Nov 112016
 

To honour those who have died as a consequence of war, Australians are encouraged to observe one minute’s silence as the clock strikes the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – the moment the guns fells silent on the Western Front in 1918.

The observance takes place in other Allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States. But how did the tradition originate?

Edward George Honey has been credited as the first person to suggest a period of silence in which to remember the fallen.

Born in St Kilda, Melbourne, Honey was an Australian journalist who worked in Fleet Street after World War I. In May 1919, he wrote to the London Evening News appealing for a five-minute silence to mark the first anniversary of the Armistice.

A few months later, Sir James Percy FitzPatrick suggested to the British Cabinet a complete suspension of normal activity for two minutes during which everyone could focus on reverent remembrance.

King George V responded to Sir James’ call by asking countries of the British Empire “to stand still in solemn remembrance of the dead, who died that the world might be free.”

Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day in 1946 to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. The custom of a short silence remains integral to Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth, and in Australia on ANZAC Day.

Honey is recognized in Australia as the originator of the idea on a memorial plaque in central Melbourne, which records “Edward George Honey… A Melbourne journalist who, while living in London, first suggested the solemn ceremony of silence, now observed in all British countries in remembrance of those who died in war”.

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Oct 232016
 

Disney’s fourth animated feature, Dumbo, was released 75 years ago on this day in 1941. The loveable baby circus elephant was ridiculed for his enormous ears – but assisted by true friend Timothy, the tiny mouse, Dumbo eventually discovered he could use them to fly!

Celebrating the ever young elephant’s landmark anniversary, these superbly-crafted pure gold and silver coins would make nostalgic keepsakes for those who remember Dumbo when he first appeared, and exciting collectables for all modern-day Disney fans!

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Housed in Disney-themed presentation packaging, no more than 1,000 gold coins and 10,000 silver coins will be released.

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Sep 212016
 

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Released in 1935, The Band Concert was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon made in colour. During the highly acclaimed Disney short, the hero and his band are determined to complete their rendition of The William Tell Overture despite numerous distractions, including an unwelcome flute accompaniment played by none other than Donald Duck!

The Mickey Through the Ages coin collection celebrates Disney’s original, much-loved character during his hugely successful cartoon career. The first release, comprising a 1oz silver proof coin and a 1/4oz gold companion, portrays Mickey from a 1930s promotional poster for The Band Concert.

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Sep 072016
 

Ahead of Chinese New Year on 28 January 2017, we’re delighted to unveil the new designs for the world’s longest running Proof Lunar coin series.

These releases celebrate the 10th animal revered in the ancient Lunar calendar – the rooster. According to ancient Chinese mythology, people born under the influence of the rooster are regarded as hardworking, loyal, honest, and sociable. The rooster is also seen as a perfectionist.

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Struck from 99.99% pure gold and, for the first time in its history, 99.99% pure silver, these Australian Lunar coins are presented with an exquisite proof quality finish – their mirror-like reflectivity and delicately frosted motifs a testament to the supreme skill of our minters since the first issue in 1996.

Featuring superbly-styled portrayals of the rooster in his domain, the extremely limited coins are sumptuous collectables and superb gifts that any recipient would be keen to crow over!

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Aug 152016
 

Released in 1995, Walt Disney Pictures’ animated feature film Pocahontas stars the 18-year old daughter of a Native American chief who falls in love with John Smith, an English soldier, during the 17th century settlement of Jamestown.

Beautiful, free-spirited and at one with nature, Pocahontas displays wisdom beyond her years by helping to allay mistrust and conflict between her people and the settlers. Despite injured John Smith’s desire for her to return to England with him, Pocahontas decides to stay with her tribe, but comforts him with the promise that “I’ll always be with you forever”.

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The final release from the Disney Princess collectible coins program portrays delightful imagery of Pocahontas.

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Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Pocahontas surrounded by relief engraved foliage. Issued as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

Each silver coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity. Each gold coin comes in a timber display case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Issued by New Zealand Mint

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Aug 102016
 

In 1966, the team behind landmark sci-fi series Star Trek introduced one of the most memorable space craft ever devised for TV and film. So futuristic was the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, that 50 years later, the renowned starship is still highly admired – beloved even – by fans of the Star Trek canon.

Constructed at the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth, the Enterprise was a Constitution-class starship, a heavy cruiser built to explore strange new worlds, to serve as home to 400-plus crew, and to withstand the stress of battle.

Launched in 2245, she reached the peak of her 40-year career during Captain James T. Kirk’s famous five-year Starfleet mission to boldly go where no man has gone before™, as told across 79 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series.

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Her appearance was a revolutionary departure from customary rocket-style concepts. Comprising a saucer-shaped primary hull surmounted by a bridge dome, and pylon-mounted engine nacelles projecting from a secondary hull, she remains one of sci-fi’s most iconic images.

Kirk’s Enterprise featured 14 science labs, an observation deck, a massive lower deck which included main engineering, and a shuttle bay. Impulse engines provided propulsion to a maximum speed of Warp 8, while defences came in the form of deflector shields and armaments comprising photon torpedoes and phasers.

Among the ship’s extraordinary array of advanced technology, the transporter was unforgettable. Created when it was deemed too difficult (and expensive) to portray the Enterprise or its shuttlecraft landing on the surface of a planet, it ‘dematerialized’ humans or objects into energy patterns, then beamed them to a target for ‘rematerialization’ – giving rise to the popular catchphrase “Beam me up, Scotty”.

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2016 Gold & Silver Proof High Relief Coins

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The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil three special ‘high relief’ coins dedicated to the iconic starship in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in 2016. Officially licensed by CBS, the proof quality coins are struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold, and 5oz and 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in stunning detail.

Housed in presentation packaging, these magnificent collector pieces are especially limited. Just 400 1oz gold coins, 800 5oz silver coins and 6,000 1oz silver coins will be released, each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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