We’re delighted to announce that Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has approved the design for The Perth Mint’s new Royal baby coins. Look out for the Australian legal tender 1/4oz gold and 1oz silver releases – coming soon!
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.
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.
Two 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
We’re pleased to announce that the latest sales and mintage figures for proof and other collectable coins issued by The Perth Mint are available now.
The latest update includes sales-to-date and declared mintage totals as at 31 December 2014.
This update for numismatic releases follows the recent updating of our bullion coin figures.
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!
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
DOCTOR WHO logo © 2012 & ™ BBC. Licensed by BBCWW Ltd.
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.