Apr 242015
 

Perth Mint employees who served during World War I have inspired two current members of staff to create a unique wreath to mark the 100th anniversary of the ANZACs.

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By Tracey Cobby and Debbie Philpot

After many years of researching World War I for the ANZAC Spirit – 100th Anniversary Coin Series we decided to create a personal tribute to commemorate this year’s ANZAC Day. We had both recently rekindled our love of knitting and crochet, and in the spirit of the Australian women who knitted over 1 million pairs of socks for the troops, it seemed fitting that we use this timeless craft to create a special woollen poppy.

Of the 416,000 Australians who served in the War, 22 Mint workers are commemorated on a plaque on the front of the main building. It appeared that our idea of single poppy could grow into a wreath and commemorate not only those 22 men – but all those that served during the 1914-18 conflict. Our one poppy grew to 24 – one each for the men on the plaque – and one each for the both of us, to remember all who served.

We now know that other Mint staff tried to enlist in the A.I.F., but were exempt from joining because they were in reserved occupations. The Mint’s Hugh Annan Corbet was a Major and a Military Censor for the Australian Army Intelligence Corps during this time.

Goss_MillerTwo Mint Clerks – Captain James Miller, 29 (left) and Sergeant Gerald Goss, 32 – were killed in action at Gallipoli. The men enlisted in September 1914 and served with the 16th Battalion, departing from Australia aboard HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December that year. They died within days of each other – Goss on 30 April 1915, Miller on 2 May. With no known grave, both men are commemorated at The Lone Pine Memorial situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery on Gallipoli.

A third Mint Clerk, Captain William Bryan of the 44th Australian Infantry Battalion, was killed in action in Belgium in June 1917 aged 36. He is buried in Bethlehem Farm East Cemetery, Messines.

LEST WE FORGET

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Apr 142015
 

Scottish actor, screenwriter and Oscar-winning director Peter Capaldi was born in Glasgow on 14 April 1958.

He is best-known internationally for playing the Twelfth Doctor in TV’s longest-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who.

Happy birthday, Peter!

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Doctor Who – Twelfth Doctor 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver, this officially licensed coloured coin is the perfect way to celebrate Peter Capaldi’s famous on-screen character.

Presented in classic presentation packaging with a numbered certificate, no more than 4,000 of these coins will be released.

Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint

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Mar 252015
 

Extremely upsetting news that thieves have stolen one of the Gumnut Baby sculptures from Stirling Gardens in the centre of Perth.

The theme of our Snugglepot & Cuddlepie™ 2015 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin, the characters are the much-loved creation of Australian author and artist May Gibbs, who published her first book about the pair’s adventures in 1918.  The sculptures are by Claire Bailey and date from 2001.

Hopefully it won’t be too long before the missing Baby is returned and the statue repaired for all to enjoy once again.

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Dec 192014
 
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Santa made an early appearance in Perth today for kids with Childhood Heart Disease. Six babies are born with a heart defect every day in Australia, according to HeartKids, an organisation dedicated to providing encouragement and hope to families facing the challenge of CHD, while also raising awareness and vital funding. With a donation from The Perth Mint, the charity’s WA branch now has more than 200 Young Collectors coin albums to help affected families enjoy this year’s Christmas festivities.

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Nov 282014
 

Whovians who collect coins and have an ear for music will be delighted to learn that the BBC Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular is back in Australia for a musical celebration of the iconic BBC series.

And we’re delighted to announce that Perth Mint Blog readers will benefit from a special 20% discount off A Reserve tickets when booking with the promotional code MINT.

Doctor Who Coin Program

The amazing line-up of Doctor Who coins includes:

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Issued by New Zealand Mint and struck by The Perth Mint. Click here to see the complete Doctor Who coin series.

Anyone who enjoys the coin program is sure to be excited by the forthcoming musical extravaganza.

BBC Doctor Who Symphonic Spectacular

Composer Murray Gold’s captivating music will be performed by more than 145 of Australia’s finest musicians and singers, including the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, West Australian Symphony Orchestra and The Metropolitan Orchestra, Sydney.

If that’s not enough, the event will be presented by the Fifth Doctor, Peter Davison, with Daleks, Cybermen and a host of other Doctor Who monsters all joining the musicians on stage!

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How to book

With just three performances in Adelaide, Perth and Sydney early next year, be sure to take advantage of the special discount as soon as possible!

Visit ticketek.com.au before 10th December and quote the code word MINT to receive 20% Off A Reserve tickets!*

*Transaction fees apply

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