Sep 152014
 

Named after its rich brown mahogany-coloured belly, the Mahogany Glider is a large gliding possum found only in the Wet Tropics of northern Queensland.

A nocturnal, elusive and silent marsupial, the Mahogany Glider was first described in the 1880s. It seemingly disappeared and was regarded as extinct until scientists rediscovered it living near Tully in 1989.

The area’s woodland provides the Mahogany Glider with an open canopy, allowing it to glide from tree to tree. It uses a ‘patagium’, or flat parachute-like extension of skin, to glide distances of 30 metres and more.

With the smallest range of any mammal in Australia and ongoing loss of habitat, the Mahogany Glider is now in danger of extinction.

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Endangered and Extinct – Mahogany Glider 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Available from today, this latest addition to the Endangered and Extinct coin series features a Mahogany Glider perched on a tree branch framed by gumnuts and gum leaves.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released, each housed in a presentation case and delightfully illustrated shipper.

Click here for full product details.

Sep 092014
 

The Common Barn Owl has a mysterious family offshoot in Australia.

Unlike its extensively distributed relative, the Masked Owl is only found in coastal regions of Australia and some parts of New Guinea.

Even here it’s regarded as a bit of an enigma due to its nocturnal, secretive and often very silent behaviour, which makes it difficult to observe.

SpacerNow, The Perth Mint has highlighted this shy, rare bird with the latest release from its popular Australian Opal Series.

Unique Opal Design

The largest member of the Barn Owl family, the Masked Owl has dark eyes set in a prominent, flat, heart-shaped facial mask that is encircled by a dark border. It requires tall eucalyptus trees with suitable hollows for nesting and roosting.

Using these cues, Aleysha Howarth from The Perth Mint’s creative studio prepared a representation of a Masked Owl in the hollow of a tree.

To create the coin’s innovative centrepiece, her design was laser-etched into glass which was then laid over a mosaic of authentic Australian opal.

The spectacular outcome is a uniquely coloured interpretation of this special Australian owl.

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No more than 8,000 of these Masked Owl 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be struck. Each coin is presented in a prestigious display case with a light, which illuminates as you open the lid, to represent the moon shining down on an amazing nocturnal creature.

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Sep 042014
 

The ancient Chinese lunar calendar, which dates back beyond 2,600BC, is reputedly the longest chronological record in history. According to Chinese legend, Buddha summoned the animals to attend him before departing to the next life. Just 12 came and consequently each one was rewarded with a lunar year to preside over.

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2015 Year of the Goat

The Chinese believe that these animals have a profound effect on the personality of people born under their influence. Thus, anyone born in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991 or 2003 – the Year of the Goat – will likely be elegant, charming, artistic, gifted and calm!

The Year of the Goat, which occurs again in 2015, is celebrated on the latest coins from the Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Coin Series II. The stunning quality of the Proof Issues make them perfect for all ‘goats’ to cherish.

Whether you’re thinking of buying these coins as personal keepsakes or as gifts for someone who was born in the Year of the Goat, don’t hesitate too long as mintages are exceptional limited.

Click here for full details of the exquisite Gold and Silver Proof Issues.

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Sep 032014
 

The Australian Abalone Shell coin is a stunning collectable highlighting the extraordinary beauty of the abalone’s smooth inner shell.

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The abalone is a single-shelled mollusc or marine snail. Its vibrant inner layer is composed of mother-of-pearl which displays an iridescent mix of colours, ranging from deep cobalt blue and peacock green, to purples, creams and pinks.

Highly sought-after as decorative pieces, abalone inner shells are often used for jewellery, buttons, and inlays in furniture and musical instruments.

More facts about amazing abalone:

  • The flesh of the abalone is considered to be a culinary delicacy in many countries.
  • Abalone can produce pearls, considered by many to be the most beautiful and rarest in the world.
  • Abalones are sometimes known as ear shells, on account of their eared-shaped external appearance.
  • Nearly a quarter of the world’s supply of abalones comes from Tasmania.
  • Strict fishing laws, such as Australian license and quota regulations, exist to protect the potentially endangered species.

The spectacular 2014 Australian Abalone Shell coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. The centrepiece of its reverse design is a polished fragment of authentic abalone shell.

Issued as legal tender of Australia, just 5,000 of these coins will be released.

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Sep 022014
 

Between 145 million and 65 million years ago, during the period known to science as the Cretaceous, the evolving continent of Australia provided an ideal environment for dinosaurs.

Evidence of their existence has been found in numerous areas, including Central-West Queensland, a hot-spot for the discovery of fossilised bones from dinosaurs alive at that time.

In 2006, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum made one of the region’s most famous discoveries near the town of Winton. From the clay at the bottom of an ancient billabong, they uncovered the most complete skeleton of a meat-eating dinosaur yet found in Australia.

AUSTRALOVENATORBrandishing razor-sharp teeth and three slashing claws on each hand, the creature was a ferocious predator. Approximately 5 metres in length, 1.5 metres high and weighing around 500 kilograms, it probably attacked much larger dinosaurs like the lumbering herbivorous sauropod whose skeleton was found in the same billabong!

The terrifying beast is known formally as Australovenator wintonensis (Winton’s Southern Hunter). But to the locals it’s Banjo, a nickname honouring the fact that Banjo Paterson first performed Australia’s unofficial anthem, Waltzing Matilda, in Winton.

With such an unequivocal Australian pedigree, Banjo is depicted on the first release from our new Australian Age of Dinosaurs silver proof coin series. Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, the Australian legal tender coin includes a coloured portrayal of the pre-historic landscape through which he rampaged.

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Coin collectors who wish to embark on a 100 million year journey back to the Cretaceous Period with this stunning coin program can look forward to the release of four more coins in coming months with designs featuring Diamantinasaurus, Leaellynasaura, Minmi and Muttaburrasaurus.

To buy the first release or learn more about a series subscription, click here.

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Sep 022014
 

AUSTRALOVENATOR dinosaur coinStruck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this dramatic release portrays Australovenator, a carnivorous dinosaur with razor sharp claws and teeth.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be released as part of the exciting new Australian Age of Dinosaurs five-coin series.

For your chance to win this amazing coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: When Australovenator stalked Australia.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘September 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 6 October 2014. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Belinda Bann from Victoria, Australia for the correct answer of ‘mustering cattle’.

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