May 172017
 

Two of the most potent animal symbols in Chinese mythology appear in stunning high relief on these new gold and silver proof coins from The Perth Mint.

Seen as wise and benevolent, the Oriental dragon represents nobility and good fortune in a culture where people believed their Emperor to have been the son of a dragon.

Another ancient symbol of good fortune, the Phoenix is considered to be an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadowed harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new Emperor.

In Feng Shui, the dragon and phoenix are said to be perfect matches for one another. The phoenix is ‘yin’ while the dragon is ‘yang’ according to the Chinese philosophical account of natural balance and interdependence. Their portrayal together is also recognised as a symbol of everlasting love.

This design includes a third significant Chinese symbol – a flaming pearl. Viewed as a metaphor for wisdom, enlightenment and spiritual essence, it is also said to rid a person of their troubles, bringing career success, as well as fortune and good health.

Abundant in Chinese symbolism, both these releases will be rare. Just 5,000 coins struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, and a minuscule 500 coins made from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, will be released.

Available in Australia exclusively from The Perth Mint. For information on how to acquire these coins outside Australia, please contact Hong Kong based LPM.

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May 042017
 

Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!

The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race known as the Halkans. As they beam back aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the transporter is affected by an ion storm, hurling the four officers into a mirror universe in which the Imperial Starship Enterprise is run on the basis of fear, torture, and assassination.

In Mirror, Mirror, a classic episode of Star Trek first seen in 1967, Captain James T. Kirk and three fellow officers are thrown into an alternative universe in which Spock has become a ruthless and malevolent character who wears an intimidating goatee beard. Picture courtesy of CBS Studios Inc.

Aboard the alternative starship they’re greeted by a malevolent incarnation of First Officer Spock, a servant of the repressive and violent Terran Empire. Spock’s striking makeover, in the form of a goatee beard, instantly alerts Kirk and company of their arrival in a strange and hostile world.

Nominated for a Hugo Award in 1968 as Best Dramatic Presentation, Mirror, Mirror inspired episodes of  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise, and has been referenced and parodied in many other works. Although Spock’s beard provoked a range of views from die-hard fans of the show, it was so unforgettable that the episode is often recalled as “the one with Spock’s beard”.

Described as blending action, suspense, and Star Trek idealism, Mirror, Mirror was hailed for the performances of its lead actors. Needless to say, the heroes engineered a means of returning to their own universe, but not before challenging Mirror Spock about the futility of his role in the brutal Terran Empire. In one of his most memorable lines, he insists: “Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed.”

Nothing if not thought provoking, Mirror, Mirror is rightly considered to be one of the finest instalments from The Original Series.

2017 Star Trek: The Original Series – Mirror, Mirror 1oz Silver Proof Coin

In tribute to Mirror, Mirror, this new coin from our Star Trek coin program features a design portraying characterisations of Spock in both worlds. Between his profiles are Starfleet Command‘s famous Delta Badge featuring a sciences insignia, and the symbol of the Terran Empire represented by planet Earth bisected by a sword.

No more than 3,000 of these special collector releases will be issued, each housed in presentation packaging featuring a ring of blue light around the coin which illuminates when the lid is open.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Apr 242017
 

The First World War drew millions of people from around the globe into mechanised warfare more deadly than anything seen before.

Antipodeans rushed to the seat of conflict in Europe to do their duty in support of the Mother Country – Great Britain – in her hour of need. Unknown at their time of departure from Western Australia at the end of 1914, the Anzacs were on a date with destiny at Gallipoli, the strategic peninsula overlooking Turkey’s Dardanelles Strait. The bloody campaign is sometimes described as Australia’s ‘coming of age’.

Of the more than 60,000 Australian men and women who lost their lives serving in the First World War, however, more than 46,000 died in France and Belgium. Approximately 11,000 of these have no known grave. Tens of thousands more were wounded, some more than once.

For those who survived Gallipoli, the Western Front and the Middle East theatre, the sights, sounds, and smells of the battlefields would be remembered for the rest of their lives. Ultimately, their involvement helped shape Australian society and our national identity – one founded on courage, mateship, resourcefulness, and egalitarianism.

ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series
1oz Silver Proof Coins

The Perth Mint’s 1oz silver coins from the ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Series is building into an extraordinary collection portraying key moments in the lives of Australian troops during World War I. Working in conjunction with the Australian War Memorial and drawing inspiration from its extensive archive of historical imagery, each coin provides a fascinating insight into the astonishing mettle of the Anzacs .

Declaration of War 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Britain declares war on Germany – August 1914

The British declaration of war on 4 August 1914 was greeted with widespread enthusiasm and jubilation across the Empire. In Australia, it was a chance for the fledgling nation to prove itself in battle and to rally to the cause. Prime Minister Joseph Cook declared, “Whatever happens, Australia is part of the Empire right to the full. When the Empire is at war, so is Australia at war. All our resources are in the Empire and for the preservation and security of the Empire”.

Making of a Nation 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Australian and New Zealand troops land at Anzac Cove – 25 April 1915

In April 1915, more than 20,000 men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) were ordered to land on the western side of the Gallipoli peninsula. The ultimate aim of the Gallipoli campaign was to open Russia’s Black Sea ports to the Mediterranean. Even though the eight month campaign was considered a costly military failure, it was from this defeat early in the war that the Anzac legend was born. The Anzacs earned an enduring place in the Australian psyche, creating an incredible story of courage and endurance in the face of death and despair.

Be Worthy of Them 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The Battle of the Somme – July to November 1916

The Battle of the Somme occurred between 1 July and 18 November 1916 with more than a million men wounded or killed. Australian troops, Gallipoli veterans and fresh reinforcements, arrived on the Somme in mid-July to support the British attempt to capture the high ground towards the village of Thiepval. Within six weeks the Australians suffered some 24,000 casualties, including more than 6,000 killed.

Many Never Returned 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The Third battle of Ypres – July to November 1917

Australian participation at Ypres began during the Third Battle of Ypres between 31 July and 10 November 1917. Authoritative sources estimated that the combined total of British and Dominion casualties was 310,000 and the Australian forces incurred 38,000 casualties. A decade later, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was opened to commemorate 55,000 missing British and Commonwealth soldiers, including 6,000 Australians, who have no known grave.

A final 1oz silver coin in this compelling five-year series will be released by The Perth Mint in 2018.

PRIDE – RESPECT – GRATITUDE

Historical images courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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Australian War Memorial TM & © 2017

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Apr 212017
 

It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them.

Standing up to 12 metres high, T. rex had a large, muscular tail essential for balancing its colossal neck and head. With only puny arms, its fearsome reputation was the result of massive jaws equipped with spitefully serrated dagger-length teeth.

Testament to its awe inspiring violence, palaeontologists believe that in one mouthful, T. rex could tear away more than 200 kilos of its victim’s muscle, bone and organs. The ultimate prehistoric predator probably swallowed small dinosaurs whole!

2017 Tyrannosaurus Rex 5oz Silver Proof Coin

The head and jaws of T. rex are portrayed on this king sized coin struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality. The daunting image depicts the ravenous beast’s gaping mouth and lethal incisors salivating over the prospect of another kill.

Avoid being gobbled up in the rush – for with only 500 of these demonic dinosaur coins available for sale, it’s highly likely they’ll cause a feeding frenzy among collectors!

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Apr 202017
 

Henry Lawson is one of Australia’s best known short story writers and bush poets. Celebrated on Australia’s paper $10 note, he has now been symbolised on a magnificent silver commemorative coin marking 150 years since his birth.

Henry was born during the colonial era at Grenfell, the site of a gold discovery 370 kilometres west of Sydney. His father, Peter Larsen, was a Norwegian miner who had joined the New South Wales gold rush in the 1850s. In 1866 he married Louisa Albury, the feminist daughter of a station hand, anglicising the family name on the registration of Henry’s birth in 1867.

Life in the Lawson household was challenging. After several years of chasing gold, the family settled at Pipeclay (now known as Eurunderee), but the arid land made it hard to earn a living and Peter was often away looking for work. Henry was a reclusive and introverted boy with few friends, who also suffered from bullying. As well as the realisation of his parent’s incompatibility, he had to contend with a sudden illness that resulted in partial deafness as a teenager.

This 150th commemorative release features a montage of motifs reflecting Henry Lawson’s experience of life in the bush as expressed in his literary works.

Louisa separated from her husband in 1883 and moved to Sydney. A hardworking and industrious woman she influenced Henry’s life greatly. When she bought the ailing ‘Republican’, they edited and wrote most of the newspaper’s copy together. A powerful advocate for women’s rights, Louisa established ‘Dawn’ in 1888, a journal devoted to women’s suffrage which stayed in print until 1905.

Meanwhile, Henry’s literary work caught the attention of other publications in the colony. In 1887, the Bulletin published his first poem, A Song of the Republic. A year later, the prominent magazine published his first short story, His Father’s Mate. Henry would go on to be featured many times in The Bulletin, as well as The Australian Town and Country Journal, Boomerang, and Worker, among others.

In 1892, the Bulletin paid for him to return to the Australian interior where he experienced the harsh realities of drought, and he also worked as a roustabout (labourer) in the woolshed at Toorale Station. His works reflected his life in the bush, and the characters who struggled to make a living off the inhospitable land. Some of his most memorable works include The Drover’s Wife, Andy’s Gone With Cattle, and The Loaded Dog.

Henry Lawson 150th Anniversary 2017 5oz Silver Proof Coin

The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil this highly original release commemorating the 150th anniversary of Henry Lawson’s birth. Made from 5oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality, the design features a montage of motifs representing life in the bush as reflected in his writing – including a cattleman, swagman, cattle dog, sheep, windmill, bush hut, water butt, tent and billycans near a stream, as well as a bush fire.

The artistry is incorporated within Henry Lawson’s distinctive profile as portrayed on Australia’s first $10 note, which was designed by Gordon Andrews when the nation shifted to decimal currency in February 1966.

No more than an extremely limited mintage of 250 Henry Lawson tribute coins will be issued by the Mint in presentation packaging.

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Apr 112017
 

The history of the Australian stock horse dates back to the arrival of Australia’s first horses with the First Fleet of 1788. Bred to endure the harsh conditions of the colony’s vast outback, their agility, strength and endurance meant they became superbly suited to herding and exploration work. Today, Australia’s legendary stock horse is regarded as the breed for every need, including a wide range of modern day equestrian activities including polocross, camp drafting, and eventing.

Since 2013, The Perth Mint has portrayed images of the iconic stock horse on Australian bullion coins each struck from 1oz of pure silver. Within the maximum mintage of 10,000, a limited issue of just 1,000 coins is released annually for collectors in illustrated card packaging.

With strong demand for each of the previous four issues resulting in a rapid sell out, it’s odds on the 2017 Australian Stock Horse 1oz Silver Coin and Card will become another favourite!

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