Jul 232014
 

The correct answer to our latest Mystery Coin competition is:

Ships That Changed The World – Cutty Sark 2012 1oz Silver Proof Coin.

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Cutty Sark‘s name derives from Robert Burns’ famous poem Tam O’ Shanter about a farmer called Tam who is chased by a witch dressed only in a ‘cutty sark’ – an old Scottish name for a short nightdress. The witch was portrayed as a figurehead on Cutty Sark’s bow.

The famous ship was badly damaged by fire in 2007 while undergoing conservation, but has since been restored and was reopened to the public in Greenwich, London in April 2012.

Built in 1869, Cutty Sark was one of the fastest clippers to transport tea from China to London. But with the growing success of steam ships on the shorter Suez Canal route, she turned to the trade in wool from Australia, where she held the record time to Britain for 10 years.

Congratulations to the following winners who submitted correct answers on Facebook or email (via the blog post):

  • Stephen Grieshaber
  • Harbeen Kaur
  • Heidi Layland
  • Vicki Emanuel
  • Steve Garlesky

If you didn’t win this time, please watch our Facebook page and blog for another Mystery Coin competition in the not too distant future.

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Jul 152014
 

Consider the clues below. Then search The Perth Mint website to find a pure silver coin depicting the subject they relate to.

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  • Look to poet Robert Burns for the origin of my name.
  • On the topic of burns, I was recently rescued from a devastating fire.
  • My fame derives from swift shipments of tea and wool.

 

Start your search for the mystery coin here: http://www.perthmint.com.au

How To Enter

Once you think you’ve identified the correct coin on the website, email the complete product title to contest@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘July 2014 Mystery Coin Competition’ in the subject line. Entries close on 21 July 2014. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and winners will be notified by email. (Terms & Conditions.)

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Jul 042014
 

Megalania was a giant Australian goanna or monitor lizard that lived during the Pleistocene epoch.

This incredible creature was the largest of its genus to live in Australia and possibly the world. It was the biggest carnivore to have existed here during the last two million years, and research has suggested that it is likely to have possessed venom glands, possibly making it the largest venomous vertebrate ever to have existed.

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Megalania and Genyornis – reconstruction illustration by Peter Trusler.

Megalania bones found on the Darling Downs in Queensland were first analysed in 1858 by Richard Owen, the brilliant naturalist who coined the term ‘dinosaur’. Owen suggested that the complete animal would have had an overall length of 20 feet – much bigger than any lizard known at the time.

Megalania is believed to have died out around 20 – 30,000 years ago as the Australian continent dried and its prey became less numerous. This makes it entirely feasible that the first people to arrive in Australia would have lived alongside – and been extremely wary of – this formidable lizard!

The Megalania 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin is the fifth and final release from our Australian Megafauna series featuring extraordinary images by the world-renowned paleo-illustrator Peter Trusler.

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For more information about this series click here.

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Jul 032014
 

AustralianKangarooHR1ozSilverRepresenting the very best in minting excellence, this proof quality coin is struck from 99.9% pure silver in spectacular high relief, and features an adult kangaroo in outback Australia.

With a limited issue of 19,000, the Australian legal tender release is housed in individual presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For your chance to win this stunning coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: three different names for a group of kangaroos

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘July 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 July 2014. 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: Lorraine Wallis of WA, for the correct answer ‘The Acacia Tree’

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Jul 032014
 

July marks the start of the new financial year and to start things off with a bang The Perth Mint is releasing a stunning array of new coins.

Australian Kangaroo 2014 25th Anniversary Gold Proof Coins (individual 1oz and 1/4oz gold proof coins, and five-coin set)

 2014 Australian Megafauna – Megalania 1oz Silver Proof Coin

2014 Australian Outback 1/2oz Silver Coloured Coin Collection

2014 Australian Kangaroo 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

Chinese Astrological Series 2014 Year of the Horse - Prosperity 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

Chinese Astrological Series 2014 Year of the Horse 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Set

2014 Mini Koala 0.5g Gold Coin

2014 Young Collectors Superpowers Series Flight $1 Coin

Browse the electronic bulletin above for details of these and other recent releases including Australia’s official commemorative coins of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

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