Jul 272015
 

In Chinese culture the dragon is said to have nine sons. Prominent figures in popular Chinese stories and often portrayed in architectural ornamentation, each one is believed to possess a unique supernatural power. Limited to a mintage of just 1,000, this spectacular 5oz silver proof release portrays the dragon’s nine sons in colour.

Dragon & His Nine Sons 5oz Silver Proof Coin

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1 Qiu Niu With a head resembling a yellow dragon, Qiu Niu is often depicted on the head or bridge of traditional Chinese instruments. The eldest of the nine dragon sons, the Qiu Niu, is generally considered the patron of musicians and a protector of homes.
2 Ya Zi Ya Zi is highly aggressive and loves to fight. His bad temper and powerful nature sees him frequenting battlefields, and his appearance signifies victory in battle while enhancing the morale and strength of soldiers. His image is often carved on edged weapons to make them more powerful and accurate.
3 Suan Ni Suan Ni resembles a lion, loves fire and smoke, and can be found on incense burners and as a guardian in front of doorways. Associated with Chinese Buddhism, his profile can also be seen on the seats of the Buddha statues.
4 Bi Xi The Bi Xi dragon has the body and shell of a tortoise with the head of a dragon. Capable of carrying very heavy objects, his image is usually carved at the base of heavy stone steles, pillars and gravestones.
5 Bi An Bi An is known for his fairness and impartiality. Resembling a tiger, he is wise and can differentiate between good and evil, and honesty and lies. He is usually featured as part of the decoration of courts and prisons in ancient China. His images are ferocious and he has the appearance of a tiger with very large fangs.
6 Chi Wen Chi Wen lives in the sea and is said to control rainfall. He resembles a fish. The Chi Wen dragon image is often placed on the ridges of palaces and buildings to protect the building from fire.
7 Chao Feng The fearless risk taker, Chao Feng has the head of a phoenix with the body of a dragon. His image is often used as embellishments on roof corners, particularly in ancient palace architecture.
8 Pu Lao Known for his loud crying, Pu Lao lives by the sea and is often cast as the handles on the top of a bell. He was afraid of cetaceous creatures such as dolphins and whales, and upon seeing a cetacean he would shout loudly in fear. It became a tradition for people to put his likeness on clocks with a carved wooden cetacean as the bell-striker in order to increase the vibration of the toll.
9 Fu Xi Fu Xi has the head of a lion with a dragon’s body. Known for his love of literature, his image is often found in libraries and on book bindings, and depicted on graves and monuments.
10 Dragon Father
The legendary Dragon is said to be the most potent symbol of good fortune in the pantheon of Chinese symbols. A benevolent creature with power over water, rainfall, hurricanes and floods, it also signifies power and strength. Nine is noble number in Chinese culture which also symbolizes harmony.

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Jul 142015
 

Princess_JasmineReleased in 1992, Aladdin was Disney’s 31st animated feature.

It’s based on a Middle Eastern folk tale found in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (aka The Arabian Nights).

The plot unfolds in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah, where the title character is an impoverished but kind-hearted thief who is entranced by the Sultan’s daughter, Princess Jasmine.

Obliged by law to choose a suitor of noble blood, the determined and daring young beauty wishes only to marry for love. Falling for Aladdin during a visit to the market, she’s later left distraught when the evil sorcerer Jafar deceives her into thinking that he’s been executed.

Driving the storyline is the giant-blue Genie of the lamp, who grants Aladdin three wishes. Using his first wish to become Prince Ali-Ababwa, he visits Jasmine and whisks her around the world on a magic carpet.

But Jafar reveals Aladdin’s true identity to Jasmine and banishes him to a frozen wasteland. Aladdin uses the magic carpet to return to the kingdom where he saves his beloved princess, and in so doing proves that even as a commoner he has the bravery, honesty and intelligence to secure her heart.

Acclaimed for her strong-willed and free-spirited personality, Princess Jasmine was central to the box-office success enjoyed by Disney’s Aladdin. With a long swirl of jet black hair and lovely hazel eyes, she’s undoubtedly one of Disney’s most cherished Princesses.

Disney Princess: Jasmine

Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Princess Jasmine 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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Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.

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Jul 102015
 

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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.

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Jul 082015
 

The third Star Trek coin release focuses on the 24th century adventures of Captain Benjamin Sisko, commander of the Deep Space 9 space station.

Sisko’s mandate was to protect nearby Bajor, which had been the victim of a brutal Cardassian occupation. But with the discovery of a nearby wormhole – a shortcut through space that led directly to the uncharted Gamma quadrant – his mandate expanded significantly, as the region attracted all manner of visitors, both friendly and extremely hostile.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted in 1993 and ran for seven seasons until 1999. Darker than its predecessors The Original Series and The Next Generation, it was noted for well-developed characters, dense and original plots, an emphasis on religious and war themes, and the only black captain in the Star Trek universe to play chief protagonist.

The show achieved major critical success, being nominated for Emmy Awards in every year of its run – taking out top prizes for special visual effects, title theme music and makeup. The show’s more complex and hauntingly different storylines helped Deep Space Nine appeal to whole new audiences, further expanding Star Trek’s international fan base.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Captain Benjamin Sisko 1oz Silver Proof Coin

DeepSpaceNine_SiskocoinBorn in 2332 in New Orleans, Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) joined Starfleet Academy in 2350 where he studied to be an engineer. When Jennifer, his wife and mother of Jake was killed during the Battle of Wolf 359, Sisko objected to his assignment on Deep Space 9, telling Starfleet he would prefer an Earth assignment for the sake of his son. Nevertheless, Sisko was a successful captain, admired for his strength in strategic and operational military planning, as well as engineering. A man of action with a bold, no-nonsense persona, his character epitomized conviction and passion.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Deep Space 9 1oz Silver Proof Coin

DeepSpaceNine_SpaceshipDeep Space 9 was a mining and refining station built by the Cardassians during their occupation of Bajor. Soon after their retreat, Starfleet took control of the space station at the request of the Bajoran government. In 2372, the station’s weapons upgrade included several new phaser and photon torpedo banks, further equipping it to police a region that had become a bustling hub of commercial, scientific and strategic significance due to the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole.

Available individually, both can also be acquired in the 2015 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Captain Benjamin Sisko & Deep Space 9 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set.

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Jul 072015
 

The Perth Mint is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland).

The children’s classic was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name Lewis Carroll. A lecturer at Oxford University, Dodgson possessed a remarkable range of talents. A skilled mathematician, logician and pioneering photographer, he also invented a wealth of word games and puzzles.

His famous fictional character was inspired by 10 year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, where he lived, taught and wrote.

Dodgson often took Alice and her sisters rowing on the Thames. During these boat trips and accompanying picnics, he would make up fantastical tales to entertain the girls. One summer’s day in July 1862 he told them the story that would become Alice. His young companion was so delighted the main character bore her name that she asked him to write it down.

Illustrated under the author’s guidance by Punch cartoonist John Tenniel, it tells of a young girl whose curiosity is sparked when she sees a talking White Rabbit run past her as she is sitting with her sister on the riverbank. Alice follows it down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by all manner of peculiar humans and anthropomorphic creatures.

Alice was popular almost from the moment it was published. But it seems Dodgson wanted to keep his success as a fiction writer separate from his professional life. His literary double is the first two parts of his name translated into Latin (Carolus Ludovicus), then loosely re-translated and presented in reverse order. He reputedly refused letters sent to “Lewis Carroll, Christ Church, Oxford”, claiming no such person lived there!

In print ever since its release in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland made the genre of literary nonsense a worldwide phenomenon. Subsequently translated into about 170 languages and adapted for at least 20 films and TV shows, this sesquicentennial represents a major opportunity to celebrate its ground-breaking significance and enduring appeal.

150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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The coin’s reverse design portrays Aleysha Howarth’s interpretation of Tenniel’s original Alice, White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat.

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released in individual presentation packaging.

150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2oz Silver Antiqued Clock Coin

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The coin’s reverse incorporates a miniature clock depicting a White Rabbit encircled by the inscription “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!” Storyline motifs re-imagined by Aleysha Howarth with an ‘antiqued’ finish complete the design.

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 2,500 of these coins will be released in individual presentation packaging.

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