Feb 022018
 

The Perth Mint is excited to unveil a magnificent numismatic masterpiece of unprecedented beauty.

The result of meticulous craftsmanship, The Jewelled Phoenix is an exceptional proof quality Australian coin produced from 10oz of 99.99% pure gold.

Elevating it to the truly outstanding is the inclusion of 1.22 carats of rare natural fancy pink diamonds. Specially selected from the world famed Argyle Pink Diamond mine located in the Kimberley region of Western Australia, the majority of the sparkling gems are pavé set in a sculpted rose gold representation of a mystical Chinese phoenix secured to the coin’s reverse.

The phoenix, known as the immortal king of birds, is richly symbolic in Oriental culture. It is shown settling on a fabled paulownia tree, flawlessly struck on the coin’s mirror like table. With three handset pink diamonds denoting its budding flowers, the tree combines with the striking beauty of the phoenix in an overall design that exuded an aura of stunning splendour.

Chief Executive Officer Richard Hayes said The Perth Mint was embracing more and more Asian-style designs as a result of 1oz gold and silver sell outs from its annual Australian Lunar Coin Series.

“We have been issuing commemorative and investment coins with designs inspired by the Lunar calendar and other culturally significant symbols for many years, yet the fine detail and artistry of this latest release has taken our craftsmanship to the next level,” he said.

Presented in a luxurious, custom designed black presentation case, The Jewelled Phoenix offers investors and connoisseurs a rare, timeless and magnificent collectable. Satisfying any potential buyer’s desire for extreme rarity, just eight will ever be produced – a highly auspicious number associated with wealth and fortune in China and other Asian societies.

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Feb 022018
 

From a boisterous party to a time of thankful reflection, marking the day on which we are born is an essential human ritual.

Recognising almost everyone’s desire to make it a special occasion, this beautiful coin is a unique way to offer felicitations.

For your chance to win this charming release, rearrange the following letters to solve this month’s anagram.

Clue: You’ll hear this on your special day!

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com marking your reply ‘February 2018 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 5 March 2018. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Mary Sherborne from WA for the correct answer of ‘Year of the Dog’.

 
Feb 022018
 

It would be difficult to employ the use of too many superlatives to describe The Jewelled Phoenix, one of the most significant coins ever created by The Perth Mint. Showcasing our vision for luxury, prestige and exclusivity, the stunning gold proof release portrays a mythical phoenix adorned in pavé set natural pink diamonds.

To see this wonder of modern numismatics, be sure to peek inside this month’s electronic bulletin. Aimed at high end collectors in search of rare and beautiful objects, it’s a glowing tribute to the artists and craftspeople whose superb skills lie behind the production of each and every Perth Mint coin.

A prime example appears on this month’s front cover. Marking the start of Warfare, an exciting series of three high relief antiqued silver coins, it portrays a Roman Legion locked in fierce combat. As a special bonus, a downloadable wide-screen image of the entire battle scene can be viewed in 3D with complimentary viewing goggles that come with this remarkable release.

This month we’re delighted to announce the availability of our first coin marking the 50th anniversary of the ground breaking movie, Planet of the Apes. Produced under licence from Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation, the silver release makes an ideal memento for devotees of the film that launched one of the most successful sci-fi franchises of all time.

Talking about icons of popular culture, can anyone resist the comic antics of Bugs Bunny? Under our agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc, we’re thrilled to bring you an official release celebrating the wisecracking trickster, the first silver proof coin from our new Looney Tunes series featuring characters from American animation’s golden age.

Thanks to CBS, our internationally sought after Star Trek coin program has been transported into the contemporary broadcast era with the launch of a two-coin set for fans of Discovery. As well as U.S.S. Discovery NCC-1031, it portrays First Officer Michael Burnham, brilliantly played by Sonequa Martin-Green, the first black female lead in the franchise’s 50-plus year history.

Making its impressive debut, our first two kilo high relief silver coin portrays one of the Mint’s most endearing koala designs. Overcoming many challenges to create the dramatic relief featuring intricate details such as gum nuts, flowers and foliage, our minters have done an incredible job in the production of another landmark Australian release.

February’s bulletin also includes our spectacular 2018 Australian Kangaroo Gold Proof Five-Coin Set, and the final 1oz silver coin from The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series. Browse the bulletin for more information or purchase online at Recent Releases.

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Jan 162018
 

At the end of the First World War, the Australian Government launched a series of ‘Peace Loan’ campaigns. These were managed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia with the aim of recouping the costs of the war and helping to fund the pensions of returned servicemen. In the same way War Loans had functioned between 1915 and 1918, the public was asked to purchase bonds which were repaid with interest.

The first peace loan was announced on 30 July 1919. The amount requested was £25 million, equivalent to approximately £1.1 billion today. As with the war loans campaigns, promotional posters were developed and published in newspapers encouraging the general public to get involved.

One of the first subscribers to the second peace loan issued in July 1920 was Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII. The Prince was travelling around Australia at the time thanking the population for the sacrifices and contributions they had made during the war. The third and final loan, known as the ‘Diggers Loan’, was launched in August 1921.

Australian Posters of World War I – Peace Bonds
2018 1oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin

The fifth and final release from the Australian Posters of World War I coin series features a poster from the initial Peace Bonds promotional campaign of 1919.

The poster depicted a young veteran in uniform being welcomed back to civilian life by an elderly farmer declaring “Well Boy – You’ve done your Bit. What will Australia do for You?” The artwork symbolised that even those who had not been not eligible for recruitment could still make a useful contribution to their country.

Vividly portrayed in colour on the rectangular 1oz silver coin, it is headed by the inscription AUSTRALIAN PEACE BONDS.

Click for more information about the complete Australian Posters of World War I series.

Reflecting the development of a recognisably Australian style in poster art and its effectiveness as an advertising and promotional medium at the beginning of the 20th century, this series is produced by The Perth Mint in association with the Australian War Memorial. Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin in the special series is individually encapsulated in latex cases which allows the design on both sides to be displayed.

No more than 5,000 of each coin in the series will be released worldwide.


The Australian War Memorial logo is a registered trade mark of the Australian War Memorial TM © 2018.


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Jan 102018
 

If you loved the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cartoon series, or the many follow up shows and movies, this coin produced under licence from Warner Bros. is a must-have memento.

A cultural icon dating from 1969 when Scooby-Doo made his TV debut, the loveable great dane has been entertaining kids of all ages for almost 50 years.

A wholesome mix of fun and frights, the show’s plots centre around ‘supernatural’ mysteries in which Scooby-Doo and his teenage detective companions – Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy – pit their wits against miscreants and monsters in classic tales of good over evil.

Throughout, Scooby-Doo provides plenty of comic relief thanks to his many foibles – including constant cravings for ‘Scooby Snacks’, extreme ticklishness and helpless cowardice.

But nothing amuses fans more than his ability to speak broken English including catchphrases such as “Ruh Roh” when things are going badly!

Scooby-Doo 2018 1oz Silver Proof Coin

For his many devotees, the 99.99% pure silver coin portrays the comic canine hero as he appeared in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series.

With a worldwide mintage of just 5,000, it’s also a rare opportunity for all fans of official pop culture memorabilia.

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Jan 052018
 

Get ready for next month’s Chinese New Year. Celebrations in Australia include street festivals with dancing, music, fireworks and lanterns. To mark the occasion, we’ve issued this Chinese New Year 2018 1oz Silver Coin featuring two traditional symbols of good fortune in one image – a red dragon in the shape of a Chinese knot.

For your chance to win this stunning release, try solving our latest anagram.

Clue: Begins 16 February!

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘January 2018 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 2 February 2018. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Ian Hemmings from the UK for the correct answer of ‘Labrador Retriever’.