Jan 162018
 

At the end of the First World War, the Australian Government launched a series of ‘Peace Loan’ campaigns. These were managed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia with the aim of recouping the costs of the war and helping to fund the pensions of returned servicemen. In the same way War Loans had functioned between 1915 and 1918, the public was asked to purchase bonds which were repaid with interest.

The first peace loan was announced on 30 July 1919. The amount requested was £25 million, equivalent to approximately £1.1 billion today. As with the war loans campaigns, promotional posters were developed and published in newspapers encouraging the general public to get involved.

One of the first subscribers to the second peace loan issued in July 1920 was Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII. The Prince was travelling around Australia at the time thanking the population for the sacrifices and contributions they had made during the war. The third and final loan, known as the ‘Diggers Loan’, was launched in August 1921.

Australian Posters of World War I – Peace Bonds
2018 1oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin

The fifth and final release from the Australian Posters of World War I coin series features a poster from the initial Peace Bonds promotional campaign of 1919.

The poster depicted a young veteran in uniform being welcomed back to civilian life by an elderly farmer declaring “Well Boy – You’ve done your Bit. What will Australia do for You?” The artwork symbolised that even those who had not been not eligible for recruitment could still make a useful contribution to their country.

Vividly portrayed in colour on the rectangular 1oz silver coin, it is headed by the inscription AUSTRALIAN PEACE BONDS.

Click for more information about the complete Australian Posters of World War I series.

Reflecting the development of a recognisably Australian style in poster art and its effectiveness as an advertising and promotional medium at the beginning of the 20th century, this series is produced by The Perth Mint in association with the Australian War Memorial. Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin in the special series is individually encapsulated in latex cases which allows the design on both sides to be displayed.

No more than 5,000 of each coin in the series will be released worldwide.


The Australian War Memorial logo is a registered trade mark of the Australian War Memorial TM © 2018.


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Nov 172017
 

In Star Trek, the Klingons are an extraterrestrial humanoid warrior species who speak forcefully in a harsh, guttural language. Despite its disagreeable sound, ‘Klingonese’ has developed an extraordinary following in real-life.

Although the Klingon language was mentioned in the early Star Trek episode The Trouble with Tribbles (1967), it wasn’t until Star Trek: The Motion Picture (1979) that the first words were spoken on screen. The subsequent development of Klingon into a fully-fledged language and the growing numbers of fans who speak it fluently reflects the enormous impact of the sci-fi classic’s impact on audiences worldwide.

The first Klingon words were devised by actor James Doohan (“Scotty”). For Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), director Leonard Nimoy and writer-producer Harve Bennett wanted the Klingons to speak in a structured way instead of random words, and so commissioned a more authentic script based on the phrases Doohan had originated.

The task was undertaken by Marc Okrand, a language expert with a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of California, Berkeley. His new vocabulary and grammar were enthusiastically embraced by actor Christopher Lloyd (Captain Kruge) who impressed Okrand with his desire to get the pronunciation right, know what the words meant and how the sentences fitted together.

Okrand’s The Klingon Dictionary (1985), which described many aspects of the Klingon language, achieved sales of more than 300,000. In 1992 he released the audio book Conversational Klingon featuring Michael Dorn, the actor who played Worf. Among his follow up books The Klingon Way: A Warrior’s Guide is regarded by fans as a canonical source of the alien language.

Okrand says he never imagined people would study it so seriously or learn it so well that they could actually carry on conversations!

The Klingon Institute (KLI), founded in 1992 by fellow academic Lawrence M. Schoen, offers online courses and holds an annual conference providing lessons, lectures and exercises for those wishing to speak Klingonese. The KLI also runs several projects to promote the language, including the translation into Klingon of the Bible and works by Shakespeare.

Antiqued silver coin portraying Worf, the first Klingon officer to join Starfleet.

Today, Klingon is probably the most fully developed fictional language in the world. Fans use it to conduct marriage ceremonies and to write songs. A Klingon Christmas Carol, based on the famous novella by Charles Dickens, is performed regularly in the United States. An opera in the Klingon language premiered in The Hague in 2010.

In Australia, the Jenolan Caves in the Blue Mountains became the first attraction to offer guided tours in Klingon after the Sydney-class starship U.S.S. Jenolan appeared in an episode of The Next Generation.

In art, in advertising, even in television series and movies that have nothing to do with Star Trek, Klingon is now so extensively used that you might call it the first ‘universal’ language.

tlhlngan maH!
[We are Klingons!]

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Nov 072017
 

Greek mythology can be defined as a collection of stories about the gods, goddesses, heroes and rituals of the ancient Greeks. The legendary tales were once an integral part of everyday life, used to explain everything from religious rituals to the weather, or to provide justification of social or political institutions.

Passed down over hundreds of generations, today they remain an important part of Greek culture and are recognised for their profound influence on western civilisation as a whole.

Gods of Olympus 12-Coin Set

At the centre of Greek mythology is the pantheon of deities who lived on Mount Olympus – the ‘12 Olympians’.

The Gods of Olympus 12-Coin Set is an extraordinary release featuring richly illustrated portrayals of the most famous Greek gods and goddesses. Each coin is struck in high relief from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver with an antique finish giving it the appearance of an age-old artefact.

The “12 Olympians”

  • Zeus – supreme ruler of Mount Olympus
    The coin shows Zeus sitting on a throne with an eagle perched on his right hand and a lightning bolt, which he used as a weapon, in his left.
  • Hera – goddess of women and marriage, queen of the Olympians
    Hera, the wife of Zeus, is portrayed on a throne wearing a cylindrical polos crown, with her symbols including a pomegranate and three peacocks.
  • Poseidon – god of the sea
    Armed with his trident, Poseidon is depicted emerging from the waves in a chariot pulled by two sea-horses known as hippocampi.
  • Demeter – goddess of agriculture and harvest
    Demeter is portrayed collecting grapes while also holding a scythe amid a wheat crop in which there are two chickens.
  • Athena – goddess of wisdom, patron of the city of Athens
    Depicted with a spear and a shield with Medusa’s head on it, Athena is shown with an owl on her shoulder in front of a temple amid olive trees.
  • Apollo – god of music, healing and medicine, the sun and light, and truth
    Apollo is seen playing his golden lyre in a garden where the nymph Daphne, subject of his unrequited love, is transformed into a laurel tree.
  • Artemis – goddess of chastity, virginity, the hunt, the moon, and the natural environment
    Drawing a bow and arrow, Artemis in depicted in the forest at night against the moon and stars with a large stag in the background.
  • Ares – god of war, and the son of Zeus and Hera
    In the midst of a raging battle, Ares is pictured in full body armour holding the staff of his weapon and a large shield.
  • Aphrodite – goddess of love, pleasure and beauty
    In a visual reference to her birthplace, the beautiful Aphrodite is illustrated sitting on a rock with her sacred swans nearby.
  • Hephaestus – god of fire, blacksmiths, sculptors, metallurgy, volcanoes and architecture
    Son of Zeus and Hera, and husband of Aphrodite, Hephaestus is shown hammering a sword on a blacksmith’s anvil.
  • Hermes – god of trade, eloquence, and a messenger of the gods
    Running through the sky, Hermes is portrayed with his kerykeion or staff, leather messenger pouch, winged traveller’s hat and talaria or winged sandals.
  • Hestia – goddess of the hearth, home, family, domestic life and architecture
    Seen kneeling in front of a kitchen fire, the kind and forgiving Hestia is surrounded by pots and pans containing a variety of foods.

Limited Availability

Presented in a luxurious black presentation box containing three trays of four coins, this superb release is limited to a maximum mintage of only 1,000 sets.

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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.

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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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