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The Mint has won the top prize in the 2015 WA Industry and Export Awards, securing the Premier’s Award for Excellence, as well as the Marketing and Design Excellence Industry Award.
Paying tribute, Premier Colin Barnett, said: “The Perth Mint is a leading example of excellence with its reputation for product innovation, advanced manufacturing capabilities and marketing excellence through traditional and digital promotion of its products in a highly competitive global industry.”
Now in its 27th year, the WA Industry and Export Awards promote and acknowledge the achievements of the State’s business community across sectors that include agriculture, manufacturing, medical research, information technology, education and creative industries.
Neil Vance, Group Manager Minted Products, accepted the award on behalf of the Mint, at the presentation dinner which was held on Friday 16 October at the Grand Hyatt Regency in East Perth.
The 2015 Marketing and Design Excellence Award recognises the Mint’s dedication to the production, promotion and sale of trusted pure gold, silver and platinum investment offerings and highly collectable legal tender coin programs, thus acknowledging our contribution to the State’s economic and social development, prosperity and growth.
In line with our earlier announcement, the 2015 Australia Sovereign and Half Sovereign 22-carat gold proof coins were withdrawn from sale on Friday 17 July. While each release originally had a permitted maximum mintage of 1,500 coins, the closure of sales means the following declared (final) mintage figures apply.
2015 Gold Proof Coin
Declared Mintage: 1,398
|Australia Half Sovereign
2015 Gold Proof Coin
Declared Mintage: 958
The Perth Mint’s ANZAC Spirit Lest We Forget 1 kilo silver proof coin was presented to the Last Post Association by the Returned and Services League at a memorial event at Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium, on 9 July 2015. The ceremony, which has taken place daily since 1928, included the playing of the Last Post for the 30,000th time. It is the intention of the Last Post Association to perform this traditional final salute to the fallen as an act of homage to Allied soldiers killed during the Great War in perpetuity.
The Perth Mint’s 2014 silver tribute to Charlie Chaplin is the ‘People’s Choice’ at Russia’s most prestigious coin awards.
The winners of the 2015 Coin Constellation were announced overnight at the Sixth International Coin Conference and Exhibition in Moscow.
Organisations from 29 nations, including the United States, Germany, France Italy, Poland, Switzerland and the Czech Republic participated at this year’s event.
Representing The Perth Mint, Andrey Ignatchenko, Manager for the CIS Region, said it was extremely gratifying to win the People’s Choice as it is the only one of the 10 award categories chosen by the Russian public.
Charlie Chaplin was controversially linked to the USSR during the Cold War era. Although he never visited the region, his movies were beloved by Russian audiences.
The Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 1oz lenticular silver coin* features a movie-like sequence of the comic actor’s iconic onscreen character The Tramp, which ‘plays’ as the coin is moved.
*no longer available
Gold Corporation, operator of The Perth Mint, has announced the appointment of Donald Mackay-Coghill as its new Chairman, and Richard Hayes as its new Chief Executive Officer, effective from 1 July 2015.
Mr Mackay-Coghill, former Chief Executive Officer of Gold Corporation for 17 years until 2003, is known as a pioneer in the global precious metals industry. As founder of the Australian Precious Metals Coin Program, one of his most notable achievements was the introduction of the Australian Nugget gold coin series in 1987; the success of which motivated the development of Australia’s annual bullion coin program.
Mr Hayes has been an Executive Director of Gold Corporation since 2003 through his position as Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive. Prior to this term, Mr Hayes held senior management positions with precious metals refining operations Australian Gold Refineries (AGR) Matthey and Golden West Refining Corporation Limited.
Mr Hayes will succeed Ed Harbuz who has led the institution with vigour for more than a decade.