Dec 012015

The year’s final bulletin is a retrospective of many delightful coins from the past year or two. As you’d expect from The Perth Mint, however, we’ve got some exciting new additions with which to mark the year’s closure. Unsurprisingly, each of this month’s four releases look forward to the 2016 Year of the Monkey.


Nov 272015

Bruce Jun Fan Lee was born in the hour and the year of the Dragon, on 27 November 1940 in San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Bruce was the fourth child born to Lee Hoi Chuen and his wife Grace Ho. Lee Hoi Chuen was a comedian in the Chinese opera, and an actor in Cantonese films. At the time Bruce was born, Mr. and Mrs. Lee were on tour with the opera company in the United States.

At the age of three months, Lee Hoi Chuen, his wife Grace, and baby Bruce returned to Hong Kong where Bruce would be raised until the age of 18. Bruce was not a strong child, something that would change when he took up the study of gung fu at the age of 13. It was at this time that Bruce was introduced to Master Yip Man, a teacher of the Wing Chun style of gung fu, with whom Bruce trained for the next five years.


A natural showman, Bruce was always quick and agile on his feet, also proving to be a talented dancer, winning the Hong Kong Cha Cha Championship in 1958.

In addition to his studies, gung fu, and dancing, Bruce was a child actor under the tutelage of his father who recognized at an early age that Bruce had a streak of showmanship. By the time he was 18, he had appeared in 20 films.

At the age of 18, with $100 in his pocket, Bruce boarded a steamship and began his voyage to San Francisco, and then Seattle, where he enrolled at the University of Washington.

During the three years that Bruce studied at the university, he supported himself by teaching gung fu in parking lots, garages, and any other open space he could find. In 1963, Bruce opened his first gung fu school in Seattle, the Jun Fan Gung Fu Institute.

One of his students in 1963 was a freshman at the University of Washington, Linda Emery. Bruce and Linda soon fell in love and married in 1964, before moving to Oakland where Bruce opened his second school.

Having now been in the United States for five years, Bruce had left behind any thought 
of acting as a career, and devoted himself completely to martial arts as a profession.

In 1964, just as Bruce was cementing his plans to expand his martial arts schools, he made a guest appearance at the inaugural Long Beach International Karate Championship in Long Beach, California. This exhibition resulted in Bruce meeting Hollywood producer William Dozier, who subsequently cast him as ‘Kato’ in The Green Hornet, a television series produced in 1966. Later that same year, Bruce and his family moved to Los Angeles, where he opened his third gung fu school. However, soon after, Bruce realised his love for martial arts was not something he wanted to turn into a business, leading him to turn his attention to acting full time.

In 1970, Bruce travelled to Hong Kong and was surprised to find he was widely recognized for his role in The Green Hornet. His popularity in Hong Kong led producer Raymond Chow to ask Bruce to join the cast of two upcoming film projects. The first of these two projects, The Big Boss, was released in 1971 and was a smash hit at the box office.


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This taste of success prompted Bruce to move his family, which then included a son, Brandon, and a daughter, Shannon, to Hong Kong to focus on his acting career. His second film, Fist of Fury, released in 1972, was an even bigger hit than the first.

Following the tidal wave of success created by these first two films, Bruce was able to write, produce, direct, and star in Way of the Dragon, released in 1972. Once again, the film broke records, earning Bruce recognition and fame not only in Hong Kong, but also in Hollywood.

Bruce’s growing popularity and success resulted in the first ever Hong Kong-American co-production which came about from Bruce’s relationship with Warner Bros. president Ted Ashley. Filming of Enter the Dragon commenced in 1972 and the film premiered in August 1973.

Unfortunately, Bruce would not live to see the opening of his film. On July 20, 1973, Bruce Lee passed away at the age of 32. His legacy as a martial arts actor enabled broader depictions of Asian Americans in cinema and created a whole new breed of action hero. His talents as a martial artist and instructor continue to be revered, and his spirit remains an inspiration to untold numbers of people around the world.

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Nov 092015

Who was born in the year of the monkey; what are their likely personality traits; when does the monkey year officially start? Check out our quick guide for answers and then see how the Australian Lunar – 2016 Year of the Monkey gold and silver coin program is progressing.


  • Chinese character for monkey: hóu 猴
  • The monkey ranks as the ninth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
  • People ruled by the Chinese lunar monkey are born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.
  • The next year of the monkey starts on 8 February 2016 and ends on 27 January 2017.
  • Monkey personalities are said to be intelligent, quick-witted, optimistic, ambitious and adventurous.
  • Lucky colours associated with those born in the year of the monkey are blue, white and gold.
  • Lucky numbers for monkeys are considered to be 1, 7 and 8.
  • Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Tom Hanks (1956), and Will Smith (1968).



The Australian Lunar was the world’s first major coin program depicting animal characters from the ancient Chinese Lunar calendar. Currently in their second series, the internationally renowned coins offer a comprehensive line up of gold and silver releases for collectors, gift buyers and investors.

11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1 kg, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
(see the bullion versions here)
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
(see the bullion versions here)
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coloured Editions
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coloured Editions
11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Typeset-1oz-InCase-LowRes 1oz Silver Typeset Collection
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-HighRelief-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-Gilded-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz Silver Gilded Edition Coin
1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition
2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin



Sep 082015

Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth II will became the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015.

Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne on the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth’s historic 2015 milestone means she surpasses her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s previous record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes (63 years and 7 months) on the throne.

Watch how the Queen has changed over 63 years on the throne.

Queen of Australia

When The Queen visits Australia, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia. Over the past 63 years she has devoted enormous energy in her service to Australia, visiting on 16 occasions during which she has been to every Australian State and the two mainland Territories. She has undertaken many important duties, as the following record of her visits attests.


Eight months after her coronation, the new Queen becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia
The Queen commemorates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Canberra
The Queen marks the bi-centenary of Captain James Cook’s journey up the east coast of Australia with the inauguration of The Captain James Cook Memorial
The Queen officially opens Sydney Opera House
The Queen opens Australian Parliament in Canberra
The Queen undertakes her Silver Jubilee Royal Tour
The Queen opens the new High Court of Australia building in Canberra
The Queen attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Melbourne
The Queen opens the new National Gallery of Australia in Canberra
The Queen signs the Proclamation for the Australia Act which makes Australian law independent of British parliaments and courts
The Queen opens new Parliament House in Canberra, takes part in bicentenary celebrations, and attends World Expo Brisbane
The Queen marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Sydney
The Queen undertakes her first tour since the 1999 referendum on Australia’s Head of State
The Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee and opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane
The Queen opens the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne
The Queen opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth and attends the ‘big Aussie barbie’ with tens of thousands of people on the city foreshore
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Australian Coin Tributes

The Perth Mint is delighted to honour The Queen’s achievement as Britain longest reigning monarch with three Australian legal tender commemorative coins. Struck from pure gold and silver, each coin is subject to an extremely limited mintage.


  • 2oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown with handset aquamarine gemstone in its cross. Mintage: 350.
  • 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown. Mintage: 1,000.
  • 1oz Silver Proof Intaglio Coin – featuring an incused depiction of the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a pattern of Tudor roses. Mintage: 5,000.

Intaglio: devices or lettering which are sunk below neighboring surfaces, in this case design elements that are impressed (incused) into the coin table.

Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Sep 032015

Get ready for Chinese New Year with the ever popular proof issues from the Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series!

Occupying 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey is said to bestow intelligence, optimism, ambition and adventurousness on the character of people born under its influence.

Celebrating the 2016 Year of the Monkey, the latest proof issues from the annual Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series pay tribute to these cheeky and resourceful animals.


Buy these gold and silver proof coins while stock last.

Monkey Years

If you were born under the sign of the Monkey in any of these years – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 – then each of these stunning releases would make a wonderful personal keepsake.

Or if you’ll be rejoicing at the birth of a newborn on or after Chinese New Year (8 February 2016), the coins represent a beautiful gift!

Symbolic Designs

In Chinese culture, the peach is symbolic of longevity and immortality. In the gold coin design, the monkey is portrayed contemplating the fruit of a peach tree. In the silver coin design, an adult is sitting with a baby monkey who is holding a peach. The Chinese character for ‘monkey’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Monkey’ also appear in the designs.

Weights & Mintage

Adding to the exclusivity of these coins are their extremely limited availability.



Struck to perfection with flawless, mirror-like tables, there’s little doubt Australian Lunar 2016 Year of the Monkey gold and silver proof coins will appeal to the monkey in everyone!



Sep 012015

Spring is in the Australian air and this month we’re offering an amazing crop of fresh and exciting new releases:

Exquisite pink diamonds are hand-set in the latest Argyle Pink Diamond Gold & Platinum Ingots which portray a Gouldian Finch, a rare and brilliantly coloured bird found in the Kimberley region of Western Australia.

Goddess of love, pleasure and beauty, Aphrodite is the third release from the extraordinary Goddesses of Olympus series of striking ‘antiqued’ silver coins.

Our Star Trek coin program now ventures into the 2370s aboard the U.S.S Voyager as Captain Kathryn Janeway attempts to lead her crew back to Federation space.

To commemorate Queen Elizabeth’s historic milestone as Britain’s longest serving monarch, we have three stunning Royal releases, including an innovative ‘intaglio’ silver coin. (Available for purchase 9 September)

Snow White, the fairest of them all, is at last available on gold and silver releases from the hugely popular Disney Princess coin series.

Ahead of the next Chinese New Year, we’re delighted to unveil the extensive line-up of gold & silver proof issues from our Australian Lunar series celebrating the forthcoming 2016 Year of the Monkey.

The brilliant Wedge-tailed Eagle design is now available on dazzling 5oz gold and 1oz silver proof coins.

The Australian Kangaroo looks truly impressive on the new 5oz high relief coin in silver.

And the extraordinary Australian Opal Series takes flight again with a gorgeous representation of the Ghost Bat.

View September’s coin releases from The Perth Mint in this month’s digital bulletin or click the individual links below:

*Website release 9 September 2016