May 202016
 

It’s estimated that there are 1,025,109 words in the English language and that ‘love’ ranks inside the top 400 most commonly used. It comes from the Anglo Saxon lufu, which in turn is derived from the early Germanic lubō.

In Chinese, the world’s most widely spoken language, love is pronounced “ai”. It’s represented by a composite character comprising a number of traditional symbols, including representations of a man, a woman and a heart.

With over 400 million speakers, Spanish lies between Chinese and English as the second most popular language in the world. Amor comes directly from Latin, sharing its origin with similar French (amour) and Italian (amore) words for love.

Of course, with between 6,000 and 7,000 languages in the world, different cultures have invented countless other words to express the idea of love. Despite our language and many other differences, we are united in our innate understanding of love’s power.

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The Perth Mint has released a spectacular 2oz silver proof coin portraying the word love in more than 30 languages, including English, Greek, Arabic, French, Korean, Filipino, Hindi, and Vietnamese. The design is interspersed with universally recognised love symbols, including Cupid, doves and a red-coloured heart.

A delightful gift for weddings, Valentine’s and anniversaries, or a beautiful way to make a spontaneous declaration of love, just 3,000 of these Language of Love 2016 2oz Silver Proof Coins will be released.

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May 192016
 

The fourth release in the Remarkable Reptiles series features the Australian goanna. Goannas are large, carnivorous reptiles also known as monitor lizards.

Goannas are capable of swimming, and can also climb trees. They will move quickly when pressed, often sprinting short distances to escape harm. Goannas will rear up when threatened, and also inflate flaps of skin around their throats and emit a harsh hissing noise.

Here’s seven more remarkable facts about the Australian goanna:

  1. Colonial settlers in Australia christened these large, carnivorous lizards ‘goanna’ – a corruption of the word iguana, a separate South American species.
  2. Like snakes, to which they are distantly related, goannas are venomous – but they lack their slithering rival’s injecting fangs.
  3. Despite the family association, goannas eat snakes – a choice that led people to conclude they were immune to snake venom (although this has never been proved).
  4. Some goannas lay their eggs inside termite mounds, which provide their young with an instant meal just after they hatch.
  5. At 5 metres in length, a gigantic goanna called Megalania – the largest the world has ever seen – stomped across Australia during the Pleistocene epoch.
  6. A surprisingly small member of the species, the pygmy goanna defies expectations at only 20 centimetres in length!
  7. But the majority of today’s goannas are hefty animals, and if cornered one can swing its tail like a crocodile with enough force to knock down a human!

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Apr 262016
 

Of the more than 60,000 Australian men and women who lost their lives serving in the First World War, 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 the Western Front, the sights, sounds, and smells of the battlefield would be remembered for the rest of their lives.

The 2016 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set from The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series is dedicated to the remembrance of their courage and sacrifice.

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Brothers_in_ArmsMore than 1,000 Indigenous Australians, those of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, served in the First World War. People of non-European descent were initially not permitted to enlist, and Indigenous Australians in particular were excluded. In fact, despite the fact that before the War all Australian males between the ages of 18 and 60 were required to serve in the Militia, those ‘not substantially of European origin’ were exempt.

Many men of non-European descent still managed to enlist however, and as a result it is impossible to say exactly how many Indigenous Australians served in the War. In 1917, as the number of Australian casualties increased, the government relaxed enlistment standards to enable those labelled ‘half-castes’ to join the Australian Imperial Force as long as they could provide certification proving that one of their parents was of European origin.

Those Indigenous Australians successful in their enlistment found that they were almost always accepted without prejudice, and were paid the same as other soldiers. On returning home to Australia after the War, however, they no longer enjoyed the same equality. In areas such as education, employment, and civil liberties, former Indigenous service men and women found that discrimination remained, or indeed had worsened during the War years.

Photographs from the Louis and Antoinette Thuillier collection, uncovered 95 years after the war, include images of Indigenous Australian soldiers alongside their white peers. The coin’s reverse depicts a representation of one of the original Thuillier photographs featuring a white Australian soldier alongside an unknown Indigenous Australian soldier, taken at the Thuillier’s farmhouse in Vignacourt.

Lost But Not Forgotten

Lost_But_Not_ForgottenOn 19 July 1916, Australian soldiers from the 5th Australian Division and soldiers from the 61st British Division attacked a strong German front-line position near the French village of Fromelles. It was the first major battle fought by Australian troops on the Western Front, and was intended as a feint to prevent German troops from moving south to the Somme, where the Allied offensive had begun on 1 July.

The operation failed, and the loss of Australian troops was significant. More than 5,500 Australians became casualties. Almost 2,000 of them were killed in action or died of wounds and some 400 were captured. Fromelles remains one of Australia’s greatest military disasters.

When the battle had ended, the Australians began the grim and dangerous task of recovering the wounded from no man’s land. One of those charged with the recovery effort was Sergeant Simon Fraser, a 40 year old farmer from western Victoria and a member of the 57th Battalion. Shortly after the battle Fraser wrote home, detailing the battle and its aftermath.

For three days Fraser and his fellow soldiers ventured into no man’s land between the German and Allied trenches, searching for and retrieving the wounded troops. As he dragged one man to safety he heard another calling from the trenches, “Don’t forget me cobber.” On reaching safety, Fraser went back into no man’s land to save this second soldier.

The coin’s reverse depicts a representation of Peter Corlett’s 1998 ‘Cobbers’ sculpture of Sergeant Fraser carrying a fallen comrade, which can be visited in the Australian Memorial Park in Fromelles.

Australia’s First Anzac Day

Australias_First_Anzac_DayAustralia’s first Anzac Day took place on 25 April 1916, one year after the landing of Australian and New Zealand troops on Gallipoli.

The first anniversary was marked by a variety of ceremonies and services held across Australia, a march through London, and services and a sports day in the Australian camp in Egypt. For the remaining years of the War, Anzac Day was used on the home front as an occasion for patriotic rallies and recruiting campaigns, and parades of serving members of the AIF were held in most cities.

Today, Anzac Day is a day on which we remember all Australians lost in war and on operational service. The Anzac spirit embodies the qualities of courage, mateship, and sacrifice demonstrated during the Gallipoli landing. Anzac Day is a time for reflection and, as such, many different services and memorials are held every year across the country.

The coin’s reverse depicts an image of the Roll of Honour at the heart of the Australian War Memorial building in Canberra, which records the names of over 102,000 fallen members of the Australian armed forces.

Limited Mintage & Presentation

No more than 5,000 2016 Three-Coin Sets will be released. Each set is presented in superb display packaging and is accompanied by a booklet containing information and imagery from the Great War, as well as a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Subscription With Free Billy Tin Storage Case

Billy_Tin_thmbA limited number of 2,500 subscriptions are available for collectors who wish to guarantee availability of all five Three-Coin Sets issued between 2015 – 2018. Subscribers will receive a limited edition replica billy tin in which all 15 1/2oz silver coins can be housed.

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Apr 222016
 

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Pillars of Australian culture and society, Anzac Day and the Returned & Services League (RSL) are both 100 years-old in 2016. Marking this shared milestone, these coins from The Perth Mint were developed under license with the Australian War Memorial (AWM) and the RSL as official numismatic tributes through which the community can honour the service and sacrifice of our Defence Force personnel.

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The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series
Anzac Day 100 Years 2016 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

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RSL Centenary Coin Series
2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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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Anzac $1 Coin Series
2016 Aluminium Bronze Coin in Card

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Apr 212016
 

Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, has welcomed the release of three Australian numismatic tributes marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.

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Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia, holds one of the three Royal tribute coins crafted by The Perth Mint.

“The celebration of Her Majesty’s 90th birthday is a remarkable moment in history and The Perth Mint has created exceptional coin tributes for the occasion,” Her Excellency said.

“I am particularly delighted to see the craftsmanship showcasing branches of the golden wattle, our national flower which was depicted in the brooch presented to the Queen during her coronation tour of Australia in 1954, and the St Edward’s Crown symbolising our historical links with British constitutional and parliamentary heritage.”

The superb releases are the latest in a long line of Buckingham Palace-approved coins issued by The Perth Mint celebrating personal milestones of members of the Royal Family. Click here for more details.

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Apr 142016
 

These special releases celebrate the 75th anniversary of the classic Disney animated film Dumbo, which was released on 23 October 1941. Ridiculed for his enormous ears, the loveable baby circus elephant becomes a sensation when he discovers he can use them to fly!

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Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this coin portrays Dumbo in flight with Timothy the mouse sitting in the brim of his hat.

No more than 10,000 of the 75th Anniversary of Dumbo 2016 1oz Silver Coin will be released, each in an elegant wooden box accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Available in similar presentation packaging with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, this 1/4oz version of the coin is struck from 99.99% pure gold. No more than 1,000 of the 75th Anniversary of Dumbo 2016 1/4oz Gold Coin will be released.

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