May 162016
 

With the discovery of payable gold in 1851, Australia needed a way in which to convert its new-found riches into durable and portable wealth for colonial citizens. The first step in this journey was the establishment of a local mint.

Amid hot competition between New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, the former emerged triumphant in its bid to host the first overseas branch of the Royal Mint. The enabling legislation passed the British Parliament in 1853 and the Sydney Mint opened in the south wing of the old ‘Rum’ hospital on 14 May 1855.

Official backing to strike sovereign and half-sovereign gold coins in Australia came with one major proviso. The colonial versions were to bear a new design in order to prevent damaging the status of London-made coins should anything go wrong. In other words, the Sydney Mint was going to have to prove itself.

The very first Sydney sovereign was struck on 23 June 1855. Its reverse was akin to William Wyon’s design for British shillings – in essence an open wreath below a crown. Created by his eldest son, Leonard Charles Wyon, the face of the Sydney Type I sovereign, however, possessed several unique characteristics that made it unmistakably ‘Australian’.

SYDNEY MINT above the crown announced unequivocally that this was not a London-made coin. As if the point needed further emphasis, the inscription AUSTRALIA appeared under the crown! Unlike its renowned British counterpart, which displayed no denomination at all, the Type I also included ONE SOVEREIGN (or ONE HALF SOVERIGN) at the foot of the design.

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Struck by The Perth Mint, the Australian Sovereign 2016 Gold Proof Coin pays tribute to the first colonial-made sovereign in the British Empire.

Customising the original Sydney sovereign reverse to read PERTH MINT, our modern adaptation pays tribute to this important part of Australia’s numismatic history. Like the original coin, it is struck from 91.67% pure gold (22-carat) and weighs 7.9881 grams. With its shiny proof quality finish, strict limited mintage of 1,500, and superb presentation packaging, the annual release for 2016 is a prestigious addition to any coin collection.

As it turned out, British concerns about the new Sydney Mint’s ability to produce sovereigns to their exactingly high standards were unfounded. The Australian-made coins have never been faulted, and by 1871 the Sydney Mint was permitted to strike the same design as the Royal Mint. The same rule applied to the Melbourne and Perth branches (opened in 1872 and 1899 respectively), the latter continuing the tradition for supreme quality to this day.

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May 032016
 

A stunning complement to last year’s Kimberley Sunset 2oz pink gold coin has been crafted at The Perth Mint.

The 2016 Kimberley Sunrise 2oz yellow gold companion coin mirrors the original high relief design depicting an iconic boab tree in north-western Australia’s unique wilderness.

While the earlier release featured an eye-catching Argyle pink diamond, the new coin has been individually hand set with a 0.03-carat fine white diamond, symbolising the arrival of dawn’s new light in this extraordinary region.

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The 2016 Kimberley Sunrise 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin with last year’s popular Kimberley Sunset coin.

Strict Limited Mintage

Under its worldwide mintage limit, just 500 of these lavish Kimberley Sunrise pure gold creations will be issued, each housed in luxury presentation packaging.

Following the rapid sell out of last year’s Kimberley Sunset coin, the Kimberley Sunrise release is expected to be highly sought-after by new admirers as well as owners of the first coin who would like to treasure them both as a sumptuous numismatic combination.

See how the fine white diamond is expertly hand set in this stunning Kimberley Sunrise gold proof coin:

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Apr 222016
 

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Pillars of Australian culture and society, Anzac Day and the Returned & Services League (RSL) are both 100 years-old in 2016. Marking this shared milestone, these coins from The Perth Mint were developed under license with the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the RSL as official numismatic tributes through which the community can honour the service and sacrifice of our Defence Force personnel.

From left:

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series
Anzac Day 100 Years 2016 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

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RSL Centenary Coin Series
2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The emblem and logo of the Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) are owned by the RSL and may only be used with the written consent of the RSL.
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Anzac $1 Coin Series
2016 Aluminium Bronze Coin in Card

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Apr 212016
 

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, has welcomed the release of three Australian numismatic tributes marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

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Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, holds one of the three Royal tribute coins crafted by The Perth Mint.

“The celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday is a remarkable moment in history and The Perth Mint has created exceptional coin tributes for the occasion,” Her Excellency said.

“I am particularly delighted to see the craftsmanship showcasing branches of the golden wattle, our national flower which was depicted in the brooch presented to the Queen during her coronation tour of Australia in 1954, and the St Edward’s Crown symbolising our historical links with British constitutional and parliamentary heritage.”

The superb releases are the latest in a long line of Buckingham Palace-approved coins issued by The Perth Mint celebrating personal milestones of members of the Royal Family. Click here for more details.

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Apr 142016
 

These special releases celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic Disney animated film Dumbo, which was released on 23 October 1941. Ridiculed for his enormous ears, the loveable baby circus elephant becomes a sensation when he discovers he can use them to fly!

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Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this coin portrays Dumbo in flight with Timothy the mouse sitting in the brim of his hat.

No more than 10,000 of the 75th Anniversary of Dumbo 2016 1oz Silver Coin will be released, each in an elegant wooden box accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Available in similar presentation packaging with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, this 1/4oz version of the coin is struck from 99.99% pure gold. No more than 1,000 of the 75th Anniversary of Dumbo 2016 1/4oz Gold Coin will be released.

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Apr 122016
 

New coins featuring two more famous Disney princesses are now available from The Perth Mint.

The latest gold and silver releases portray Tiana from the 2009 production The Princess and the Frog, and Rapunzel from the 2010 picture Tangled – the 49th and 50th animated features from Walt Disney Studios.

With vividly coloured character portrayals, both silver coins are made from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in stunning proof quality. Fully-struck, their gold proof companions are both delicately crafted from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold.

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Like previous releases in this popular series, no more than 10,000 of each silver coin and 1,000 of each gold coin will ever be released, each housed in superb presentation packaging.

Further information:

Disney Princess – Tiana

Disney Princess – Rapunzel

Issued by NZ Mint
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