Mar 312016

The Perth Mint will issue no further releases from the Australian Antarctic Territory Series.

The popular program was inspired by huge collector interest in our 2004 Mawson Station 50th Anniversary 1oz silver proof coin. A modern numismatic classic, it sold out rapidly in honour of legendary polar explorer, Douglas Mawson.

Featuring eleven subsequent coins, the series leaves a rich legacy of tributes to other Australian Antarctic explorers, as well as extraordinary wildlife and stunning natural phenomena found in the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on Earth.

The Complete SeriesAAT_12-CoinSeries

  • 2004 Mawson Station – Sold Out
  • 2005 Leopard Seal – Sold Out
  • 2006 Edgeworth David Base – Sold Out
  • 2007 Davis Station – Sold Out
  • 2008 Humpback Whale – Sold Out
  • 2009 South Magnetic Pole – Declared Mintage 6,703
  • 2010 Husky – Sold Out
  • 2011 Killer Whale – Sold Out
  • 2012 Emperor Penguin – Unavailable
  • 2013 Aurora Australis – Buy Now
  • 2014 Wandering Albatross – Buy Now
  • 2015 Elephant Seal ­– Buy Now

Collectors with all 12 releases now have the satisfaction of knowing that they have achieved the complete line-up in this outstanding program.


Sep 162015

On 16th September 1770, Captain Cook’s expedition to Australia witnessed the Aurora Australis, becoming the first Europeans to note the astonishing light show.

Aboard HMS Endeavour, botanists Joseph Banks wrote in his journal:

“About 10 O’Clock a Phaenomenon appeard in the heavens in many things resembling the Aurora Borealis but differing materialy in others: it consisted of a dull reddish light reaching in hight about 20 degrees above the Horizon: its extent was very different at different times but never less than 8 or 10 points of the compass. Through and out of this passd rays of a brighter colourd light tending directly upwards.”

Unknown to Cook and his fellow explorers, the lights are created when energetic particles, principally electrons, strike the upper atmosphere and travel along Earth’s magnetic field lines. (The same principle operates in a flourescent tube or neon light.)

Glow in the dark coin

Australian Antarctic Territory Series – Aurora Australis 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The reverse of this 2013 silver coin from the popular Australian Antarctic Territory Series features a representation of this natural wonder also known as the Southern Lights. Coloured with glow-in-the-dark ink, the portrayal of Aurora Australis glows in the dark!


Jun 022015

Very Low Mintage Gold Coins

This month sees the release of superb gold coins with enticingly low mintages:

Sensational Silver Coins

June also sees the release of some tremendously exciting silver coins:


Mar 192014

The Albatross became an icon of Antarctica in Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s poem, Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

In the famous ode, a storm blew the old mariner’s ship south to where it was ‘wondrous cold’, whereupon an Albatross appeared along with ‘a good south wind’ to help them escape the frigid sea.

To his eternal regret, the mariner shot the majestic bird with a cross-bow, an action for which he was doomed to wander Earth forever recounting his tale on the importance of ‘all things great and small’.

A Wandering Albatross is portrayed on our latest Australian Antarctic Territory Series coin. One of more than 22 species, it seems perfectly suited to Coleridge’s story. Like the mariner condemned to wander for eternity, it roams unremittingly across the Southern Ocean from the Antarctic to subtropical waters.


White in colour, the Wandering Albatross has black tipped wings which when fully spread at up to 3.5 metres, represent the largest wingspan of any living bird. This lengthy wingspan allows it to expend remarkably little energy while flying. Gliding effortlessly over the ocean on updrafts of wind, it can travel vast distances, covering several thousand kilometres in just one week.

In fact, this mighty seabird spends the majority of its life in flight, landing only to breed and feed, and will probably fly further than any other bird on Earth.

Known to reach the age of 50 years or more, the Wandering Albatross is also one of the longest living birds in the world – so long, of course, that it does not have the misfortune to encounter the ancient mariner!

Australian Antarctic Territory Series – Wandering Albatross 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin.


Mar 102014

How would you like to win the only Perth Mint coin ever to visit Antarctica? The Aurora Australis 1oz silver coin featuring an amazing glow-in-the-dark image of the Southern Lights can been seen here with CSIRO’s Jasmine Leong in the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent in the world.

Check out the CSIRO Helix blog to discover your chance to win


Mar 012013

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There’s no let-up in our desire to bring you the cream of modern numismatics with another extraordinary choice of offerings for March.

The Land Down Under goes up in size with two large- format versions of the spectacular Sydney Opera House coins that debuted last month.

The extremely popular Australian Opal Series makes a welcomed return with the third release featuring a kangaroo.

Rivalling it for intensity of colour is our new Aurora Australis coin from another familiar series, the Australian Antarctic Territory.

There’s never been a more exciting time for Koala collectors. Celebrating the platinum Proof Koala series of yesteryear, we’re issuing a prestigious 25th Anniversary tribute accompanied by a special mintmarked medallion.

Meanwhile, an absolutely extraordinary 5oz high relief silver Koala is destined to become a classic!

Also including details of this year’s ANZAC Day release, the latest new coin bulletin is one to savour.

Purchase these new releases on our website.