Feb 192014
 

Uniquely, the Australian Opal Coin Series portrays nocturnal native animals in slivers of spectacular opal gemstone.

Released this month, the fifth coin in the series portrays a Tasmanian devil – one of Australia’s most iconic marsupials.

The term ‘devil’ is a bit harsh. On the other hand, early European settlers found its dark colouring, cantankerous nature and, above all, bloodcurdling screech, extremely disturbing.

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Once found throughout mainland Australia, the devil was probably hunted to local extinction by dingos. In the absence of its primary predator in the island of Tasmania, however, it flourished – at least for a while.

Colonisation brought devils further problems. Suspected of attacking poultry, they were trapped and poisoned for more than a century. Complete extinction seemed a real possibility until in 1941 the Tasmanian devil was protected by law.

Sadly, its tribulations were far from over. Today, Devil Disease, which causes contagious facial tumours, is again threatening the population. There is a now a determined effort to preserve this important creature for the future. [Save The Tasmanian Devil]

World’s largest carnivorous marsupial

The Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. It has muscular jaws and sharp teeth said to be able to deliver, pound for pound, one of the most powerful bites in the mammalian world.

As scavengers, they eat whatever they can – including birds, snakes and reptiles. Devils are especially rowdy when jockeying for position on the carcass of a sheep or cow, which like all their food, disappears completely – bones, fur and all!

Such poor table manners contributed to the devil’s reputation as a bad tempered brawler, but these days it’s considered one of nation’s most famous species whose care and protection is an important priority.

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Australian Opal Series Tasmanian Devil 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin.

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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.

All Recent Releases.

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Sep 032013
 

Time flies and we’re galloping towards the next Year of the Horse in 2014. To mark the arrival of this auspicious animal in the Chinese lunar calendar, we’re delighted to release gold and silver proof coins portraying beautiful equine images. Perfect for people born under the influence of the horse in 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954 etc, the latest Proof Lunars are sure to be winners! See these and other superb Australian releases, including the fourth Australian Opal series coin, inside our latest bulletin:


Go to recent releases on The Perth Mint website.

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May 062013
 

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

HR_Gold_Dragon Australian Lunar Series II 2012 Year of the Dragon 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 388 sold out
HR_Snake Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 7,500 sold out
Opal_Kangaroo Australian Opal Series – The Kangaroo 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 8,000 sold out
Platinum_Koala Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Proof Platinum Issue
Maximum Mintage: 1,200 sold out
ANDA_Perth_Snake Perth ANDA Coin Show Special – Australian Lunar Series II – 2013 Year of the Snake 2oz Silver Coloured Edition
Maximum Mintage: 1,000 sold out

 

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Mar 012013
 


There’s no let-up in our desire to bring you the cream of modern numismatics with another extraordinary choice of offerings for March.

The Land Down Under goes up in size with two large- format versions of the spectacular Sydney Opera House coins that debuted last month.

The extremely popular Australian Opal Series makes a welcomed return with the third release featuring a kangaroo.

Rivalling it for intensity of colour is our new Aurora Australis coin from another familiar series, the Australian Antarctic Territory.

There’s never been a more exciting time for Koala collectors. Celebrating the platinum Proof Koala series of yesteryear, we’re issuing a prestigious 25th Anniversary tribute accompanied by a special mintmarked medallion.

Meanwhile, an absolutely extraordinary 5oz high relief silver Koala is destined to become a classic!

Also including details of this year’s ANZAC Day release, the latest new coin bulletin is one to savour.

Purchase these new releases on our website.

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