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.


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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Oct 282013

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.


Sep 052013

Surfing astounds South Pacific explorers


Surfing on Maui, by James Gay Sawkins, 1855.

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)


Australian Encounters airs 6.55pm Tuesday nights on ABC1.
Watch this episode now courtesy of ABC iview.

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!


Swell coins for surfers: As well as this 1oz silver proof release, don’t miss our 1/4oz pure gold coin if you’re into surfing.


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Aug 062013

LDU_Surfing_silverSurfing is a part of Australian culture as much as barbeques and backyard cricket. From surf school novices to professional wave riders, Australians love it when the surf’s up!

The latest silver coin from our iconic The Land Down Under series pays homage to Australia’s surfing community. No more than 5,000 of these 1oz silver proof coins will be released, each housed in a unique Australian map-shaped latex case.

For your chance to win this stunning coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: Famous Sydney surfing location.


How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au. Mark your reply or subject line ‘August 2013 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and membership number, or the Twitter username you use to follow @perthmint. Entries close on 2 September 2013. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. (T&Cs)

Last month’s winner: Deb Harrison of the NT.


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Aug 062013

In this issue of the bulletin we’re definitely putting winter behind us and looking forward to spring. Appropriately enough, the Spring release from Australian Seasons completes our colourful four-coin series with a design symbolising the reawakening of nature. Another series coming to a close is Birds of Australia, which now features a Splendid Fairy-wren in the iridescent blue plumage of its breeding season. As temperatures gradually rise, spring tempts many Aussies back into the water to enjoy the thrill of surfing, the iconic activity represented by the ultimate designs from The Land Down Under series. With a special high relief silver Koala and magnificent gold proof additions to Discover Australia too, there’s plenty to warm the hearts of collectors as winter slowly draws to a close.

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