Feb 202017
 

Australia has a profound association with Ypres in Belgium. Through this walled medieval city Australian soldiers and thousands of other allied troops marched towards the front line during some of the most costly fighting of the First World War.

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Reconstructed Cloth Hall, Ieper.

At the centre of the city, they would have passed the historic Cloth Hall, first constructed around 1200. By 1917, this proud symbol of the region’s famous textile trade had been virtually destroyed by German artillery fire.

As they made their way towards the battlefields of the Ypres Salient, the troops passed through the Menin Gate, at which two stone lions, also heavily battle scarred, stood astride the road on silent guard.

Originally commissioned for the ancient Cloth Hall, these magnificent carved blue stone beasts had been relocated to the city’s eastern gateway in 1862. At the end of the war they were pulled from the rubble, and in an important symbolic gesture, the Burgomaster of Ypres presented them to the Australian Government in 1936 as a token of friendship and an acknowledgement of Australia’s sacrifice.

It is estimated that Australia suffered 38,000 casualties in the fighting around Ypres. The names of 6,000 Australians are included among those recorded on the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing dedicated to the 55,000 British and Empire troops who died in Belgium during the First World War and have no known grave.

The Menin Gate Lions now have a permanent home inside the entrance to the Australian War Memorial in Canberra. There, they stand in abiding honour of those who never returned from Flanders.

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Image courtesy of the Australian War Memorial – ART12510.001

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series – Many Never Returned
2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Inscribed with the words ‘1917 Many Never Returned’, this addition to The Perth Mint’s five year ANZAC Spirit Coin Series bears a design representing war weary Australian soldiers walking near the ruins of the Cloth Hall in Ypres. Expressing the nation’s indebtedness to the men and their fallen comrades, the word GRATITUDE is included on the coin’s serrated edge.

Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, no more than 7,500 of these solemn coins will be released in individual presentation packaging comprising a red and black display case and superbly illustrated shipper.

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Feb 102017
 

As many school kids know, if a magnetised needle is floated on a piece of cork it will line up with the Earth’s magnetic field.

Manuscripts dating from the 11th century indicate that it was the Chinese who first understood that by rubbing an iron bar with a lodestone (a naturally occurring magnetic mineral) it would point ‘north – south’ when allowed to rotate freely.

This discovery was enormously beneficial to early mariners who were constantly in danger of getting lost at sea. Featuring a needle on a pin over a card marked with the four cardinal points – north, south, east, and west – the ship’s compass was an important navigational tool by the 14th century.

In today’s era of GPS and other sophisticated electronic equipment, the magnetic compass remains a key feature aboard many modern ships. Simple to use, reliable and requiring no power, it’s a vital back up that could prove invaluable in an emergency.

2017 Compass 2oz Silver Antiqued Coin

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With a design featuring elements of an ancient world map, mythical sea creatures and other nautical motifs, this spectacular antiqued silver coin evokes the olden days of maritime exploration. A unique collectable, it has a decorative metallic compass inserted in the middle, celebrating the humble instrument’s huge contribution to navigation and orientation for hundreds of years.

Meticulously crafted and hand-finished for the appearance of an ancient artefact, no more than 2,500 of these magnificent coins will be released worldwide. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a presentation case and superbly illustrated shipper.

Developing Trend

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Both highly original, the 150th Anniversary of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 2015 2oz Silver Antiqued Clock Coin [Sold out at The Perth Mint] and the Yin Yang Rotating Charm 2016 1oz Silver Antiqued Coin make intriguing coins for collectors.

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Feb 092017
 

Building on the excitement created by last year’s 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Kangaroo Coin, this year’s release, which features a koala, is even more spectacular in terms of superbly  detailed design.

The stunning coin portrays a slumbering koala lying on a tree branch. The iconic Australian native’s habitat high up in the forest is exquisitely represented in a dense display of eucalyptus leaves and floral motifs.

The coin plaster

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As part of the traditional minting methods used in the production of this coin, the design was painstakingly sculpted in 3D. From this oversized plaster model, a hardened mould was taken as part of a process that saw the relief reproduced in steel via a reduction machine, and ultimately into a high relief coin die. As can be seen from the result, the coin sculptor must demonstrate an amazing eye for detail and superb skills to accurately interpret the original artist’s drawing.

The finished coin

Just 3,000 of these amazing Australian Koala 2017 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Coins will be released. The obverse and reverse of each coin are both ‘antiqued’ – a hand-applied finish that adds deep tone with a unique grained effect for an aged appearance.

Collectors will receive the coin in a classic grey display case within a stylised shipper, accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

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Feb 032017
 

World Money Fair is one of the most significant events in the international coin exhibition calendar. Bringing together major mints, leading dealers and representatives from collector communities worldwide, the 46th annual event begins its three-day run in Berlin today.

As is customary, The Perth Mint is showcasing Australia’s icons to global markets through the original artistry of its commemorative coin programs. Among the beautiful line-up of new releases on display, we are unveiling an exclusive show special in the form of this 2017 Australian Kookaburra 1oz Silver Coloured Coin.

Featuring two kookaburras, the exotic bush bird which has captured the imagination of collectors and investors globally since the launch of the series in 1990, this vividly coloured special is subject to a limited mintage of only 2,000. Each coin comes in exclusive presentation packaging bearing the 2017 World Money Fair logo, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

Coin available worldwide from 6 February

Stock available at the close of World Money Fair will be available for sale to interested collectors via The Perth Mint website from 8.30am on Monday 6 February (AWST). Alternatively, buyers are invited to call the Mint on Monday on 1800 098 817 (overseas +61 8 9421 7218) to secure this exceptionally limited release.

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Jan 242017
 

Australia’s national gemstone is opal, a stone celebrated throughout the world for its brilliant colours.

Known to Indigenous people as the ‘fire of the desert’, it’s a powerful symbol of Australia’s arid outback, where geological conditions are thought to favour to their mysterious formation.

Black opal, the highest quality precious opal, is only found in Australia. White opal, crystal opal, fire opal and boulder opal are also found in Australia, which produces over 90 per cent of the world’s precious opals.

These remarkable stones comprise microscopic spheres of silica. As the light passes through them it is diffracted into the colours of the spectrum, creating brilliant internal colour flashes – known as the ‘play of colour’.

The best opals share exulted company with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls as the world’s most desirable precious gemstones.

Opal in coins

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In recognition of opal as one of Australia’s most sought-after natural treasures, The Perth Mint is delighted to offer innovative collectable coins incorporating polished flakes of pure Australian opal.

This month we’ve added a new offering in the form of the Australian Opal – Lunar Rooster 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin – a beautiful release which pays homage to the 10th animal of the ancient lunar calendar in a way that is as unique as the Australian gemstone it contains.

The follow-up to last year’s Australian Opal – Lunar Monkey (sold out), this dramatic coin is limited to a worldwide mintage of just 5,000. Housed in presentation packaging, each display case incorporates a small light source to help illuminate the colours of the coin’s opal inset.

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Jan 172017
 

While enduring the horrors of shells, bullets, and gas during World War I, letters from home provided troops with moments of joyful respite. For Australian troops fighting on the other side of the world, letters accompanied by photographs of wives, children, sweethearts and parents brought even greater delight.

wwiposterseries-homefrontTo this end, the Snapshots from Home League of Australia was established in early 1916 by Archibald Pursell, a director of the YMCA (Sydney), who had been inspired by the work of the League’s founding branch in London the previous year.

To meet the objectives of Snapshots, the YMCA distributed application forms to the men at the front, recruited photographers across Australia to donate their time and skills, and coordinated sittings for relatives wishing to send photos to their loved ones serving overseas.

In this way, around 150,000 intimate portraits were able to be sent to active and injured Australian soldiers in Europe and the Middle East during the remaining years of the War.

The YMCA dedicated much energy to making the scheme a success, advertising it in newspapers, magazines, shops, and at its own collection depots. Additionally, it adopted British promotional posters for use in Australia, including this memorable example which is portrayed on the latest addition to our Australian Posters of World War I Coin Series.

Designed by artist Fred Pegram, it captures the poignant moment when an off-duty soldier in battle-scarred France becomes the first in his group to celebrate the arrival of pictures from home. Including the League’s promise “YMCA will supply free of cost”, posters like this one helped make Snapshots one of the most effective First World War campaigns in Australia.

Australian Posters of World War I Coin Series

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Issued annually between 2014 and 2018, Australian Posters of World War I reflects the large number of posters that were produced during the War to satisfy a wide variety of advertising and communication needs. With the addition of the 2017 Home Front coin, four out of five of these stunning releases are now available:

Limited Mintage

Produced by The Perth Mint in association with the Australian War Memorial, each coin in this outstanding and original series is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. Issued as Australian legal tender, each encapsulated coin is housed in a latex case which allows the design on both sides to be displayed.

No more than 5,000 of each coin in the series will be released worldwide.


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The Australian War Memorial logo is a registered trade mark of the Australian War Memorial TM © 2017.

YMCA logo courtesy of YMCA Australia.

The red cross emblem is an internationally recognised symbol used to identify those providing impartial humanitarian assistance and protect them from harm in times of armed conflict. The use of the emblem is restricted under both international and Australian law in order to ensure that this meaning continues to be understood. In Australia, the use of the emblem without the authorisation of the Minister of Defence is a criminal offence.


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