Apr 222014
 

The second release from the Gods of Olympus series will be released on 3 June 2014.

The coin portrays Poseidon – the God of the Sea. According to ancient Greek mythology, Poseidon was adept at gathering clouds and creating violent storms, and responsible for shipwrecks and the drowning of many souls. However, he also held the power to grant a ship a successful voyage, and to save those in danger. Poseidon was often referred to as the ‘earth-shaker’ due to his penchant for causing earthquakes.PoseidonLike Zeus, the original release in the Gods of Olympus series, Poseidon is a rimless high-relief coin struck from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver with an ‘antiqued’ finish. It has a maximum mintage is just 1,500.

The spectacular new coin will be available on The Perth Mint website at 00.01am, Tuesday 3 June Australian Western Standard Time. Poseidon will also be available from authorised Perth Mint coin distributors.

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Mar 282014
 

Graded by NGC, the Benchmark Collection stands as the most significant set of Australian pre-decimal coinage ever assembled.

Numismatic Guaranty Corporation® (NGC®) has certified the superb Benchmark Collection, a complete set of Australian pre-decimal coins. The collection includes a number of finest known examples and important rarities as well as several previously undocumented varieties.

The Benchmark Collection stands as the most significant set of Australian pre-decimal coinage ever assembled. Mark Duff of Strand Coins in Sydney, Australia, carefully compiled the collection over a period of 25 years, drawing coins from many of the most important collections of Australian coins.

“NGC had previously graded a number of my clients’ most important and valuable Australian coins and I have long been impressed by their accuracy and consistency, and their enthusiasm to expand the knowledge of this series,” says Duff. “NGC was the only choice to certify the Benchmark Collection.”

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1916M sixpence – NGC MS68

Among the many highlights of the Benchmark Collection is the 1916M sixpence graded NGC MS 68. The finest NGC-certified Australian sixpence of any date, this impeccable specimen traces its pedigree to the important Parkhill Collection.

Remarkably, the sixpence series also includes three examples graded NGC MS 67: the 1917M, the 1934 and the 1936. All three specimens are the finest known of their date.

The Benchmark Collection’s run of florins is similarly notable for its quality. The 1914H and 1915 florins, both graded NGC MS 65, are the only Mint State examples of their dates to be certified by NGC. The 1915H in NGC MS 67 is the finest certified by four grade points, while the 1923 in NGC MS 67 is the finest certified by three grade points.

Other significant florins in the Benchmark Collection include the 1911, 1912 and the ex-Parkhill 1919—all graded NGC MS 65 and either the highest graded or tied for the highest graded. The 1934-35 Victoria & Melbourne Centenary florin graded NGC MS 65 is also noteworthy for its superior details.

The shillings are led by the 1915H in NGC MS 65, which exceeds the second-highest certified example by a full six grade levels. It is considered to be the most challenging issue in the Australian pre-decimal series.

The core of the shilling set was originally sourced from the famous Jerome Remick Collection but only the 1911 (NGC MS 65), 1914 (NGC MS 65), 1918 (NGC MS 66), 1922 (NGC MS 66) and 1933 (NGC MS 63) shillings from that set remain. The Benchmark Collection 1912 shilling in NGC MS 65, the 1926 shilling in NGC MS 65 and the 1927 shilling in NGC MS 66 are also worthy of mention.

The Benchmark Collection identifies several previously unknown varieties, including two distinct types of 1939 Kangaroo Reverse halfpenny: one with a double foot in the Y in HALFPENNY, the other with a single foot. The double foot variant is the rarer of the two and is represented in the Benchmark Collection by an NGC MS 65 BN example. Tied for finest certified for the date, this attractive specimen was once owned by Reserve Bank Governor H.C. Coombs.

The collection also includes the enigmatic 1916I Mule Halfpenny, which features a 1916-dated Australian halfpenny reverse muled with the obverse of an India ¼ anna. Approximately 10 examples are believed to have survived and the famous “Koschade specimen” in the Benchmark Collection is only the second example to be certified by NGC. It is graded NGC AU Details.

Also of note is the 1923 halfpenny graded NGC MS 62 BN, which is the only Mint State example of this date to be certified by NGC.

The penny set is anchored by two varieties of the famous 1930 penny, both graded NGC XF 45. The first variety features the so-called “London die” obverse and is known by just three examples. Another key date, the 1925 penny, is the highest graded at NGC MS 65 BN.

The Benchmark Collection features the rare 1946 penny with the distinctive “K.G.” initials, which is thought to be an experimental strike from the Melbourne Mint on dies that were prepared for but never sent to the Perth Mint. The lone NGC-certified example of this issue, it is graded NGC MS 64 RB.

After certification by NGC, Duff created NGC Registry sets to showcase the Benchmark Collection. “The online NGC Registry allowed me to share these incredible coins with numismatists around the world,” says Duff.

“The Benchmark Collection is unparalleled in its scope and boasts many outstanding Australian rarities,” says NGC Vice President Ken Krah. “We are very pleased that Mr. Duff chose NGC to certify this fantastic set.”

“These coins represent such an important period of Australian coinage history,” adds Jay Turner, NGC Finalizer. “It was great to see that history in one complete set.”

An online image gallery of the Benchmark Collection is posted to the NGC website under the Galleries section. To view the NGC Registry sets of the Benchmark Collection, click here.

Credit: This article originally appeared on the NGC website.

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Feb 252014
 

We’re excited to be attending the Perth ANDA Coin and Banknote Show at Belmont Park Racecourse, Burswood, on Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd March 2014.

This year’s Perth Mint Coin Show Special is a spectacular 2oz Year of the Horse coloured coin. Struck from 99.9% pure silver, it has a maximum mintage of just 1,000.

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The coin is available at the Show for the specially discounted price of $169 – a saving of $10 on the recommended retail price.

The ANDA Coin Show brings together coin specialists from across Australia who are keen to buy and sell. Bring along your collectables for a free valuation by selected dealers!

General admission is $10 for a day, or $15 for a two-day pass. Children under 15 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult. Pensioner and student concessions also apply.

There’s free parking, or alternatively you can alight at nearby Belmont Park railway station.

The Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA) is the professional body representing individuals and businesses that deal in coins and banknotes throughout Australia.

For further information visit www.anda.com.au

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Jan 172014
 

Clients in Austria and Germany will have the rare privilege of experiencing the world’s largest gold coin up close and personal in coming weeks.

The Perth Mint’s Guinness World Record holding 1 Tonne Gold Coin is travelling from Australia to Europe as part of a promotional tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Coin Program.

The colossal Australian legal tender coin, which is made from 99.99% pure gold, will appear at four city venues – each providing the public with a stunning opportunity to marvel at its impressive dimensions.

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Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer, Ed Harbuz, said Europe was the Mint’s number one market for bullion and a natural choice for the promotional tour. “Working with some of our leading distributors, we’re delighted to showcase the centrepiece of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Program across the region,” he said.

The schedule* of appearances runs as follows:

VIENNA – 21 to 24 January 2014
Kunsthistorisches Museum
Burgring 5, A-1010 Vienna

MUNICH – 27 and 28 January 2014
Pro Aurum
Joseph-Wild-Str.12, 81825 Munich

STUTTGART – 29 January to 4 February
Baden-Württembergische Bank
2014 Konigstr. 3, 70173 Stuttgart

BERLIN – 7 to 9 February 2014
Estrel Hotel & Convention Centre
Sonnenallee 225, 12057 Berlin

(Updated 23.01.14)

To mark these exclusive appearances, The Perth Mint has released a limited edition 2014 Australian Kangaroo 1oz Gold Bullion Tribute Coin, replicating the design of its supersized companion.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold in bullion quality, the tribute coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, and is restricted to a mintage of only 65,000.

Investors and collectors in Australia and Asia can purchase this historic piece from www.perthmintbullion.com, while purchasers in Europe and American can secure the coin from selected coin dealers. Visit www.1tonnegoldcoin.com for further details.

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Oct 162013
 

If you’re in Melbourne, don’t miss The Perth Mint at the inaugural International Coin and Banknote Show being held at Etihad Stadium between 18 and 20 October 2013.

Among the many interesting things going on, you’ll find:

  • Our first ‘lenticular’ release in several years. With an issue limit of just 2,000, the 2013 Sister Cities – Melbourne/St Petersburg 1oz Silver Proof Coin Show Special will be available for $95 (RRP $104).
  • The official launch of Australian Megafauna. The first coin of a sensational collector series will be introduced by renowned pre-historic animal illustrator Peter Trusler, who will also be signing certificates.
  • A busy seminar program for coin collectors and bullion investors, including free sessions on Saturday 19 by our Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie; and Manager, Analysis and Strategy, Bron Suchecki.

Presented by the Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA), the Melbourne International Coin and Banknote Show is being billed as the largest coin show in Australia in the past 10-20 years.

With many Australian dealers, representation from Mints in Britain and Canada, as well as International Auction Galleries’ latest sale taking place on Saturday night, it’s an event packed with interest.

Click here for full details of opening times, admission prices and more.

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Sep 172013
 

With Doctor Who gold proof coins moving at interstellar speed, our initial website allocation was sold within hours of release.
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But the good news for those who missed out is that we’ve secured more coins from the exceptionally low worldwide mintage of 250.

Australian ‘Whovians’ who would like to purchase the coin should check website availability now. Once again, stocks are limited and likely to sell fast.

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary 2013 1oz Gold Proof Coin.

Did you know? Cybermen have such an aversion to gold that it kills them! That’s something we discovered listening to 6PR last night.

Catch Ron Currie’s entertaining interview on Nightline with Graham Mabury:

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