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.

Mar 302012

With more Antarctic Territory coins scheduled for release in the near future, blogger Silver Spirit Coins has just published a great reminder of this popular series to date.

“The Australian Antarctic series is one of my favourites and has been ever since I started to collect coins 5 years ago. It is a beautifully designed and well thought out series with great presentation.

What is happening to the price?

I have noticed over the last few months supply to the market of this coin has become very tight with sales exploding especially in the US and Europe.

If you want this series or are missing a coin from the series now is the time to make the purchase as prices do not look like they will settle down or even pause.  The series is following the same pattern as other series that have done very well. High demand and an escalation in prices when the coins are released followed by a settling down period and now tight supply and steadily increasing prices. Now is the time to purchase these before they become too expensive.

The 2004 Mawson Station is the key to the series.  I used to be able to find this at auctions all the time for around the $100 mark but now it is very hard to find for double that. I cannot get 2006 Edgeworth David and the 2008 Humpback Whale is becoming difficult to find. Future prices are impossible to predict but with the increasing sales internationally and a very tight supply the series just could go the way of the Deadly & Dangerous or Treasures of Australia series. The prices could really appreciate very quickly from here, especially for the earlier issues.

Each coin in the series features a different design of places and events occurring in the Antarctic Territory.

These silver proof coins were first issued in 2004 and the series continued till 2011.

They are struck from 1oz of pure silver featuring coloured designs.

The mintage of each coin is limited to 7,500.

I do try and keep a full range on my web site Silver Spirit Coins

2004 Mawson Station Silver Proof Coin

Appearing as the first release of the Perth Mint’s Australian Antarctic Territory series was the Mawson Station Silver Proof Coin. The coin features Mawson Station which is one of three permanent Australian bases in the Antarctic.

2005 Leopard Seal Silver Proof Coin

The Leopard Seal Silver Proof Coin was the second release of the series and appeared from the Perth Mint in 2005. On the reverse of the coin, a colorized image of leopard seals is shown.

2006 Edgeworth David Base Silver Proof Coin

In its third year with the release of the Edgeworth David Base Silver Proof Coin which was named after Australian geologist and explorer Sir William Edgeworth David.

2007 Davis Station Silver Proof Coin

The fourth release of the program is a design of Davis Station, located on Cooperation Sea on the Antarctic Continent.

2008 Humpback Whale Silver Proof Coin

The reverse of the Humpback Whale Silver Proof Coin contains a design showcasing the large creature. This strike was released as the fifth of the series.

2009 South Magnetic Pole Silver Proof Coin

Marking 100 years since the first recorded explorers reached the South Magnetic Pole .

2010 Husky Silver Proof Coin

The 2010 release of the series was the 2010 Husky Silver Proof Coin. It was created to acknowledge the important contributions that dogs made to the exploration of Antarctica.

2011 Killer Whale Silver Proof Coin

Appearing in 2011 as the eighth strike of the series was the Killer Whale Silver Proof Coin. This strike, like the others before it, featured a reverse complete with an outline of Antarctica and a colorized scene inside that outline.”