Apr 112017
 

The history of the Australian stock horse dates back to the arrival of Australia’s first horses with the First Fleet of 1788. Bred to endure the harsh conditions of the colony’s vast outback, their agility, strength and endurance meant they became superbly suited to herding and exploration work. Today, Australia’s legendary stock horse is regarded as the breed for every need, including a wide range of modern day equestrian activities including polocross, camp drafting, and eventing.

Since 2013, The Perth Mint has portrayed images of the iconic stock horse on Australian bullion coins each struck from 1oz of pure silver. Within the maximum mintage of 10,000, a limited issue of just 1,000 coins is released annually for collectors in illustrated card packaging.

With strong demand for each of the previous four issues resulting in a rapid sell out, it’s odds on the 2017 Australian Stock Horse 1oz Silver Coin and Card will become another favourite!

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Apr 062017
 

The story of the First World War from an Australian perspective is told through The Perth Mint’s ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series.

With three coins issued per year between 2014 and 2018, we’re now at the penultimate release featuring designs symbolising key events from 1917 – a year in which Australian forces fought in telling campaigns on the Western Front and in the Middle East.

As well as designs symbolising Australian troops at Ypres and Beersheba, this year’s set pays tribute to the vital and courageous work of Australian nurses.

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series
2017 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set

Front Line Angels

Nurses from Australia worked in field hospitals comprising little more than a series of tents, and on medical ships transporting the wounded to England and Australia. Enduring a constant threat of artillery, bombing, and torpedoes from enemy submarines, they provided medical, emotional, and psychological support for many soldiers suffering horrific wounds.

The Grim Path Back

During the Third Battle of Ypres, months of shell-fire had rendered the landscape desolate and waterlogged. Duckboards were erected to allow troops to move up the line to the fighting, and for the wounded to be brought back down for medical treatment.

Speed and Surprise

When Australian light horsemen charged towards the Ottoman defences at Beersheba in Palestine in October 1917 they faced more than 1,100 Ottoman riflemen, nine field guns, and several machine-guns. The momentum of the surprise attack carried them through enemy positions and on to a remarkable victory. Success at Beersheba played a role in the fall of Gaza along the Palestinian coastline.

Free replica badge for subscribers

A replica Returned From Active Service Badge will be sent to subscription customers of the five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series. Originally awarded by the Department of Defence to returned servicemen and servicewomen who had fought overseas during the First World War, the badge was worn to show the civilian wearer had served overseas during the war.

Bonus items for subscribers accompanying earlier releases in this series comprise:

  • 2014 – replica Sydney Morning Herald front page from 4 August 1914
  • 2015 – replica letter from the brother of two soldiers killed at the battle of The Nek in 1915
  • 2016 – replica silk post card of the type used by WWI troops to write messages home
  • 2017 – replica Returned from Active Service Badge (pictured above)
  • 2018 – to be announced

By subscribing to The ANZAC Spirit 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series, collectors also qualify for a free replica billy tin in which all 15 silver coins can be housed.

Historical images courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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Australian War Memorial TM & © 2017

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Apr 032017
 

The Perth Mint unveiled a special Coloured Rooster from its Australian Lunar Coin Series at the Melbourne 2017 FIAP International Stamp Exhibition over the weekend.

Struck from a 1/4oz of 99.99% pure silver, the Australian legal tender coin features a rooster with a hen and chicks in vivid colour.

Hunters of rare coin show specials can acquire the release from today through the Mint’s website. But the opportunity is likely to be short-lived, with no more than 2,500 coins housed in 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Expo packaging on offer.

An unusual weight for a silver collector coin, the 1/4oz release has a retail price of just AUD 29 and would make an ideal keepsake for anyone born in the Year of the Rooster.

Order here: 2017 year of the Rooster 1/4oz Silver Coloured Coin in 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Exhibition packaging

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Mar 162017
 

John Mercanti’s career as a coin designer and engraver is a remarkable one.

John Mercanti.

His artistic talents were recognised in 1974 by the US Mint, where he spent 36 years, the last four in the revered position of Chief Engraver.

John was responsible for more successful designs than any other employee in the history of the Mint, where the process was traditionally a competition between members of the in-house team.

Among his achievements are many notable American coins and medals, including the American Eagle, a landmark release in that nation’s history.

Since his ‘retirement’, John has been involved in many projects, including the design of the first Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, originally struck by The Perth Mint in 2014.

Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2017 1oz Gold & Silver High Relief Coins

We’re delighted to release these 2017-dated versions showcasing John’s second interpretation of Australia’s largest bird of prey standing on a dead tree branch.

Made from pure gold and pure silver in flawless proof quality, the beautiful coins are struck in high relief, a minting process which increases the design’s prominence from the surrounding table. Displaying the intricate detail of the majestic bird’s plumage with superb clarity, the stunning coins do full justice to John’s unforgettable portrayal.

John once described his involvement in the Wedge-tailed Eagle program as “one of the highlights of my career.” Undoubtedly, the result of his exceptional talents is one of the highlights of our annual collector releases.

With just 500 gold and 10,000 silver versions, these coins are destined to be sought after by collectors the world over.

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Mar 092017
 

Featuring renowned deities and heroes, Norse mythology encompasses a large body of northern Germanic legends dating from pagan times. Its traditions continue today in Scandinavian folklore, which has strongly influenced a number of popular authors, including J.R.R. Tolkien.

In our second coin series based on Norse mythology, The Perth Mint is featuring three principal goddesses. Like the Norse Gods series, which portrayed Thor, Odin, and Loki, these remarkable coins are each struck from 2oz of pure silver with an antiqued, high relief finish.

Depicted in a dramatic style, Freya introduces the new Norse Goddesses series, which will also feature coins portraying similarly striking depictions of Frigg and Hel.

Norse Goddesses – Freya 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin

Design Guide

 ᚠ Freya The goddess of love, beauty, fertility, battle and death. A symbol of sensuality and of the wile and untamed forces of nature, Freya was famed for her beauty and golden hair.
Feather cloak A magical cloak of falcon feathers which enabled Freya to fly.
Brísingamen A golden necklace made by four dwarfs, it featured an amber jewel – Freya’s hallowed crystal.
  Girdle The sword belt in the constellation Orion as was known to the Norse as ‘Freya’s Girdle’.
Hildisvíni
Freya’s golden battle swine, one of her sacred animals, on which she once rode.
Battlefield As a valkyrie, Freya chose who died and who lived in battle, transporting the heroic dead to the Realm of the Gods.
 ᚷ Cat Freya’s chariot was pulled by two cats, another of her sacred animals.

Extremely Limited Mintage

Just 2,000 of these Norse Goddesses – Freya 2017 2oz Silver High Relief Coins will be released. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a timber display case with an engraved lid.

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Mar 072017
 

This month we’re celebrating the 10th anniversary of the Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series with a spectacular collectable!


Click to expand – the 10oz anniversary special surrounded by Australian Koala coins featuring designs released between 2007 and 2017.

The koala is one of Australia’s famous native marsupials – mammals that evolved slightly differently so that their young develop inside the female’s pouch. Often perceived as a cuddly animal and generally sleepy during the daytime, it has an appealing bear-like face and thick grey fur. Spending much of its life at the top of eucalyptus trees where it consumes large quantities of gum leaves, the koala can nevertheless be experienced close-up at sanctuaries and zoos throughout Australia.

In 2007, when preparing a new Australian entrant to the international silver bullion coin market, the koala’s iconic status made it an obvious design topic to join the Mint’s emblematic Kangaroo and Kookaburra coins. A decade later, the Australia Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series is not only a popular option for investors, but also a pleasing collectable that has many followers worldwide.

10th Anniversary Australian Koala 2017 10oz Silver Coin

To mark the 10th anniversary of the Australia Koala, we’ve issued a special 10oz coin featuring the original design from 2007. The endearing image of a koala clinging to a gum tree branch appears on a specially textured table only ever seen on the first three releases in the series.

Struck from 10oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the 2017 Australian Koala 10th Anniversary Edition has an exceptionally low mintage of just 750 coins. Befitting a major Australian commemorative of this magnitude, each coin is housed in a classic presentation case and illustrated shipper.

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