Sep 092015

Queen Elizabeth II today becomes Britain’s longest serving monarch.

Celebrating her historic achievement, this souvenir Stamp & Coin Cover incorporates an Australian $1 coin issued by The Perth Mint and two Australia Post stamps featuring famous photographic portraits of Her Majesty:

  • Cecil Beaton photographed Her Majesty on the royal family’s return to Buckingham Palace after the coronation service in Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. The dramatic depiction of the young Queen against a painted a backdrop of Henry VII’s Lady Chapel in Westminster Abbey was a significant departure from previous coronation portraits.
  • Peter Grugeon took the portrait of the Queen at a sitting on 1 January 1975, in the period leading up to her Silver Jubilee in 1977. Photographed in Buckingham Palace, the portrayal shows Her Majesty wearing the Grand Duchess Vladimir tiara and Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee necklace.

Highly collectable, the Stamp & Coin Cover also bears a postmark in the shape of the Garter Star which incorporates the words First day of issue | 9 September 2015 | Elizabeth, SA 5112.


An affordable Australian tribute dated for the day on which The Queen set a new record, it would make a superb addition to any collection of Royal memorabilia.


Sep 092015

The intaglio is an artistic technique commonly associated with sculpture, whereby an image is created by cutting, carving, or engraving into the surface. It has been wonderfully employed on this 1oz silver piedfort-sized commemorative, which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. The coin’s reverse design elements, including the Queen’s effigy and patterns of Tudor roses, are impressed (or incused) into the coin table for an unusual and pleasing effect.

More: The Longest Reigning Monarch Queen Elizabeth II 2015 1oz Silver Intaglio Coin


Sep 082015

Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth II will became the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015.

Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne on the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth’s historic 2015 milestone means she surpasses her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s previous record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes (63 years and 7 months) on the throne.

Watch how the Queen has changed over 63 years on the throne.

Queen of Australia

When The Queen visits Australia, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia. Over the past 63 years she has devoted enormous energy in her service to Australia, visiting on 16 occasions during which she has been to every Australian State and the two mainland Territories. She has undertaken many important duties, as the following record of her visits attests.


Eight months after her coronation, the new Queen becomes the first reigning monarch to visit Australia
The Queen commemorates the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Canberra
The Queen marks the bi-centenary of Captain James Cook’s journey up the east coast of Australia with the inauguration of The Captain James Cook Memorial
The Queen officially opens Sydney Opera House
The Queen opens Australian Parliament in Canberra
The Queen undertakes her Silver Jubilee Royal Tour
The Queen opens the new High Court of Australia building in Canberra
The Queen attends the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Melbourne
The Queen opens the new National Gallery of Australia in Canberra
The Queen signs the Proclamation for the Australia Act which makes Australian law independent of British parliaments and courts
The Queen opens new Parliament House in Canberra, takes part in bicentenary celebrations, and attends World Expo Brisbane
The Queen marks the 150th anniversary of the incorporation of the City of Sydney
The Queen undertakes her first tour since the 1999 referendum on Australia’s Head of State
The Queen celebrates her Golden Jubilee and opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Brisbane
The Queen opens the XVIII Commonwealth Games in Melbourne
The Queen opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Perth and attends the ‘big Aussie barbie’ with tens of thousands of people on the city foreshore
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Australian Coin Tributes

The Perth Mint is delighted to honour The Queen’s achievement as Britain longest reigning monarch with three Australian legal tender commemorative coins. Struck from pure gold and silver, each coin is subject to an extremely limited mintage.


  • 2oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown with handset aquamarine gemstone in its cross. Mintage: 350.
  • 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown. Mintage: 1,000.
  • 1oz Silver Proof Intaglio Coin – featuring an incused depiction of the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a pattern of Tudor roses. Mintage: 5,000.

Intaglio: devices or lettering which are sunk below neighboring surfaces, in this case design elements that are impressed (incused) into the coin table.

Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.


Jul 072015

PrinceGeorge_anagramThird in line to the throne, HRH Prince George was born in London on 22 July 2013. A joyous event for millions of Royal Family fans around the world, his birth was celebrated by The Perth Mint with this 1oz silver proof coin.

Can you decipher this month’s anagram for your chance to add this special tribute to your collection – and celebrate Prince George’s second birthday in Royal style?

Clue: Seat of learning and source of Royal title!

How to enter:
Email your answer to marking your reply ‘July 2015 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 3 August 2015. 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: Congratulations to Robyn Moriconi of Western Australia for the correct answer to June’s anagram – ‘Spiny Anteater’.

Jul 062015

Celebrate the Royal Christening with this special ‘two-for-the-price-of-one baby bundle’ comprising HRH Princess Charlotte and HRH Prince George tribute coins.

Each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and issued as Australian legal tender, the coins are housed in matching display cases and come with individual numbered Certificates of Authenticity.

Limited Time – Three Days Only

Offer ends Wednesday (or until stocks run out), so hurry to secure these superb commemorative coin releases celebrating the new Royal babies.


Jun 022015

Very Low Mintage Gold Coins

This month sees the release of superb gold coins with enticingly low mintages:

Sensational Silver Coins

June also sees the release of some tremendously exciting silver coins: