Sep 062016
 

One of the most significant coin launches of the year takes place this month with the unveiling of the 2017 Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Coin Series. Along with a comprehensive range of bullion coins, the scrupulously-crafted Proof Issue celebrates the Year of the Rooster, 10th animal of the ancient Chinese lunar calendar.

Our new proof-quality Silver Kangaroo coins lay claim to a number of ‘firsts’ which you can read about in a forthcoming blog post. Struck from ‘four nines’ silver, these iconic releases feature one of the best-known depictions of Australia’s most famous marsupial.

The incredible Wedge-tailed Eagle now appears in extraordinary detail on magnificent gold and silver high relief coins struck from 5oz of pure gold and 5oz of pure silver. They’re joined by a new and equally exhilarating 1oz gold and silver ‘bi-metal’ coin featuring John Mercanti’s superb depiction of our largest bird of prey.

It was 50 years ago this month that cultural phenomenon Star Trek was first seen on TV and to mark the occasion we’re delighted to introduce a unique silver commemorative in the shape of the ‘Delta Shield’, instantly recognisable to all fans as the Starfleet crew badge since the launch of The Original Series in 1966.

With the White Lyon addition to the gorgeous The Cubs series, another coin from the Endangered and Extinct Australian animal series, as well as a new treat for fans of Disney’s Mickey Mouse, September’s new coin bulletin is packed with highlight!

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Sep 012016
 

The Perth Mint will soon be offering collectors an Australian bi-metal coin for the first time since 2003. Below we reveal that the bi-metallic coin is a surprisingly ancient concept and take a nostalgic look back at some of our classic releases incorporating both gold and silver.


Bi-metallic coins consist of two distinct metals or alloys. Generally speaking they comprise an outer ring with a centre made from contrasting coloured metal.

The idea is not new. The ancient Romans made commemorative bi-metal medals, presumably because the technique afforded greater prestige and artistic impact.

One of the best known was issued under Commodus, Roman Emperor from 180 to 192 AD. Such medals were made from copper and orichalcum – the latter a bronze alloy that resembled gold. In this case the design celebrated the arrival of grain ships from Egypt, providing relief from the famine that plagued Rome in 189.

Prototype bi-metal coins were made in Europe as early as the 18th century. Renowned Birmingham medal maker Joseph Moore crafted some of the most famous 19th century examples when he created experimental copper pennies with silver or brass centres. But not until in 1982 did the first bi-metallic coin enter modern circulation.

The Italian 500 Lira also featured a Roman theme – this time picturing the Piazza del Quirinale, which sits atop the highest of the city’s seven hills. The design appeared on the coin’s bronze centre and was encircled by a ring made of acmonital – a contraction of acciaio monetario italiano (Italian monetary steel).

Today, many nations issue bi-metal circulating coins from similar alloys – partly because they are more difficult to counterfeit. But they really come into their own as non-circulating commemorative issues made from stunning combinations of precious metal.

Before we unveil the exceptional Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016 1oz Bi-Metal Coin, see if you remember these sought-after Perth Mint issues from the past.

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Aug 182016
 

ANDA’s Money Expo is set to serve-up an action-packed weekend for coin enthusiasts and their families at the Melbourne Park Function Centre on 27 and 28 August.

The exciting exhibitor line-up features major Australian coin players, including both government Mints, while expert dealers from across the country will bring a wealth of additional knowledge and expertise.

ANDA is intent on making the Melbourne Money Expo a smash hit! As well as the more serious side of buying and evaluations, the re-vamped event features a prize pool of giveaways worth $1,000, free Show Bags for every attendee, and a ‘Five Cent Forage’ for the kids.

What’s more, the organiser has declared entrance fees are ‘out’, with admission now by gold coin donation!

Perth Mint Expo Special

Another great reason to drop by is The Perth Mint’s Melbourne Expo Special – a 2016 Australian Kangaroo 1/2oz silver coin featuring superb colourization. Limited to a mintage of just 1,500, the coin will be offered to visitors on both days at an exclusive price of $59.00 . Any outstanding mintage will be advertised by the Mint at the recommended retail price of $65.00 per coin from Monday 29 August.

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Representing The Perth Mint in Melbourne, Fiona Hanrahan shows off the extremely limited Expo special.

Number One Prize Draw

And in a further ace attraction, the Mint is giving visitors a shot at taking home an Australian Kangaroo 2016 1oz Silver Gilded Edition accompanied by the sought-after Certificate Number One. Entry forms will be available on the Mint’s stand where it will be presenting a superb display of its latest precious metal collectables.

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More Information

For further information, visit the Money Expo website – moneyexpo.net.au

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Aug 172016
 

The public simply adored Frozen, Disney’s 53rd animated feature based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen.

Plot

Elsa, recently crowned Queen of Arendelle, possesses icy magic powers that she is increasingly unable to control. After arguing with her younger sister Anna, she inadvertently unleashes perpetual winter on the kingdom and flees to North Mountain where she takes lonely refuge in an ice palace.

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Meanwhile, Anna determines to re-unite the pair and return summer to Arendelle. Accompanied by iceman Kristoff, his reindeer companion Sven, and Olaf the comical snowman,  she tracks down Elsa in her shivery sanctuary. But with mystical trolls and magic at every turn, the sisters’ road to reconciliation proves harrowing – until, in true Disney tradition, ‘love’ saves the day and the sun once again shines brightly on the inhabitants of Arendelle.

Disney Frozen – Magic of the Northern Lights Coin Collection

Frozen generated an avalanche of fans. Audiences empathized particularly strongly, it has been suggested, with the struggles of its flawed heroine and also its dedication to family. A Disney masterpiece, it picked up a swag of honours, including the OSCAR® for best Animated Feature Film at the 2014 ACADEMY AWARDS®.

Now the lead characters from the phenomenally popular movie can be celebrated with these 1oz silver coins officially licensed by Disney. Presented in storybook-style packaging, they picture Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven under a shimmering representation of the Northern Lights – perfect for fans of one of Disney’s most enchanting films yet!

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Aug 152016
 

Released in 1995, Walt Disney Pictures’ animated feature film Pocahontas stars the 18-year old daughter of a Native American chief who falls in love with John Smith, an English soldier, during the 17th century settlement of Jamestown.

Beautiful, free-spirited and at one with nature, Pocahontas displays wisdom beyond her years by helping to allay mistrust and conflict between her people and the settlers. Despite injured John Smith’s desire for her to return to England with him, Pocahontas decides to stay with her tribe, but comforts him with the promise that “I’ll always be with you forever”.

Disney Princess: Pocahontas

The final release from the Disney Princess collectible coins program portrays delightful imagery of Pocahontas.

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Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Pocahontas surrounded by relief engraved foliage. Issued as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

Each silver coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity. Each gold coin comes in a timber display case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Issued by New Zealand Mint

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