lee Hoi Chuen was a comedian in the Chinese opera, and an actor in Cantonese films. At the time Bruce was born, Mr. and Mrs. Lee were on tour with the opera company in the United States.

At the age of three months, Lee Hoi Chuen, his wife Grace, and baby Bruce returned to Hong Kong where Bruce would be raised until the age of 18. Bruce was not a strong child, something that would change when he took up the study of gung fu at the age of 13. It was at this time that Bruce was introduced to Master Yip Man, a teacher of the Wing Chun style of gung fu, with whom Bruce trained for the next five years.


A natural showman, Bruce was always quick and agile on his feet, also proving to be a talented dancer, winning the Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship in 1958.

In addition to his studies, gung fu, and dancing, Bruce was a child actor under the tutelage of his father who recognized at an early age that Bruce had a streak of showmanship. By the time he was 18, he had appeared in 20 films.

At the age of 18, with $100 in his pocket, Bruce boarded a steamship and began his voyage to San Francisco, and then Seattle, where he enrolled at the University of Washington.

During the three years that Bruce studied at the university, he supported himself by teaching gung fu in parking lots, garages, and any other open space he could find. In 1963, Bruce opened his first gung fu school in Seattle, the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute.

One of his students in 1963 was a freshman at the University of Washington, Linda Emery. Bruce and Linda soon fell in love and married in 1964, before moving to Oakland where Bruce opened his second school.

Having now been in the United States for five years, Bruce had left behind any thought 
of acting as a career, and devoted himself completely to martial arts as a profession.

In 1964, just as Bruce was cementing his plans to expand his martial arts schools, he made a guest appearance at the inaugural Long Beach International Karate Championship in Long Beach, California. This exhibition resulted in Bruce meeting Hollywood producer William Dozier, who subsequently cast him as ‘Kato’ in The Green Hornet, a television series produced in 1966. Later that same year, Bruce and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he opened his third gung fu school. However, soon after, Bruce realised his love for martial arts was not something he wanted to turn into a business, leading him to turn his attention to acting full time.

In 1970, Bruce travelled to Hong Kong and was surprised to find he was widely recognized for his role in The Green Hornet. His popularity in Hong Kong led producer Raymond Chow to ask Bruce to join the cast of two upcoming film projects. The first of these two projects, The Big Boss, was released in 1971 and was a smash hit at the box office.


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This taste of success prompted Bruce to move his family, which then included a son, Brandon, and a daughter, Shannon, to Hong Kong to focus on his acting career. His second film, Fist of Fury, released in 1972, was an even bigger hit than the first.

Following the tidal wave of success created by these first two films, Bruce was able to write, produce, direct, and star in Way of the Dragon, released in 1972. Once again, the film broke records, earning Bruce recognition and fame not only in Hong Kong, but also in Hollywood.

Bruce’s growing popularity and success resulted in the first ever Hong Kong-American co-production which came about from Bruce’s relationship with Warner Bros. president Ted Ashley. Filming of Enter the Dragon commenced in 1972 and the film premiered in August 1973.

Unfortunately, Bruce would not live to see the opening of his film. On July 20, 1973, Bruce Lee passed away at the age of 32. His legacy as a martial arts actor enabled broader depictions of Asian Americans in cinema and created a whole new breed of action hero. His talents as a martial artist and instructor continue to be revered, and his spirit remains an inspiration to untold numbers of people around the world.

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Nov 092015

Who was born in the year of the monkey; what are their likely personality traits; when does the monkey year officially start? Check out our quick guide for answers and then see how the Australian Lunar – 2016 Year of the Monkey gold and silver coin program is progressing.


  • Chinese character for monkey: hóu 猴
  • The monkey ranks as the ninth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
  • People ruled by the Chinese lunar monkey are born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.
  • The next year of the monkey starts on 8 February 2016 and ends on 27 January 2017.
  • Monkey personalities are said to be intelligent, quick-witted, optimistic, ambitious and adventurous.
  • Lucky colours associated with those born in the year of the monkey are blue, white and gold.
  • Lucky numbers for monkeys are considered to be 1, 7 and 8.
  • Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Tom Hanks (1956), and Will Smith (1968).



The Australian Lunar was the world’s first major coin program depicting animal characters from the ancient Chinese Lunar calendar. Currently in their second series, the internationally renowned coins offer a comprehensive line up of gold and silver releases for collectors, gift buyers and investors.

11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1 kg, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
(see the bullion versions here)
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
(see the bullion versions here)
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coloured Editions
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coloured Editions
11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Typeset-1oz-InCase-LowRes 1oz Silver Typeset Collection
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-HighRelief-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-Gilded-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz Silver Gilded Edition Coin
1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition
2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin



Nov 032015

This month sees the release of two new additions to the Year of the Monkey coin program. Each meticulously struck from 1oz of pure silver, the High Relief Proof Monkey and the Gilded Monkey are stunning collectables.

If you call Australia home, then don’t miss our Australian Citizenship coin on card for 2016. Be sure to order yours in time for Australia Day, especially if you’re looking for a gift to present to new Aussies!

For something special, look out for our new Three-CoinSet featuring this year’s Kangaroo, Kookaburra and Koala 1oz silver high relief coins – only 1,000 of these superb presentations will be available.

We’re also offering our internationally popular Wedge-tailed Eagle as a 5oz High Relief silver coin with a worldwide mintage of only 2,500.

The wait is finally over for Star Trek fans wishing to complete the Captain and Ships series. Jonathon Archer and Enterprise NX-01 complete the remarkable line-up of silver releases dedicated to the phenomenally successful sci-fi series launched in 1966.

Fans of the much-admired Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures silver coin will be pleased to learn that there is now a 1oz High Relief proof version to enjoy.

This month also sees the latest annual coin featuring baby lunar animals. No doubt the cute monkey design will inspire another sell-out in this gorgeous series.


Oct 292015

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

Aphrodite100 Goddesses of Olympus – Aphrodite
2015 2oz Silver High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 2,000
5ozGoldWTE15 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle
2015 5oz Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 99
JanewayVoyager Star Trek: Voyager
2015 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
Issue Limit: 1,500


Extremely close to sell out

As of today, the following coins are very close to sell out at The Perth Mint.

2ozGoldHRKanga15 Australian Kangaroo
2015 2oz High Relief Gold Proof Coin
Just 19 of 250 remaining
1ozWTEPlat15 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle
2015 1oz Platinum Proof Coin
Just 19 of 500 remaining
20-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-3CoinSet-Proof-InCase-LowRes 2016 Year of the Monkey
Silver Proof Three-Coin Set
Just 48 of 1,000 remaining
 2015HRAgKanga Australian Kangaroo
2015 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Just 190 of 1,750 remaining



Oct 212015

The time-travelling adventure Back to the Future was the most successful movie of 1985. Starring Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a high school student who accidentally travelled back 30 years to 1955, it launched one of the most popular film franchises in history.

Coinciding with the 30th anniversary of the original release, which is being celebrated by fans throughout the world, we’re delighted to present the official Back to the Future commemorative coin program. Each of the three coins are housed in stunning presentation packaging, including this remarkable model of the DeLorean DMC-12 time-machine specially created to house the 1oz silver release!


Part of the official Back to the Future coin program, the 1oz silver proof coin is housed in a remarkable model of Doc Brown’s time-machine aka the DeLorean DMC-12.

DeLorean DMC-12 Time Machine

When Robert Zemeckis and Bob Gale first wrote the script for Back to the Future in 1981, their concept for the time machine was originally set to be a refrigerator. Fearing that children would imitate the film and get trapped inside, they decided that not only should the time machine be mobile, but it should be a car.

It was during the writing process that the DeLorean DMC-12 was gaining worldwide media attention, being one of the most anticipated new vehicles of the decade. Zemeckis and Gale soon decided on the DeLorean for its futuristic look, notably for the scene where Marty McFly crashes the DeLorean into the Peabody barn in 1955. The gullwing doors made the car look like a UFO!



The DMC-12 was the brainchild of automotive engineer John Z. DeLorean, a former executive at General Motors. Styled by Italian automobile designer Giorgetto Giugiaro and engineered by Lotus Cars of England, it consisted of stainless steel body panels, a rear-mounted 2.85 litre V-6 PRV (Peugeot, Renault, Volvo) engine, and gullwing doors, which only needed 14-inches (35.5cm) of side clearance to open.

For the 1985 film, three DeLorean automobiles were purchased for modification into the now-famous time-machine. An additional three vehicles were purchased for the two sequels, and a full-sized fiberglass DeLorean replica was built for the flying scenes in Back to the Future Part II.



The time-machine was designed by Ron Cobb, Andrew Probert, and Michael Scheffe, who emphasized a homemade look so that viewers could believe that Doc Brown actually built the car in his garage. Kevin Pike’s special effects company Filmtrix constructed the first three DeLorean time-machines in just ten weeks.

In the movie, the Flux Capacitor was its core component. Thanks to the DeLorean’s stainless steel construction, flux dispersal was generated at an optimum level, providing the entire vehicle and its passengers with a smooth passage through the space-time continuum during temporal displacement.



Many of the props on the time-machines were electrical industrial surplus. However, two iconic props were off-the-shelf items: the nuclear reactor was made from a Dodge Polaris hubcap, and the “Mr. Fusion” unit was created from a Krups coffee grinder.

DeLoreans used in Back to the Future retained the original V6 motor. The sound effects artists changed the sound of the engine to a Porsche 928 V8. The sound of the DeLorean gullwing door opening was created from a car window regulator. It is the same sound used at the beginning of the film with Doc’s automatic dog feeder.

Back to the Future 2015 Coin Program

Back to the Future 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The 1oz silver proof coin portrays the DeLorean DMC-12 time-machine surrounded by lightning bolts, with the Hill Valley Courthouse in the background. No more than 7,500 of these coins, housed under the bonnet (hood) of a model DeLorean, will be released.


Back to the Future 2015 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

With an exceptionally limited mintage of just 1,000, the 1/4oz gold proof coin portrays the DeLorean DMC-12 time-machine against a representation of the Hill Valley Courthouse clock.


Back to the Future -Hoverboard 2015 2oz Silver Coin

With a special mintage of just 2,015, this unique coin is struck in the shape of Marty McFly’s hover board from the sequels Back to the Future II and III. The coin literally hovers due to the effect of opposing magnets concealed in the coin capsule and stand base.



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.