May 052015

WhaleShark2The Whale Shark is the world’s biggest fish, yet despite its formidable size is considered harmless. That’s why Australians and visitors to these shores jump at the chance to snorkel up close with these gentle giants when they congregate near the coast.

For your chance to win this stunning 2012 Whale Shark 1oz Silver Proof Coin, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: Great place to swim with Whale Sharks


How to enter: Email your answer to marking your reply ‘May 2015 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 3 June 2015. 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 to Edna Birleson from Queensland who has won last month’s anagram competition with the correct answer PALEONTOLOGIST.


May 052015

Whatever your preference in modern collectables, there’s a strong chance we’ve got something you’ll want this May!

Fans of high relief, for instance, are in for a triple treat with the release of three of these specially struck coins portraying native animals.

Another celebration of Australiana, the second Sunburnt Country rectangular coin features a new line from Dorothea Mackellar’s poem My Country.

And our much-admired Wedge-Tailed Eagle is available for the first time in the affordable 0.5g gold coin format.

Licensed themes are again strong with two new coins commemorating Star Trek: The Next Generation.

Meanwhile, Ariel joins the extremely popular Disney Princess gold and silver series.

This month also sees the release of a 75th anniversary release commemorating the pivotal Battle of Britain.


Apr 282015

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

KimberleySunsetPinkGoldCoin_thmb Kimberley Sunset
2015 2oz Pink Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 500
USSEnterpriseSilverCoin_thmb Star Trek: The Original Series
U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Issue Limit: 5,000
AustralianKangaroo5CoinCollection Australian Kangaroo – 25th Anniversary
2014 Gold Proof Five-Coin Collection
Issue Limit: 200
StockHorse2015SilverCoin_thmb Australian Stock Horse
2015 1oz Silver Coin
Maximum Mintage: 10,000


Near sell out

As of today, the following coins are very close to sell out at The Perth Mint.

JamesTKirkSilverCoin_thmb Star Trek: The Original Series
Captain James T. Kirk
2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Less than 300 remaining
WealthWisdom2CoinSet_thmb Lunar Good Fortune
2015 Year of the Goat 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set
Less than 150 remaining
Goat2ozColouredProof_thmb Perth ANDA Coin Show Special
2015 Year of the Goat 2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin
Less than 350 remaining



Apr 242015

Perth Mint employees who served during World War I have inspired two current members of staff to create a unique wreath to mark the 100th anniversary of the ANZACs.


By Tracey Cobby and Debbie Philpot

After many years of researching World War I for the ANZAC Spirit – 100th Anniversary Coin Series we decided to create a personal tribute to commemorate this year’s ANZAC Day. We had both recently rekindled our love of knitting and crochet, and in the spirit of the Australian women who knitted over 1 million pairs of socks for the troops, it seemed fitting that we use this timeless craft to create a special woollen poppy.

Of the 416,000 Australians who served in the War, 22 Mint workers are commemorated on a plaque on the front of the main building. It appeared that our idea of single poppy could grow into a wreath and commemorate not only those 22 men – but all those that served during the 1914-18 conflict. Our one poppy grew to 24 – one each for the men on the plaque – and one each for the both of us, to remember all who served.

We now know that other Mint staff tried to enlist in the A.I.F., but were exempt from joining because they were in reserved occupations. The Mint’s Hugh Annan Corbet was a Major and a Military Censor for the Australian Army Intelligence Corps during this time.

Goss_MillerTwo Mint Clerks – Captain James Miller, 29 (left) and Sergeant Gerald Goss, 32 – were killed in action at Gallipoli. The men enlisted in September 1914 and served with the 16th Battalion, departing from Australia aboard HMAT A40 Ceramic on 22 December that year. They died within days of each other – Goss on 30 April 1915, Miller on 2 May. With no known grave, both men are commemorated at The Lone Pine Memorial situated in the Lone Pine Cemetery on Gallipoli.

A third Mint Clerk, Captain William Bryan of the 44th Australian Infantry Battalion, was killed in action in Belgium in June 1917 aged 36. He is buried in Bethlehem Farm East Cemetery, Messines.