Nov 252014
 

Today sees the announcement of three exciting new releases celebrating Chinese themes.

2015 Chinese Lion Dance 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The Chinese lion dance is a form of traditional dance dating back to the Han Dynasty (205 BCE to 220 CE) in China. The dance is performed during Chinese New Year and other traditional, cultural and religious festivals and is thought to bring good luck and fortune.

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Incidentally, lions are not native to China; they were introduced via the Silk Road, sent to Chinese emperors as gifts in exchange for the right to trade with merchants.

The lion dance is performed to music made up of beating drums, cymbals and gongs. The dance and the accompanying music is said to fend off ghosts and evil spirits as they are afraid of loud noises.

Perfect for Chinese New Year celebrations, this coin features a coloured representation of the Chinese lion dance. A firecracker, two lanterns and the Chinese character for ‘prosperity’ are also included in the design.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, no more than 5,000 of these 2015 Chinese Lion Dance 1oz Silver Proof Coin will be issued, each housed in a special illustrated card displaying the coin’s reverse and obverse.

Lunar Good Fortune Series – 2015 Year of the Goat – Wealth & Wisdom
1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set

Anticipating good fortune during the Year of the Goat, this stunning set comprises two 1oz silver proof coins with designs symbolising wealth and wisdom.

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The wealth coin’s reverse features the statue of a goat on a coloured background representing mounds of gold coins. The wisdom coin’s reverse depicts a wise goat standing before a coloured portrayal of a Tree of Wisdom. The setting sun is considered a symbol of knowledge and understanding that comes with age.

No more than 1,500 of these two-coin sets will be released, each housed in a display case with a lavishly illustrated shipper.

2015 Year of the Goat – 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

Also available from today is the 1oz high relief version from the Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat Gold Proof Coin Series.

Struck from 99.99% pure gold, the spectacular release depicts an adult male goat standing on a ridge in a stylised mountain scene.

The coin’s stunning high relief reverse and obverse are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die.

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No more than 388 of these magnificent coins will be released, each housed in an oval-shaped display case and illustrated shipper.

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Nov 132014
 

Many Chinese people place great store in the Chinese horoscope and its 12 animal signs. According to legend, the goat was eighth to arrive when Buddha called upon the animal kingdom to visit him – hence the goat is the eighth animal symbol of the popular Lunar calendar.

Positive characteristics of being born under the influence of the goat are believed to include charm, elegance and composure. Goats are also considered to be gifted and artistic people.

     

Get ready for the next Year of the Goat (commencing 19 February 2015) with this stunning presentation comprising four rectangle-shaped coins each made from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver.

Just 3,000 of these unique sets will be released, each housed in a contemporary latex presentation case which beautifully displays a panoramic view of both sides of the coins.

More information: Lunar Calendar Series 2015 Year of the Goat Four-Coin Set

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Nov 122014
 

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

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2014 2oz Silver High Relief Rimless Coin
Maximum Mintage: 1,500
5ozHR_WTE Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle
2014 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 5,000

 

Close to Sell Out

These releases are extremely close to sell out with 50 or less of each set now available.

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2015 Year of the Goat Silver Proof Three-Coin Set
ONLY 50 SETS REMAINING
2014Kangaroox5_Set Australian Kangaroo – 25th Anniversary
2014 Gold Proof Five-Coin Collection
ONLY 40 COLLECTIONS REMAINING

 

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Nov 102014
 

2014Christmas_coinThis year’s Christmas release is a coin with a difference.

Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver, it depicts snow covered roofs set against a backdrop of snowflakes falling from the night sky. A silhouette of Santa Claus and his sleigh drawn by reindeer is reflected across the full moon.

Out of the ordinary

But its out of the ordinary aspect is a multimedia portrayal of Santa that can be seen via a smartphone or tablet.

To experience the delightful imagery and music, a collector must first download the free DAQRI application from the iTunes App Store or Google Play. Then by holding their device’s camera over the reverse of the coin (or the picture of the coin provided in the packaging), Santa can be seen delivering the Christmas coin on Christmas Eve!


Demonstration of the ‘augmented reality’ feature offered by this year’s Christmas coin.

Augmented reality

The special effect takes advantage of ‘augmented reality’, by which the view of the real-world through a digital device is supplemented by computer-generated sound and graphics.

A first of its kind for The Perth Mint, this amazing Australian legal tender release is housed in a display case accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity incorporating a Christmas gift tag. Instructions on how to activate the augmented reality Christmas coin are included in the packaging.

No more than 5,000 of these 2014 Christmas 1/2oz silver proof coins will be released.

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Nov 072014
 

The latest dinosaur to be portrayed on our Australian Age of Dinosaurs silver proof coin series is a bit of a tounge-twister! Its name is pronounced DIA-MAN-TINA-SAW-RUS.

Diamantinasaurus is a titanosaur, a group of plant eating sauropod dinosaurs that existed in the late Cretaceous Period. It lived in the Cenomanian Epoch between 100 and 95 million years ago.

Fossilised limb, rib and girdle remains of Diamantinasaurus were discovered in 2005 near Winton, central Queensland, by a local landowner and recovered from what was once an ancient billabong by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. It was described be vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Scott Hocknull and colleagues in 2009.

The dinosaur was nicknamed ‘Matilda’, after Waltzing Matilda, the world famous song by Australian poet Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson – the scientific name Diamantinasaurus matildae meaning Matilda’s Diamantina River lizard.

Matilda was approximately 16 metres long and would have weighed about 20 tonnes. The skeleton is extremely robust with heavy limbs and a thick, dense pelvic girdle. In contrast, the vertebrae in Matilda’s back and long neck are packed with numerous hollow chambers called ‘camerae’, which would have helped reduce its massive weight.

Like many other sauropod dinosaurs, Matilda may have been able to stand on its hind legs, using its tail for support. This would have enabled it to forage on the high reaching vegetation that was prolific at the time, including conifers, ginkgoes, cycads and angiosperms. It is also possible that it was a semi-aquatic animal that wallowed in billabongs, like the one that eventually preserved its fossils.

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Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this 2015 coin from the Australian Age of Dinosaurs depicts the Diamantinasaurus matildae set against a prehistoric forest scene.

Issued as Australian legal tender in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be struck by The Perth Mint.

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