Mar 262015
 

A magnificent follow-up to the earlier 5oz silver Mythological Characters coloured release, this superb new coin portrays the same legendary creatures in stunning high relief detail.

Design Inspiration

According to ancient Chinese mythology, the universe was divided into four quadrants marking the beginning and end of the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes. These heavenly quadrants were known as the ‘Four Celestial Palaces’, with each palace represented by a guardian animal with a corresponding colour, element, and virtue.

The Blue Dragon

The dragon is considered to be a symbol of supreme power. Although fearsome and frightening, the dragon is also believed to be benevolent, just, and the bringer of wealth and good fortune. The dragon represents spring, wood, and the east, the colour blue, and propriety.

The White Tiger

The white tiger represents autumn, metal, and the west, and is said to be a fierce protector with the power to exorcise evil spirits and grant a good harvest. Representing the colour white, the tiger is believed to be the king of all animals and the lord of the mountains. The tiger is also believed to be the bringer of wealth and symbolic of a good marriage.

The Red Phoenix

The auspicious phoenix represents summer and the south, the colour red, fire and knowledge. Appearing in times of good fortune, the phoenix is symbolic of resurrection and immortality, and is believed to bring happiness to people.

The Black Tortoise

Representing winter, water, and the north, the black tortoise symbolises longevity, wisdom, knowledge, and reproduction. The tortoise is also considered to be the God of water. The ancient Chinese believed there were no male tortoises, and so the females were forced to mate with snakes. As a result, the tortoise is commonly portrayed in an embrace with a snake.

Chinese Mythical Creatures 2015 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

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Struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, just 1,000 of these stunning coins are available worldwide.

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Mar 232015
 

For the next eight days only you can secure our amazing Charlie Chaplin gold and silver commemorative coins with 20% off the original issue price. This offer marks the final opportunity to acquire these superb releases which are being withdrawn from sale on 31 March 2015.

Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 2014 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

Struck from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, this coin displays a struck portrait of Charlie Chaplin as The Tramp. It is housed in a remarkable display case which plays a short film clip to music from the silent film, The Circus.

Available now at the special price of $599.50
(Original issue price $750)

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Each 100 Years of Laughter 2014 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin is housed
in a prestigious MP4 box which plays a short film clip
when the lid of the case is opened.
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Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 2014 1oz Silver Proof Lenticular Coin

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this amazing coin features a movie-like sequence of Charlie Chaplin’s iconic onscreen character The Tramp, which ‘plays’ as the coin is moved.

Available now at the special price of $86.90
(Original issue price $109)

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With the use of lenticular lenses, the reverse of the 100 Years of Laughter 1oz silver coin depicts Charlie Chaplin’s on-screen character, The Tramp, jauntily walking as seen in the closing scenes of the 1928 silent movie, The Circus.

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Take advantage before the 31 March deadline and celebrate Charlie Chaplin’s comic genius with these extremely limited numismatic tributes.

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Mar 112015
 

Most of us would be familiar with the traditional wedding day rhyme signifying what a bride should wear at her wedding for good luck.

Something old, something new,
Something borrowed, something blue
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Often forgotten is the last line, which says:

And a silver sixpence in her shoe.

The practice of placing a sixpence in a bride’s shoe began in Britain. Sixpences were first made in the 1550s, meaning the tradition is possibly hundreds of years old.

Customarily put in the bride’s left shoe by her father, the sixpence was said to bring good fortune and prosperity to the newlyweds.

Wedding 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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Made from 1oz of pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, The Perth Mint’s 2015 Wedding coin is a perfect gift reflecting this wonderful tradition.

But it doesn’t have to be placed in the bride’s shoe! This beautiful coin comes in a white display box featuring a stunning heart-shaped crystal on the lid, making it suitable for any wedding guest to give to the lucky bride.

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Mar 092015
 

The Blue Tongue Lizard is the latest addition to Australia’s Remarkable Reptiles, a fascinating silver coin series which also includes the Frilled Neck Lizard and Thorny Devil Lizard.

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Two Extraordinary Facts About Blue Tongues

  • This lizard attempts to frighten its enemies by sticking its unusually coloured tongue out!
  • If grabbed from behind, the blue tongue’s tail may drop off as it tries to escape. (Fortunately, it grows back again!)

The largest members of the skink family, Blue Tongue Lizards prefer open country with lots of ground cover. But they also adapt well to the suburbs where they can sometimes be found living in large back yards.

Blue Tongues are not poisonous and will not bite unless provoked. In fact, they’re great garden companions that will help keep snails and slugs at bay.

Australia’s Remarkable Reptiles – Blue Tongue Lizard 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% silver in proof quality and issued by Downies, the third coin in this series portrays a Blue Tongue Lizard in colour with its tongue extended.

No more than 5,000 of these coins will be issued, each housed in a wooden presentation case and custom designed shipper accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Mar 042015
 

This month we’re adding two extremely poignant coins to The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series:

Goodbye Cobber 2015 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

On 7 August 1915, the 3rd Light Horse Brigade attacked Turkish trenches at the Nek on the Gallipoli peninsula. In the words of Lieutenant-Colonel Noel Brazier, what occurred was “sheer bloody murder” as the Australian troops were mowed down by Turkish rifle and machine-gun fire. Despite calls to abandon the attack, four waves of men went over the top into a maelstrom of bullets.

With fatalistic recognition of what was about to happen to him, Trooper Harold Rush of the 10th Light Horse, aged 23, famously uttered to his mate: “Goodbye Cobber, God bless you.” The words are inscribed on his headstone and, in tribute to Rush and all those who fell with him, they now appear on this Australian coin made from 99.99% pure gold.

Restricted to a limited mintage of just 1,000, the coin’s emotive portrayal depicts an Australian soldier at a graveside being comforted by the spectral figure of his fallen comrade.

ANZAC-Lest-We-ForgetLest We Forget 2015 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin

More than 60,000 Australians lost their lives during the First World War. Many men died in battle, their final resting place the battle fields on which they fought.

They are buried in war cemeteries or listed on memorials to the missing in countries around the world – from the United Kingdom, Belgium, France, Greece and Turkey, to Israel, the Lebanese Republic, Papua New Guinea and Syria.

Over the past 100 years, there have been many moving symbols that have come to be associated with military loss. One of these is the Fallen Soldier Battle Cross, also known as the Battlefield Cross or Battle Cross, which is portrayed on the reverse of this magnificent pure silver release.

With a mintage of only 500, the Australian coin’s depiction of this silent sentinel is framed by a list of symbolic words and phrases, including the names of battlefields and cemeteries associated with World War I.

Now in its second year, the five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series honours the actions and sacrifices of those who served their country between 1914 and 1918, and how their courage, mateship, resourcefulness and egalitarianism helped shape Australian society and our national identity into what it is today.

Produced in association with the Australian War Memorial

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