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


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.


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.


Jan 102017

Citrine has been advocated by various groups over time for a variety of alleged powers and benefits.

For instance, it’s known as the ‘success stone’ by those who believe in its ability to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in business, where it’s also earned the nickname the ‘merchant’s stone’.

Said to radiate positive energy, citrine is worn next to the skin by people who credit it with healing properties – particularly in the case of stomach disorders.

On an emotional and spiritual level, others avow its ability to inspire optimism, generosity and enlightenment.


This 2017 Gemstone Edition includes a yellow citrine in the rooster’s eye.

A rare form of crystal

Naturally occurring citrine quartz crystal is extremely rare. Of translucent tawny appearance, it’s known to have been prized in jewellery since the time of ancient Greece.

Because of its scarcity, most citrine available today is actually processed amethyst. Under heat treatment, its purple hues turn to citrine’s characteristic yellow and gold.

Strongly associated with Virgo, and seen as an alternative birthstone for November, citrine also enjoys the unusual quality of being regarded as the most appropriate gemstone for a 13th wedding anniversary!

Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II – 2017 Year of the Rooster
1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition

A small piece of this fascinating gemstone has been incorporated into the latest addition to the 2017 Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series.

Struck from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure silver, this spectacular Gemstone Edition holds special relevance to people born in the Year of the Rooster.

Extending its undoubted appeal, the rooster’s left eye incorporates a yellow citrine – which is also significant in China where it is regarded as a stone of wisdom!


Jan 052017

The wrapping is coming off an exciting new coin from The Perth Mint which offers a highly original way to celebrate someone’s special day…Spacer

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, this sweet coin features an exuberant ‘Happy Birthday’ design.

Meticulously crafted, it’s a timeless keepsake that comes in beautiful display packaging – the perfect way to show how much you care for a friend or family member celebrating another year!

More information: 2017 Happy Birthday 1oz Silver Coin in Card


Dec 132016

The following collector coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

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2015 1oz Star Shaped Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 3,000
2016-australiankoala-gold-2oz-proof-highrelief_small Australian Koala
2016 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 150
silverrooster3coinset_small Australian Lunar Series II
2017 Year of the Rooster Silver Proof Three-Coin Set
Maximum Mintage: 1,000


Dec 022016

The dragon is one of the principal emblems of Chinese mythology. Unlike its evil, treacherous European counterpart, however, the Oriental dragon is wise and benevolent, a symbol of nobility and good fortune.

According to powerful Chinese legends, these auspicious creatures were present at the dawn of creation where they supported and encouraged humanity to survive and flourish. Strongly associated with water and also the ability to influence rain, they were valuable in helping mankind learn to fish and farm.

As a living embodiment of a dragon’s wisdom, generosity and compassion, the Emperor of China was seen as a son of a dragon by his subjects. Owing their very existence to dragons, the Chinese people also regarded themselves as descendants of these munificent beings, and over time came together under a common banner of the dragon.


The Perth Mint has released a new silver collectable for Chinese dragon enthusiasts in time for New Year.

The significance of dragons has been reflected for thousands of years in many aspects of Chinese cultural life.

Decorative depictions of serpentine-shaped dragons date back to the Neolithic period. China’s iconic Forbidden City, constructed in the 1400s, teems with architectural ornamentation representing dragons.

Today, many cultural traditions displaying Chinese people’s respect and admiration for the dragon are widely appreciated worldwide.

In the ancient Chinese lunar calendar, for example, the dragon is regarded as the most propitious of all zodiac signs. Dragon boat racing, thought to have originated more than 2,500 years ago in Southern China, is a popular sporting pastime. Believed to have brought good luck to citizens since the Han Dynasty, the colourful dragon dance is another palpable demonstration of dragon culture that can be witnessed on every continent.

2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin

A stunning new opportunity for collectors of dragon themed coins, this 2017 Chinese New Year Dragon 1oz Silver Coin has been released in time for Chinese New Year, which falls on 28 January in 2017.

Its superb design portrays a traditional elongated, snake-like Chinese dragon curled around a bright red paper lantern. The reverse also incorporates the Mandarin characters for ‘Happy New Year’.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be made available, each housed in a clear latex display case with a black frame accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The case is wrapped in a vividly coloured shipper featuring a dragon in high-gloss printing which doubles as the perfect gift-box.




















Nov 302016

Exquisite attention to design detail is the hallmark of the annual Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set, which now celebrates the Year of the Rooster.

Stunning colour depictions of the rooster on these coins are supported by intricate arrays of motifs aligned with the popular Chinese cultural themes of ‘wealth’ and ‘wisdom’.

Lunar Good Fortune Series – Wealth and Wisdom 2017 1oz Silver Two-Coin Set


Standing on top of a horde of coins, the brown and blue ‘wealth’ rooster is surrounded by representations of warriors from the famous Terracotta Army.

China’s First Emperor, Qin Shihuang, planned to spend his afterlife buried in a palatial tomb surrounded by worldly treasures intended to ensure his place in the next world. In preparation, the Emperor commissioned an extraordinary army of model warriors, most standing over six feet tall, to guard over an extensive trove of gold, jewellery and other symbols of his wealth and power.


The white and blue ‘wisdom’ rooster is portrayed upon Chinese scholar’s rocks – from which intellectuals were said to draw inspiration and insights. Especially prized were stones weathered by natural processes, such as those sculpted by rivers and streams, which are symbolised through the design’s water garden setting.

Woven into the background is a pine tree, an auspicious Chinese motif representing longevity, determination, and in this case, the wisdom associated with age.

Extremely limited offering

With each coin struck from from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this absorbing set is a perfect keepsake for anyone born under the influence of the lunar rooster in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017.

Affording its owners with a precious and extremely rare memento, no more than 1,500 of these sets will be released.