Oct 162014
 
Rainbow-Lorikeet-Credit---Andrew-Silcocks---BirdLife-Australia

Credit: : Andrew Silcocks – BirdLife Australia

From 20-26 October 2014, during national Bird Week, thousands of Australians will be taking part in the first-ever annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

The goal for the week is for Australian bird counters to spot a total of 100,000 birds, providing BirdLife Australia, the country’s largest independent, not-for-profit bird conservation organization, with important data to form a more detailed picture of the current state of Australian birdlife.

As well as traditional suburban backyards, participants will be spotting birds in local parks, school yards, farms and national parks – in fact in any green patch where they feel ‘at home’.

Get involved

If you’d like to get involved, all you need is 20 minutes and some keen eyesight (or binoculars). And it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice – BirdLife Australia has developed the Aussie Bird Count app to help identify and record every feathered friend spotted at your location.

Download the free appBackyardBird-app

You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted not just across your neighbourhood, but the whole of Australia!

Win a bird coin prize

A fantastic opportunity to help secure the future of Australia’s native birds, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count also provides every participant with a chance to win one of 10 superb coin prizes donated by The Perth Mint.

As well as five stunning 1oz silver coins portraying the colourful Rainbow Lorikeet, we’re also donating five Stamp & Coin Covers featuring the beautiful Striated Pardalote, to be given away by BirdLife Australia during the count.

Lorikeet_coin Birds of Australia – Rainbow Lorikeet
2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
Pardalote_Coin Striated Pardalote
2013 Stamp & Coin Cover

Spacer

This first-ever Aussie Backyard Bird Count forms part of the national celebrations for Bird Week 2014, with bird-focused events taking place across the country including art shows, bird walks, camps, and breakfasts with the birds.

ABBC-Logo
Australians have been celebrating National Bird Week for more than 100 years and with Spring the peak nesting and breeding season for many of Australia’s favourite birds, it’s the perfect time to see them in action and learn more about how we can help them.

POST A COMMENT

Oct 072014
 

October sees the launch of the latest coin from the Australia Map Shaped Series featuring native Australian animals.

The new coin portrays one of Australia’s most feared reptiles, the Saltwater Crocodile. A formidable and opportunistic predator, it’s capable of killing almost any animal that enters its territory!

Map_Shaped_Saltwater_Crocodile_Coin

Australia Map Shaped Coin Series – Saltwater Crocodile 2014 1oz Silver Coin

Check out this video clip of the actual coin in capsule.

Issued as Australian legal tender, just 6,000 of these Saltwater Crocodile coins from the Australia Map Shaped 1oz Silver Series will be released in presentation packaging.

Australia Map Shaped Series

The Australia Map Shaped Coin Series has proved exceptionally popular since the first coin was issued in 2012. With a maximum mintage of 6,000, each coin is cleverly created from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in the shape of Australia.

The Kookaburra, Emu, Kangaroo and Platypus releases have already sold out, and there are currently less than 1,000 Koala coins still available for sale. Please consider snapping up the latest release if you’re intending to pursue this series further or simply love all things crocodilian!

Map-Shaped-Series

Future assured for popular series

Contrary to information presented in this month’s Bulletin, this unique series is certain to continue in 2015 and beyond. Designs under consideration feature an adventurous and exciting selection of Australian animals that we’re sure will delight collectors going forward.

POST A COMMENT

Oct 072014
 

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this coin celebrates the exhilarating and dangerous activity of rock fishing. Extremely popular in Australia and New Zealand, rock fishing involves fishing straight into the sea from a rocky outcrop or platform.

Rock-Fishing_silver-coinFor your chance to win this amazing Rock Fishing 1oz silver proof coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: A great catch!

ROD_GROW_MEN

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘October 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 3 November 2014. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for notification of anagrams and other great coin competitions.

Facebook Twitter

Last month’s winner: Congratulations to Sharon Markwell, QLD for the correct answer of Cretaceous Period.

POST A COMMENT

Oct 072014
 

This month sees the launch of some special releases celebrating the 2014 Year of the Goat. These beautiful coins are magnificent collectables, gifts and keepsakes for anyone born under the influence of the lunar goat in 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015.

Coloured Gold Coins

Coloured Silver Coins

For the ultimate silver collectable marking the Year of the Goat, this year’s Typeset Collection features Proof, Bullion, Coloured and Gilded coins in one stunning presentation.

This month sees the release of many more exquisite coins catering for a broad range of tastes and interests in the wonderful world of modern numismatics.

Happy collecting!

POST A COMMENT

Oct 012014
 

This coin features a colourful seasonal image of Mickey Mouse celebrating Christmas with his friends Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto!

The words ‘Season’s Greetings’ and delicate snowflake motifs are engraved on the coin’s mirror-like table.Disney-Seasons-Greetings-Silver_CoinA fantastic gift, the coin comes in book-styled presentation packaging vividly illustrated with Disney’s famous characters.

The coin is protected in a star-shaped capsule with a red ribbon, enabling it to be enjoyed as a sparkling hanging decoration year-after-year.

Disney-Christmas-2014_Silver-1_2oz_coinStruck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of pure silver and issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 of these amazing Disney Season’s Greetings coins will be released.

More information.

Disney_copyright

Spacer

POST A COMMENT

Sep 302014
 

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 56 short stories featuring detective Sherlock Holmes.

The story of the Gloria Scott came to light after Sherlock spent a month with his university friend, Victor Trevor. During his stay, Sherlock exercised his powers of deduction to uncover a secret from the family’s past.

Gloria-Scott_1oz-silver-coin

Dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and the story of the Gloria Scott, this very limited coin is from the popular Famous Ships That Never Sailed series.

In his youth, Victor’s father was convicted of fraud and sent to Australia aboard a ship called the Gloria Scott. Whilst on route, he discovered a conspiracy among some of the prisoners to take over the ship. Several crew members died as a result of the ensuing revolt, and the instigator of the takeover, Jack Prendergast, wanted to murder all of the Gloria Scott’s remaining crew to cover his tracks.

Victor’s father and several other prisoners did not wish to partake in cold-blooded murder, so they asked to be set adrift in a small boat, to make their own way to Australia.

Not long after the small boat had departed, the Gloria Scott exploded. Victor’s father and the others adrift on the small vessel rowed back to search for survivors. They found only one, a man named Hudson.

Once they reached Australia, the drifters changed their names and embarked on a new way of life as free men, before eventually returning to England. Victor’s father had lived a safe and peaceful existence until Hudson turned up on his doorstep, attempting to blackmail him and other members of the mutinous crew. When he received a letter informing him that Hudson had told the police about the Gloria Scott, Victor’s father suffered a stroke and died.

Gloria-Scott-coin_display-caseStruck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this coin’s reverse portrays a representation of the Gloria Scott sailing, with Sherlock Holmes sitting onshore smoking his pipe.

Presented in a wooden case moulded in the shape of a book, no more than 3,000 Famous Ships That Never Sailed – Gloria Scott 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be released.

POST A COMMENT