Apr 032012

We are enormously proud to present our Australian Olympic Team five-coin set. Officially approved by the Australian Olympic Committee, these dazzling tributes salute the athletes preparing to represent Australia at this year’s Games.

‘Dragonmania’ continues unabated, and the ten-coin set celebrates the dawn of the Year of the Dragon magnificently.

The final release in the Famous Battles in Australian History series commemorates the battle of Long Tan which took place during the Vietnam War.

This month also sees the release of two Australian Koala coins, and the Mini-Roo coin – all featuring new 2012 designs.

These and other exciting products make April another great minting month!

  • 2012 Australian Olympic Team
    $1 Five-Coin Set (Australia Only)
  • Australian Lunar Series II
    2012 Year of the Dragon
    1oz Silver Ten-Coin Set
  • Famous Battles in Australian History – Long Tan
    2012 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Australian Koala
    2012 1kg Silver Proof Coin
  • Australian Koala
    2012 1/10oz Silver Coin in Card
  • 2012 Mini Roo
    0.5g Gold Coin
  • Wildlife in Need – Black Rhinoceros
    2012 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • H.M. Queen Elizabeth – Diamond Jubilee
    2012 1oz Silver Two-Coin Set

For comprehensive details please visit our Recent Releases webpage.

Apr 032012

Issued as Australian legal tender this fantastic set comprises five uncirculated aluminium bronze $1 coins and is presented in a souvenir folder.

For your chance to win, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram!

Clue: Olympic Motto

How to enter:

Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au. Mark your reply ‘April 2012 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and Perth Mint membership number. (Not yet a member? Register here) Entries close by 30 April 2012. 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: Congratulations H Grenkowitz of Queensland.

Mar 022012

The highly anticipated Discover Australia gold proof coins are released this month, and feature iconic Australian animals. This beautiful series is well worth a look.

For lovers of marine history be sure to see our fabulous tribute to the centenary of RMS Titanic.

For young collectors, the 2012 releases showcase animal athletes – amazing creatures that really do accomplish incredible feats.

On the subject of amazing creatures, the octopus is depicted in the next coin in the Australian Sea Life II series. Considered the most intelligent of invertebrates, this marine species has two eyes, four pairs of arms and three hearts!

Along with the new designs in the Discover Australia series, there are another six releases on offer from The Perth Mint in March:

  • 2012 Discover Australia
    Gold Proof Coins
  • Australian Lunar Series II
    2012 Year of the Dragon
    1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
  • 100th Anniversary of RMS Titanic
    2012 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Australian Sea Life II – The Reef – Octopus
    2012 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
  • 2012 Young Collectors
    Animal Athletes – Kangaroo
    $1 Coin
  • 2012 ANZAC Day
    $1 Coin
  • 2012 Australian Olympic Team
    1oz Silver Proof Coin (Australia Only)

For comprehensive details please visit our Recent Releases webpage.

Sep 062011

Australia’s best sportsmen and woman will compete at the 2012 London Olympics with universal support from everyone here at home.

But that wasn’t the case for those who travelled to Moscow in 1980. The Games were boycotted by the United States and others in protest at the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan – action that split Australia down the middle.

Ultimately, however, 120 of our athletes decided to compete. With them went sports commentator Norman May, and his presence resulted in probably the most memorable piece of Olympics broadcasting in Australia’s history.

Norman May

Ironically, it’s also one of the most misquoted!

His call of 4 x 100m men’s medley relay final was a ripper. In the final lap, Western Australian Neil Brooks gave his all to hold off Soviet swimmer Sergey Kopliakov. Fuelling the drama unfolding in front of May was the knowledge that Australia hadn’t won Olympic gold in eight long years.

Excitement and tension poured from May: “…Ten metres now. Brooks in front. It could be Australia’s gold. Five metres. Four, three, two, one. Gold! Gold to Australia! Gold!”


The victory helped turn public opinion at home. Perhaps the relief of so much tension also explained why so many of those listening thought he said: “Gold, gold, gold.”

May’s famous words have been inscribed on our incredibly rare 2012 Australian Olympic Team 2oz gold proof coin, to inspire a new generation of Australians to aim for gold in London. Upon lifting the lip of the special presentation packaging, an original recording of May’s ecstatic voice can be heard celebrating the famous moment in Australian Olympic history.

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Sep 062011

This month’s new products from The Perth Mint:

  • Australian Lunar Coin Series II
    2012 Year of the Dragon Gold Proof Coins
  • Australian Lunar Coin Series II
    2012 Year of the Dragon Silver Proof Coins
  • Australian Olympic Team
    2012 2oz Gold Proof Coin
  • Australian Sea Life II – The Reef – Starfish
    2011 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Young Collectors
    2011 Mythical Creatures
    $1 Nine-Coin Collection
  • Australian Bush Babies – Bilby
    2011 Stamp and Coin Cover

For full details, download the new Bulletin, or visit our Recent Releases webpage.