Feb 072014

The Tramp, Charlie Chaplin’s most famous portrayal, is one of the most recognisable screen images of all time.

First seen by the public in 1914 in Kid Auto Races at Venice, The Tramp quickly became popular, appearing in numerous shorts and features over the next 22 years.

In the silent movie era, distinctive costumes revealed a vast amount about the on-screen character, helping actors make a strong emotional connection with their audiences.

Chaplin himself reportedly combed through the film studio costume closets to help create a figure that would be vividly outlined on the screen. He chose a bizarre combination of baggy pants and tight jacket, small ‘derby’ hat and large shoes, to go with a toothbrush moustache and bamboo cane.

The contradictions of the costume perfectly complemented the paradoxes of the personality he invented: “a tramp, a gentleman, a poet, a dreamer, a lonely fellow always hopeful of romance and adventure.”


With the use of lenticular lenses, the reverse of our new Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 1oz silver coin depicts Charlie Chaplin’s on-screen character, The Tramp, jauntily walking as seen in the closing scenes of the 1928 silent movie, The Circus.

The Tramp had profound significance, for as Jeffrey Vance, has written:The birth of modern screen comedy occurred when Chaplin donned his derby hat, affixed his toothbrush moustache, and stepped into his impossibly large shoes for the first time at the Keystone Film Company.”

The Perth Mint is delighted to be celebrating Charlie Chaplin’s enormous contribution to the movie industry with this remarkable 2014 Charlie Chaplin – 100 Years of Laughter 1oz silver proof lenticular coin and The Tramp – 100 Years of Laughter 1/4oz gold proof coin in special packaging.

Charlei_Chaplin_CoinsWith a maximum mintage of 5,000 and 1,000 respectively, these unique releases reflect the worldwide appeal of The Tramp over the last 100 years.



Oct 212013

The Perth Mint was the first mint in the world to issue legal tender coins displaying ‘moving’ lenticular images.

You may remember notable lenticular coins celebrating the 35th Anniversary of the First Moon Walk, the 60th Anniversary of the End of World War II, and 50 Years of Australian Television.

The concept has made a welcome return in the form of an Australian coin celebrating the sister cities of Melbourne and St Petersburg. Begun in 1989, theirs is the only such cooperative partnership between cities in Australia and Russia.

Changing the angle at which the coin is viewed causes the reverse to ‘morph’ between Flinders Street Station in Melbourne and the Admiralty building in St Petersburg.


  • The Admiralty was one of the first structures to be built when Peter the Great founded St Petersburg in 1703. Originally a fortified dockyard where ships for the Baltic fleet were built, it was transformed in the 19th century into a marvellous example of the Russian Empire style. With its gilded spire topped by a golden weather-vane in the shape of a small sail warship, it is one of the city’s most famous landmarks.
  • A design competition was held in 1899 for the replacement of the old sheds of the Melbourne terminus. Opened in 1910, James Fawcett and H. P. C. Ashworth’s winning entry for the main building was said to have embraced the French Renaissance style. With its prominent dome, arched entrance, tower and clocks, Flinders Street Station is a cultural icon and one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

Made from 99.9% pure silver, the coin was released as a ‘show special’ at the inaugural Melbourne International Coin Show with an issue limit of just 2,000. Remaining coins in this issue are now available for sale on the website.

How lenticular works

Very basically, the lenticular concept requires two components: a printed image and a lenticular lens screen through which the image is viewed.

The image requires two or more graphics to be spliced together in very fine strips – a process often referred to as ‘interlacing’.

The interlaced image is printed or attached to a clear plastic sheet featuring thousands of fine elongated lenses, or ‘lenticules’, on its surface.

Depending on the angle of observation, the carefully configured lenses reveal different slices of the interlaced image in a way that makes sense to the viewer.

The lenticular ability to show two distinct images was the perfect choice for a coin featuring two iconic city images!