Apr 212017
 

It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them.

Standing up to 12 metres high, T. rex had a large, muscular tail essential for balancing its colossal neck and head. With only puny arms, its fearsome reputation was the result of massive jaws equipped with spitefully serrated dagger-length teeth.

Testament to its awe inspiring violence, palaeontologists believe that in one mouthful, T. rex could tear away more than 200 kilos of its victim’s muscle, bone and organs. The ultimate prehistoric predator probably swallowed small dinosaurs whole!

2017 Tyrannosaurus Rex 5oz Silver Proof Coin

The head and jaws of T. rex are portrayed on this king sized coin struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality. The daunting image depicts the ravenous beast’s gaping mouth and lethal incisors salivating over the prospect of another kill.

Avoid being gobbled up in the rush – for with only 500 of these demonic dinosaur coins available for sale, it’s highly likely they’ll cause a feeding frenzy among collectors!

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Apr 202017
 

Henry Lawson is one of Australia’s best known short story writers and bush poets. Celebrated on Australia’s paper $10 note, he has now been symbolised on a magnificent silver commemorative coin marking 150 years since his birth.

Henry was born during the colonial era at Grenfell, the site of a gold discovery 370 kilometres west of Sydney. His father, Peter Larsen, was a Norwegian miner who had joined the New South Wales gold rush in the 1850s. In 1866 he married Louisa Albury, the feminist daughter of a station hand, anglicising the family name on the registration of Henry’s birth in 1867.

Life in the Lawson household was challenging. After several years of chasing gold, the family settled at Pipeclay (now known as Eurunderee), but the arid land made it hard to earn a living and Peter was often away looking for work. Henry was a reclusive and introverted boy with few friends, who also suffered from bullying. As well as the realisation of his parent’s incompatibility, he had to contend with a sudden illness that resulted in partial deafness as a teenager.

This 150th commemorative release features a montage of motifs reflecting Henry Lawson’s experience of life in the bush as expressed in his literary works.

Louisa separated from her husband in 1883 and moved to Sydney. A hardworking and industrious woman she influenced Henry’s life greatly. When she bought the ailing ‘Republican’, they edited and wrote most of the newspaper’s copy together. A powerful advocate for women’s rights, Louisa established ‘Dawn’ in 1888, a journal devoted to women’s suffrage which stayed in print until 1905.

Meanwhile, Henry’s literary work caught the attention of other publications in the colony. In 1887, the Bulletin published his first poem, A Song of the Republic. A year later, the prominent magazine published his first short story, His Father’s Mate. Henry would go on to be featured many times in The Bulletin, as well as The Australian Town and Country Journal, Boomerang, and Worker, among others.

In 1892, the Bulletin paid for him to return to the Australian interior where he experienced the harsh realities of drought, and he also worked as a roustabout (labourer) in the woolshed at Toorale Station. His works reflected his life in the bush, and the characters who struggled to make a living off the inhospitable land. Some of his most memorable works include The Drover’s Wife, Andy’s Gone With Cattle, and The Loaded Dog.

Henry Lawson 150th Anniversary 2017 5oz Silver Proof Coin

The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil this highly original release commemorating the 150th anniversary of Henry Lawson’s birth. Made from 5oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality, the design features a montage of motifs representing life in the bush as reflected in his writing – including a cattleman, swagman, cattle dog, sheep, windmill, bush hut, water butt, tent and billycans near a stream, as well as a bush fire.

The artistry is incorporated within Henry Lawson’s distinctive profile as portrayed on Australia’s first $10 note, which was designed by Gordon Andrews when the nation shifted to decimal currency in February 1966.

No more than an extremely limited mintage of 250 Henry Lawson tribute coins will be issued by the Mint in presentation packaging.

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Apr 112017
 

The history of the Australian stock horse dates back to the arrival of Australia’s first horses with the First Fleet of 1788. Bred to endure the harsh conditions of the colony’s vast outback, their agility, strength and endurance meant they became superbly suited to herding and exploration work. Today, Australia’s legendary stock horse is regarded as the breed for every need, including a wide range of modern day equestrian activities including polocross, camp drafting, and eventing.

Since 2013, The Perth Mint has portrayed images of the iconic stock horse on Australian bullion coins each struck from 1oz of pure silver. Within the maximum mintage of 10,000, a limited issue of just 1,000 coins is released annually for collectors in illustrated card packaging.

With strong demand for each of the previous four issues resulting in a rapid sell out, it’s odds on the 2017 Australian Stock Horse 1oz Silver Coin and Card will become another favourite!

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Apr 062017
 

The story of the First World War from an Australian perspective is told through The Perth Mint’s ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series.

With three coins issued per year between 2014 and 2018, we’re now at the penultimate release featuring designs symbolising key events from 1917 – a year in which Australian forces fought in telling campaigns on the Western Front and in the Middle East.

As well as designs symbolising Australian troops at Ypres and Beersheba, this year’s set pays tribute to the vital and courageous work of Australian nurses.

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series
2017 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set

Front Line Angels

Nurses from Australia worked in field hospitals comprising little more than a series of tents, and on medical ships transporting the wounded to England and Australia. Enduring a constant threat of artillery, bombing, and torpedoes from enemy submarines, they provided medical, emotional, and psychological support for many soldiers suffering horrific wounds.

The Grim Path Back

During the Third Battle of Ypres, months of shell-fire had rendered the landscape desolate and waterlogged. Duckboards were erected to allow troops to move up the line to the fighting, and for the wounded to be brought back down for medical treatment.

Speed and Surprise

When Australian light horsemen charged towards the Ottoman defences at Beersheba in Palestine in October 1917 they faced more than 1,100 Ottoman riflemen, nine field guns, and several machine-guns. The momentum of the surprise attack carried them through enemy positions and on to a remarkable victory. Success at Beersheba played a role in the fall of Gaza along the Palestinian coastline.

Free replica badge for subscribers

A replica Returned From Active Service Badge will be sent to subscription customers of the five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series. Originally awarded by the Department of Defence to returned servicemen and servicewomen who had fought overseas during the First World War, the badge was worn to show the civilian wearer had served overseas during the war.

Bonus items for subscribers accompanying earlier releases in this series comprise:

  • 2014 – replica Sydney Morning Herald front page from 4 August 1914
  • 2015 – replica letter from the brother of two soldiers killed at the battle of The Nek in 1915
  • 2016 – replica silk post card of the type used by WWI troops to write messages home
  • 2017 – replica Returned from Active Service Badge (pictured above)
  • 2018 – to be announced

By subscribing to The ANZAC Spirit 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series, collectors also qualify for a free replica billy tin in which all 15 silver coins can be housed.

Historical images courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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Apr 032017
 

The Perth Mint unveiled a special Coloured Rooster from its Australian Lunar Coin Series at the Melbourne 2017 FIAP International Stamp Exhibition over the weekend.

Struck from a 1/4oz of 99.99% pure silver, the Australian legal tender coin features a rooster with a hen and chicks in vivid colour.

Hunters of rare coin show specials can acquire the release from today through the Mint’s website. But the opportunity is likely to be short-lived, with no more than 2,500 coins housed in 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Expo packaging on offer.

An unusual weight for a silver collector coin, the 1/4oz release has a retail price of just AUD 29 and would make an ideal keepsake for anyone born in the Year of the Rooster.

Order here: 2017 year of the Rooster 1/4oz Silver Coloured Coin in 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Exhibition packaging

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Mar 302017
 

Each month The Perth Mint has pleasure in offering an exclusive new range of modern numismatic coins for collectors and gift buyers.

This April, iconic releases include a beautiful new Australian Stock Horse silver coin, and a special 5oz silver tribute to writer and poet Henry Lawson, born 150 years ago in 1867.

The courage and compassion displayed by Australians on the Western Front and in the Middle East during 1917 is honoured on this year’s Three-Coin 1/2oz Silver Set from our moving ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series.

Meanwhile, anyone absorbed by the mythology of dragons will love the exquisite imagery and detailing on our latest ‘antiqued’ silver coin release.

Together with a spectacular new silver Kookaburra made from 1 kilo of silver, and our majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle now offered in high relief on 2oz of gold, this month’s new coins underline The Perth Mint’s reputation for one of the most successful collector coin programs in the world.

Check out the electronic bulletin above to discover this month’s complete line-up of new releases. To order, please visit perthmint.com.au, call 1800 098 817 / +61 8 9421 7218, or visit The Perth Mint Shop, 310 Hay Street in East Perth.

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