Oct 052017
 

Gene Roddenberry’s Star Trek: The Next Generation debuted in 1987 and ran for 178 episodes over seven seasons until 1994, making it the longest running Star Trek series to date.

Set a century after Captain James T. Kirk embarked on his famous five year mission, the new series followed the 24th century adventures of Captain Jean-Luc Picard aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D.

A distinguished Starfleet officer, archaeologist and diplomat, Picard endeared himself to a whole new generation of Star Trek fans, playing a central role in developing the sci-fi series’ reputation as one of the most culturally influential shows in television history.

As in The Original Series, the captain was surrounded by an inner sanctum of crew members, who each attracted loyal fans in their own right. On the 30th anniversary of The Next Generation, The Perth Mint’s latest Star Trek commemorative coin celebrates Jean-Luc Picard and six of his trusted officers.

Commander Deanna Troi – Ship’s Counsellor
Of mixed human and Betazoid heritage and a legendary connoisseur of chocolate, Troi had partial telepathic abilities that enabled her to empathise strongly. Her empathic ability was a key factor during away missions and first contact scenarios.

Lieutenant Commander Worf – Conn Officer/Chief Security Officer
Starfleet’s first and only Klingon officer, Worf was adopted by Federation parents, which meant he was often torn between his human upbringing and his own Klingon culture. From his unique standpoint, however, he was able to play a key role in Empire politics.

Commander William T. Riker – First Officer
Often referred to as ‘Number One’, Riker matured from a bold and ambitious young officer into a more patient, vigilant and wise character. From the second season he sported a beard, a trademark considered to make him appear more nautical.

Lieutenant Commander Geordi La Forge – Helmsman/Chief Engineer
Blind since birth, La Forge’s VISOR provided him with a sense of sight. With an irreverence tempered by the added responsibility of his move to engineering, he nevertheless retained a strong sense of humour.

Commander Beverly Crusher MD – Chief Medical Officer
Romantically linked with Captain Picard, Crusher was thorough and conscientious in her medical work. She was also a superior scientist in various fields of research. A Fellow of the Academy of Starfleet Surgeons, she took a turn for one year as head of Starfleet Medical before returning to the Enterprise.

Lieutenant Commander Data – Chief Operations Officer
An artificial intelligence and synthetic life form, Data was a self-aware and anatomically fully functional android who tried hard to feel human emotion. His ability to show wisdom, sensitivity, and curiosity won him immense respect.


Star Trek: The Next Generation Crew – 30th Anniversary
2017 2oz Silver Coin

Crafted from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, this fully authorised commemorative coin is issued by The Perth Mint with a limited mintage of just 3,000.

Destined to be sought after by fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation as a unique piece of memorabilia, the coin’s design includes the series’ official 30th anniversary logo.

Housed in superb presentation packaging, this release is recommended as a fascinating complement to our earlier Star Trek: The Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 Crew 2016 2oz Silver Proof Coin.

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Aug 012017
 

This month we’re excited to release the final coins in these two popular series: Norse Goddesses and Ghostbusters™.

Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, Hel, the goddess of the dead and queen of the underworld is superbly depicted on this rimless antiqued high relief coin. The last coin in a series of three, there are only 2,000 available.

The final commemorative coin in the Ghostbusters™ trio features the gigantic paranormal monster, Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. The reverse of this 1oz silver coin depicts Stay Puft walking along the streets of New York City against a backdrop of lightning.

The Australian Koala 2017 5oz Gold Proof Coin takes centre stage this month. Housed in a luxurious timber display case, this uniquely Australian coin is a true collectors’ item with an extremely limited mintage of only 75.

Adding to the Australian theme, we are also releasing a majestic 1oz Gold Proof High Relief release coin of the iconic Kangaroo and a 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Koala coin.

For lovers of all things cute and cuddly we’ve released the fresh-faced harp seal 1/2oz silver proof coin, the fourth in the Polar Babies series. Known for their bright, snowy white coats that provide camouflage and warmth, the adorable harp seal sits perched on a bed of snow on the coin’s reverse.

Click on the electronic bulletin above to discover this month’s complete line up of new releases or visit Recent Releases on The Perth Mint website.

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Jul 252017
 

One of the biggest eagles in the world, the Wedge-tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey. The majestic bird is known to soar through the sky for hours on end, frequently reaching altitudes as high as 2,000 metres with a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres.

For your chance to win an Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin, try solving this month’s anagram puzzle.

Clue: The Wedge-tailed Eagle is the official bird emblem of which Australian state or territory? 

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘August 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 31 August 2017. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

See us on Facebook and Twitter for notification of anagrams and other great coin competitions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Melissa Gilchrist of South Australia for the correct answer of ‘Common Brushtail’.

 
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Jul 252017
 

The second of three Ghostbusters™ coins features Slimer, the ectoplasmic apparition that left a trail of disgusting green slime in its wake. As the very first ghost captured by Stantz, Venkman and Spengler, Slimer became an enduring icon of the highly successful movie franchise.

Slimer’s territory was the Sedgewick Hotel, where his primary occupation was eating “anything that’s not nailed down or on fire” – as long it wasn’t green broccoli!

During an early encounter with the “ugly little spud” on the hotel’s twelfth floor, Venkman was bowled over and splattered in Slimer’s goo. In one of the film’s famous comic lines, the prostrate Ghostbuster was left lamenting: “He slimed me.”

The special effects team on the 1984 classic made three large foam latex models of what was then referred to as ‘Onionhead’. Each model was created to satisfy a particular requirement – insatiable eating, looking scared, smiling – with cables to adjust the expressions. In the days before computer generated imagery, the team’s innovative techniques helped secure Ghostbusters™ enduring place in cinematic history.

Ghostbusters™ – Slimer 2017 1oz Silver Coin

The second of three tribute coins depicts Slimer being pulled into a Ghost Trap, a sealed container that allowed the Ghostbusters to transport spirits to the Containment Unit located in the basement of their Firehouse HQ.

No more than 5,000 of the fan commemoratives will be released, each presented in a black display case featuring the legendary ‘no ghost’ symbol and the words WHO YA GONNA CALL? from Ray Parker Jnr’s unforgettable theme.

  • Earlier release: Ghostbusters™ 2017 1oz Silver Coin
  • Future release: Ghostbusters™ – Stay Puft 2017 1oz Silver Coin

TM & © 2017 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ARR.

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Jul 202017
 

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation idolise Jean-Luc Picard as one of Starfleet’s most inspirational captains. An accomplished diplomat and tactician, he made a deep impression as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D at a time of major upheavals in galactic history.

During an extraordinary career, he made contact with no fewer than 27 alien species, including the Ferengi, the Cardassians, the Q, and the Borg.

It was his capture by the Borg and transformation into Locutus of Borg that provided some of the most dramatic and memorable moments of the series.

Under its plan to assimilate Earth, the Borg famously informed the Federation that “resistance is futile… but welcome”. Picard was chosen to become an intermediary with the human race, and despite his refusal, was captured and embedded with cybernetic devices including a single, red laser ocular implant in order to undertake the role.

Picard’s assimilation allowed the Borg to acquire his knowledge and experience. However, the connection proved to be two-way. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D seized Locutus, they were able to use his link to disable and destroy the Borg’s vessel.

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary – 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which originally went to air in 176 episodes between 1987 and 1994. Judged by fans and critics to be a worthy successor to The Original Series, it remains one of the most admired series from the highly influential Star Trek franchise.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this stunning collectable portrays Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 30th anniversary logo. The design also includes references to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and Locutus of Borg, the Borg designation forced upon Picard after his assimilation by the cybernetic species.

With global celebrations including cast reunions scheduled throughout 2017, the coin offers fans a stunning item of memorabilia limited by official mintage to just 3,000 pieces.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Jul 142017
 

The red kangaroo is synonymous with the land down under and the stunning new Australian Kangaroo 2017 Silver Proof Four-Coin Set and 1/4oz silver coin showcases this symbol of Australia perfectly.

This is only the second edition of this impressive set, with the first edition in 2016 proving enormously popular with collectors.

The set comprises a 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coin, as well as an individual 1/4oz silver proof coin each depicting the iconic red kangaroo design by Dr Stuart Devlin AO CMG.

Each coin is struck from 99.99% pure silver in proof quality and presented in display packaging. Only 3,000 sets will be released, with each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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