Apr 122016
 

New coins featuring two more famous Disney princesses are now available from The Perth Mint.

The latest gold and silver releases portray Tiana from the 2009 production The Princess and the Frog, and Rapunzel from the 2010 picture Tangled – the 49th and 50th animated features from Walt Disney Studios.

With vividly coloured character portrayals, both silver coins are made from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in stunning proof quality. Fully-struck, their gold proof companions are both delicately crafted from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold.

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Like previous releases in this popular series, no more than 10,000 of each silver coin and 1,000 of each gold coin will ever be released, each housed in superb presentation packaging.

Further information:

Disney Princess – Tiana

Disney Princess – Rapunzel

Issued by NZ Mint
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Apr 082016
 

The Siege of Tobruk commenced 75 years ago.

A small town on the Libyan coast, Tobruk was central to much of the fighting that took place in the Western Desert during World War II. A key naval outpost due to its location on a sheltered, deep water harbour, Tobruk was vital for the Allies’ defence of Egypt and the Suez Canal.

More than 14,000 men from the Australian 9th Division and the 18th Brigade of the Australian 7th Division, commanded by Lieutenant General Leslie Morshead, together with 12,000 British and Indian troops, held Tobruk until September 1941. Their objective was to prevent German forces from accessing the port, delaying their advance by forcing them to bring their supplies overland, and therefore buying the Allies more time to prepare a defence on the Egyptian frontier.

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Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this commemorative Australian coin portrays two Australian troops in the trenches during the Siege of Tobruk. No more than 5,000 75th Anniversary of WWII – The Rats of Tobruk coins will be issued.

Surrounded by German and Italian forces, the men of the Tobruk garrison withstood tank attacks, artillery barrages, and daily bombings for eight long months. At no point did they surrender or retreat. Their determination, bravery, and humour, combined with the aggressive tactics of their commanders, became a source of inspiration during some of the war’s darkest days.

As the siege ground on, Nazi propagandist Lord Haw Haw (William Joyce) broadcasting from Berlin, said the Allies were caught like “rats in a trap”. The derisive term was embraced by the Australian troops who took great pride in calling themselves the ‘Rats of Tobruk’.

In September and October, the 9th Australian Division was relieved by the British 70th Division which continued to defend Tobruk until the siege was eventually lifted in December 1941. According to the Australian War Memorial, between 8 April and 25 October 1941, Australian casualties from the 9th Division numbered 749 killed, 1,996 wounded, and 604 prisoners.

The 75th anniversary of the Siege of Tobruk will be commemorated at a national service to be held at 11.00 am on Sunday 10 April 2016, at the Rats of Tobruk Memorial on Anzac Parade  in Canberra.

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Apr 072016
 

As chronicler of The Royal Family with its series of stunning Australian numismatic celebrations, The Perth Mint is honoured to unveil three new coins in special tribute to Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Struck from pure gold or silver, each coin portrays a representation of St Edward’s Crown. It is surrounded by branches of wattle in recognition of the constitutional and historical links between Australia and the British monarchy.

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Significance of design elements

St Edward’s Crown

St Edward’s Crown is used for the coronation of the sovereign. The original, which dated back to and was named after Edward the Confessor, was destroyed on the order of Oliver Cromwell in 1649. Part of the new regalia completed for the coronation of Charles II, St Edward’s Crown is made from gold and contains some 440 precious and semi-precious gems. It was last used to crown Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953.

Golden Wattle

Native to Australia, Acacia pycnantha, commonly known as the golden wattle, produces a profuse display of fragrant, golden flowers in late winter and spring. Along with many similar species from the genus Acacia, it inspired Australia’s national colours – green and gold. Golden wattle was recognised as an iconic symbol for many years before being formally adopted as Australia’s national floral emblem during bicentenary celebrations in 1988.

Happy 90th Birthday Your Majesty

The Queen was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary at 2:40am on 21 April 1926 in central London. On her 21st birthday, she formally dedicated her life to the service of the Commonwealth.

To mark her 90th birthday, The Queen is demonstrating her enduring commitment by attending a picnic lunch with 10,000 people representing 600 charities of which she is patron. Other celebratory events she is attending include a pageant at Windsor Castle, a service of thanksgiving at St Paul’s Cathedral, and the traditional Birthday Parade on Horse Guards Parade.

The Perth Mint wishes The Queen an extremely happy birthday and expresses the hope that she also finds time to relax and enjoy her momentous achievement.

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Apr 072016
 

The following collector coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

OpalMonkey Australian Opal – Lunar Monkey
2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 5,000
2016HRMonkeyPrAu1oz Australian Lunar – Year of the Monkey
2016 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 388
2016BerlinSpecial Berlin Coin Show Special – Australian Kookaburra
2016 1oz Silver Coloured Coin
Issue Limit: 2,000:

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Apr 052016
 

DA2013KangarooSilverCoinThe iconic kangaroo is found in every pocket of Australia – cool temperate forests of Tasmania; vast open plains of the arid interior; monsoonal woodlands in the tropical north. This pretty 1oz Discover Australia silver proof coin celebrates the kangaroo’s presence in the Kimberley region of north-western Australia, one of the world’s last true wildernesses.

For your chance to win, use the following clue to help unscramble these letters.

Clue: Study the coin for a species found exclusively in the north-west.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘April 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 2 May 2016. 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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March 2016 anagram competition winner: Congratulations Fadi Warda of Victoria for the correct answer of ‘Snowy River’.

 
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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