Oct 182017
 

The popular festival of Diwali celebrates the victory of light over darkness, good over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair. Known as the festival of lights, the occasion is marked by millions of people from India as well as Hindu communities all over the world with candles and fireworks.

This year we’re marking Diwali with two spectacular releases portraying Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity. Hindus believe that by worshipping Lakshmi sincerely, but not through greed, they will be blessed with fortune and success.

Diwali represents a special time to honour Lakshmi as the colour and lights of the festivities are said to make her very happy!

Diwali Festival 2017 1oz Silver Coin

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, the coin represents Lakshmi sitting on a lotus flower with gold coins pouring out of her hands, symbolising material and spiritual wealth.

No more than 5,000 of these vividly coloured releases will be issued, each housed in a latex display frame that showcases both sides of the coin.

Diwali Festival 2017 Stamp and Coin CoverAn aluminium bronze version of the Diwali coin is included in this new Stamp and Coin Cover featuring an official Australia Post $1.00 stamp postmarked 17 October 2017.

Happy Diwali!

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Oct 102017
 

Australian women faced an array of challenges during World War I, from sole responsibility for children and family to coping, in many cases, with the reality of losing a loved one. A large number of women were recruited into jobs vacated by men, particularly in the armaments sector, while others threw themselves into projects such as the Comforts Fund in support of the troops.

Although prevented from serving on the front line, more than 3,000 Australian women also volunteered for active service as nurses, medical workers and ambulance drivers. Stationed in Europe, Britain, the Middle East and India, they worked in hospitals, on hospital ships and trains, or in casualty clearing stations close to the front lines where they were exposed to threats from artillery and bombing.

The nurses carried out their nursing duties with diligence and care, and were called upon to display extreme bravery.

On the night of 22 July 1917, the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station near Armentières in France was targeted by a German bombing raid. In dangerous circumstances, Sisters Clare Deacon, Dorothy Cawood, Alice Ross-King and Staff Nurse Mary Derrer helped injured men escape from the Station’s burning remains.

Each nurse received the Military Medal – awarded to personnel for acts of gallantry and devotion to duty under fire.

In all, eight Australian nurses received this award during the course of the War. Tragically, 25 were killed while on active service, and four died in Australia from lingering injuries or illnesses.

Women in War – A Century of Service

One hundred years after nurses proved themselves to be an essential part of the military, Australia Post has issued a Stamp and Coin Cover entitled Women in War – A Century of Service. Displaying poignant historical imagery, it includes an Australian commemorative coin crafted by The Perth Mint in honour of our nurses’ achievements and sacrifices.

The image of Staff Nurse Ella McLean from Roma, Queensland is seen in the foreground of the commemorative $1 stamp. Originally working on home service at Kangaroo Point Military Hospital, she embarked on the Khiva in May 1917, serving first in India and then Egypt.

In the background is a photograph showing a woman knitting socks direct from the fleece of a sheep. The Australian Comforts Fund packed finished garments like these into bales and shipped them overseas for the troops.

The main envelope image shows nurses tending a ward of wounded troops in the 2nd Australian Casualty Clearing Station near Steenvoorde (about 30 kilometres from Armentières) on 30 November 1917. Most of the patients treated there were injured during the Third Battle of Ypres, where in eight weeks of fighting Australian forces incurred approximately 38,000 casualties.

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Jul 182017
 

Australia’s Trans-Australian Railway was a vital piece of national infrastructure that officially opened on 22 October 1917. The promise of its construction had been made prior to Federation of the Australian colonies in 1901 to encourage a reluctant Western Australia to join the proposed Commonwealth.

Crossing 1,600 kilometres of the Nullabor Plain, Australia’s driest and most isolated terrain, the line connected the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie in the west with Port Augusta in South Australia, becoming a vital component in the trans-continental route between Perth, the Western Australian capital, and the bulk of the new nation’s population in the eastern states.

Trans-Australian Railway 2017 Stamp and Coin Cover

Used during the construction phase, Commonwealth Railways G class locomotives hauled trains for the first two decades of Trans-Australian Railway operations. At the time of the photograph featured on this centenary postal and numismatic cover, they’d been replaced by C class locos which were capable of meeting demand for increased loads. Like its contemporaries, engine C 66 was constructed at the Queensland engineering company Walkers Limited, which had built its first locomotive in 1873.

Incorporating an Australian commemorative coin struck by The Perth Mint, the Australia Post issue also features stamps portraying travel posters from 1930 and 1960. Extolling the romance of rail travel during the age of steam, the first stamp includes an image of a camel. Ideally suited to Australia’s arid conditions, these animals were imported during the 19th century from India and Afghanistan to aid outback exploration, transport and construction. The second stamp, entitled ‘To the West’, depicts a GM class diesel locomotive constructed by Sydney-based Clyde Engineering, first seen on the Trans-Australian Railway in 1951.

Just 7,500 of these stamp and coin covers will be released, each featuring a Kalgoorlie first day of issue postmark dated 4 July 2017.

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Oct 252016
 

On this day in 1616, Dutch sea captain Dirk Hartog became the first known European to land on the west coast of the Australian continent.

Skipper of the East India Company vessel Eendracht, Hartog’ destination was Bantam, a trading city located in western Java. Using the ‘Roaring Forties’ to speed the ship’s voyage across the Indian Ocean, he strayed too far east – inadvertently running into ‘Terra Australis Incognita’ at what we know today as Shark Bay.

The expedition spent two days exploring the area. Before departing, Hartog left evidence of his landing in the shape of an inscribed pewter plate – thus creating the oldest European object ever found on Australian soil.

Dirk Hartog Australian Landing 1616 – 2016 Stamp and Coin Cover

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Celebrating the 400th anniversary of Hartog’s historic landing in western Australia, this stamp and coin cover features an official Australia Post $2.00 stamp cancelled with a postmark from Denham, the administrative town for the Shire of Shark Bay.

The superbly illustrated memento also includes an uncirculated Australian $1 coin portraying a representation of a view through a telescope of Dirk Hartog’s ship Eendracht and a compass rose.

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Apr 182016
 

This celebratory 90th Birthday Stamp and Coin Cover features a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II wearing the Australian Golden Wattle diamond brooch – said to be one of her personal favourites. Made from gold and 150 white and yellow diamonds, the brooch was a gift from the people and government of Australia during the Queen’s 1954 Royal Visit – when she became the first reigning monarch to step foot on Australian soil.

As the spotlight falls on Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, here are nine more ‘Australian’ facts about The Queen, one for each of her nine decades.

  1. When in Australia, The Queen’s official title is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth.
  2. While travelling in Australia, The Queen uses a special Australian standard featuring the heraldic badges of each Australian state and the seven-pointed Commonwealth Star.
  3. Her Majesty’s wedding cake was made using ingredients donated by Australian Girl Guides in 1947.
  4. The Queen made a unique broadcast to people in remote communities over the Flying Doctor radio network from Alice Springs in 1963.
  5. The Queen’s Commendation for Brave Conduct was awarded to service personnel who disarmed a WWII German sea mine which washed up on the beach at Surfers Paradise in 1966.
  6. The first Royal ‘walkabout’ took place during The Queen’s Tour of Australia and New Zealand in 1970.
  7. The only time the Queen had to interrupt an overseas tour was in 1974, when she was called back from Australia to the UK due to a snap election.
  8. The Queen has been to Australia on 16 occasions, visiting every state, the two mainland territories, as well as the Cocos (Keeling) Islands and Norfolk Island.
  9. In 2011, she joined tens of thousands of people at a big Aussie barbecue in Perth prior to leaving the country for possibly the final time.

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Apr 052016
 

This year’s Three-Coin Set from our ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary coin series commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought on the Western Front during WWI, where more than 46,000 Australian men and women lost their lives.

Australia’s contribution to celebrations marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday includes three stunning legal tender tributes from The Perth Mint – each certain to be a sought-after numismatic souvenir of this historic occasion.

As the Queen turns 90, we’re also pleased to announce availability of an eye-catching Stamp & Coin Cover portraying Her Majesty wearing the Australian Golden Wattle brooch.

Extremely affordable, this year’s 0.5g Mini Roo coin presents the perfect opportunity for everyone to own a little gold.

Exemplifying outstanding numismatic design, the 2016 Wedge-tailed Eagle design by John Mercanti is now portrayed on special ‘high relief’ 1oz coins in pure gold and silver.

For the young at heart, the magical Disney Princess coin series now features adorable representations of Rapunzel and Tiana.

Meanwhile, make-believe never looked so beautiful than on the new Ocean Fairy coin!

Check out this month’s electronic bulletin and/or the links below for details of these and other new releases this April.

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