Oct 312016
 

Perth’s most exclusive gift buying destination is opening late for a sumptuous night of Christmas shopping and magical family attractions on Friday 11 November.

jewellery-customerRenowned worldwide for its vast selection of superb gold, silver and platinum coins, The Perth Mint is also the State’s leading destination for exclusive jewellery showcasing stunning Australian pearls, opals and fancy coloured diamonds, as well as a wide range of unique gifts for all budgets.

With special discounts on the night, plus the chance to win a $500 gift voucher, The Perth Mint Shop offers a treasure trove of glittering possibilities. But it’s not the only reason to attend this wonderful evening event.

CEO to ‘light up the night

Perth Mint CEO Richard Hayes will be switching on a dazzling display of decorative fairy lights festooning our giant forecourt Christmas tree. With the gatehouse and perimeter fence similarly illuminated with festive bulbs, the display promises to light up the night in spectacular fashion!

Free gold pouring demonstrations

perth-mint-gold-pour2The old melting house will be a ‘hot’ destination for visitors wishing to witness the spectacle of a free gold pouring demonstration. Because these extraordinary displays are bound to be popular, bookings are essential for this part of the evening’s entertainment as places are limited.

Fun for kids

From fairies to superheroes or any Christmas attire, kids are encouraged to dress up in their favourite costumes for the chance to win prizes. With Santa rumoured to be making a surprise appearance some time during the evening, they’re sure to be richly rewarded!

Make a date in your diary

With food and drinks available for purchase and the chance to browse a gorgeous range of gifts, The Perth Mint’s inaugural Christmas shopping event promises to be a delightful evening for the whole family.

Make a date in your diary now to get Christmas off to a flying start at our heritage premises located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, on Friday 11 November. Gates open between 5.30pm and 8.00pm with the Christmas tree light up at 7.15pm. Entry is free.


The Christmas 2016 1oz Star Shaped Silver Proof Coin doubles as a beautiful hanging decoration.
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Dec 212015
 

Gold and silver play a part in many Christmas traditions. Of course, gold was presented as a gift to the baby Jesus, but have you heard this story about the origins of Christmas stockings?

Christmas Stockings

According to the ancient tale, the Bishop of Myra, in Turkey, was a wealthy man who gave gold coins to the less fortunate. Being a shy person, he wanted to be as discreet as possible, so he threw a purse of gold coins down the chimney of a poor girl, which landed in a pair of stockings that she’d hung out to dry!

The Bishop was none other than Saint Nicholas. As word spread of his generous deed, others started hanging their stockings by the fireplace. Over time, the practice became popular and today children can’t wait to hang their stockings for the coming of Santa Claus – the modern day Saint Nic!

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Here are some more delightful Christmas customs in which gold and silver play a role.

Christmas Pudding

Originating in Great Britain, the discovery of a silver coin in a slice of Christmas pudding was said to provide health, wealth and happiness to the finder. The traditional choice was a silver sixpence, or a threepence.

The practice may have originated from the age-old custom of Twelfth Night Cake which was baked with a bean hidden inside and sometimes topped with a golden crown. Whoever found the bean was crowned Lord of Misrule until midnight!

Plum puddings were traditionally made on the Sunday ‘next before Advent’, which is four to five weeks before Christmas. This special Sunday became widely known as ‘Stir-up Sunday’. We now know about the amazing antimicrobial properties of silver, which makes the addition of an old sixpence to the mix a very wise choice!

Tinsel

Tinsel was originally made in Europe from silver that was hammered paper-thin and then sliced into strips. These strips were attached to a thread with the idea that they emulated icicles of the cold northern winter.

The word tinsel probably derives from estincele, the old French word meaning ‘sparkle’. Before the 16th century, it was used to decorate sculptures, but was later added to Christmas trees to enhance the flickering of candles. More’s the pity, but modern tinsel is generally made of plastic.

Boxing Day

During the middle Ages, Advent was a time for churches to display alms boxes into which parishioners could donate silver and other coins. The boxes were opened the day after Christmas – hence the name Boxing Day – when the coins were distributed to the less fortunate.

In Victorian times, servants who were required to work at Christmas took the following day off to visit their families. As they prepared to leave, their employers would present them with Christmas boxes of coins and other gifts.

These days, Boxing Day is a public holiday enjoyed by (almost) all. But did you know it’s also St Stephen’s Day. Its charitable roots are reflected in the popular carol Good King Wenceslas, which tells the story of a Czech king going on a journey in harsh winter weather to give alms to a poor peasant “on the feast of Stephen”.

Chocolate Coins

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The custom of giving chocolate coins covered in gold foil to children has been intertwined with Christmas traditions for hundreds of years and can be held to symbolise the gift of gold given by the Three Wise Men. Today they are popular stocking fillers and Christmas tree decorations – and, at this time of year, one of the best-selling items in The Perth Mint Shop!

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Dec 032015
 

Disney – Season’s Greetings Classic 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This is the first Disney collectable coin to feature artwork from The Walt Disney Company’s Corporate Season’s Greetings cards of year’s past. The rarely seen image from 1935 features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Pluto and Clarabelle Cow arriving at Mickey’s house on a snowy Christmas evening. Originally created for key figures in the motion picture industry, the image is also featured on the packaging. Mintage: 10,000.

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Disney – Season’s Greetings 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

This coin’s reverse features Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, Donald Duck, Pluto and Goofy bearing gifts for Christmas. The coin is presented in a star-shaped coin capsule, which sits inside its book-themed outer packaging. The star capsule comes complete with a ribbon and is ready to be hung on the Christmas tree. Mintage: 10,000.

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Both Disney coins are issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender of the Pacific island of Niue.

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Nov 172015
 

 
Nov 172015
 

Congratulations to Tom Hagerman, winner of our Christmas Competition Week 4.

Tom wins a cute Baby Goat 2015 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin for correctly finding the image of Santa on our Christmas 2015 1oz Star Shaped Silver Proof Coin webpage.

Well done to everyone who correctly entered Week 4’s competition. Along with Tom and all our previous winners, your names have automatically been entered into Week 10’s Grand Draw in December for a stunning gold Koala coin.

With five more weekly Christmas Competitions before the Grand Draw, be sure to check the blog or our Facebook page soon for your chance to win another superb prize!

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Nov 102015