Oct 012015

New customers buying gold and silver bullion* coins to the value of AU$5,000 are no longer required to complete ID checks when ordering over the telephone.

Previously, all new customers wishing to buy bullion coins had to provide two certified identification documents as part of their customer registration process.

This condition no longer applies to phone buyers purchasing bullion coins under the AU$5,000 limit. New buyers can now open an account and place their first order during the very same call!

It's now more convenient for 'mum-and-dad' type investors as well as gift buyers to collect coins from The Perth Mint's gold and silver bullion range.

It’s now more convenient for ‘mum-and-dad’ type investors as well as gift buyers to collect coins from The Perth Mint’s gold and silver bullion range.

Telephone buyers can continue to buy bullion as frequently as they wish so long as the value of their accumulated orders awaiting dispatch from the Mint does not exceed the maximum allowance.

According to Perth Mint Acting General Manager, Neil Vance, the new rules for telephone ordering will benefit many customers. “It will help small investors, particularly ‘mum-and-dad’ type buyers, who want to purchase one or two coins at a time with as little hassle as possible,” he said.

“Gift buyers too will appreciate the ability to pick up individual bullion coins from series like our Australian Lunar program, which is an extremely popular way of marking Chinese New Year and celebrating birthdays.”

The Perth Mint’s full range of internationally renowned bullion coins, as well as its cast and minted bars, can be viewed on www.perthmintbullion.com. To open an account and order, just call 1300 201 112 from Australia or +61 8 9421 7218 from overseas.

For orders in excess of AU$5,000, customers must satisfy full ID requirements under the Australian Government’s Anti-Money Laundering and Counter-Terrorism Financing Act 2006.

[*Bullion Coin – a mass produced coin primarily aimed at precious metal investors. May be supplied with or without a capsule and/or tube, and without Certificate or presentation packaging.]


Sep 162015

On 16th September 1770, Captain Cook’s expedition to Australia witnessed the Aurora Australis, becoming the first Europeans to note the astonishing light show.

Aboard HMS Endeavour, botanists Joseph Banks wrote in his journal:

“About 10 O’Clock a Phaenomenon appeard in the heavens in many things resembling the Aurora Borealis but differing materialy in others: it consisted of a dull reddish light reaching in hight about 20 degrees above the Horizon: its extent was very different at different times but never less than 8 or 10 points of the compass. Through and out of this passd rays of a brighter colourd light tending directly upwards.”

Unknown to Cook and his fellow explorers, the lights are created when energetic particles, principally electrons, strike the upper atmosphere and travel along Earth’s magnetic field lines. (The same principle operates in a flourescent tube or neon light.)

Glow in the dark coin

Australian Antarctic Territory Series – Aurora Australis 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The reverse of this 2013 silver coin from the popular Australian Antarctic Territory Series features a representation of this natural wonder also known as the Southern Lights. Coloured with glow-in-the-dark ink, the portrayal of Aurora Australis glows in the dark!


Sep 092015

The intaglio is an artistic technique commonly associated with sculpture, whereby an image is created by cutting, carving, or engraving into the surface. It has been wonderfully employed on this 1oz silver piedfort-sized commemorative, which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. The coin’s reverse design elements, including the Queen’s effigy and patterns of Tudor roses, are impressed (or incused) into the coin table for an unusual and pleasing effect.

More: The Longest Reigning Monarch Queen Elizabeth II 2015 1oz Silver Intaglio Coin


Sep 082015

Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth II will became the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015.

Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne on the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth’s historic 2015 milestone means she surpasses her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s previous record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes (63 years and 7 months) on the throne.

Watch how the Queen has changed over 63 years on the throne.

Queen of Australia

When The Queen visits Australia, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia. Over the past 63 years she has devoted enormous energy in her service to Australia, visiting on 16 occasions during which she has been to every Australian State and the two mainland Territories. She has undertaken many important duties, as the following record of her visits attests.


Eight months after her coronation, the new Queen becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia
The Queen commemorates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Canberra
The Queen marks the bi-centenary of Captain James Cook’s journey up the east coast of Australia with the inauguration of The Captain James Cook Memorial
The Queen officially opens Sydney Opera House
The Queen opens Australian Parliament in Canberra
The Queen undertakes her Silver Jubilee Royal Tour
The Queen opens the new High Court of Australia building in Canberra
The Queen attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Melbourne
The Queen opens the new National Gallery of Australia in Canberra
The Queen signs the Proclamation for the Australia Act which makes Australian law independent of British parliaments and courts
The Queen opens new Parliament House in Canberra, takes part in bicentenary celebrations, and attends World Expo Brisbane
The Queen marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Sydney
The Queen undertakes her first tour since the 1999 referendum on Australia’s Head of State
The Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee and opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane
The Queen opens the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne
The Queen opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth and attends the ‘big Aussie barbie’ with tens of thousands of people on the city foreshore
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Australian Coin Tributes

The Perth Mint is delighted to honour The Queen’s achievement as Britain longest reigning monarch with three Australian legal tender commemorative coins. Struck from pure gold and silver, each coin is subject to an extremely limited mintage.


  • 2oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown with handset aquamarine gemstone in its cross. Mintage: 350.
  • 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown. Mintage: 1,000.
  • 1oz Silver Proof Intaglio Coin – featuring an incused depiction of the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a pattern of Tudor roses. Mintage: 5,000.

Intaglio: devices or lettering which are sunk below neighboring surfaces, in this case design elements that are impressed (incused) into the coin table.

Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Sep 072015

The following collector coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

2ozAlice-in-Wonderland 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
2015 2oz Silver Antiqued Clock Coin

Maximum Mintage: 2,500
20152ozGoldPrKoalaHR Australian Koala
2015  2oz Gold Proof 2oz High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 150
20151ozGoldPrKangaHR Australian Kangaroo
2015 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 500
Sisko_DS9_Set Star Trek: Captain Benjamin Sisko & Deep Space 9
2015 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
Issue Limit: 1,500




Sep 042015

Our celebration of Star Trek on commemorative silver coins now includes the adventures of Captain Kathryn Janeway and the U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656.


Previous Releases
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: The Original Series

SpacerStar Trek: Voyager debuted in 1995 and ran for seven seasons until 2001. In a unique development, it saw the franchise’s first female captain in a central role. Played by American actress Kate Mulgrew, Kathryn Janeway is a tough and courageous commander – highly intelligent, thoughtful, dedicated and diplomatic.

The action takes place in the 2370s. While attempting to capture the crew of a rebel Maquis vessel, her ship is pulled into the distant Delta quadrant by powerful alien technology. Stranded 70,000 light-years from Earth, Janeway convinces the renegades to join her Starfleet crew and serve together during the long voyage home to Federation space.

Smaller than either Kirk’s or Picard’s starships — its crew complement is only 150 — U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 is nevertheless one of the most technologically advanced vessels in Starfleet. With the ability to land on a planet’s surface, its technical innovations include bio-neural circuitry, variable geometry warp nacelles, and an Emergency Medical Holographic program.

Star Trek: Voyager 2015 Silver Coins

Star Trek: Voyager – Captain Kathryn Janeway 1oz Silver Proof Coin


Star Trek: VoyagerU.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 1oz Silver Proof Coin


Star Trek: Voyager – Captain Kathryn Janeway & U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set


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