Jun 072017
 

An essential aim for any proud organisation is to test its skills with the aim of surpassing all previous efforts. The Perth Mint has continuously challenged itself in order to extend its capabilities beyond the conventional. From a pioneering role in ‘colourisation’ and ‘gilding’ techniques, to casting our world record breaking One Tonne Gold Coin, we’ve never shied away from pushing the boundaries.

Recently, we created an innovative and prestigious range of iconic Australian coins combining pure precious metals with exceptionally rare pink diamonds from Western Australia’s Argyle Diamond Mine. Now, we’ve taken this stunning blend of natural treasures to a new level with the unveiling of The Australian Trilogy, possibly the most magnificent Australian Three-Coin Set ever created.

A never-to-be-repeated release with an official limited mintage of just one, the Trilogy combines three 2017 coins from our iconic Australian animal series. At one kilo apiece, the impressive releases are all large enough to fill the palm of your hand.

In the pursuit of perfection, up to 30 examples of each coin were struck before a process of scrupulous inspection and rejection resulted in three supreme choices (and the melting pot for those discarded).

With immaculate clarity and crispness, their appearance is instantly arresting. There’s a surprise, too – unprecedented combinations of metal and design mean the Australian Kookaburra is made from 9999 gold; the Australian Kangaroo from 9995 platinum; and the Australian Koala from a delightful shade of 22 carat rose gold.

Each masterpiece attains the truly spectacular with the inclusion of a carefully selected fancy coloured diamond within the design. Breathtakingly beautiful, these marvels of nature are so incredibly uncommon that less than a fistful see the light of day each year. The most valuable and sought after diamonds in the world, they’re exquisitely honed by the world’s most acclaimed cutters and polishers.

Respectively, Trilogy coins feature a round brilliant cut 0.47 carat Fancy Deep Purple-Pink; an emerald cut 0.46 carat Fancy Dark Gray-Violet; and an emerald cut 0.58 carat Fancy Intense Pink.

Even with the Mint’s extensive expertise, setting the stones was cause for significant nervousness. With much time and effort dedicated to producing coins with the highest quality finishes, it was alarming to think that one slip of a beading tool the whole project would be compromised.

The finest diamond setter, specially flown to Perth from Singapore, was entrusted to handset the fabulous gems. A collective intake of breath followed by an anxious wait was richly rewarded, however, when our expert craftsman completed the demanding procedure with immaculate precision.

The vision for The Australian Trilogy was the ultimate set of pink diamond adorned coins yet created. A shining example of what is achievable when creative, artistic and artisanal skills are united in the pursuit of perfection, we believe that as an unquestionable highlight of Australian precious collectables it has raised the bar once more.

With a recommended retail price of AUD 1.8 million, The Australian Trilogy can be viewed at The Perth Mint throughout June. Buyers are invited to contact Shop staff or call (+61 8) 9421 7376 for further information.

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Jun 062017
 

They’re so rare that only a few are produced annually. In fact an entire year’s production will fit into the palm of your hand!

So it’s little wonder that through history pink diamonds have been some of the world’s most sought-after gems. From the Agra diamond worn by 16th and 17th century Mughal emperors, to modern-day legends like the Graff Pink, their extreme rarity and regal beauty have made them the most valuable diamonds on the market.

Why they exude pink hues has long been shrouded in mystery. Today, it is believed that tiny foreign particles may have been trapped alongside carbon atoms during the crystallisation process in which diamonds are formed. Somehow this combination affects their photochromic behaviour, causing these special diamonds to radiate a spectrum of pink colours from cherry blossom to dramatic red.

The enigmatic story of their creation undoubtedly adds further aura to the allure of these enthralling natural wonders. But no less remarkable is the account of their commercial discovery in Western Australia’s Kimberley wilderness. Uncovered by ants, pink diamonds were first spotted glinting at the entrance to a colony’s nest in mid-1980s. The initial find provided just a hint of the treasure waiting to be unearthed from what was to become the world-renowned Argyle Diamond Mine.

Responsible for more than 90 per cent of the world’s pink diamond supply in recent decades, production in the rugged Australian outback is currently tailing off as the deposit “pipe” gets narrower and deeper. As the already miniscule supply shrinks further, one thing is certain – the number of opportunities to acquire and treasure these precious stones is becoming beyond rare!

Australian Kangaroo 2017 2oz Gold Proof Pink Diamond Edition

Extracted from Rio Tinto’s Argyle Diamond Mine, a 0.037carat round brilliant pink diamond appears below the animal’s paw on the reverse of this exclusive Australian Kangaroo coin. Exquisitely struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, the remarkable release marries Australia’s most alluring precious metal, one of its best known coin designs, and a stunning example of its most desirable diamonds.

Just 300 coins have been meticulously struck and skilfully handset with a pink diamond to offer discerning buyers a timeless and sumptuous collectable.

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Feb 142017
 

In a return to tradition, The Perth Mint is delighted to announce the re-introduction of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Proof Five-Coin Set as our most prestigious collectable offering.

Showcasing the Mint’s acclaimed expertise in the production of flawless gold proof coins, the set will be issued annually for the first time since a run of 16 consecutive five-coin sets were released between 1989 and 2005.

Australia’s signature gold coins, iconic Kangaroos are struck from 99.99% pure gold. Depicting Australia’s most famous marsupial, bullion versions are sought widely around the world as trusted investments.

Exquisitely finished Proof Kangaroos, featuring mirror-like reflective tables and delicately frosted reliefs, exemplify the pinnacle of precious metal coining skills available from only a select group of leading mints worldwide.

The superb 2017 Australian Kangaroo Gold Proof Five-Coin Set comprises 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz releases portraying a kangaroo bounding across an outback plain. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each set is housed in a luxury timber case.

With rarity assured by an annual issue limit of just 500, the new generation of five-coin proof sets is set to become Australia’s most desirable numismatic collectable.

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Nov 162016
 

Welcome to new collectors who might be wondering about coin mintages and are stumped by some of the language associated with the topic. For example, if you’ve pondered ‘maximum mintage’, ‘declared mintage’, and ‘issue limit’, this article is here to help.

Mints keep historical records of how many coins they strike and issue. The total number for each coin is known as the mintage.

Thanks to mintage records at The Perth Mint, for instance, we know that we issued precisely 4,096,771 gold sovereigns 100 years ago in 1916.

Mintage figures are valuable to collectors because they provide guidance about ‘rarity’.

Maximum Mintage

Today, the vast majority of our modern collectables are issued with a specific mintage limit. Take the Australian Kangaroo 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin – it has a maximum mintage of 20,000.

This means The Perth Mint will issue up to 20,000 of these coin as Australian legal tender.

2016-australiankangaroo-1oz-silver-proof-highreliefSay we receive orders over the next few months for the maximum mintage, production will cease immediately and we’ll announce the coin as ‘sold out’. Collectors can be 100% certain that we’ll never make any more.

Declared Mintage

But what happens if the maximum mintage is not taken up by collectors? Obviously it does not make sense for any Mint to keep making a coin if the mintage is unlikely to be sold out.

If after a reasonable period of time we judge the market no longer has any interest in the coin, or for some other reason it is no longer viable, we close-off production and declare the mintage.

A declared mintage is the final number that will ever be made available for sale, even though the declared figure falls short of the original maximum mintage stated by the Mint.

In this way, some declared coins end up being much rarer than their original mintage limits would indicate. To find examples of this, visit the Numismatic Mintages page on our website.

Issue Limit

Even though the Australian Kangaroo 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin has a maximum mintage of 20,000, you may have spotted that it has an advertised issue limit of 18,000.

Issue limits refer to the format in which the coin is packaged. In this instance, up to 18,000 coins are being offered in individual coin cases. As a result, 2,000 coins remain available within the maximum mintage for sale in a distinctively different format.

This year, 1,000 of these coins are being made available in a spectacular Three-Coin Collection which also includes 1,000 each of our 2016 Kookaburra and Koala silver proof high relief coins.

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Released earlier this month, the 2016 Australian High Relief Silver Proof 2016 Three-Coin Collection is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity stating the maximum mintage of each coin – as well as its own specific issue limit of 1,000.

If collectors buy 1,000, we will announce the issue limit as sold out. If the market only requires 500, we will declare that number as the total ever issued.

Mintage Policy

You can read more about Perth Mint definitions, including ‘unlimited mintage’ and ‘mint-to-order’ in our formal Mintage Policy.

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Sep 152016
 

First edition collectors will be excited by the unveiling of the 2016 Australian Kangaroo Silver Proof Coin Series featuring a number of significant ‘firsts’.

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The Australian Silver Kangaroo was initially issued by The Perth Mint as an unlimited 1oz bullion coin. Unparalleled worldwide interest has resulted in more than 10 million being released to the market – putting it in the record book as the most heavily sought-after contemporary precious metal Australian coin to date.

This popularity has prompted the Mint to issue a limited number of supreme quality proof versions which are now available as a Four-Coin Set comprising 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coins, as well as an individual 1/4oz coin. Collectors acquiring these releases especially enjoy the fact that:

  • each release is struck from 99.99% pure silver, the first ever proof quality ‘four nines’ standard relief coins ever issued by The Perth Mint.
  • with Stuart Devlin’s iconic ‘red kangaroo’, they are the first silver proof issues ever to feature his world-famous portrayal.
  • the Four-Coin Set includes Australia’s first numismatic issues struck in proof quality from 1/4oz and 1/10oz of pure silver.
  • the 1/4oz coin is the first Australian silver coin of this weight ever to be released by The Perth Mint.

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Presented in display packaging, no more than 3,000 Four-Coin Sets and 10,000 individual 1/4oz coins will be released, each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Apr 052016
 

This year’s Three-Coin Set from our ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary coin series commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought on the Western Front during WWI, where more than 46,000 Australian men and women lost their lives.

Australia’s contribution to celebrations marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday includes three stunning legal tender tributes from The Perth Mint – each certain to be a sought-after numismatic souvenir of this historic occasion.

As the Queen turns 90, we’re also pleased to announce availability of an eye-catching Stamp & Coin Cover portraying Her Majesty wearing the Australian Golden Wattle brooch.

Extremely affordable, this year’s 0.5g Mini Roo coin presents the perfect opportunity for everyone to own a little gold.

Exemplifying outstanding numismatic design, the 2016 Wedge-tailed Eagle design by John Mercanti is now portrayed on special ‘high relief’ 1oz coins in pure gold and silver.

For the young at heart, the magical Disney Princess coin series now features adorable representations of Rapunzel and Tiana.

Meanwhile, make-believe never looked so beautiful than on the new Ocean Fairy coin!

Check out this month’s electronic bulletin and/or the links below for details of these and other new releases this April.

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