Apr 152015
 

Dorothea Mackellar’s My Country is one of Australia’s most widely recited and beloved poems. Reflective of the author’s great love of the Australian landscape, the poem has become one of the most recognised and celebrated pieces of Australian poetry ever written.

In tribute to Dorothea’s iconic poem and as homage to the stunning Australian landscapes she evoked, The Perth Mint is delighted to issue four beautifully illustrated silver coins each inscribed with famous lines from My Country.

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Dorothea Mackellar (1885 – 1965)

Dorothea Mackellar was born in 1885 at Point Piper, Sydney, the third of four children and only daughter of Doctor Charles Mackellar and his wife Marion. From an early age, Dorothea had a keen interest in poetry and story-telling, and had many of her poems and novels published throughout her lifetime.

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Dorothea Mackellar OBE

In 1904, after spending an extended period abroad in London, and feeling homesick for Australia, Dorothea began writing My Country. Several re-writes later, the poem was published in The Spectator in London in 1908, under its original title, Core of My Heart.

Inspired by her experiences on the family’s rural properties near Gunnedah and the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, Dorothea’s poetry reflected a love and appreciation for the variety and beauty of the Australian bush and country living, and My Country was no exception.

The poem presented a contrast between the English and Australian landscapes at a time when many Australians still considered themselves to be British. The poem’s first stanza acknowledged this feeling, but Dorothea left no doubt as to where her personal preference lay. Revealing her sense of great national pride, it was the second stanza that would resonate most powerfully with Australian audiences for more than 100 years.

I love a sunburnt country,
A land of sweeping plains,
Of ragged mountain ranges,
Of droughts and flooding rains.
I love her far horizons,
I love her jewel-sea,
Her beauty and her terror –
The wide brown land for me!

(Mackellar, Dorothea 1907 – 1908, ‘My Country’ (Ref: A1605001). State Library of NSW.)
 

2015 Sunburnt Country 1oz Silver Rectangle Coins

The four rectangular coins are inspired by Dorothea’s ‘sweeping plains’, ‘ragged mountain ranges’,  ‘drought and flooding rains’, and ‘jewel-sea’, which are artistically represented on the reverses with well-known Australian animals. Each coin is inscribed with the immortal words I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY,  together with the appropriate line from her second verse.

Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin has a maximum mintage of just 5,000.

This month, we’re pleased to present the magnificent 2015 Sunburnt Country 1oz Silver Four-Coin Set, which has an Issue Limit of just 750.

SunburntCountryCoinSetiAlso available in individual presentation packaging with an Issue Limit of 4,250 is the 2015 Sunburnt Country – A Land of Sweeping Plains 1oz Silver Coin. (The remaining three coins from this delightful series will subsequently be released individually on a bi-monthly basis.)SunburntCountryKangarooCoin

Dorothea was extremely humble about her talent. She “never professed to be a poet. I have written—from the heart, from imagination, from experience—some amount of verse’.* These coins reflect the significance of My Country and just how much her unforgettable words are treasured in Australian hearts.

*Ref: Australian Dictionary of Biography.

© 2015 DME

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Apr 142015
 

Scottish actor, screenwriter and Oscar-winning director Peter Capaldi was born in Glasgow on 14 April 1958.

He is best-known internationally for playing the Twelfth Doctor in TV’s longest-running sci-fi series, Doctor Who.

Happy birthday, Peter!

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Doctor Who – Twelfth Doctor 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver, this officially licensed coloured coin is the perfect way to celebrate Peter Capaldi’s famous on-screen character.

Presented in classic presentation packaging with a numbered certificate, no more than 4,000 of these coins will be released.

Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint

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Apr 092015
 

Following the introduction of the Disney Princess gold and silver coin program with Cinderella, the second release features Princess Aurora.

Princess_AuroraThe leading character in Disney’s 1959 animated feature Sleeping Beauty, Aurora believes she is Briar Rose, a cheerful, kind and gentle peasant girl who befriends the animals of the forest in which she lives.

Little does she know that she was born a princess, or that she is cursed by an evil fairy to prick her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel and fall into a deep sleep at just 16 years of age. As her fateful birthday approaches, Aurora yearns to meet someone special and discover the wonder of true love.

The character of Princess Aurora is based on Charles Perrault’s The Beauty Sleeping in the Wood, published in 1697. As fans of the Disney classic know well, the curse is partially reversed by a good fairy – Aurora will awaken with a kiss from the prince of her dreams!

Disney’s delightful version of the age-old fairy tale has been hailed as one of the best animated films ever made, crowning Princess Aurora as one of the most popular of all Disney princesses.

Disney Princess: Aurora

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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 Aurora 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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Apr 082015
 

Gresley and Wilfred Harper were among the hundreds of men of the Australian Light Horse who lost their lives during the doomed charge at the Battle of Nek on 7 August 1915.

In October that­­­­­­ year, elder brother Walter (one of the founders of Wesfarmers and its longest serving chairman) wrote a heart-felt letter from his home at Woodbridge near Perth to his sister Clara, assuring her both boys had been killed outright and that they had been buried the following day near the trenches.

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Trooper Gresley Harper (left), 10th Light Horse Regiment – [Australian War Memorial P07183.001]. Trooper Wilfred Harper (right), 10th Light Horse Regiment [Australian War Memorial P07183.002]. From Guildford, WA, the Harper brothers embarked together aboard HMAT Mashobra (A47) on 8 February 1915 from Fremantle and were both killed in action on Walker’s Ridge, Gallipoli on 7 August 1915.

Walter’s assertions were based on Arthur Leakes’ eye-witness report, enabling him to relate chilling details of the awful events of the day. The odds were stacked so incredibly high against the success of the charge that those who took part were aware they almost certainly would not survive, as these telling excerpts from Walter’s letter recount:

“ ‘The Turks were not fifty yds away and had their guns turned onto us and were just waiting for us to mount the parapet. Every man in our line knew that it was almost certain death to get out of our own trench yet not one hesitated an instant when the word “go” was passed along the line. All went as one.

The noise was terrific – shells and bombs were bursting all around us in addition to the hail of lead. It seemed impossible that anyone could live through it.’

In several letters from the front soldiers have told how after Turkish charges the wounded were to be seen in the broiling heat trying to crawl back to cover and those too wounded to move waving their arms and legs either in death agony or as signals for help which could never reach them.

All of us have visions of our boys enduring these tortures and it is a great relief to know that they suffered the easiest of deaths – to be instantly killed in the excitement of battle.”

Bonus Gift For Subscribers

Reproduced in its entirety in authentic style by The Perth Mint as part of The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, this historical document is a remarkable bonus gift for subscribers to the five-year 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set.

This year’s coins pay tribute to the sacrifices of all those who fought at Gallipoli and also efforts at home to make the soldiers’ lives more bearable.

Bravest-of-the-brave-silver-coinBravest of the Brave

The coin’s reverse depicts the Anzacs as they battled to scale the rocky cliffs above Anzac Cove on 25th April 1915. An Australian soldier, with bayonet fixed to his rifle, is highlighted in colour.

Spirit-of-the-fallen-silver-coinSpirit of the Fallen

The coin’s reverse depicts a symbolic image of the Lone Pine tree in 1915 on the left, with soldiers walking through trenches filled with their fallen comrades. On the right is a coloured representation of the Lone Pine Memorial to the Missing.

Billies-for-the-troopsBillies for the Troops

The coin’s reverse depicts a symbolic image of a woman in colour giving a billy tin to an Australian First World War soldier. The image on the tin is the Alexandra Club Christmas billy tin design which features a kangaroo on the Gallipoli peninsula.

Subscribers will also receive a limited edition replica billy tin in which all 15 1/2oz silver coins issued between 2014 and 2018 can be housed.

Click here for further information about this year’s Three-Coin Set and a Series subscription.

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Replica of Walter Harper’s letter written in 1915 and a replica billy tin with room for all 15 1/2oz silver proof coins from the five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series.

 

Produced in association with the Australian War Memorial

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Apr 072015
 

The Australian Stock Horse has been a runaway success with the first two issues ‘sold out’. In 2015, the third release portrays this iconic working animal leaping a gate.

The history of the Australian Stock Horse dates back to the arrival of Australia’s first horses with the First Fleet. Although they were initially used for stock and exploration work by the early settlers, more than 120,000 Australian Stock Horses served in the First World War. Their strength, stamina and courage earned them international recognition as the finest cavalry mounts in the world, and established their place in Australian history and folklore.

Australian Stock Horse 2015 1oz Silver Coin in Card

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, just 1,000 of these outstanding 2015 coins will be released in bush-themed packaging from a total worldwide mintage of 10,000.

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Apr 072015
 

The national postal service providers of Australia and New Zealand have come together in conjunction with The Perth Mint to honour troops from both nations who fought at Gallipoli.

The 2015 ANZAC Silver Coin & Stamp Set is a stunning collectable comprising an Australian 70c stamp, a New Zealand $2.00 stamp, and special commemorative stamp-shaped legal tender coins featuring superb complementary designs.

ANZACStampShapedAUCoinANZACStampShapedNZCoinSet on background imagery of Anzac Cove, they share the word ANZAC and silhouetted figures of two soldiers at a memorial service – an Australian bugler wearing a slouch hat, and a New Zealand catafalque sentry in a ‘lemon squeezer’ hat.

Imbued with hues that represent Australia’s sunburnt earth and blue skies, the design of the Australian issues include golden wattle, the national floral emblem. The New Zealand issues feature an emblematic silver fern and are infused with the lush greens and blues of New Zealand’s fertile landscape.

Each coin is struck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. Issued as legal tender of Australia and New Zealand respectively, they feature a remarkable rim in the shape of stamp perforations.

Extremely limited mintage

An extremely rare joint-issue by the two ANZAC nations, just 2,500 of these sets will be released. Housed in a clear latex display case which comes in a shipper featuring key design motifs, each set is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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