Feb 082016

Today is Chinese New Year. Ever since we launched the Australian Lunar coin series back in 1996, it has been traditional for The Perth Mint to wish customers and friends Gong Xi Fa Cai.

This year, Chinese and other Asian communities throughout the world welcome back the Monkey. Laden with significance, the ninth animal of the ancient lunar calendar is said to bestow intelligence, wisdom, optimism, ambition and a sense of adventure on those born under its influence.

Befitting the significance of the monkey in Chinese folklore, The Perth Mint has released an extensive coin program marking the Chinese New Year. For your ease, here we present a complete guide to the wide-ranging choice of coins from which you can choose a personal keepsake, or a fitting gift for anyone born under the sign of the Monkey in either of these years – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1kg, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coloured Editions
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coloured Editions
11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Typeset-1oz-InCase-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Typeset Collection
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-HighRelief-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-Gilded-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Gilded Edition Coin
YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-1oz-HighRelief-Proof Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1kilo-GemEye Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition
2016-MonkeyKing-Silver-1oz-Coloured Monkey King
2016 1oz Silver Coloured Coin
OpalMonkey Australian Opal – Lunar Monkey
2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin
2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Wealth&Wisdom-Silver-1oz-2CoinSet Lunar Good Fortune Series – Wealth and Wisdom
2016 1oz Silver Two-Coin Set
Fu-Lu-Shou-In-Case Chinese Astrological Series –
‘Prosperity’, ‘Longevity’ and ‘Success’
2016 1/5oz Gold Three-Coin Set
Prosperity-1_5oz-Gold-Coin Chinese Astrological Series – ‘Prosperity’
2016 1/5oz Gold Coin
 2016LunarCalendarSeries_100 Lunar Calendar Series
2016 1oz Silver Proof Four-Coin Set
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2016 Stamp & Coin Cover



Feb 022016

2014ForeverLoveWith love in the air this February we’re delighted to be giving away an adorable Forever Love 2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin to the winner of our latest anagram competition. With a reverse design featuring a pair of beautiful Australian birds – Major Mitchell Cockatoos – it’s a charming symbol of true love and companionship.

For your chance to win, use the following clue to unscramble these letters.

Clue: What lovers desire on 14 February!Feeding-Vanity-Last

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘February 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 1 March 2016. 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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September 2015 anagram competition winner: Congratulations Robyn Ongheen of Queensland for the correct answer of Latrobe Tasmania.

Feb 022016

This exclusive coin features a true Australian icon, the kangaroo, hopping across an outback landscape.

To capture the depth and wonderful details of the design, The Perth Mint has employed two special techniques. The coin is struck with a high relief die which imparts an unusually deep impression on its extra thick blank. Subsequently, an antique finish is applied to further accentuate light and shadow within the artistry.

These processes have resulted in a unique and dramatic portrayal which exhibits unprecedented clarity and definition.

Australian Kangaroo 2016 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin

Made from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver, the extremely limited release comes in presentation packaging which displays both sides of this impressive coin. No more than 3,000 coin will be released.


Feb 022016

Australian troops arrived on the Somme in mid-July 1916 and played a major role in the fighting around Pozieres and Mouquet Farm, part of the hugely costly WWI offensive that lasted until November. This month The Perth Mint pays tribute to those who fought and died in this deadly conflagration with a new addition to The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series featuring a superbly detailed representation of soldiers charging out of the trenches.

Also in the February Bulletin:

A new addition to the fascinating Australian Posters of World War I silver coin series reflects how artists of the era helped boost funds for the ongoing military effort. The War Bonds release features emotive artwork that was designed to inspire Australians back home to do their part to financially support the War.

The military theme continues with a new WWII release, this time marking the 75th anniversary of the Seige of Tobruk. Australians played a leading role in the defence of the Libyan port city through much of 1941 in the face of an enormous Axis campaign. Derided as ‘rats in a trap’, the troops nevertheless took pride in the slur by which they are famously remembered – the Rats of Tobruk.

Featuring a unique ‘antique’ finish, our latest high relief coin features a national treasure – the kangaroo. Struck from 2oz of pure silver, the detail on this stunning release includes a profusion of native flora.

In quick succession to last month’s Snugglepot & Cuddlepie silver coin, we’re also delighted to present the 100th Anniversary of the Gumnut Babies silver coin featuring another example of May Gibbs’ glorious artwork. This special coin is housed in a limited edition book featuring many of her popular stories.


Jan 272016

Fifty years ago in February 1966, Australia introduced decimal notes and coins, marking the end of its British-style currency system of pounds, shillings and pence. Initially there were six cent-denominated coins with designs by Stuart Devlin and four dollar banknotes.


Commemorate this major milestone in the history of Australian currency with your pick from these collector packs showcasing Australian pre-decimal and decimal coins:

Aust-Currency-Changeover-Pack_100 Australian Currency Changeover
Collection Pack (1953 – 1984)
Pence-to-Cents-Pack_100 Pence to Cents Changeover
Premium Pack (1964-1966)
FiftyCentsPack_100 1966 50c 50th Anniversary Pack

Have you seen our remarkable 50th Anniversary of Australian Decimal Currency 2016 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set?