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Get ready for Chinese New Year with the ever popular proof issues from the Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series!


Occupying the 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey is said to bestow intelligence optimism, ambition and adventurousness on the character of people born under its influence.

Celebrating the 2016 Year of the Monkey, the latest proof issues from the annual Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series pay tribute to these cheeky and resourceful animals.

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Buy these gold and silver proof coins while stock last.

Monkey Years

If you were born under the sign of the Monkey in any of these years – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 – then each of these stunning releases would make a wonderful personal keepsake.

Or if you’ll be rejoicing at the birth of a newborn on or after Chinese New Year (8 February 2016), the coins represent a beautiful gift!

Symbolic Designs

In Chinese culture, the peach is symbolic of longevity and immortality. In the gold coin design, the monkey is portrayed contemplating the fruit of a peach tree. In the silver coin design, an adult is sitting with a baby monkey who is holding a peach. The Chinese character for ‘monkey’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Monkey’ also appear in the designs.

Weights & Mintage

Adding to the exclusivity of these coins are their extremely limited availability.

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Struck to perfection with flawless, mirror-like tables, there’s little doubt Australian Lunar 2016 Year of the Monkey gold and silver proof coins will appeal to the monkey in everyone!

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Sep 012015
 

The final release from the highly sought-after Goddesses of Olympus 2oz Silver High Relief Coin Series portrays Aphrodite. Featuring another superb design by Tom Vaughan, the coin’s intricate detailing is struck in high relief with an ‘antiqued’ finish. Here we present a guide to themes and motifs explored on the reverse.

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α Aphrodite Greek Goddess of Love, Pleasure and Beauty. Although married to Hephaestus, she had many lovers, including her brother Ares, the God of War; Anchises, the Trojan shepherd; and Adonis, the God of Beauty and Desire.
β Roses symbols of beauty, roses are arranged as a garland in her hair
γ Aphrodite’s Rock
in Greek mythology, anyone who swam around Aphrodite’s Rock, a sea stack off Cypress, was said to possess eternal beauty
δ Girdle her magic cestus (girdle), was believed to make Aphrodite’s beauty even more irresistible
ε TV designer’s initials (Tom Vaughan)
ζ Mirror Aphrodite’s sacred looking-glass
η Swan a symbol of beauty and grace, the swan was one of her sacred birds
θ Scallop Aphrodite was said to have drifted to the shores of Cypress on a giant scallop shell
ι Sea-foam In legend, Aphrodite was born from sea-foam at the spot where Uranus plunged into the ocean
κ P Perth Mint ‘P’ mintmark
λ Dolphin a symbol of romance, the dolphin was also sacred to Aphrodite
μ Dove symbols of peace and love, Aphrodite’s other sacred bird

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Sep 012015
 

Spring is in the Australian air and this month we’re offering an amazing crop of fresh and exciting new releases:

Exquisite pink diamonds are hand-set in the latest Argyle Pink Diamond Gold & Platinum Ingots which portray a Gouldian Finch, a rare and brilliantly coloured bird found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Goddess of love, pleasure and beauty, Aphrodite is the third release from the extraordinary Goddesses of Olympus series of striking ‘antiqued’ silver coins.

Our Star Trek coin program now ventures into the 2370s aboard the U.S.S Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway attempts to lead her crew back to Federation space.

To commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s historic milestone as Britain’s longest serving monarch, we have three stunning Royal releases, including an innovative ‘intaglio’ silver coin. (Available for purchase 9 September)

Snow White, the fairest of them all, is at last available on gold and silver releases from the hugely popular Disney Princess coin series.

Ahead of the next Chinese New Year, we’re delighted to unveil the extensive line-up of gold & silver proof issues from our Australian Lunar series celebrating the forthcoming 2016 Year of the Monkey.

The brilliant Wedge-tailed Eagle design is now available on dazzling 5oz gold and 1oz silver proof coins.

The Australian Kangaroo looks truly impressive on the new 5oz high relief coin in silver.

And the extraordinary Australian Opal Series takes flight again with a gorgeous representation of the Ghost Bat.

View September’s coin releases from The Perth Mint in this month’s digital bulletin or click the individual links below:

*Website release 9 September 2016

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Aug 172015
 

SnowWhite_DisneyDisney’s first feature-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, premiered on 21 December 1937.

Based on the German fairy tale published by the Brothers Grimm in 1812, it told the story of a fair young princess forced to flee the evil Queen’s murderous jealousy, and how she found refuge in a forest cottage belonging to the small-statured Sleepy, Dopey, Doc, Sneezy, Grumpy, Bashful and Happy!

The movie’s culmination established one of Disney’s famous trademarks – a happy ending. After the dwarfs helped defeat the villainous Queen, Snow White found love with the handsome Prince of whom she’d always dreamed.

The fetching storyline, its endearing characters, and the technical innovations introduced by Disney stunned the star-studded audience at the movie’s launch. Charlie Chaplin announced that it “surpassed our high expectations.” Snow White went on to become one of the most popular films ever made, establishing Walt Disney as one of the world’s great film producers.

Disney Princess: Snow White

Following the Cinderella, Aurora, Ariel, Belle and Jasmine officially-licensed 2015 Disney Princess coins, these superb new releases celebrate “the fairest one of all” – Snow White.

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Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Princess Snow White surrounded by relief engraved flowers. Issued as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

Each silver coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity. Each gold coin comes in a timber display case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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More Disney coins

Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.

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Aug 142015
 

Mother of pearl is a hard, smooth, shining iridescent substance that forms the inner layer of the shells of certain molluscs, such as the oyster and abalone. It displays a mix of colours, ranging from deep cobalt blue and peacock green, to hues of purple, cream and pink.

Also known as nacre, mother of pearl is highly sought after as decorative pieces and used in the manufacture of jewellery, buttons, cutlery, guns, inlays in furniture, musical instruments – and now a limited Australian legal tender silver coin!

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Australia’s mother of pearl industry

Australia’s commercial pearling industry began long before European settlement. Coastal dwelling Aboriginals in northern Western Australia harvested the abundant pearl shell by hand from shallow waters. Such was their success that they had enough surplus shells to engage in international trade. This began in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century with visits from the Macassan trepangers from the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, which resulted in the exchange of trepang (sea cucumbers), turtles and pearl shell, for tobacco, rice, and axes.

The large, plate-like shells with stunning mother of pearl lustre were also traded domestically from Broome right across the country. From the deserts to the southern coast, pearl shells were sought after by Aboriginal peoples for cultural celebrations and rituals.

Western Australia’s modern-day pearling industry took off in the 1850s when European settlers began exploiting the value of the pearl fields in coastal areas such as Shark Bay. Other locations included Cossack, Onslow and Broome, which by 1910 was the biggest pearling centre in the world, home to nearly 400 luggers (ships) and more than 3,500 pearl fishermen.

The harvesting of mother of pearl shell, rather than the pearls themselves, continued to be the main objective of the West Australia-based pearlers, who provided almost three quarters of the world’s supply of pearl shell.

At the outbreak of the Great War, the price of mother of pearl fell dramatically as demand dropped with the invention and expanded use of plastics. During both World Wars, the industry came to a standstill as many workers enlisted. However, the post-war years saw its revival – this time, however, it was based on the cultured pearl industry, for which Broome is now equally renowned.

Australian White Mother of Pearl Shell 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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A stunning accompaniment to the Australian Abalone Shell 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin, this release features a sculpted representation of an Australian white mother of pearl shell with a polished fragment of mother-of-pearl centrepiece, against a rippled pattern representing the ocean floor.

Presented in a classic Perth Mint display case, the stunning coin is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. No more than 3,000 of the 2015 Australian White Mother of Pearl Shell 1oz Silver Coin will be released by The Perth Mint.

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