Dec 022013
 

2013XmasCoin_250Capture the spirit of Christmas this festive season with a 2013 Christmas Coin.

Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin is issued as Australian legal tender. The reverse of the coloured coin portrays a Christmas tree decorated with festive ornaments against a backdrop of stars with the inscription ‘Merry Christmas’.

With a mintage of 5,000, each coin is presented in a classic display case and beautifully illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

For your chance to win this stunning coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: A popular Christmas carol EllFortThinHow to enter:  Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘December 2013 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 6 January 2014.  Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Andrew Mckechnie of Queensland.

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Nov 262013
 

We’ve been delving into the tradition of decorated Christmas trees like the one portrayed on our 2013 Christmas coin.

In the past, evergreen shrubs and trees held special meaning for people during the depths of the northern winter. Pine, spruce and yew were used to brighten dwellings around the time of the winter solstice. Some people believed an evergreen sprig above the door would ward off evil spirits.

The first Christmas tree lit with candles is thought to have been the creation of religious reformer Martin Luther. It’s said he was inspired by the vision of stars twinkling among the evergreens on a winter’s night. Erected in Strasbourg Cathedral in 1539, his tree must have been a spectacular sight.

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert popularised Christmas trees during the 19th century.

When Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz moved to Britain to marry King George III in 1761, she took with her the German custom of adorning Christmas trees with wax tapers, coloured papers, fruit, trinkets and gifts. This ritual became popular with members of the British court and nobility.

It was not until the middle of the 19th century, however, that the practice became more widespread. Prince Albert, Queen Victoria’s German-born husband, was particularly instrumental in popularising Christmas trees.

He used glass ornaments, coloured beads and paper baskets with sugared almonds for decoration. In 1848, an engraving of the Royal Family celebrating Christmas at Windsor beneath their dressed tree sparked extensive interest.

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2013 Australian Christmas coin issued by The Perth Mint.

Early settlers in the Australian colonies were keen to remind themselves of home at Christmas – but had to make do with native flora. From the 1850s, branches of eucalypt, pink-coloured Christmas bush or scarlet Christmas Bells were used to decorate the house, roof, or veranda.

These days, local cultivation of traditional Christmas trees means that Australians tend to follow the original German custom more closely, using a mesmerising display of tinsel, baubles and glittering lights for decoration.

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Nov 052013
 

The last, but certainly not least, Bulletin of the year is a feast for fans of High Relief silver coins. Not only does it include the 2013 Australian High Relief Collection featuring our special kangaroo, kookaburra and koala coins – but also a brand new High Relief release celebrating the Year of the Horse.

Anther magnificent release worthy of your attention this month is the Lunar Calendar Series set, comprising four rectangular coins depicting more superb steeds in colour.

As well as our mid-month releases, among them the quite superb Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Eleven-Coin Set, you’ll also find a fitting finale in form of two cheery Christmas gifts.

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Oct 252013
 

The festive season will soon be here and as is traditional at this time of year, The Perth Mint is proud to present its annual Christmas coin. Click for full details of our 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Christmas Coin and see below for this year’s Christmas Gifts catalogue.

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GIFT CATALOGUE

As the proverb says, it’s better to give than to receive. Enjoy gift-giving this Christmas with a choice of thoughtfully chosen gifts for family and friends.


FOR GUARANTEED CHRISTMAS DELIVERY please order by 6 December Standard Delivery or 13 December Express Delivery.

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Dec 042012
 

Our special shipping offer has been extended until 17 December 2012.

All online orders valued at $100 or more will be delivered completely free-of-charge courtesy of The Perth Mint. (Excludes subscription and bullion products.)

For guaranteed Christmas delivery, please order before 7 December (standard post and ECI), 12 December (International courier) or 17 December (Australian courier).

Last minute gift ideas

 

Silver Kangaroo Earrings

 

 

Silver Swan Cufflinks

 

 

Nugget The Gold Prospecting Bear

 

 

Christmas Pudding Coin Pack

 

Loads more gift ideas!

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Nov 012012
 

Impressions of elegantly-patterned snowflakes and a locket brimming with gorgeous semi-precious gemstones adorn this Australian Christmas coin struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality.

For your chance to win, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram!

Clue: Among the world’s rarest gemstones, named for the Australian place in which it was found.

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au. Mark your reply or subject line ‘November 2012 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and membership number, or the Twitter username you use to follow @perthmint. Entries close by 30 November 2012. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. (T&Cs)

Last Month’s Winner: Congratulations Marcus Lebmeier of New South Wales.

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