The following collector coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.
WHAT’S NEW – In April we bring you the following new coin releases -
Australian Sovereign 2014 Gold Proof Coin: our customised version of the original Sydney Mint Sovereign is made from the traditional 91.67% pure gold with a spectacular modern-day proof finish.
Centenary of Australian Submarines 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin & Replica Badge Set: a superb release comprising an Australian coin and enamel badge to celebrate the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service’s historic milestone.
Land Down Under – Great Barrier Reef 2014 2oz Gold & 5oz Silver Special Editions: large format coins featuring one of Australia’s natural wonders – the incomparable reef bathed in Queensland’s translucent tropical waters.
The Australian Stock Horse 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin: the second Stock Horse release has a fine pedigree after the phenomenal success of its predecessor.
The Limited Edition Argyle Pink Diamond 1oz Pink Gold & 1oz Platinum Ingots: breathtaking creations featuring handset pink diamonds in 91.67% pure pink gold and 99.95% pure platinum.
Australian Koala 2014 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin: this giant Koala coin is a wonder to behold!
Australian Kookaburra 2014 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin: the Kookaburra coin is a standout!
Mother’s Love – Asian Elephant 2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin: the second heart-warming release from this wonderfully loveable new series.
Doctor Who Monsters – Cybermen 2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin: beware – another one of Doctor Who’s deadly enemies is here!
Young Collectors Super Powers Series 2014 Invisibility $1 Coin: another mind-boggling release from the series with the power to fire imagination.
Plus: exclusive Sovereign Sets and Baby Keepsake.
Enter this month’s anagram for your chance to win a stunning Land Down Under – Gold Rush 2014 Silver Proof Coin.
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin’s reverse depicts a prospector panning for gold on the banks of a coloured river scene. With a mintage of 5,000, each Australian legal tender coin is housed in a contemporary, Australian map-shaped latex case, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate.
Simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.
Clue: What does a prospector do?How to enter: Email your answer to email@example.com marking your reply ‘February 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 3 March 2014. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.
Last month’s winner: The answer to last month’s anagram was ‘Naracoorte, South Australia’. Congratulations to our winner – Kirsten Wallace from Victoria.
February’s bulletin includes the first release from our new Gods of Olympus 2oz silver coin series. Befitting such a dramatic figure, the high relief design is struck in a rimless format and features an antique finish for a truly impressive result.
This bulletin also features the latest coin from a popular established series, as well as the initial release from a new series that looks equally strong.
The Tasmanian Devil is the fifth native animal to appear in our well-loved Australian Opal series, which previously depicted the koala, wombat, kangaroo and pygmy possum in similarly stunning style.
For the first coin in our heart-warming Mother’s Love series, however, we’ve chosen a lioness. The beautiful design reflects her affection for a young cub – with similar portrayals featuring four other world animals and their offspring to follow.
ANZAC day approaching and you’ll find a new commemorative Australian $1 coin which this year pays special tribute to the Royal Australian Navy Submarine Service.
As well as the latest design from The Land Down Under Series, there are carded additions to the Australian Koala silver coin series and two new releases celebrating the Year of the Horse.
Australia’s most famous building is marking the 40th Anniversary of its official opening. As the celebrations continue, we take the opportunity to look back at some great Perth Mint coins featuring the iconic Opera House.
A limited number of The Land Down Under – Sydney Opera House 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin (top right) remain available so contact The Perth Mint now.
Surfing astounds South Pacific explorers
When European seafarers visited the South Pacific they were astounded by the Polynesian inhabitants’ love of surfing.
One of the first to describe this “strange diversion” was Sir Joseph Banks, the English naturalist who accompanied James Cook around the world between 1768 and 1771 (the famous journey that also took them up Australia’s east coast).
He marvelled at how “with infinite ease” the islanders dived under breaking waves before rising on the other side. “But their chief amusement was carried on by the stern of an old canoe, with this before them they swam out as far as the outermost breach, then… opposing the blunt end to the breaking wave were hurried in with incredible swiftness.”
As Banks was to discover, surfing was central to Polynesian culture and had been practiced since ancient times.
Duke Kahanamoku introduces surfing in Australia
At the beginning of the 20th century, brilliant displays of wave riding by Hawaiian surfers aroused tremendous interest in America and Australia.
Initially they were invited to demonstrate their skills in California. The most famous was Duke Kahanamoku, who is also credited with introducing surfing to Australia.
Brought up at Waikīkī beach in Honolulu, Kahanamoku had exceptional aquatic talents. He won the first of his Olympic gold medals for swimming in 1912, and as a Hawaiian hero of the pool and surf performed swimming and surfing demonstrations around the world.
In late 1914, a crowd of spectators gathered to watch him surf at Freshwater on Sydney’s Northern Beaches using a board fashioned from local sugar pine. For schoolgirl Isabel Letham it was a truly memorable day, as this episode of Australian Encounters reveals.
Australian Encounters: Isabel Letham & Duke Kahanamoku (1914)
Coins celebrate Aussie surfing culture
Surfing has become synonymous with the Australian way of life. From Margaret River in the west to Bells Beach in Victoria, famous surf breaks abound around the coast.
The Beach Boys, America’s legendary surf band, paid tribute to Australia’s surfing pedigree in their 1963 classic, Surfin’ USA. The only exception in the otherwise all-American line-up of surf locations mentioned in the famous hit is “Australia’s Narrabeen”.
Today, it’s even possible to collect coins celebrating Aussie surf culture!