Dec 022016
 

The dragon is one of the principal emblems of Chinese mythology. Unlike its evil, treacherous European counterpart, however, the Oriental dragon is wise and benevolent, a symbol of nobility and good fortune.

According to powerful Chinese legends, these auspicious creatures were present at the dawn of creation where they supported and encouraged humanity to survive and flourish. Strongly associated with water and also the ability to influence rain, they were valuable in helping mankind learn to fish and farm.

As a living embodiment of a dragon’s wisdom, generosity and compassion, the Emperor of China was seen as a son of a dragon by his subjects. Owing their very existence to dragons, the Chinese people also regarded themselves as descendants of these munificent beings, and over time came together under a common banner of the dragon.

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The Perth Mint has released a new silver collectable for Chinese dragon enthusiasts in time for New Year.

The significance of dragons has been reflected for thousands of years in many aspects of Chinese cultural life.

Decorative depictions of serpentine-shaped dragons date back to the Neolithic period. China’s iconic Forbidden City, constructed in the 1400s, teems with architectural ornamentation representing dragons.

Today, many cultural traditions displaying Chinese people’s respect and admiration for the dragon are widely appreciated worldwide.

In the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, for example, the dragon is regarded as the most propitious of all zodiac signs. Dragon boat racing, thought to have originated more than 2,500 years ago in Southern China, is a popular sporting pastime. Believed to have brought good luck to citizens since the Han Dynasty, the colourful dragon dance is another palpable demonstration of dragon culture that can be witnessed on every continent.

2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin

A stunning new opportunity for collectors of dragon themed coins, this 2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin has been released in time for Chinese New Year, which falls on 28 January in 2017.

Its superb design portrays a traditional elongated, snake-like Chinese dragon curled around a bright red paper lantern. The reverse also incorporates the Mandarin characters for ‘Happy New Year’.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be made available, each housed in a clear latex display case with a black frame accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The case is wrapped in a vividly coloured shipper featuring a dragon in high-gloss printing which doubles as the perfect gift-box.

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Nov 302016
 

Exquisite attention to design detail is the hallmark of the annual Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set, which now celebrates the Year of the Rooster.

Stunning colour depictions of the rooster on these coins are supported by intricate arrays of motifs aligned with the popular Chinese cultural themes of ‘wealth’ and ‘wisdom’.


Lunar Good Fortune Series – Wealth and Wisdom 2017 1oz Silver Two-Coin Set

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Standing on top of a horde of coins, the brown and blue ‘wealth’ rooster is surrounded by representations of warriors from the famous Terracotta Army.

China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, planned to spend his afterlife buried in a palatial tomb surrounded by worldly treasures intended to ensure his place in the next world. In preparation, the Emperor commissioned an extraordinary army of model warriors, most standing over six feet tall, to guard over an extensive trove of gold, jewellery and other symbols of his wealth and power.

Wisdom

The white and blue ‘wisdom’ rooster is portrayed upon Chinese scholar’s rocks – from which intellectuals were said to draw inspiration and insights. Especially prized were stones weathered by natural processes, such as those sculpted by rivers and streams, which are symbolised through the design’s water garden setting.

Woven into the background is a pine tree, an auspicious Chinese motif representing longevity, determination, and in this case, the wisdom associated with age.

Extremely limited offering

With each coin struck from from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this absorbing set is a perfect keepsake for anyone born under the influence of the lunar rooster in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.

Affording its owners with a precious and extremely rare memento, no more than 1,500 of these sets will be released.

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Nov 182016
 

Even though they’ve been one of our closest animal companions for thousands of years, cats have never entirely shed the impulses of their wild ancestors. Frequently aloof and self-sufficient, they’re powerless to suppress their primal instincts to hunt and kill.

And yet, in any affectionate feline encounter, who can withstand the urge to stroke a cat’s velvety fur? The desire among humans to embrace this contrary creature is virtually irresistible – especially when it’s a cute, playful little kitten!
cubs-x5coinsPortraying the offspring of a tiger, jaguar, snow leopard, white lion, and lynx, The Cubs series of coins is inspired by our deep-seated emotional response to cats and their young.

High-spirited and boisterous, the antics of these cubs are just as appealing as their domesticated cousins. But destined to be dedicated hunters in their own wild domains, each one epitomizes the untamable essence of every suburban moggy.

All five Cubs coins available now! Click here for full details.

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Nov 162016
 

Welcome to new collectors who might be wondering about coin mintages and are stumped by some of the language associated with the topic. For example, if you’ve pondered ‘maximum mintage’, ‘declared mintage’, and ‘issue limit’, this article is here to help.

Mints keep historical records of how many coins they strike and issue. The total number for each coin is known as the mintage.

Thanks to mintage records at The Perth Mint, for instance, we know that we issued precisely 4,096,771 gold sovereigns 100 years ago in 1916.

Mintage figures are valuable to collectors because they provide guidance about ‘rarity’.

Maximum Mintage

Today, the vast majority of our modern collectables are issued with a specific mintage limit. Take the Australian Kangaroo 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin – it has a maximum mintage of 20,000.

This means The Perth Mint will issue up to 20,000 of these coin as Australian legal tender.

2016-australiankangaroo-1oz-silver-proof-highreliefSay we receive orders over the next few months for the maximum mintage, production will cease immediately and we’ll announce the coin as ‘sold out’. Collectors can be 100% certain that we’ll never make any more.

Declared Mintage

But what happens if the maximum mintage is not taken up by collectors? Obviously it does not make sense for any Mint to keep making a coin if the mintage is unlikely to be sold out.

If after a reasonable period of time we judge the market no longer has any interest in the coin, or for some other reason it is no longer viable, we close-off production and declare the mintage.

A declared mintage is the final number that will ever be made available for sale, even though the declared figure falls short of the original maximum mintage stated by the Mint.

In this way, some declared coins end up being much rarer than their original mintage limits would indicate. To find examples of this, visit the Numismatic Mintages page on our website.

Issue Limit

Even though the Australian Kangaroo 2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin has a maximum mintage of 20,000, you may have spotted that it has an advertised issue limit of 18,000.

Issue limits refer to the format in which the coin is packaged. In this instance, up to 18,000 coins are being offered in individual coin cases. As a result, 2,000 coins remain available within the maximum mintage for sale in a distinctively different format.

This year, 1,000 of these coins are being made available in a spectacular Three-Coin Collection which also includes 1,000 each of our 2016 Kookaburra and Koala silver proof high relief coins.

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Released earlier this month, the 2016 Australian High Relief Silver Proof 2016 Three-Coin Collection is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity stating the maximum mintage of each coin – as well as its own specific issue limit of 1,000.

If collectors buy 1,000, we will announce the issue limit as sold out. If the market only requires 500, we will declare that number as the total ever issued.

Mintage Policy

You can read more about Perth Mint definitions, including ‘unlimited mintage’ and ‘mint-to-order’ in our formal Mintage Policy.

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Nov 112016
 

To honour those who have died as a consequence of war, Australians are encouraged to observe one minute’s silence as the clock strikes the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – the moment the guns fells silent on the Western Front in 1918.

The observance takes place in other Allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States. But how did the tradition originate?

Edward George Honey has been credited as the first person to suggest a period of silence in which to remember the fallen.

Born in St Kilda, Melbourne, Honey was an Australian journalist who worked in Fleet Street after World War I. In May 1919, he wrote to the London Evening News appealing for a five-minute silence to mark the first anniversary of the Armistice.

A few months later, Sir James Percy FitzPatrick suggested to the British Cabinet a complete suspension of normal activity for two minutes during which everyone could focus on reverent remembrance.

King George V responded to Sir James’ call by asking countries of the British Empire “to stand still in solemn remembrance of the dead, who died that the world might be free.”

Armistice Day was renamed Remembrance Day in 1946 to commemorate those who were killed in both World Wars. The custom of a short silence remains integral to Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout the Commonwealth, and in Australia on ANZAC Day.

Honey is recognized in Australia as the originator of the idea on a memorial plaque in central Melbourne, which records “Edward George Honey… A Melbourne journalist who, while living in London, first suggested the solemn ceremony of silence, now observed in all British countries in remembrance of those who died in war”.

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Australian War Memorial TM & © 2016

The emblem and logo of the Returned & Services League of Australia Limited (RSL) are owned by the RSL and may only be used with the written consent of the RSL.

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Oct 232016
 

Disney’s fourth animated feature, Dumbo, was released 75 years ago on this day in 1941. The loveable baby circus elephant was ridiculed for his enormous ears – but assisted by true friend Timothy, the tiny mouse, Dumbo eventually discovered he could use them to fly!

Celebrating the ever young elephant’s landmark anniversary, these superbly-crafted pure gold and silver coins would make nostalgic keepsakes for those who remember Dumbo when he first appeared, and exciting collectables for all modern-day Disney fans!

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Housed in Disney-themed presentation packaging, no more than 1,000 gold coins and 10,000 silver coins will be released.

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