Feb 252015
 

The next Perth ANDA Show takes place on 7 and 8 March at Paterson’s Stadium where The Perth Mint will be offering a 2oz Coloured Edition from its Australian Lunar 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Proof Coin Series at an exclusive Show price.

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Issued as Australian legal tender with a maximum mintage of just 1,000, the Show Special is housed in a display case with a shipper featuring the ANDA logo and the dates of the Perth event.

Attendees will be eligible to purchase the beautifully presented release on The Perth Mint stand for $169, making a visit to this year’s Show especially worthwhile. Orders for the remaining mintage will be taken on The Perth Mint website at the RRP of $179 from 9 March.

For more information about many more attractions at the 2015 Perth ANDA Show, click here to visit the organiser’s official site.

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Feb 162015
 

Created by Gene Roddenberry, the original Star Trek television series focused on the 23rd century adventures of Captain James T. Kirk and the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, a powerful interstellar spacecraft dispatched by Earth-based Starfleet Command “to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before™.”

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Captain James T. Kirk (actor William Shatner).

The classic sci-fi series went to air in America in September 1966 and 10 months later it was shown in Australia. When production of the series was cancelled after just its third season, fans in America and Australia combined together in a passionate letter-writing protest.

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Uhura, McCoy, Spock and Kirk.

During its three-year run, Star Trek had become a cult phenomenon. Its most ardent admirers were dubbed “Trekkies” as early as 1967. The first US fanzine appeared the same year, and the first fan convention took place in New Jersey in 1969. Downunder, the Australian Star Trek Fan Club was founded in 1968.

Initially, the general public missed the Trekkie phenomenon. But when reruns entered syndication, broader interest mushroomed and by the late 1970s The Original Series had aired in over 150 US domestic and 60 international markets.

The strength of the main characters and the futuristic technology were defining ingredients. Added appeal came from storylines that explored societal issues of the day, including Utopian society, war and peace, imperialism, economics, racial equality, religion, human rights and feminism.

Star Trek The Original Series spawned a range of popular spinoff television series and a dozen feature films. Perhaps the ultimate measure of its success, however, is that fan clubs, sites and conventions continue to proliferate worldwide after almost 50 years.

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Starship USS Enterprise NCC-1701

Iconic Star Trek Elements

To mark the launch of our Star Trek coin program, here we present our top-10 choice of iconic legacies from Star Trek The Original Series, each one firmly entrenched in popular culture.

10. Mr Spock’s Vulcan Nerve Pinch

The famous pointy ears and his preference for logic over emotion are explained by Spock’s human-Vulcan heritage. The Vulcan nerve-pinch was his seemingly effortless method of subduing a violent opponent which no human member of the Enterprise crew could master.

9. Warp Drive

Warp drive was the Enterprise’s faster-than-light propulsion system. Developed on Earth and initially referred to as a ‘hyperdrive/time-warp’ combination, its application led directly to first contact with the Vulcans.

8. Theme Music

American orchestrator, arranger and composer Alexander Courage created the haunting Star Trek theme, originally under the title “Where No Man Has Gone Before”. It’s immediately recognisable, even by many people who have never seen the show.

7. Tricorder

Startrek_TricorderEmployed by landing parties to analyse a planet’s environment, the tricorder was a multifunctional hand-held device used for sensing, computing and recording. A medical version was used by Dr “Bones” McCoy to collect body information and diagnose injury or disease, while a third variant was available to Chief Engineer “Scotty” Scott for starship engineering purposes.

6. Klingons

StarTrek_KlingonsAn extraterrestrial warrior race, Klingons were repeatedly hostile towards the Enterprise. Portrayed as swarthy humanoids from a martial society, they were seen by some as representing the Soviet Union during the Cold War. The relationship between Klingons and humans was destined to change and many fans later embraced the Klingon language first devised by actor James Doohan aka “Scotty”.

5. Transporter

TStarTrek_Transporterhe transporter was created when it was deemed too difficult (and expensive) to portray the Enterprise or its shuttlecraft landing on the surface of a planet. One of the best-known sets aboard the starship, the transporter ‘dematerialised’ humans or objects into energy patterns, then beamed them to a target for ‘rematerialization’ – and gave rise to the popular catchphrase “Beam me up, Scotty”.

4. Phaser

Startrek_PhaserThe phaser was a type of ‘directed energy’ weapon which released a beam of subatomic particles refracted through superconducting crystals. Kirk’s well known instruction “set phasers to stun” reflected the fact that pistol-sized personal phasers had different power settings so that instead of completely disintegrating a living target, they could merely incapacitate them.

3. Communicator

StarTrek_CommuinicatorAnother famous Star Trek gadget, the communicator was a palm held voice communications device. Activated by flipping its antenna, the communicator became a modern-day reality in the shape of a flip phone. In fact, the communicator’s capabilities extended even further because it allowed crew members on the surface of a planet to directly contact the orbiting Enterprise.

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2015 Star Trek The Original Series – U.S.S. Enterprise NCC 1701 1oz Silver Proof Coin.

2. Starship Enterprise

The appearance of U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701 is one of one of sci-fi’s most iconic images. Measuring 725 metres in length, she carried a complement of 430 officers and crew. Defences came in the form of deflector shields, while armaments comprised photon torpedoes and ship-mounted phasers. Impulse engines provided propulsion to a maximum speed of Warp 8. A Constitution-class heavy cruiser, she gave 40 years of service, including a five-year mission of deep-space exploration under the command of James T. Kirk.

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2015 Star Trek The Original Series – Captain

1. Captain James T. Kirk

James Tiberius “Jim” Kirk became Starfleet’s youngest captain when he took command of the starship U.S.S. Enterprise in 2265. Immortalized by actor William Shatner, Kirk was a cunning and resourceful leader, a man among men and a hero for the ages. Arguably the most famous and highly-decorated captain in the history of Starfleet, he is unquestionably one of the most popular space heroes of all time.

For futher information about these coins, click here.

TM & © 2015 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Feb 062015
 

We’re delighted to report that actor William Shatner, aka Captain James T. Kirk, is looking forward to the availability of our new Star Trek The Original Series coins.

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Feb 032015
 

The first gold and silver releases from the new Disney Princess coin program feature Cinderella.

In the classic fairy-tale adored for generations, Cinderella escapes mistreatment by her stepmother and stepsisters to find true love with her Prince.

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5 facts you may not know about Disney’s Cinderella

  1. Cinderella was the 12th animated feature film released by the Walt Disney Studios.
  2. The film first opened in America on 15 February 1950 after three years in production.
  3. Unknown to actress and singer Ilene Woods, her demo recordings of songs from the film were sent to Walt Disney, who chose her from more nearly 400 hopefuls to be the voice of the title character.
  4. It’s said that Walt Disney regarded the transformation of Cinderella’s torn dress into a shimmering gown fit for a Disney Princess as his favourite piece of animation.
  5. The film was nominated for three Academy Awards for Best Music, Best Song (Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo) and Best Sound Recording.

Disney Princess: Cinderella

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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 Cinderella 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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Disney fans – with five further Disney Princess scheduled for release, don’t miss this first issue!

All Disney coin programs.

Issued by NZ Mint and Struck by The Perth Mint.

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Jan 302015
 

In ancient Greek mythology, Hera was the wife of Zeus and Goddess of women and marriage. In tribute to Hera, The Perth Mint has issued a rimless, high relief, antiqued coin made from 2oz of 99.9% pure silver.

This clip offers insights into the the processes used to strike, clip and apply the special antique finish to each coin in the mintage of just 2,000. Individually applied by hand, antiquing adds deep tone with a unique grained effect on the surface of each coin for an aged appearance.

Goddesses of Olympus – Hera 2015 2oz Silver High Relief Coin

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