Jun 172015
 

This month’s release of Muttaburrasaurus makes now the perfect time to acquire all five releases from the Australian Age of Dinosaurs coin series.

With designs and accompanying Certificates verified by the Queensland-based Australian Age of Dinosaurs initiative, this series reflects the latest specialist knowledge about five famous dinosaurs that once inhabited the evolving Australian landscape.

Each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, the coins in this series portray the extraordinary Australovenator, Diamantinasaurus, Leaellynasaura, Minmi and Muttaburrasaurus on dramatic coloured backgrounds.

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No more than 5,000 of each coin will be released, making the Australian Age of Dinosaurs series an exceptional acquisition for anyone interested in the discovery, conservation and research of Australia’s dinosaurs.

More: Australian Age of Dinosaurs Five-Coin Series

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Jun 082015
 

Guinness World Records certifies that the world’s most dangerous ants are Australian.

Almost all the 90 or so species of bull ant are endemic to this country. Also known as bulldog ants, sergeant ants, jumper ants and by other worrisome names, they’re easily provoked into angry and aggressive behaviour.

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Bull ants often have bright red or orange colouration. The can grow up to 40mm long, have large eyes, impressive jaws and a very venomous sting.

Bull ants live underground, but exit en masse to deter intruders from getting too near the entrance to their nest. With well-developed vision, bull ants are known to track and chase interlopers. The jumper ant species is so bold that it leaps at victims!

Anything not smart enough to get out of the way can expect to be grabbed by a bull ant’s jaws, or mandibles, before being injected repeatedly by the sting on the end of its abdomen.

While it’s usually other insects on the receiving end, humans need to be cautions in the vicinity of bull ants. Their sting is extremely painful and can cause dangerous allergic reactions in some people. “On a few occasions this sting has been enough to kill adults within 15 minutes,” cites Guinness World Records.

Deadly and Dangerous – Bull Ant 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The tenth coin in the Australian Deadly and Dangerous Series features a head-on image of a menacing-looking bull ant in superb colour. Housed in a high-gloss timber display case, just 5,000 of these antagonistic coins will be released.

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Jun 052015
 

This month sees the introduction of our 12th Australian coin inspired by Earth’s southernmost continent – Antarctica.

History of Australia in Antarctica

Australia is one of seven nations that have claimed territory in Antarctica. At approximately 5,800,000 km², or 42 per cent of the total, the Australian Antarctic Territory is the largest claim over the remote and harsh polar continent.

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The Australian claim is based on a long historical association with the eastern section of Antarctica. Several notable Australian explorers and scientists were responsible for establishing a connection with the continent during the early 20th century, including Douglas Mawson, whose famous achievements included reaching the South Magnetic Pole with Edgeworth David and Scotsman Alistair Mackay on 16 January 1909.

Today, the Australian Antarctic Division is responsible for the advancement of Australia’s strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic.

Australian Antarctic Territory Silver Proof Coin Series

Launched in 2004, the Australian Antarctic Territory Coin Series features designs related to the continent’s exploration and its awe-inspiring wildlife and environment. Prior to the latest release, the coins have featured:

  • 2004 Mawson Station
  • 2005 Leopard Seal
  • 2006 Edgeworth David Base
  • 2007 Davis Station
  • 2008 Humpback Whale
  • 2009 South Magnetic Pole
  • 2010 Husky
  • 2011 Killer Whale
  • 2012 Emperor Penguin
  • 2013 Aurora Australis
  • 2014 Wandering Albatross

2015 Elephant Seal 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The latest addition to the Australian Antarctic Territory portrays an Elephant Seal, the largest seal in the world.

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Australian Antarctic Territory Series – Elephant Seal 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Male Elephant Seals can grow to more than six metres in length and weigh up to 4,000 kilograms. The species takes its name from the adult male’s large proboscis, a trunk-like inflatable snout which is used to make extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season.

Southern Elephant Seals live in the brutally cold Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean, feeding at sea on a diet that consists mainly of fish and squid. Although cumbersome on land, they are superb swimmers and divers. Scientists have recorded them at depths of up to two kilometres and holding their breath under water for up to two hours! Their torpedo-shape helps them swim enormous distances while foraging for food.

Elephant Seals breed on sub-Antarctic islands from late September to early November. South Georgia Island is home to the largest population, hosting more than half of the world’s numbers. Other notable colonies are found at Tasmania’s Macquarie Island, the Australian external territory of Heard Island, the Falkland and the Kerguelen Islands, and at widespread islands near the Antarctic Peninsula.

The female of the species usually gives birth within ten days after coming ashore and does not leave the beach to feed until her pup is weaned. During this time she depends on her stored fat reserves to sustain her and loses an average of 35 percent of her body weight, a loss of eight kilograms per day!

The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of these coin celebrating one of Antarctica’s most remarkable and precious creatures.

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Jun 042015
 

It’s a well-known fact that large sections of Australian waters are shark and crocodile infested, instilling fear in the hearts and minds of anyone that dares to venture into the wondrous blue.

But which one of these predators is our country’s most deadly, we hear you ask, and why?

Few creatures conjure up more terror than the great white shark, with many imagining them to be hungry for human blood. In reality, such attacks are rare. Researchers believe that rather than preying on humans to eat them, sharks are instead taking a bite out of curiosity. Not a very nice thought though, is it!

As the largest predatory fish in existence, the great white can grow to an average of 4.6m in length and is firmly at the top of the aquatic food chain. It has such a strong sense of smell that it can detect blood in the water up to 5km away, meaning it can easily locate and demolish its prey pretty effectively. This beast is also equipped with 300 extremely sharp teeth, arranged in up to 7 rows, further adding to the fear factor!

Australia’s saltwater crocodile or ‘saltie’, as it is affectionately referred to, is even more monstrous in size than the great white, reaching a staggering 6.5m in length. Known as the largest living reptile on the planet in terms of body mass, these aggressive hunters are found in Western Australia, Queensland, and the Northern Territory. The saltie possesses the strongest bite of any animal and it is said to be 10 times more powerful than that of a great white shark. They are masters of camouflage and can strike at amazing speed. Over time, they have evolved into effective killing machines.

These opportunistic creatures will eat whatever they can find, meaning humans and most animals are definitely on the menu! In fact, a 5.5m saltwater crocodile called Brutus was recently pictured with a bull shark between its jaws in Kakadu’s Adelaide River. Incidentally, this famous 80 year-old, two tonne creature is missing its right foreleg, believed to have been torn off in a fight with a shark when he was younger!

Both the salt water crocodile and the great white shark are pre-historic creatures that have been around for millions of years, making them two of evolution’s greatest success stories. With such predatory similarities, many have questioned who would win in a battle! According to various social media platforms, it is debated that if such an encounter would ever occur that both animals would end up maiming each other. This would be down to their individual bite force, tooth type, armour, and jaw size!

CrocSharkcoinThis month, The Perth Mint is honouring these two lethal brutes with the release of a

(There’s also an extremely limited 2015 Great White Shark 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin.)

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, each coin is housed in a display case with a superbly illustrated shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Jun 032015
 

Princess_BellePrincess Belle is beautifully portrayed in her signature yellow gown on the fourth release from the popular Disney Princess coin series.

Princess Belle is the leading character in Disney’s 1991 production, Beauty and the Beast – the first animated feature film in the history of the Oscars nominated for Best Picture.

Adapted from the traditional fairy tale of the same name by French novelist Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont, Disney’s movie tells how Belle’s courage, kindness and love breaks a spell cast on the Beast, allowing him to resume his life as a human Prince!

Enchanting, romantic and fresh, the film has been described as one of Disney’s most elegant animated offerings.

Disney Princess – Belle Coins

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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 Princess Belle surrounded by relief engraved flowers. 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 fairy-tale styled shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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For more information about previous Disney coin releases, including Cinderella, Aurora and Ariel – click here.

Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.

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