Jul 202017
 

Fans of Star Trek: The Next Generation idolise Jean-Luc Picard as one of Starfleet’s most inspirational captains. An accomplished diplomat and tactician, he made a deep impression as commander of the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D at a time of major upheavals in galactic history.

During an extraordinary career, he made contact with no fewer than 27 alien species, including the Ferengi, the Cardassians, the Q, and the Borg.

It was his capture by the Borg and transformation into Locutus of Borg that provided some of the most dramatic and memorable moments of the series.

Under its plan to assimilate Earth, the Borg famously informed the Federation that “resistance is futile… but welcome”. Picard was chosen to become an intermediary with the human race, and despite his refusal, was captured and embedded with cybernetic devices including a single, red laser ocular implant in order to undertake the role.

Picard’s assimilation allowed the Borg to acquire his knowledge and experience. However, the connection proved to be two-way. When the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise-D seized Locutus, they were able to use his link to disable and destroy the Borg’s vessel.

Star Trek: The Next Generation 30th Anniversary – 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

This year marks the 30th anniversary of Star Trek: The Next Generation, which originally went to air in 176 episodes between 1987 and 1994. Judged by fans and critics to be a worthy successor to The Original Series, it remains one of the most admired series from the highly influential Star Trek franchise.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, this stunning collectable portrays Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Star Trek: The Next Generation‘s 30th anniversary logo. The design also includes references to the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701-D, and Locutus of Borg, the Borg designation forced upon Picard after his assimilation by the cybernetic species.

With global celebrations including cast reunions scheduled throughout 2017, the coin offers fans a stunning item of memorabilia limited by official mintage to just 3,000 pieces.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Jul 142017
 

The red kangaroo is synonymous with the land down under and the stunning new Australian Kangaroo 2017 Silver Proof Four-Coin Set and 1/4oz silver coin showcases this symbol of Australia perfectly.

This is only the second edition of this impressive set, with the first edition in 2016 proving enormously popular with collectors.

The set comprises a 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coin, as well as an individual 1/4oz silver proof coin each depicting the iconic red kangaroo design by Dr Stuart Devlin AO CMG.

Each coin is struck from 99.99% pure silver in proof quality and presented in display packaging. Only 3,000 sets will be released, with each accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Jul 112017
 

Diwali, the ancient five day Hindu festival, is considered one of the happiest holidays in India.

The word Diwali comes from the Sanskrit word deepavali, which means “row of lighted lamps”. The main theme of the festival is the triumph of light over darkness, goodness over evil, knowledge over ignorance, and hope over despair.

To celebrate Diwali, people clean and decorate their houses with lights and candles, dress up in their finest clothes, and take part in puja (prayers), often kneeling before Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and prosperity, to seek her divine blessing.

During the festival nights, fireworks light up the sky and family and friends celebrate with elaborate feasts.

How popular is Diwali?

  • Approximately 80% of India’s 1.2 billion people identify themselves as Hindu.
  • The country is home to more than 20 million Sikhs and 4 million Jains, who also celebrate Diwali.
  • Diwali has significance for many Buddhists, who mark the day by chanting mantras to remember Lord Buddha.
  • Throughout the world, Diwali is officially recognised in several other countries, including in Bali, Fiji, Malaysia, Mauritius, Nepal, Singapore, Sri Lanka, and Trinidad and Tobago.
  • Thanks to the Indian diaspora, there are also celebrations in Western nations such as the United States and United Kingdom.
  • In Australia, where Diwali occurs on 19 October 2017, carnivals featuring fireworks, food stalls, dancing and henna paintings will occur in capital cities.

Diwali Festival 2017 1oz Silver Coin

The Perth Mint’s first coin to mark Diwali portrays a coloured representation of Lakshmi sitting on a lotus flower with gold coins pouring out of her hands, symbolising material and spiritual wealth.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, no more than 5,000 of these vividly coloured releases will be issued, each housed in a latex display frame that displays both sides of the coin.

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Jun 192017
 

How do you catch a ghost? You call the Ghostbusters, of course!

Released in 1984, Ghostbusters™ the movie followed three oddball doctors – Ray Stantz (l), Peter Venkman (c), and Egon Spengler (r) – who began their own business specialising in the elimination of ‘ectoplasmic’ entities.

A bit of a nerd, Spengler was responsible for developing the technology behind some of their famous equipment – including the positron collider, better known as a proton pack.

With Venkman, their laid back leader, and the eager and excitable Stantz, the team’s services were in huge demand from citizens of New York terrified at an alarming increase in paranormal activity.

The most powerful tool in the Ghostbusters’ mobile armoury, proton packs were particle accelerating devices comprising a hand held wand, or particle thrower, connected to a back pack sized ‘cyclotron’. Basically, they incapacitated negatively charged ghosts by entrapping them within their positively charged proton beams.

In an era before advanced digital techniques, the movie’s ghouls were created with puppets, maquettes, animation, overlays, and a great deal of ingenuity besides. The visual effects crew was equally inventive when it came to the proton ray. The tip of the prop’s wand featured fluorescent bargraphs, incandescent bulbs, and strobing flashes to which they synchronized the dazzling neon-coloured ‘streams’.

An unprecedented mix of fantasy, horror and comedy featuring special effects destined to hold up remarkably over time, Ghostbusters™ was a huge critical and commercial success. A brilliant theme song and its famous ‘no ghost’ symbol, which encapsulated the notion that evil apparitions could be confined and even ridiculed, added further to its unique and enduring appeal.

Ghostbusters™ 1oz Silver Coin Series

For the movie’s many fans worldwide, The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil the first of three special commemorative coin releases, each struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver. The 2017 Ghostbusters™ coin portrays Spengler, Venkman, and Stantz against a representation of New York under a slime green sky. As any genuine admirer would expect, the design also includes the ‘no ghost’ icon.

In coming months, further coins portraying Slimer, and Stay Puft, will be released in complementary presentation packaging. Subject to a limited mintage of 5,000 worldwide, together they’ll form a superb trio of rare numismatic tributes.

TM & © 2017 Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc. ARR.

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Jun 072017
 

An essential aim for any proud organisation is to test its skills with the aim of surpassing all previous efforts. The Perth Mint has continuously challenged itself in order to extend its capabilities beyond the conventional. From a pioneering role in ‘colourisation’ and ‘gilding’ techniques, to casting our world record breaking One Tonne Gold Coin, we’ve never shied away from pushing the boundaries.

Recently, we created an innovative and prestigious range of iconic Australian coins combining pure precious metals with exceptionally rare pink diamonds from Western Australia’s Argyle Diamond Mine. Now, we’ve taken this stunning blend of natural treasures to a new level with the unveiling of The Australian Trilogy, possibly the most magnificent Australian Three-Coin Set ever created.

A never-to-be-repeated release with an official limited mintage of just one, the Trilogy combines three 2017 coins from our iconic Australian animal series. At one kilo apiece, the impressive releases are all large enough to fill the palm of your hand.

In the pursuit of perfection, up to 30 examples of each coin were struck before a process of scrupulous inspection and rejection resulted in three supreme choices (and the melting pot for those discarded).

With immaculate clarity and crispness, their appearance is instantly arresting. There’s a surprise, too – unprecedented combinations of metal and design mean the Australian Kookaburra is made from 9999 gold; the Australian Kangaroo from 9995 platinum; and the Australian Koala from a delightful shade of 22 carat rose gold.

Each masterpiece attains the truly spectacular with the inclusion of a carefully selected fancy coloured diamond within the design. Breathtakingly beautiful, these marvels of nature are so incredibly uncommon that less than a fistful see the light of day each year. The most valuable and sought after diamonds in the world, they’re exquisitely honed by the world’s most acclaimed cutters and polishers.

Respectively, Trilogy coins feature a round brilliant cut 0.47 carat Fancy Deep Purple-Pink; an emerald cut 0.46 carat Fancy Dark Gray-Violet; and an emerald cut 0.58 carat Fancy Intense Pink.

Even with the Mint’s extensive expertise, setting the stones was cause for significant nervousness. With much time and effort dedicated to producing coins with the highest quality finishes, it was alarming to think that one slip of a beading tool the whole project would be compromised.

The finest diamond setter, specially flown to Perth from Singapore, was entrusted to handset the fabulous gems. A collective intake of breath followed by an anxious wait was richly rewarded, however, when our expert craftsman completed the demanding procedure with immaculate precision.

The vision for The Australian Trilogy was the ultimate set of pink diamond adorned coins yet created. A shining example of what is achievable when creative, artistic and artisanal skills are united in the pursuit of perfection, we believe that as an unquestionable highlight of Australian precious collectables it has raised the bar once more.

With a recommended retail price of AUD 1.8 million, The Australian Trilogy can be viewed at The Perth Mint throughout June. Buyers are invited to contact Shop staff or call (+61 8) 9421 7376 for further information.

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May 172017
 

Two of the most potent animal symbols in Chinese mythology appear in stunning high relief on these new gold and silver proof coins from The Perth Mint.

Seen as wise and benevolent, the Oriental dragon represents nobility and good fortune in a culture where people believed their Emperor to have been the son of a dragon.

Another ancient symbol of good fortune, the Phoenix is considered to be an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadowed harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new Emperor.

In Feng Shui, the dragon and phoenix are said to be perfect matches for one another. The phoenix is ‘yin’ while the dragon is ‘yang’ according to the Chinese philosophical account of natural balance and interdependence. Their portrayal together is also recognised as a symbol of everlasting love.

This design includes a third significant Chinese symbol – a flaming pearl. Viewed as a metaphor for wisdom, enlightenment and spiritual essence, it is also said to rid a person of their troubles, bringing career success, as well as fortune and good health.

Abundant in Chinese symbolism, both these releases will be rare. Just 5,000 coins struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, and a minuscule 500 coins made from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, will be released.

Available in Australia exclusively from The Perth Mint. For information on how to acquire these coins outside Australia, please contact Hong Kong based LPM.

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