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.


Mar 012013

The latest addition to our Australian Antarctic Territory Series celebrates the extraordinary Aurora Australis. Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin’s colourful design uses special ink which allows the Aurora Australis to glow in the dark!

No more than 7,500 of these dazzling Australian Antarctic Territory – Aurora Australis 1oz silver proof coins will be released, each housed in a display case accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For your chance to win, use your skill to rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: Another name for this spellbinding phenomenon.

Fax or post your answer to The Perth Mint or email Mark your reply or subject line ‘March 2013 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and membership number or Twitter username. Entries close on 1 April 2013.

Last month’s winner: Congratulations to Eileen McCormick of Western Australia.


Feb 262013

The incredible phenomenon known as the Aurora Borealis in the Northern Hemisphere and the Aurora Australis in the Southern Hemisphere occurs when charged particles from the Sun collide with gases in the upper atmosphere, resulting in dancing ribbons of mesmerising light.

We’re offering you the chance to celebrate the Aurora Australis with our first ever ‘glow in the dark’ silver coin, scheduled for release this Friday.

Aurora Australis is visible from Antarctica and parts of Australia, New Zealand and Patagonia. To whet your appetite further for the spectacular forthcoming release, here’s an amazing sped-up view of the lights from space, captured by the International Space Station as it crossed over the southern Indian Ocean.

(Credit: NASA)


Jul 242012

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

Australian Map Shaped Series – Kookaburra 2012 1oz Silver Coin
Full mintage: 6,000 sold out


Brisbane ANDA Coin Show Special
2012 Year of the Dragon 1oz Silver Coin
Full mintage: 5,000 sold out

Selling Fast

Emperor Penguin 2012 1oz Silver Proof Coin
The ninth release from the Australian Antarctic Territory series celebrates Emperor Penguins. Less than a month after release, sales have topped 5,000 out of a maximum mintage of 7,500 coins.