Jul 142015
 

Princess_JasmineReleased in 1992, Aladdin was Disney’s 31st animated feature.

It’s based on a Middle Eastern folk tale found in The Book of One Thousand and One Nights (aka The Arabian Nights).

The plot unfolds in the fictional Arabian city of Agrabah, where the title character is an impoverished but kind-hearted thief who is entranced by the Sultan’s daughter, Princess Jasmine.

Obliged by law to choose a suitor of noble blood, the determined and daring young beauty wishes only to marry for love. Falling for Aladdin during a visit to the market, she’s later left distraught when the evil sorcerer Jafar deceives her into thinking that he’s been executed.

Driving the storyline is the giant-blue Genie of the lamp, who grants Aladdin three wishes. Using his first wish to become Prince Ali-Ababwa, he visits Jasmine and whisks her around the world on a magic carpet.

But Jafar reveals Aladdin’s true identity to Jasmine and banishes him to a frozen wasteland. Aladdin uses the magic carpet to return to the kingdom where he saves his beloved princess, and in so doing proves that even as a commoner he has the bravery, honesty and intelligence to secure her heart.

Acclaimed for her strong-willed and free-spirited personality, Princess Jasmine was central to the box-office success enjoyed by Disney’s Aladdin. With a long swirl of jet black hair and lovely hazel eyes, she’s undoubtedly one of Disney’s most cherished Princesses.

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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 Princess Jasmine surrounded by relief engraved flowers. 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 NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.

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Jul 082015
 

The third Star Trek coin release focuses on the 24th century adventures of Captain Benjamin Sisko, commander of the Deep Space 9 space station.

Sisko’s mandate was to protect nearby Bajor, which had been the victim of a brutal Cardassian occupation. But with the discovery of a nearby wormhole – a shortcut through space that led directly to the uncharted Gamma quadrant – his mandate expanded significantly, as the region attracted all manner of visitors, both friendly and extremely hostile.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine debuted in 1993 and ran for seven seasons until 1999. Darker than its predecessors The Original Series and The Next Generation, it was noted for well-developed characters, dense and original plots, an emphasis on religious and war themes, and the only black captain in the Star Trek universe to play chief protagonist.

The show achieved major critical success, being nominated for Emmy Awards in every year of its run – taking out top prizes for special visual effects, title theme music and makeup. The show’s more complex and hauntingly different storylines helped Deep Space Nine appeal to whole new audiences, further expanding Star Trek’s international fan base.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Captain Benjamin Sisko 1oz Silver Proof Coin

DeepSpaceNine_SiskocoinBorn in 2332 in New Orleans, Captain Benjamin Sisko (Avery Brooks) joined Starfleet Academy in 2350 where he studied to be an engineer. When Jennifer, his wife and mother of Jake was killed during the Battle of Wolf 359, Sisko objected to his assignment on Deep Space 9, telling Starfleet he would prefer an Earth assignment for the sake of his son. Nevertheless, Sisko was a successful captain, admired for his strength in strategic and operational military planning, as well as engineering. A man of action with a bold, no-nonsense persona, his character epitomized conviction and passion.

Star Trek: Deep Space Nine – Deep Space 9 1oz Silver Proof Coin

DeepSpaceNine_SpaceshipDeep Space 9 was a mining and refining station built by the Cardassians during their occupation of Bajor. Soon after their retreat, Starfleet took control of the space station at the request of the Bajoran government. In 2372, the station’s weapons upgrade included several new phaser and photon torpedo banks, further equipping it to police a region that had become a bustling hub of commercial, scientific and strategic significance due to the discovery of the Bajoran wormhole.

Available individually, both can also be acquired in the 2015 Star Trek: Deep Space Nine Captain Benjamin Sisko & Deep Space 9 1oz Silver Proof Two-Coin Set.

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Jul 072015
 

The Perth Mint is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (commonly shortened to Alice in Wonderland).

The children’s classic was written by Charles Lutwidge Dodgson under the pen name Lewis Carroll. A lecturer at Oxford University, Dodgson possessed a remarkable range of talents. A skilled mathematician, logician and pioneering photographer, he also invented a wealth of word games and puzzles.

His famous fictional character was inspired by 10 year-old Alice Liddell, the daughter of Henry George Liddell, Dean of Christ Church, Oxford, where he lived, taught and wrote.

Dodgson often took Alice and her sisters rowing on the Thames. During these boat trips and accompanying picnics, he would make up fantastical tales to entertain the girls. One summer’s day in July 1862 he told them the story that would become Alice. His young companion was so delighted the main character bore her name that she asked him to write it down.

Illustrated under the author’s guidance by Punch cartoonist John Tenniel, it tells of a young girl whose curiosity is sparked when she sees a talking White Rabbit run past her as she is sitting with her sister on the riverbank. Alice follows it down a rabbit hole into a fantasy world populated by all manner of peculiar humans and anthropomorphic creatures.

Alice was popular almost from the moment it was published. But it seems Dodgson wanted to keep his success as a fiction writer separate from his professional life. His literary double is the first two parts of his name translated into Latin (Carolus Ludovicus), then loosely re-translated and presented in reverse order. He reputedly refused letters sent to “Lewis Carroll, Christ Church, Oxford”, claiming no such person lived there!

In print ever since its release in 1865, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland made the genre of literary nonsense a worldwide phenomenon. Subsequently translated into about 170 languages and adapted for at least 20 films and TV shows, this sesquicentennial represents a major opportunity to celebrate its ground-breaking significance and enduring appeal.

150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

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The coin’s reverse design portrays Aleysha Howarth’s interpretation of Tenniel’s original Alice, White Rabbit and Cheshire Cat.

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released in individual presentation packaging.

150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2oz Silver Antiqued Clock Coin

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The coin’s reverse incorporates a miniature clock depicting a White Rabbit encircled by the inscription “Oh dear! Oh dear! I shall be late!” Storyline motifs re-imagined by Aleysha Howarth with an ‘antiqued’ finish complete the design.

Issued as legal tender of Tuvalu, no more than 2,500 of these coins will be released in individual presentation packaging.

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Jul 072015
 

This month the Star Trek coin program celebrates the 24th century adventures of Deep Space Nine. Fans will be delighted at the designs of the two silver proof coins featuring Captain Benjamin Sisko and the Deep Space 9 space station.

Stunning new silver releases reflect worldwide interest in the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The superb issues include a 2oz antiqued release featuring an embedded clock!

Outstanding high relief coins come aplenty with 2015 additions to the gold and silver Wedge-tailed Eagle series and the iconic Australian Kangaroo.

More famous native animals – a kookaburra, kangaroo and koala – are portrayed in colour on this year’s Australian Outback 1/2oz silver coin collection.

An addition to Sunburnt Country, another coloured Australian series, symbolises the Great Barrier Reef with the inscription “I love her jewel sea” from Dorothy Mackellar’s beloved poem, My Country.

July also marks the release of the fifth coins from the popular Disney Princess series. This month it’s the turn of Jasmine, the star of Alladin.

Finally, the 2015 0.5g gold Mini Koala makes an adorable gift or personal keepsake.

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Jul 062015
 

Celebrate the Royal Christening with this special ‘two-for-the-price-of-one baby bundle’ comprising HRH Princess Charlotte and HRH Prince George tribute coins.

Each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and issued as Australian legal tender, the coins are housed in matching display cases and come with individual numbered Certificates of Authenticity.

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Offer ends Wednesday (or until stocks run out), so hurry to secure these superb commemorative coin releases celebrating the new Royal babies.

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