Jul 212014
 

Celebrating 25 years of the iconic red kangaroo design, the spectacular 2014 gold coins shown in this video feature the original artistry by Dr Stuart Devlin AO CMG, goldsmith and jeweller to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Collectors interested in securing the 25th Anniversary Five-Coin Set or individual 1oz and 1/4oz pure gold proof coins depicting the red kangaroo design should visit our website by clicking here.

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Jul 032014
 

July marks the start of the new financial year and to start things off with a bang The Perth Mint is releasing a stunning array of new coins.

Australian Kangaroo 2014 25th Anniversary Gold Proof Coins (individual 1oz and 1/4oz gold proof coins, and five-coin set)

 2014 Australian Megafauna – Megalania 1oz Silver Proof Coin

2014 Australian Outback 1/2oz Silver Coloured Coin Collection

2014 Australian Kangaroo 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin

Chinese Astrological Series 2014 Year of the Horse - Prosperity 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

Chinese Astrological Series 2014 Year of the Horse 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Set

2014 Mini Koala 0.5g Gold Coin

2014 Young Collectors Superpowers Series Flight $1 Coin

Browse the electronic bulletin above for details of these and other recent releases including Australia’s official commemorative coins of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™.

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Jun 262014
 

Donald_Duck_SmallDonald Fauntleroy Duck is arguably Disney’s second most successful cartoon character. Famous for his brash, mischievous nature and agitated temper tantrums, in many ways he is diametrically opposed to Mickey Mouse. But as a rascal with a heart of gold, audiences have always found him impossibly hard to resist!

Donald made his cartoon debut on 9 June 1934, six years after Mickey, his friend and rival, became Disney Studios’ first star. In The Wise Little Hen, Donald’s shameless behaviour was the architect of his undoing. Soon, such setbacks would be igniting his regular fits of incomprehensible squawking rage.

Less physically rounded in his early appearances, Donald was nevertheless introduced in his trademark sailor’s shirt, cap and bow tie. Moreover, he communicated in a unique, semi-intelligible quacking-style – care of Clarence Nash – surely now one of the most recognizable character voices in history.

By 1937, audience reaction to Donald’s comically irascible personality saw him move from supporting character to star in his own right. Often accompanied by his adorable nephews – Huey, Dewey, and Louie; love interest Daisy Duck; or his thrifty uncle Scrooge McDuck, Donald rose to the status of cartoon royalty and one of the best-loved animated characters of all time.

Celebrating  the 80th ANNIVERSARY of Donald Duck

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Donald Duck’s debut film appearance in The Wise Little Hen is the inspiration behind these 80th Anniversary of Donald Duck gold and silver coin releases.

Portraying a vintage Donald in his instantly recognisable attire, the coins are struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, with no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins to be released.

Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, offering the perfect opportunity to celebrate eight decades of Donald’s comic antics.

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May 292014
 

Today is the birthday of Benedetto Pistrucci, creator of one of the world’s most highly revered gold coin designs.

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Bust of Benedetto Pistrucci

Born in Italy on 29 May 1783*, Pistrucci moved to England in 1815 where he became Chief Medallist at the Royal Mint.

Under the laws of the day, foreigners were technically ineligible for the top job. However, in the words of the Mint Master, his skills “place him above all competition”.

Pistrucci’s reputation in London soared with the creation of a wax model of St George in the ‘Greek style’ for aristocrats Lord and Lady Spencer.

On joining the Mint, he created designs for Britain’s Great Recoinage of 1816, suggesting St George and the Dragon for the new gold sovereign valued at one pound.

Pistrucci’s design showed St George as a Greek horseman mounted on a Parthenon-style horse slaying a dragon. The new coin made its appearance in 1817 after Britain’s victory at Waterloo.

The result was a masterpiece of numismatic art, a design combining such grace and dramatic impact that it now ranks as one of the best loved and most enduring of all British coin designs.

Australia boasts a connection with his iconic reverse. It was struck millions of times on sovereigns made at the Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Mints before 1931.
Qtr_red-sovereignToday’ the British Mint continues to strike the design on magnificent gold coins such as this 2014 Quarter Sovereign struck from 22-carat red gold. Pistrucci would undoubtedly be extremely proud to know his masterpiece still commands such admiration and respect.

(*In the course of our research we found some sources quoting Pistrucci’s date of birth to be 24 May. Others we discovered have the year of birth as 1874, but this is now considered to be incorrect. We apologise if any inaccuracy is reflected in this article).

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