Aug 172016
 

The public simply adored Frozen, Disney’s 53rd animated feature based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale, The Snow Queen.

Plot

Elsa, recently crowned Queen of Arendelle, possesses icy magic powers that she is increasingly unable to control. After arguing with her younger sister Anna, she inadvertently unleashes perpetual winter on the kingdom and flees to North Mountain where she takes lonely refuge in an ice palace.

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Meanwhile, Anna determines to re-unite the pair and return summer to Arendelle. Accompanied by iceman Kristoff, his reindeer companion Sven, and Olaf the comical snowman,  she tracks down Elsa in her shivery sanctuary. But with mystical trolls and magic at every turn, the sisters’ road to reconciliation proves harrowing – until, in true Disney tradition, ‘love’ saves the day and the sun once again shines brightly on the inhabitants of Arendelle.

Disney Frozen – Magic of the Northern Lights Coin Collection

Frozen generated an avalanche of fans. Audiences empathized particularly strongly, it has been suggested, with the struggles of its flawed heroine and also its dedication to family. A Disney masterpiece, it picked up a swag of honours, including the OSCAR® for best Animated Feature Film at the 2014 ACADEMY AWARDS®.

Now the lead characters from the phenomenally popular movie can be celebrated with these 1oz silver coins officially licensed by Disney. Presented in storybook-style packaging, they picture Elsa, Anna, Olaf, Kristoff and Sven under a shimmering representation of the Northern Lights – perfect for fans of one of Disney’s most enchanting films yet!

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Aug 152016
 

Released in 1995, Walt Disney Pictures’ animated feature film Pocahontas stars the 18-year old daughter of a Native American chief who falls in love with John Smith, an English soldier, during the 17th century settlement of Jamestown.

Beautiful, free-spirited and at one with nature, Pocahontas displays wisdom beyond her years by helping to allay mistrust and conflict between her people and the settlers. Despite injured John Smith’s desire for her to return to England with him, Pocahontas decides to stay with her tribe, but comforts him with the promise that “I’ll always be with you forever”.

Disney Princess: Pocahontas

The final release from the Disney Princess collectible coins program portrays delightful imagery of Pocahontas.

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Struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold, the coins portray Pocahontas surrounded by relief engraved foliage. Issued as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 silver coins and 1,000 gold coins will be released.

Each silver coin is presented in delightful fairy-tale book style packaging incorporating a Certificate of Authenticity. Each gold coin comes in a timber display case and illustrated shipper accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Issued by New Zealand Mint

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Aug 102016
 

In 1966, the team behind landmark sci-fi series Star Trek introduced one of the most memorable space craft ever devised for TV and film. So futuristic was the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, that 50 years later, the renowned starship is still highly admired – beloved even – by fans of the Star Trek canon.

Constructed at the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth, the Enterprise was a Constitution-class starship, a heavy cruiser built to explore strange new worlds, to serve as home to 400-plus crew, and to withstand the stress of battle.

Launched in 2245, she reached the peak of her 40-year career during Captain James T. Kirk’s famous five-year Starfleet mission to boldly go where no man has gone before™, as told across 79 episodes of Star Trek: The Original Series.

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Her appearance was a revolutionary departure from customary rocket-style concepts. Comprising a saucer-shaped primary hull surmounted by a bridge dome, and pylon-mounted engine nacelles projecting from a secondary hull, she remains one of sci-fi’s most iconic images.

Kirk’s Enterprise featured 14 science labs, an observation deck, a massive lower deck which included main engineering, and a shuttle bay. Impulse engines provided propulsion to a maximum speed of Warp 8, while defences came in the form of deflector shields and armaments comprising photon torpedoes and phasers.

Among the ship’s extraordinary array of advanced technology, the transporter was unforgettable. Created when it was deemed too difficult (and expensive) to portray the Enterprise or its shuttlecraft landing on the surface of a planet, it ‘dematerialized’ humans or objects into energy patterns, then beamed them to a target for ‘rematerialization’ – giving rise to the popular catchphrase “Beam me up, Scotty”.

Star Trek: The Original Series – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701
2016 Gold & Silver Proof High Relief Coins

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The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil three special ‘high relief’ coins dedicated to the iconic starship in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Star Trek in 2016. Officially licensed by CBS, the proof quality coins are struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold, and 5oz and 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in stunning detail.

Housed in presentation packaging, these magnificent collector pieces are especially limited. Just 400 1oz gold coins, 800 5oz silver coins and 6,000 1oz silver coins will be released, each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Aug 022016
 

According to ancient Norse mythology, Loki was the god of fire, and a cunning shape shifter who appeared in the form of a seal, a salmon, a mare, and a fly, among others.

The son of the giant Farbauti and the goddess Laufey, Loki was the father of Hel, the goddess of death; Jormungand, the giant serpent; Fenrir, the wolf; and Sleipnir, the eight-legged horse that he gave to Odin.

Loki had both a positive and a negative relationship with the other gods. He was a companion of Odin and Thor, but he helped the giants, their adversaries, when it was more advantageous to him. A trickster who could be malicious and mischievous at times, Loki was often portrayed as a demon with no real loyalties due to his contradictory personality.

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Ultimately, Loki faced punishment for his offences against the gods. He was bound to a rock by the entrails of another of his sons, while a venom dripping serpent was positioned above him. Loki’s wife, Sigyn, collected the venom in a bowl, but whenever she emptied it the continuing drips caused Loki to writhe in pain, creating earthquakes.

2016 Norse Gods – Loki 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin

The reverse of the coin depicts Loki wearing a cloak which is turning to smoke at the edges. He is accompanied by the serpent Jormungand and the wolf Fenrir. The design also includes three masks symbolising the many forms Loki took on as a shape shifter.

The final release from the popular Norse Gods series, this coin is struck from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver with a high relief, antiqued finish. Like the previous Odin and Thor coins, just 2,000 Loki coin will be released.

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Aug 022016
 

Australian Koalas come in many sizes. This month we’ve released a 1oz high relief version in silver and a 5oz version in gold – lovely tributes to one of Australia’s favourite marsupials.

Maybe your preference is the Australian Kangaroo? As well as a stunning 1oz high relief gold coin, this month also sees the release of a specially gilded collectors version of our ultra-popular 1oz silver bullion coin.

Joining the flock of Wedge-tailed Eagle coins currently on offer, we’re pleased to announce a new 1oz silver proof version portraying this enormous bird of prey.

August sees the conclusion of the outstandingly popular Norse Gods coin series. Loki, the god of fire, is the must-have final release for those who were lucky enough to secure the extremely limited Odin and Thor coins!

The high reliefs keep coming with three brand new Star Trek releases paying tribute to Captain James T. Kirk’s illustrious U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701.

And this month presents another treat for Disney fans with coins dedicated to Pocahontas and Frozen.

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Jul 202016
 

Born in the mountains of Central Asia, Snow Leopards have been observed living as high as 5,500 metres. A separate species to the Asian/African Leopard, they are superbly adapted for their bitterly cold habitat.

Blind and helpless at birth, life begins for the Snow Leopard cub in a rocky den, carefully lined with fur by its mother. Protected and nurtured through the early part of its life, the young cat is equipped to fend for itself before turning two.

For vital protection against the harsh elements, the Snow Leopard relies on its long hair which has a dense undercoat that thickens even more during the autumn and winter. White with a unique pattern of dark rosettes and spots, the fur also provides perfect camouflage as the animal stalks its prey on the icy mountainside.

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The Snow Leopard’s short, stocky body and small, rounded ears are both helpful in minimizing heat-loss. Paradoxically, it has two ‘over-sized’ features that are just as useful.

Like a pair of snowshoes, its extra-large paws help prevent the cat from sinking into soft snow. And an enormous tail, every bit as long as its body, acts like a woolly scarf in which to curl up at night!

The Cubs Silver Proof Coin Series

Following the delightful Tiger and Jaguar releases, the third coin from The Cubs 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series features a stunning portrayal of young Snow Leopards.

Like other coins in the program, including the forthcoming White Lion and Lynx releases, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released in illustrated presentation packaging.

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