Sep 132017
 

A royal wedding is cause for much rejoicing. When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, a million people lined the procession route in London to glimpse the newlyweds while many more around the world watched on television.

Arguably, the marriage of the Prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was one of the most welcome and celebrated royal weddings in history.

In 1947, the nation was still recovering from World War II. Austerity was tough for the people of Britain’s bomb-damaged cities. Drab clothes, endless queues and limited food supplies dominated everyday life.

In this atmosphere, the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten provided blissful relief from years of worry and deprivation. Cheerful crowds gathered in London on the cold morning of 20 November, their unbridled joy erupting in a thunder of cheers as the bride’s coach headed towards Westminster Abbey.

After the ceremony, the throng’s good natured enthusiasm reached fever pitch, at one point causing the police to temporarily lose control as the crowd burst through the cordon into Buckingham Palace forecourt.

Throughout the Commonwealth, millions of adoring supporters also celebrated the glamorous couple’s nuptials thanks to live radio broadcasts and the new medium of television.

Despite the pageantry, the royal couple were very aware of their people’s hardships. Here are seven interesting examples of how Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh showed solidarity with the people on their big day.

Seven remarkable facts about the Queen’s wedding

  • Princess Elizabeth paid for material in her wedding dress with the aid of ration coupons.
  • The future Queen did her own makeup for the wedding.
  • When her borrowed diamond tiara broke on the morning of the wedding, repairs were quickly made by the court jeweller.
  • Philip is said to have brushed off his naval uniform for the occasion and worn darned socks.
  • The guest list for the wedding breakfast comprised a mere 150 people.
  • Pieces of the couple’s wedding cake, made from ingredients donated by the Australian Girl Guides, were distributed to school children and institutions.
  • The bride and groom also instructed that 500 cases of tinned pineapples received as a wedding present from the Government of Queensland should be directed to the people.

Juicy pineapple from the Sunshine State must have been an unimaginable luxury for the hungry folk lucky enough to taste it!

70th Anniversary of the Royal Wedding
2017 Silver, Gold and Platinum Proof Coins

After 70 years of marriage, The Perth Mint is proud to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s platinum wedding anniversary with four unashamedly lavish Australian commemorative coins featuring designs approved by the Queen.

Immaculately struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold and 2oz of 99.95% pure platinum, each coin portrays the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom alongside the shield from the Coat of Arms of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

As well as St Edward’s Crown, the intricate design also includes a floral display representing the symbolic rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Housed in presentation packaging, the releases are restricted to limited mintages of 5,000, 350, 750, and 250 respectively.

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Sep 062017
 

The Perth Mint is excited to present its new collection of Australian Lunar proof coins celebrating the Year of the Dog.

Immaculately struck in 99.99% pure gold and 99.99% pure silver, these 2018 releases feature magnificent representations of “man’s best friend”.

Lunar coins draw inspiration from the Chinese zodiac which associates a different animal with each year of the 12-year lunar cycle. According to legend, Lord Buddha summoned all the animals of the Earth to come to him before he departed to his next life – but only 12 arrived. In recognition of their devotion, Buddha rewarded each of the 12 with a year named after it in the lunar calendar – including the dog.

These loyal and dependable creatures are represented on our new Lunar silver proof coins by a German shepherd, and on the gold proof coins by a labrador retriever.

German shepherd

Consistently ranked as one of the most popular breeds in the world, the German shepherd, also known as the Alsatian, was originally developed for herding sheep. Intelligent, obedient and highly trainable, it is now most strongly associated with police and military work. Tireless in its efforts to assist in search and rescue, narcotics detection and host of other challenging roles, it is undoubtedly one of mankind’s most invaluable animal companions.

Labrador retriever

Beloved by millions of owners who have made it the world’s most popular pet dog, the labrador retriever is an attractive, gentle, yet highly capable breed. Naturally gifted in many ways of assistance to humans, it is perhaps best known for its skill as a guide dog for the blind. Its obedience, even temper, love of company, outgoing nature, and tenderness, have all combined to make it the ideal family dog too.

Year of the Dog

The year dates for people ruled by the Chinese lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. According to Chinese mythology, those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.

Presented in special themed packaging, these strictly limited collectables are ideal for dog lovers and anyone born in the Year of the Dog.

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Sep 052017
 

September is a bonanza for collectors of stunning commemorative issues from The Perth Mint.

Canine lovers will be exultant that the Year of the Dog is approaching and will want to get in quick to secure stunning proof issues from the 2018 Australian Lunar series. Depicting two of the world’s favourite breeds – the labrador retriever and German shepherd – these meticulously struck gold and silver coins look certain to be lapped up!

HM Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life reaches another major milestone later this year. On 20 November she and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. As a tribute to this magnificent achievement, we’re honoured to have been granted royal permission to issue four special commemoratives. Crafted from three noble metals – gold, silver and platinum – the coins are presented by The Perth Mint with genuine warmth and affection for Her Majesty and Prince Philip.

If you are already longing for the cheerfulness of the festive season, look no further than this year’s Christmas silver coin. With an image radiating the joyous promise of yuletide celebration, the star shaped release portrays the beckoning warmth of a log cabin in snow. A gorgeous gift and a delightful tree decoration, it beams with season’s greetings!

Our minters’ supreme skills in the art of high relief strikes is again exemplified in the new Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 5oz gold proof coin and Australian Kangaroo 5oz silver proof coin. These miniature works of iconic art are as rare as they are special – just 75 and 1,000 apiece will be struck.

For more information about each of this month’s new coins, including a stunning Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ coloured collectable, click the digital bulletin above or visit Recent Releases on The Perth Mint website.

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Aug 212017
 

Seventy-five years after its release in August 1942, Walt Disney’s Bambi has endured as a perennial classic, remembered long after others have been forgotten.

Loosely based on the novel published in 1923 by Austrian writer Felix Salten called Bambi, a Life in the Woods, the film explores more serious themes than any other Disney animation as it follows the birth and growth of a young deer named Bambi and the challenges he faces as he and his father, mother and friends fight to survive against the human hunter named Man.

Deep in the heart of the woods Bambi struggles to take his first steps as he explores his new world with his friends Thumper, a loveable rabbit, a bashful skunk named Flower, and his future mate, Faline. Along the way he learns valuable lessons about love, life, and loss.

The film is at times quite haunting and anyone who watched it as a child will still remember the devastating shooting of Bambi’s mother and the fire which blazed through the woods destroying the animals’ habitat. The intense thunderstorm sequences, fires and angry hunting dogs make Bambi an intense film with many messages for young viewers, but there are also light-hearted moments as we see Bambi struggle to find his footing on his long, slender legs, while the skating scene with Thumper is one of Disney’s most charming cinematic moments.

Bambi 75th Anniversary 2017 gold and silver proof coins

We’re delighted to offer 1oz silver and 1/4oz gold coins celebrating the 75th anniversary of this Disney classic. Housed in prestigious timber boxes with limited mintages of 10,000 and 1,000 respectively, these coins will make a beautiful gift for Disney fans and collectors.

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Aug 092017
 

The Perth Mint has released the final coin in the Norses Goddesses three-coin series. Like the previous Freya and Frigg coins, the release is struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver with a high relief, antiqued finish.

According to ancient Norse mythology, Hel was the goddess of the dead and the queen of the underworld. Born with partially exposed bones, Hel is one of the most fearsome looking goddesses. She is described as hag-like, appearing half-alive and half-dead, and is often depicted alongside the first World Tree with the dragon Nidhug who lives at the base of the tree.

Hel was the hideous youngest child of Loki and the frost giantess Angrboda. The gods had terrible forebodings about the destiny of Hel and her two siblings, Fenrir the wolf and Jormungand the serpent, and as a result, Hel was banished to the netherworld by Odin, the king of Asgard, out of fear of what she might become. In the netherworld she was responsible for the fate of all those who died from sickness and old age, and those souls who did not die in battle.

The evil dead were banished to a realm of icy-cold death and torture, while women who had died in childbirth, and children that had died, were watched over by Hel. Those who did not die in battle, having decided against the path of war and violence, were guided through the circle of death to rebirth.

Norse Goddesses Hel 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin

The reverse of the coin depicts Hel sitting cross-legged underneath the first World Tree with Nidhug wrapped around the base of the tree. Some of the tree roots depict faces of the lost souls she watches over. The inscription HEL and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark also feature in the design.

Housed in a timber display case with a stunning engraved design on the lid, no more than 2,000 coins will be released worldwide.

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Jul 252017
 

One of the biggest eagles in the world, the Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. The majestic bird is known to soar through the sky for hours on end, frequently reaching altitudes as high as 2,000 metres with a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres.

For your chance to win an Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: The Wedge-tailed Eagle is the official bird emblem of which Australian state or territory? 

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘August 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 August 2017. 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 Melissa Gilchrist of South Australia for the correct answer of ‘Common Brushtail’.

 
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