Feb 102017
 

As many school kids know, if a magnetised needle is floated on a piece of cork it will line up with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Manuscripts dating from the 11th century indicate that it was the Chinese who first understood that by rubbing an iron bar with a lodestone (a naturally occurring magnetic mineral) it would point ‘north – south’ when allowed to rotate freely.

This discovery was enormously beneficial to early mariners who were constantly in danger of getting lost at sea. Featuring a needle on a pin over a card marked with the four cardinal points – north, south, east, and west – the ship’s compass was an important navigational tool by the 14th century.

In today’s era of GPS and other sophisticated electronic equipment, the magnetic compass remains a key feature aboard many modern ships. Simple to use, reliable and requiring no power, it’s a vital back up that could prove invaluable in an emergency.

2017 Compass 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin

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With a design featuring elements of an ancient world map, mythical sea creatures and other nautical motifs, this spectacular antiqued silver coin evokes the olden days of maritime exploration. A unique collectable, it has a decorative metallic compass inserted in the middle, celebrating the humble instrument’s huge contribution to navigation and orientation for hundreds of years.

Meticulously crafted and hand-finished for the appearance of an ancient artefact, no more than 2,500 of these magnificent coins will be released worldwide. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a presentation case and superbly illustrated shipper.

Developing Trend

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Both highly original, the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2015 2oz Silver Antiqued Clock Coin [Sold out at The Perth Mint] and the Yin Yang Rotating Charm 2016 1oz Silver Antiqued Coin make intriguing coins for collectors.

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Feb 092017
 

Building on the excitement created by last year’s 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Kangaroo Coin, this year’s release, which features a koala, is even more spectacular in terms of superbly  detailed design.

The stunning coin portrays a slumbering koala lying on a tree branch. The iconic Australian native’s habitat high up in the forest is exquisitely represented in a dense display of eucalyptus leaves and floral motifs.

The coin plaster

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As part of the traditional minting methods used in the production of this coin, the design was painstakingly sculpted in 3D. From this oversized plaster model, a hardened mould was taken as part of a process that saw the relief reproduced in steel via a reduction machine, and ultimately into a high relief coin die. As can be seen from the result, the coin sculptor must demonstrate an amazing eye for detail and superb skills to accurately interpret the original artist’s drawing.

The finished coin

Just 3,000 of these amazing Australian Koala 2017 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Coins will be released. The obverse and reverse of each coin are both ‘antiqued’ – a hand-applied finish that adds deep tone with a unique grained effect for an aged appearance.

Collectors will receive the coin in a classic grey display case within a stylised shipper, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Feb 082017
 

Perth ANDA Money Expo takes place at Domain Stadium, Subiaco this weekend. Doors are open to the public from 10am on both Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February. A superb opportunity for enthusiastic collectors, as well as anyone curious to learn more about a huge variety of coins and banknotes, entry is by gold coin donation.

Image courtesy of CoinWorks.

Remarkable 1899 pattern

Certain to draw a crowd, an historic Perth Mint half sovereign will be on display care of rare coin dealer CoinWorks. Valued at more than $500,000, the pattern (a trial coin made for evaluation purposes) is the only known one struck from the die dated 1899, the first year of The Perth Mint, and represents a unique part of Western Australia’s minting heritage.


Great reasons to attend

Do you know what’s lurking in your drawers and jars? With so many coin specialists and accredited experts on hand, you’re invited to bring along your old coins, military medals, and pieces of ‘shrapnel’, for an instant valuation. You never know your luck!

Younger members of the family can take part in the popular ‘Five Cent Forage’ – featuring a pile of 10,000 five cent pieces with every date between 1966 and 2016.

Enjoying a day at the Expo will also give you the chance to win amazing prizes donated by The Perth Mint, including a 1oz silver proof coin from our Anzac Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, and this year’s remarkably rare Money Expo Special.

2017 Year of the Rooster 2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin

With a limited mintage of only 1,000, the Perth ANDA Money Expo Special features our spectacular Year of the Rooster design in colour. Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality, it’s housed in a display case and themed box-shipper featuring the ANDA logo alongside the dates of the Perth event.

As a special incentive for collectors, the coin is available on The Perth Mint stand for the duration of the two-day event for the discounted price of $169 – a saving of $10.

Coin available worldwide from 13 February

Any stock available at the close of Perth ANDA Money Expo will be available for sale to interested collectors via The Perth Mint website from 8.30am on Monday 13 February (AWST). Alternatively, buyers are invited to call the Mint on Monday on 1800 098 817 (overseas +61 8 9421 7218) to secure this exceptionally limited release.

[The Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA) is the professional body representing individuals and businesses that deal in coins and banknotes throughout Australasia.]

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Feb 032017
 

World Money Fair is one of the most significant events in the international coin exhibition calendar. Bringing together major mints, leading dealers and representatives from collector communities worldwide, the 46th annual event begins its three-day run in Berlin today.

As is customary, The Perth Mint is showcasing Australia’s icons to global markets through the original artistry of its commemorative coin programs. Among the beautiful line-up of new releases on display, we are unveiling an exclusive show special in the form of this 2017 Australian Kookaburra 1oz Silver Coloured Coin.

Featuring two kookaburras, the exotic bush bird which has captured the imagination of collectors and investors globally since the launch of the series in 1990, this vividly coloured special is subject to a limited mintage of only 2,000. Each coin comes in exclusive presentation packaging bearing the 2017 World Money Fair logo, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Coin available worldwide from 6 February

Stock available at the close of World Money Fair will be available for sale to interested collectors via The Perth Mint website from 8.30am on Monday 6 February (AWST). Alternatively, buyers are invited to call the Mint on Monday on 1800 098 817 (overseas +61 8 9421 7218) to secure this exceptionally limited release.

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Feb 032017
 

Each month The Perth Mint has pleasure in offering an exclusive new range of modern numismatic coins for collectors and gift buyers.

This month is no exception with the return of our prestigious, exquisitely minted Australian Kangaroo Five-Coin Gold Proof Set.

Lovers of iconic Australian wildlife should also be delighted at the availability of a special high relief Australian Koala 2oz Silver Coin with a remarkable antiqued finish.

For the nautically minded, the stunningly innovative release seen on the front cover of our latest bulletin incorporates a gold coloured magnetic compass!

Other releases to treasure this month include our new Anzac Spirit tribute to the courage of those who fought at Ypres in 1917, as well as a simply gorgeous first coin from the new Polar Babies series.

Click on the electronic bulletin above to discover our complete line-up of new releases, or visit perthmint.com.au for details of one of the world’s most extensive collectable coin programs.

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Jan 242017
 

Australia’s national gemstone is opal, a stone celebrated throughout the world for its brilliant colours.

Known to Indigenous people as the ‘fire of the desert’, it’s a powerful symbol of Australia’s arid outback, where geological conditions are thought to favour to their mysterious formation.

Black opal, the highest quality precious opal, is only found in Australia. White opal, crystal opal, fire opal and boulder opal are also found in Australia, which produces over 90 per cent of the world’s precious opals.

These remarkable stones comprise microscopic spheres of silica. As the light passes through them it is diffracted into the colours of the spectrum, creating brilliant internal colour flashes – known as the ‘play of colour’.

The best opals share exulted company with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls as the world’s most desirable precious gemstones.

Opal in coins

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In recognition of opal as one of Australia’s most sought-after natural treasures, The Perth Mint is delighted to offer innovative collectable coins incorporating polished flakes of pure Australian opal.

This month we’ve added a new offering in the form of the Australian Opal – Lunar Rooster 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin – a beautiful release which pays homage to the 10th animal of the ancient lunar calendar in a way that is as unique as the Australian gemstone it contains.

The follow-up to last year’s Australian Opal – Lunar Monkey (sold out), this dramatic coin is limited to a worldwide mintage of just 5,000. Housed in presentation packaging, each display case incorporates a small light source to help illuminate the colours of the coin’s opal inset.

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