Jun 252015

‘Mule’ is the numismatic term to describe a coin struck from dies not originally intended for use together. Australia’s most famous mule is a halfpenny struck in 1916. It is the rarest Commonwealth coin issued for circulation.

In 2000, a number of Australian dollar coins were mistakenly struck using a 10 cents obverse (heads) die. The 10 cents is marginally smaller than the dollar, which meant the resulting mule had a heavier than normal rim on the obverse.


Mule obverse courtesy of Downies.

Error coin collectors soon drove prices up and a scramble to find the rogue pieces ensued, particularly in Perth where many of the dollar/10 cents mules were released. Finds were subsequently reported in other parts of the country too.

Estimates vary considerably as to exactly how many were issued – perhaps 6,000 at most. Although highly unlikely to appear in change anymore, a 2000 mule dollar would make an exceptional find. A decent example could be worth up to several hundred dollars. The very best examples on the other hand have been known to command thousands!

Maybe it’s worth glancing over the next dollar coin you pull out of your pocket or purse?


Jul 052011

Perth Mint coin releases available from Thursday 2 August 2011:

  • 2011 Platypus Dreaming Gold & Silver Coins
  • 2011 Celebrate Australia – $1 Coins and Five-Coin Collection
  • 2011 Heroes and Villains Five-Coin Silver Proof Set
  • Ships That Changed The World – Golden Hind 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Release dates subject to change without notice.

Jul 012011

July’s Bulletin offers another eclectic mix of new coin releases! Here’s your at-a-glance summary:

  • Australian Kangaroo
    2011 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
  • Famous Battles in Australian History – Tobruk
    2011 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Ginger Meggs 90th Anniversary
    2011 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Working Dogs – German Shepherd
    2011 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Australian Bush Babies – Koala
    Stamp and Coin Cover
  • Young Collectors – William Kidd
    2011 $1 Coin

For more information, download the new Bulletin, or visit our Recent Releases webpage.

May 242011

Collecting coins made by The Perth Mint is a rewarding pastime for many people. There’s certainly a diverse range of historic and modern commemoratives to choose from.

The first coins made in Perth were gold sovereigns. Featuring our distinctive ‘P’ mintmark, more than 100 million were produced between 1899 and 1931. Even so, completing a full set can be a challenging prospect to even the most experienced collector.

Australian pre-decimal coins made in Perth include silver shillings, pennies and half-pennies. Later, the Mint prepared the way for decimalisation in 1966 with vast numbers of 1 cent and 2 cents coins, which stayed in circulation until 1992.

There was a momentous shift in emphasis in the 1980s, however, when the Australian Government authorised The Perth Mint to produce the nation’s official precious metal coin program.

The first coin to be made under the agreement was the famous Australian Nugget. As well as being offered in unpackaged, bullion quality for investors, an extremely limited number of stunning proof quality versions were released in special presentation packaging for collectors.

The silver Australian Kookaburra was the second series to be issued in what has subsequently become one of the most extensive ranges of  modern collectable coins in the world.

Today, The Perth Mint releases new collector releases every month. Keeping up with the all themes, innovations, sizes, metals and mintages, not to mention sell-outs, near sell-outs and special offers is quite a challenge.

Here we’ll cover just about everything a Perth Mint coin collector needs to know. Bringing together all the news from our websites, new product bulletins, newsletters and more, it provides one super convenient location… to which you can add your thoughts and comments too!

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