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 262015

Today marks 150 years since Lewis Carroll wrote the enchanting story of a girl named Alice and her marvellous adventures in Wonderland. With a unique bunch of characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the White Rabbit, Queen of Hearts and the Mad Hatter, this revolutionary tale changed the landscape of children’s literature forever, leaving a long lasting cultural impact on the world!

Alice’s journey down the rabbit hole has inspired countless theatrical performances, film adaptions, television shows and even video games, adding to its ground-breaking appeal.

Here is a list of five interesting things you may not know about the beloved children’s classic….

  1. The story was based on a real girl called Alice Liddell. She was the daughter of Henry Liddell, the dean of the Christ Church College at Oxford where Carroll taught mathematics.
  2. Charles Lutwidge Dodgson chose the pen name Lewis Carroll by using a play on the Latin translation of his real first and middle names.
  3. Dodgson modelled the Dodo character in the book after himself. Legend has it that the author had a tendency to stammer and that he would often introduce himself as ‘Do-do-dogson’.
  4. Queen Victoria was a fan of the book and suggested that Carroll dedicate his next work to her.
  5. The book has never been out of print since it was published in 1865 and has been translated into over 170 languages.


The Perth Mint has paid homage to this classic by releasing a beautiful 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin. The coin’s reverse design portrays Aleysha Howarth’s interpretation of John Tenniel’s original illustrations of Alice, the White Rabbit and the Cheshire Cat. Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released in individual presentation packaging.


Nov 112015

Stocks of the Beijing International Coin Exposition 25th Anniversary Australian Kookaburra 2015 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin are now extremely limited. With a reverse marking the 25th anniversary of the original Australian Kookaburra design first released in 1990, no more than 2,000 of these show specials will be issued. Each coin is presented in Beijing International Coin Exposition 2015 (7-9 November 2015) packaging, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Nov 112015

Over the past 100 years, there have been many poignant symbols and phrases that have come to be associated with military loss. One of these is the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, also known as the Battlefield Cross or Battle Cross, which was believed to have first been used during the American Civil War to mark the location of fallen soldiers on the battlefield. The symbolic cross is made up of the fallen soldier’s rifle, their helmet or hat, and sometimes their boots and dog tags. The cross was created by plunging the bayonet into the ground and placing the deceased man’s headwear over the butt of the weapon.


The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – Lest We Forget 2015 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin

Today, the cross is used less as a means of locating the fallen and more as a gesture of respect. It is recognised as a tribute to all soldiers who have lost their lives in battle, and is often used during memorials and military ceremonies.

One of the most famous phrases associated with military loss, ‘their name liveth for evermore’, was a biblical phrase selected by famous British poet and author, Rudyard Kipling, when he was a member of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. The original phrase read, ‘Their bodies are buried in peace; but their name liveth for evermore’, with the latter words inscribed over lists of fallen soldiers and Stones of Remembrance in Commonwealth war cemeteries.

The phrase ‘Lest we Forget’ is often added as the final line in the Ode of Remembrance which is taken from Laurence Binyon’s poem For the Fallen, first published in 1914. The Ode of Remembrance is regularly recited at memorial services commemorating the First World War around Australia, including Anzac Day and Remembrance Day.

The The ANZAC Spirit – Lest We Forget 2015 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin‘s reverse features a coloured image of a Fallen Soldier Battle Cross with the sun rising in the background. The image is framed by a list of words and phrases, and the names of battlefields and cemeteries, associated with the First World War. No more than 500 of these coins will be released.






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
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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