Aug 062014
 

The Australian version of the American cowboy is known as a stockman. Stockmen are responsible for the wellbeing of livestock on enormous pastoral properties. They care for the animals, treat their illnesses and vaccinate them, brand and tag them, weigh and feed them, muster and drove them, and deal with any predators that may threaten the stock.Australian Stockman silver coin

Mounted stockmen became familiar figures on the Australian landscape after white settlers discovered rolling country west of the Blue Mountains in 1813. These early stockmen were instrumental in opening up the untamed wilderness of inland Australia as they drove their livestock through the bush.

With their intimate knowledge of the country, Australian Aborigines were also good stockmen. They played a key role in the development of the cattle industry in many regions.

Australian Stockman gold coinThe Australian stockman was known as a courageous and highly skilled rider, at one with his horse and always ready to take on man or beast. Despite being gone for weeks or months on end, the stockman packed lightly – a ‘billy’ for his tea, a ‘swag’ for his bed, and his saddle for a pillow.

Battling the elements and living off the land, the stockmen’s adventures inspired famous bush poets like Banjo Paterson and Henry Lawson, and left city folk in awe of this tough-as-nails character. The stockman’s iconic status in Australian culture and tradition was recognised with the opening in 1988 of The Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre in Longreach, Queensland.

DO THESE TERMS ALSO MEAN “STOCKMAN”?

  • Ringer – alternative name for a stockman used primarily in the Top End of Northern Australia.
  • Drover – typically an experienced stockman who transports sheep or cattle ‘on the hoof’ over long distances.
  • Grazier or Cattleman – landowner who owns and runs a livestock business.
  • Station Hand – a ‘jack of all trades’ involved in routine station duties.
  • Jackaroo & Jillaroo – young male or female version of a station hand in training for a more senior role.

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The Land Down Under – Australian Stockman

The third release in the 2014 The Land Down Under collector series pays tribute to the legendary Australian Stockman. Presented in clear Australia map-shaped latex cases, no more than 1,000 1/4oz gold coins and 5,000 1oz silver coins will be released.Australian Stockman gold and silver coins

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Aug 042014
 

The Year of the Horse is in full stride and among the new releases featured in August’s Bulletin are three inspiring coins featuring Australian horses and horsemanship.

The Land Down Under – 2014 Australian Stockman

The latest 1/4oz pure gold and 1oz pure silver releases from this iconic series immortalise the mounted stockmen who pioneered Australia’s unforgiving outback. Both designs portray wonderful designs of a stockman riding his horse.

The Australian Stock Horse 2014 5oz Gold Proof Coin

This truly magnificent release is dedicated to the Australian Stock Horse, known for its calm temperament, strength and courage, qualities that helped it thrive in the challenging conditions of the bush.

Other superb new releases in August comprise:

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May 122014
 

The following collector coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

GreatBarrierReef2ozGold The Land Down Under
Great Barrier Reef 2014 2oz Gold Special Edition
Maximum Mintage: 200 Sold Out
GreatBarrierReef5ozSilver The Land Down Under
Great Barrier Reef 2014 5oz Silver Special Edition
Maximum Mintage: 400 Sold Out
Zeus Gods of Olympus
Zeus 2014 2oz Silver High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 1,500 Sold Out

 
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Apr 012014
 

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.

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Feb 042014
 

LDU_GoldPanningEnter 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?LandFogProsHow to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au 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.

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Last month’s winner: The answer to last month’s anagram was ‘Naracoorte, South Australia’. Congratulations to our winner – Kirsten Wallace from Victoria.

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Feb 042014
 

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.

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