Oct 252013
 

PrinceGeorge_SilverPurchase our HRH Prince George 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin and you will also receive Australia’s Post’s Birth of a Prince Stamp and Coin Cover (rrp $15.95) completely free.

Celebrating the Royal christening, this offer is valid for a limited time only, so please act soon. Click here for details.

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Oct 232013
 

Six British monarchs share the name George with the Royal infant who will be christened at the Chapel Royal at St James’s Palace today.

The latter four Georges occupied the throne during Australia’s transformation from colony to independent nation – each leaving his mark.

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When the First Fleet arrived in Botany Bay, George III was in the 28th year of his 60-year reign. Remembered for losing Britain’s American colonies, he was probably a victim of porphyria, accounting for the nickname Mad King George towards the end of his life.

Did you know? Australia’s original ‘High Street’ was named in honour of George III by Governor Lachlan Macquarie in 1810.  Today, Sydney’s George Street remains one of the busiest streets in the city centre.

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When George III became ill, his son was appointed Prince Regent. Famous for his extravagant style and taste, his interest in art, and the Royal Pavilion at Brighton, he eventually became King in 1820.

Did you know? Captain Charles Fremantle hoisted the British flag at the mouth of the Swan River in May 1829 and took formal possession in the name of His Majesty King George IV of “all that part of New Holland which is not included within the territory of New South Wales”.

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George V’s reign between 1910 to 1936 was characterised by a series of tumultuous events, including the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland and 1926 General Strike. None had more impact than World War I, however, during which he made over 450 visits to troops and over 300 visits to hospitals.

Did you know? In 1901, the future King opened the first session of the Australian Parliament in Melbourne upon the creation of the Commonwealth of Australia, and toured the then two-year old Perth branch of the Royal Mint.

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The father of the present Monarch became King in 1936 following the abdication of his brother Edward VIII. During World War II he remained in London, gaining great popularity for his visits to severely bombed areas of the capital.

Did you know? In another parallel with his earlier namesake, George and his wife were the royal representatives at the opening of the provisional Parliament House in Canberra on 9 May 1927.

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PrinceGeorge_SilverA wonderful companion to our Australian silver proof coin celebrating the birth of Prince George to William and Kate, this colourful Stamp and Coin Cover has just been released by Australia Post. Incorporating an Australian $1 coin struck by The Perth Mint, it also features and commemorative stamp with a post mark from George Town, Tasmania, named after the infant Prince’s ancestor, King George III.

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Oct 172013
 

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

HRH Prince George 2013 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 1,000 sold out
Queen Elizabeth 60th Anniversary of Coronation
2013 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 1,000 sold out
Queen Elizabeth 60th Anniversary of Coronation
2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 5,000 sold out
Discover Australia – Kangaroo
2013 1/2oz Gold Proof Coin
Issue Limit: 50 sold out

 

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Aug 082013
 

The anxiously awaited royal baby was safely delivered at 4.24pm on 22 July at St Mary’s Hospital in London.

To the relief of millions of eager well-wishers, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge soon-after announced they’d named the future king George Alexander Louis.

The pronouncement sparked immediate and feverish activity here at The Perth Mint as engravers set to work finalising our commemorative coin dies with the Prince’s name and date of birth.

Within hours the reverse designs had been transmitted to London for presentation at Clarence House and Buckingham Palace where they received the approval of Her Majesty The Queen.

Now, following confirmation from the Treasurer’s office in Canberra that the coins are official legal tender, we’re delighted to unveil the designs just 17 days after the royal birth!

Created by Perth Mint illustrator Jennifer McKenna, the touching imagery depicts an adoring Duke and Duchess of Cambridge cradling and gazing at the newborn Prince.

This focal point is encircled by a sculpted ribbon tied in a bow supporting a delicate bouquet of acorns and fleur de lys – symbols from the Duke and Duchess’ Coats of Arms, as well as the all-important inscription: IN CELEBRATION OF THE BIRTH OF HRH PRINCE GEORGE.

Just 1,000 1/4oz gold proof coins and 10,000 1oz silver proof coins are available for sale worldwide. Each is presented in a gift box within a stylised shipper and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The Perth Mint is privileged to have been allowed to honour many milestones in the history of the monarchy. The birth of a future king is an especially memorable event and to have successfully released these exceptional Australian legal tender coins in so short a period is particularly rewarding.

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Aug 012013
 

During the nineteenth century Britain’s overseas territories became “the empire on which the sun never sets”.

As its figurehead for more than 60 years, Queen Victoria gave her name to countless locations around the world – an Australian State, the capital of a Canadian province, and a spectacular African waterfall are examples that spring to mind.

In our latest challenge for Perth Mint collectors, we’re testing your knowledge of other famous places and landmarks named in honour of Victoria.

Five successful entrants drawn at random will each win a magnificent Queen Victoria 175th Anniversary of Coronation 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin.

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How To Enter

List five famous landmarks and/or places anywhere in the world that are named after Queen Victoria. Please include the location of your choices (eg State of Victoria, Australia; City of Victoria, British Columbia; Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe etc). Below are a few ideas to get you thinking.

You may submit your answer to The Perth Mint by email, @perthmint, or by blog comment.

Entry Deadline

To ensure all eligible entries are entered into the draw, please ensure you answers reach us by the close of business on Friday 16 August.

Winners will be announced on the blog during the following week.

Full Terms & Conditions

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Good luck!

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