Oct 012014
 

This coin features a colourful seasonal image of Mickey Mouse celebrating Christmas with his friends Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Daisy Duck, Goofy and Pluto!

The words ‘Season’s Greetings’ and delicate snowflake motifs are engraved on the coin’s mirror-like table.Disney-Seasons-Greetings-Silver_CoinA fantastic gift, the coin comes in book-styled presentation packaging vividly illustrated with Disney’s famous characters.

The coin is protected in a star-shaped capsule with a red ribbon, enabling it to be enjoyed as a sparkling hanging decoration year-after-year.

Disney-Christmas-2014_Silver-1_2oz_coinStruck by The Perth Mint from 1/2oz of pure silver and issued by New Zealand Mint as legal tender of Niue, no more than 10,000 of these amazing Disney Season’s Greetings coins will be released.

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Sep 302014
 

The Adventure of the Gloria Scott, by British author Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is one of 56 short stories featuring detective Sherlock Holmes.

The story of the Gloria Scott came to light after Sherlock spent a month with his university friend, Victor Trevor. During his stay, Sherlock exercised his powers of deduction to uncover a secret from the family’s past.

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Dedicated to Sherlock Holmes and the story of the Gloria Scott, this very limited coin is from the popular Famous Ships That Never Sailed series.

In his youth, Victor’s father was convicted of fraud and sent to Australia aboard a ship called the Gloria Scott. Whilst on route, he discovered a conspiracy among some of the prisoners to take over the ship. Several crew members died as a result of the ensuing revolt, and the instigator of the takeover, Jack Prendergast, wanted to murder all of the Gloria Scott’s remaining crew to cover his tracks.

Victor’s father and several other prisoners did not wish to partake in cold-blooded murder, so they asked to be set adrift in a small boat, to make their own way to Australia.

Not long after the small boat had departed, the Gloria Scott exploded. Victor’s father and the others adrift on the small vessel rowed back to search for survivors. They found only one, a man named Hudson.

Once they reached Australia, the drifters changed their names and embarked on a new way of life as free men, before eventually returning to England. Victor’s father had lived a safe and peaceful existence until Hudson turned up on his doorstep, attempting to blackmail him and other members of the mutinous crew. When he received a letter informing him that Hudson had told the police about the Gloria Scott, Victor’s father suffered a stroke and died.

Gloria-Scott-coin_display-caseStruck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this coin’s reverse portrays a representation of the Gloria Scott sailing, with Sherlock Holmes sitting onshore smoking his pipe.

Presented in a wooden case moulded in the shape of a book, no more than 3,000 Famous Ships That Never Sailed – Gloria Scott 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be released.

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Sep 252014
 

According to ancient Chinese mythology, the universe was divided into four quadrants marking the beginning and end of the winter and summer solstices, and the autumn and spring equinoxes. These heavenly quadrants were known as the ‘Four Celestial Palaces’, with each palace represented by a guardian animal with a corresponding colour, element, and virtue. These four mythical creatures include the white tiger, the blue dragon, the black tortoise and the red phoenix.


See how this stunning 5oz silver coin was struck, gilded and coloured at The Perth Mint.

Illustrating the historic legend, this dramatic coin portrays the four Chinese ancient mythical creatures in vibrant colour, with a ‘yinyang’ symbol gilded in 24-carat gold at the centre of the design.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.9% pure silver and meticulously finished in superb quality, just 1,000 of the Chinese Ancient Mythical Creatures Silver Proof Coloured Coins will be released.

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Sep 152014
 

Named after its rich brown mahogany-coloured belly, the Mahogany Glider is a large gliding possum found only in the Wet Tropics of northern Queensland.

A nocturnal, elusive and silent marsupial, the Mahogany Glider was first described in the 1880s. It seemingly disappeared and was regarded as extinct until scientists rediscovered it living near Tully in 1989.

The area’s woodland provides the Mahogany Glider with an open canopy, allowing it to glide from tree to tree. It uses a ‘patagium’, or flat parachute-like extension of skin, to glide distances of 30 metres and more.

With the smallest range of any mammal in Australia and ongoing loss of habitat, the Mahogany Glider is now in danger of extinction.

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Endangered and Extinct – Mahogany Glider 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Available from today, this latest addition to the Endangered and Extinct coin series features a Mahogany Glider perched on a tree branch framed by gumnuts and gum leaves.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released, each housed in a presentation case and delightfully illustrated shipper.

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Sep 092014
 

The Common Barn Owl has a mysterious family offshoot in Australia.

Unlike its extensively distributed relative, the Masked Owl is only found in coastal regions of Australia and some parts of New Guinea.

Even here it’s regarded as a bit of an enigma due to its nocturnal, secretive and often very silent behaviour, which makes it difficult to observe.

SpacerNow, The Perth Mint has highlighted this shy, rare bird with the latest release from its popular Australian Opal Series.

Unique Opal Design

The largest member of the Barn Owl family, the Masked Owl has dark eyes set in a prominent, flat, heart-shaped facial mask that is encircled by a dark border. It requires tall eucalyptus trees with suitable hollows for nesting and roosting.

Using these cues, Aleysha Howarth from The Perth Mint’s creative studio prepared a representation of a Masked Owl in the hollow of a tree.

To create the coin’s innovative centrepiece, her design was laser-etched into glass which was then laid over a mosaic of authentic Australian opal.

The spectacular outcome is a uniquely coloured interpretation of this special Australian owl.

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No more than 8,000 of these Masked Owl 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be struck. Each coin is presented in a prestigious display case with a light, which illuminates as you open the lid, to represent the moon shining down on an amazing nocturnal creature.

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