Jan 162018
 

At the end of the First World War, the Australian Government launched a series of ‘Peace Loan’ campaigns. These were managed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia with the aim of recouping the costs of the war and helping to fund the pensions of returned servicemen. In the same way War Loans had functioned between 1915 and 1918, the public was asked to purchase bonds which were repaid with interest.

The first peace loan was announced on 30 July 1919. The amount requested was £25 million, equivalent to approximately £1.1 billion today. As with the war loans campaigns, promotional posters were developed and published in newspapers encouraging the general public to get involved.

One of the first subscribers to the second peace loan issued in July 1920 was Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII. The Prince was travelling around Australia at the time thanking the population for the sacrifices and contributions they had made during the war. The third and final loan, known as the ‘Diggers Loan’, was launched in August 1921.

Australian Posters of World War I – Peace Bonds
2018 1oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin

The fifth and final release from the Australian Posters of World War I coin series features a poster from the initial Peace Bonds promotional campaign of 1919.

The poster depicted a young veteran in uniform being welcomed back to civilian life by an elderly farmer declaring “Well Boy – You’ve done your Bit. What will Australia do for You?” The artwork symbolised that even those who had not been not eligible for recruitment could still make a useful contribution to their country.

Vividly portrayed in colour on the rectangular 1oz silver coin, it is headed by the inscription AUSTRALIAN PEACE BONDS.

Click for more information about the complete Australian Posters of World War I series.

Reflecting the development of a recognisably Australian style in poster art and its effectiveness as an advertising and promotional medium at the beginning of the 20th century, this series is produced by The Perth Mint in association with the Australian War Memorial. Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin in the special series is individually encapsulated in latex cases which allows the design on both sides to be displayed.

No more than 5,000 of each coin in the series will be released worldwide.


The Australian War Memorial logo is a registered trade mark of the Australian War Memorial TM © 2018.


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Jan 102018
 

If you loved the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cartoon series, or the many follow up shows and movies, this coin produced under licence from Warner Bros. is a must-have memento.

A cultural icon dating from 1969 when Scooby-Doo made his TV debut, the loveable great dane has been entertaining kids of all ages for almost 50 years.

A wholesome mix of fun and frights, the show’s plots centre around ‘supernatural’ mysteries in which Scooby-Doo and his teenage detective companions – Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy – pit their wits against miscreants and monsters in classic tales of good over evil.

Throughout, Scooby-Doo provides plenty of comic relief thanks to his many foibles – including constant cravings for ‘Scooby Snacks’, extreme ticklishness and helpless cowardice.

But nothing amuses fans more than his ability to speak broken English including catchphrases such as “Ruh Roh” when things are going badly!

Scooby-Doo 2018 1oz Silver Proof Coin

For his many devotees, the 99.99% pure silver coin portrays the comic canine hero as he appeared in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series.

With a worldwide mintage of just 5,000, it’s also a rare opportunity for all fans of official pop culture memorabilia.

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Dec 132017
 

In Eastern cultures, especially Chinese folklore, the three-legged money toad (aka Chan Chu or Jin Chan) is a symbol of financial good fortune.

With deep symbolic roots, the money toad is generally portrayed sitting on top of a pile of ancient Chinese coins. It holds a gold coin between its lips while a tasselled string tethering yet more coins emerges from the side of its mouth.

Small statues of the money toad can be found in many Chinese homes and businesses in the hope that it will bring them wealth and prosperity.

Where to place a money toad

Positioning the money toad for maximum influence is of great concern to Chinese people.

It’s crucial the placement complies with the ancient philosophy of feng shui – a manner of arranging objects so that energy, or “chi”, flows gently and smoothly throughout the premises.

Specific feng shui principles for the Money Toad decree it should be located inside a home or business on a diagonal from the entrance way. It should never face the door, but rather look towards the heart of the building so as to draw money inside while at the same time fending off bad financial influences.

In a mark of respect, the money toad should be placed on a raised surface – never on the floor.

Money Toad 2018 1oz Silver Gilded Coin

This Money Toad coin will prove lucky for some! With no more than 5,000 available for release, it’s a rare celebration of one of China’s most popular symbols of wealth.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, the coin’s image of the money toad is meticulously gilded in shining 24 carat gold in honour of its revered influence.

An upright framed presentation case makes it possible to display this coin so that the money toad keeps a watchful eye over your home!

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Nov 292017
 

How does a fashion designer carve out a career in The Perth Mint design studio?

Meet Lucas Bowers, who’s doing exactly that.

Having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Perth’s Curtin University, Lucas found a unique opening in the graphic design sector that allowed him to specialise in illustration and painting, and soon discovered a niche in the fashion scene.

Even though it sounds far-fetched, the work proved to be a perfect segue into coins.

“Through fashion I was becoming more and more involved with designing for metal – cuff links, belt-buckles, brooches – that kind of thing,” he explains. “I found the challenges and possibilities of the medium extremely exciting.

“I’ve also had a long-standing fascination with coins and other historical artforms, so when the opportunity came up to join the design studio at an organisation with as long and prestigious a history as The Perth Mint, I jumped at the chance.”

Now, coin collectors are starting to see the fruits of Lucas’s considerable skills.

Two of his earliest coin creations are available this month in the form of the 2018 Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set.

One of the Mint’s most consistently popular Chinese themed products, the annual release is renowned for its highly detailed artistic style.

To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Lucas produced brilliant illustrations of a rottweiler and a border collie, each placed within a collection of beautifully rendered motifs signifying either ‘wealth’ or ‘wisdom’.

Impressing colleagues with his ability, passion and direction, Lucas has made a seamless transition to the world of coin designing.

Now he’s applying his fresh ideas and creative talents to some innovative and exciting new collections which promise to bring a whole new dimension to Australian coins!

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Nov 282017
 

The year is coming to an end but the celebrations are only just beginning!

This month we’re pleased to unveil more stunning releases to help you mark the forthcoming Year of the Dog.

Choose from stunning Astrological gold coins representing the cutest shina inu, poodle and husky puppies, or the superb Wealth and Wisdom silver coin set portraying a rottweiler and a border collie.

Along with an immaculate 1oz Lunar gold coin depicting a labrador retriever in high relief, there’s now an exceptional canine coin to suit almost everyone’s liking!

Both our Happy Birthday and Wedding silver coins are back with a 2018 year-date to provide you with a brilliant alternative gift for family and friends on the most important occasions in their lives.

To start the party in the most propitious way, we’ve also embodied symbols of good fortune and prosperity in new releases celebrating the Chinese New Year and highly symbolic Money Toad.

For more details of these and other beautiful gifts ideas, browse through our final electronic bulletin of the year or head to Recent Releases on our website.

And don’t forget our Christmas Gift Guide where along with more glittering gift ideas you can check final order dates for delivery before 25 December.

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Nov 272017
 

Certain German shepherds are born with a blue tinge in their coats. As puppies, German shepherds with this colour variation can also have blue eyes.

The new Gemstone Edition from the 2018 Australian Lunar Series celebrates the Year of the Dog with an image of a German shepherd featuring a beautiful blue sapphire in its right eye.

Sapphires have mystical associations with truth, sincerity and faithfulness – the latter a strong trait of German shepherds which are well known for their loyalty and obedience. It’s also been claimed sapphires have strong healing powers, especially for sore eyes!

Probably best known as September’s birthstone and a 45th wedding anniversary gift, the sapphire is one of a trio of well-known precious gemstones including ruby and emerald that feature in sought after jewellery. Sapphire is also the second hardest natural gemstone to diamond.

2018 Year of the Dog Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition

This spectacular release features a sparkling finishing touch in the shape of a handset blue sapphire. Limited to maximum mintage of only 500, the coin is a remarkable keepsake for any German Shepherd owner and all those born in the Year of the Dog.

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