Mar 162017
 

John Mercanti’s career as a coin designer and engraver is a remarkable one.

John Mercanti.

His artistic talents were recognised in 1974 by the US Mint, where he spent 36 years, the last four in the revered position of Chief Engraver.

John was responsible for more successful designs than any other employee in the history of the Mint, where the process was traditionally a competition between members of the in-house team.

Among his achievements are many notable American coins and medals, including the American Eagle, a landmark release in that nation’s history.

Since his ‘retirement’, John has been involved in many projects, including the design of the first Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle, originally struck by The Perth Mint in 2014.

Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 2017 1oz Gold & Silver High Relief Coins

We’re delighted to release these 2017-dated versions showcasing John’s second interpretation of Australia’s largest bird of prey standing on a dead tree branch.

Made from pure gold and pure silver in flawless proof quality, the beautiful coins are struck in high relief, a minting process which increases the design’s prominence from the surrounding table. Displaying the intricate detail of the majestic bird’s plumage with superb clarity, the stunning coins do full justice to John’s unforgettable portrayal.

John once described his involvement in the Wedge-tailed Eagle program as “one of the highlights of my career.” Undoubtedly, the result of his exceptional talents is one of the highlights of our annual collector releases.

With just 500 gold and 10,000 silver versions, these coins are destined to be sought after by collectors the world over.

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Mar 092017
 

Featuring renowned deities and heroes, Norse mythology encompasses a large body of northern Germanic legends dating from pagan times. Its traditions continue today in Scandinavian folklore, which has strongly influenced a number of popular authors, including J.R.R. Tolkien.

In our second coin series based on Norse mythology, The Perth Mint is featuring three principal goddesses. Like the Norse Gods series, which portrayed Thor, Odin, and Loki, these remarkable coins are each struck from 2oz of pure silver with an antiqued, high relief finish.

Depicted in a dramatic style, Freya introduces the new Norse Goddesses series, which will also feature coins portraying similarly striking depictions of Frigg and Hel.

Norse Goddesses – Freya 2017 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Coin

Design Guide

 ᚠ Freya The goddess of love, beauty, fertility, battle and death. A symbol of sensuality and of the wile and untamed forces of nature, Freya was famed for her beauty and golden hair.
Feather cloak A magical cloak of falcon feathers which enabled Freya to fly.
Brísingamen A golden necklace made by four dwarfs, it featured an amber jewel – Freya’s hallowed crystal.
  Girdle The sword belt in the constellation Orion as was known to the Norse as ‘Freya’s Girdle’.
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Freya’s golden battle swine, one of her sacred animals, on which she once rode.
Battlefield As a valkyrie, Freya chose who died and who lived in battle, transporting the heroic dead to the Realm of the Gods.
 ᚷ Cat Freya’s chariot was pulled by two cats, another of her sacred animals.

Extremely Limited Mintage

Just 2,000 of these Norse Goddesses – Freya 2017 2oz Silver High Relief Coins will be released. Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, each coin is housed in a timber display case with an engraved lid.

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Feb 282017
 

The polar bear evolved about 200,000 years ago from its brown bear ancestors. Alternatively known as the sea bear, ice bear, or white bear, it’s superbly adapted for survival in the Arctic.

Courtship and mating take place in April and May after which the female polar bear digs a maternity den in the snow in which to birth and subsequently protect her young from extreme weather. On average she has two cubs which are born blind between November and February.

Newborn cubs are totally dependent on their mother’s milk for nourishment. During spring she breaks open the den to enable them to play outside. Shortly afterwards they begin the long walk to the sea ice, where she teaches the cubs how to stalk seals on the surface.

The cubs are generally weaned at a little over two years old, when their mother chases them away or abandons them. Adorable in appearance during their developing years, polar bears become apex predators and some of the most dangerous animals in the world.

Polar Babies – Polar Bear 2017 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

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The first coin from our new Polar Babies Series portrays a polar bear during the cutest phase of its life. The innocent-faced cub, which appears on a struck design featuring Arctic motifs, is coloured white.

💡 Did you know? A polar bear’s fur is actually pigment-free. Each hair shaft is transparent with a hollow core that scatters and reflects visible light, much like what happens with ice and snow.

Made from 1/2oz of 99.99% pure silver, the coin precedes future releases portraying equally endearing representations of a young emperor penguin, Arctic fox, harp seal, and sea otter.

No more than 5,000 of each coin in the Series will be released by The Perth Mint in individual presentation packaging with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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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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Australian War Memorial TM & © 2017

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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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