The intaglio is an artistic technique commonly associated with sculpture, whereby an image is created by cutting, carving, or engraving into the surface. It has been wonderfully employed on this 1oz silver piedfort-sized commemorative, which celebrates Queen Elizabeth II on becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. The coin’s reverse design elements, including the Queen’s effigy and patterns of Tudor roses, are impressed (or incused) into the coin table for an unusual and pleasing effect.
Britain’s 40th monarch since William the Conqueror, Queen Elizabeth II will became the longest reigning monarch in British history on 9 September 2015.
Born on 21 April 1926, Princess Elizabeth ascended the throne on the death of King George VI on 6 February 1952 and was crowned at Westminster Abbey on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth’s historic 2015 milestone means she surpasses her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria’s previous record of 23,226 days, 16 hours and 23 minutes (63 years and 7 months) on the throne.
Watch how the Queen has changed over 63 years on the throne.
Queen of Australia
When The Queen visits Australia, she speaks and acts as Queen of Australia. Over the past 63 years she has devoted enormous energy in her service to Australia, visiting on 16 occasions during which she has been to every Australian State and the two mainland Territories. She has undertaken many important duties, as the following record of her visits attests.
VISITS TO AUSTRALIA BY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 1954 – 2011
Australian Coin Tributes
The Perth Mint is delighted to honour The Queen’s achievement as Britain longest reigning monarch with three Australian legal tender commemorative coins. Struck from pure gold and silver, each coin is subject to an extremely limited mintage.
- 2oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown with handset aquamarine gemstone in its cross. Mintage: 350.
- 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin – portraying the Royal Cypher of Queen Elizabeth II surmounted by St Edward’s Crown. Mintage: 1,000.
- 1oz Silver Proof Intaglio Coin – featuring an incused depiction of the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by a pattern of Tudor roses. Mintage: 5,000.
Intaglio: devices or lettering which are sunk below neighboring surfaces, in this case design elements that are impressed (incused) into the coin table.
Each coin is housed in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Our celebration of Star Trek on commemorative silver coins now includes the adventures of Captain Kathryn Janeway and the U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656.
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
Star Trek: Voyager debuted in 1995 and ran for seven seasons until 2001. In a unique development, it saw the franchise’s first female captain in a central role. Played by American actress Kate Mulgrew, Kathryn Janeway is a tough and courageous commander – highly intelligent, thoughtful, dedicated and diplomatic.
The action takes place in the 2370s. While attempting to capture the crew of a rebel Maquis vessel, her ship is pulled into the distant Delta quadrant by powerful alien technology. Stranded 70,000 light-years from Earth, Janeway convinces the renegades to join her Starfleet crew and serve together during the long voyage home to Federation space.
Smaller than either Kirk’s or Picard’s starships — its crew complement is only 150 — U.S.S. Voyager NCC-74656 is nevertheless one of the most technologically advanced vessels in Starfleet. With the ability to land on a planet’s surface, its technical innovations include bio-neural circuitry, variable geometry warp nacelles, and an Emergency Medical Holographic program.
Star Trek: Voyager 2015 Silver Coins
Get ready for Chinese New Year with the ever popular proof issues from the Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series!
Occupying 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey is said to bestow intelligence, optimism, ambition and adventurousness on the character of people born under its influence.
Celebrating the 2016 Year of the Monkey, the latest proof issues from the annual Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series pay tribute to these cheeky and resourceful animals.
If you were born under the sign of the Monkey in any of these years – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 – then each of these stunning releases would make a wonderful personal keepsake.
Or if you’ll be rejoicing at the birth of a newborn on or after Chinese New Year (8 February 2016), the coins represent a beautiful gift!
In Chinese culture, the peach is symbolic of longevity and immortality. In the gold coin design, the monkey is portrayed contemplating the fruit of a peach tree. In the silver coin design, an adult is sitting with a baby monkey who is holding a peach. The Chinese character for ‘monkey’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Monkey’ also appear in the designs.
Weights & Mintage
Adding to the exclusivity of these coins are their extremely limited availability.
Struck to perfection with flawless, mirror-like tables, there’s little doubt Australian Lunar 2016 Year of the Monkey gold and silver proof coins will appeal to the monkey in everyone!
The following collector coin release is now sold out at The Perth Mint.
|Star Trek: The Original Series – Spock
2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 5,000
The platypus is one of Australia’s most curious and fascinating native animals. This small, amphibious mammal has a tail like a beaver, a body like an otter, a beak like a duck, and it lays eggs like a reptile!
Solve this month’s anagram for your chance to win this stunning Discover Australia – Platypus 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin.
Clue:Platypus capital of the world
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How to enter: Email your answer to email@example.com marking your reply ‘September 2015 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 1 October 2015. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.
Last month’s winner: Congratulations Roger Corben of NSW for the correct answer of ‘Sandstone monolith’.