Apr 062017
 

The story of the First World War from an Australian perspective is told through The Perth Mint’s ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series.

With three coins issued per year between 2014 and 2018, we’re now at the penultimate release featuring designs symbolising key events from 1917 – a year in which Australian forces fought in telling campaigns on the Western Front and in the Middle East.

As well as designs symbolising Australian troops at Ypres and Beersheba, this year’s set pays tribute to the vital and courageous work of Australian nurses.

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series
2017 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set

Front Line Angels

Nurses from Australia worked in field hospitals comprising little more than a series of tents, and on medical ships transporting the wounded to England and Australia. Enduring a constant threat of artillery, bombing, and torpedoes from enemy submarines, they provided medical, emotional, and psychological support for many soldiers suffering horrific wounds.

The Grim Path Back

During the Third Battle of Ypres, months of shell-fire had rendered the landscape desolate and waterlogged. Duckboards were erected to allow troops to move up the line to the fighting, and for the wounded to be brought back down for medical treatment.

Speed and Surprise

When Australian light horsemen charged towards the Ottoman defences at Beersheba in Palestine in October 1917 they faced more than 1,100 Ottoman riflemen, nine field guns, and several machine-guns. The momentum of the surprise attack carried them through enemy positions and on to a remarkable victory. Success at Beersheba played a role in the fall of Gaza along the Palestinian coastline.

Free replica badge for subscribers

A replica Returned From Active Service Badge will be sent to subscription customers of the five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series. Originally awarded by the Department of Defence to returned servicemen and servicewomen who had fought overseas during the First World War, the badge was worn to show the civilian wearer had served overseas during the war.

Bonus items for subscribers accompanying earlier releases in this series comprise:

  • 2014 – replica Sydney Morning Herald front page from 4 August 1914
  • 2015 – replica letter from the brother of two soldiers killed at the battle of The Nek in 1915
  • 2016 – replica silk post card of the type used by WWI troops to write messages home
  • 2017 – replica Returned from Active Service Badge (pictured above)
  • 2018 – to be announced

By subscribing to The ANZAC Spirit 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin Series, collectors also qualify for a free replica billy tin in which all 15 silver coins can be housed.

Historical images courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

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Apr 032017
 

The Perth Mint unveiled a special Coloured Rooster from its Australian Lunar Coin Series at the Melbourne 2017 FIAP International Stamp Exhibition over the weekend.

Struck from a 1/4oz of 99.99% pure silver, the Australian legal tender coin features a rooster with a hen and chicks in vivid colour.

Hunters of rare coin show specials can acquire the release from today through the Mint’s website. But the opportunity is likely to be short-lived, with no more than 2,500 coins housed in 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Expo packaging on offer.

An unusual weight for a silver collector coin, the 1/4oz release has a retail price of just AUD 29 and would make an ideal keepsake for anyone born in the Year of the Rooster.

Order here: 2017 year of the Rooster 1/4oz Silver Coloured Coin in 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Exhibition packaging

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Mar 302017
 

Each month The Perth Mint has pleasure in offering an exclusive new range of modern numismatic coins for collectors and gift buyers.

This April, iconic releases include a beautiful new Australian Stock Horse silver coin, and a special 5oz silver tribute to writer and poet Henry Lawson, born 150 years ago in 1867.

The courage and compassion displayed by Australians on the Western Front and in the Middle East during 1917 is honoured on this year’s Three-Coin 1/2oz Silver Set from our moving ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series.

Meanwhile, anyone absorbed by the mythology of dragons will love the exquisite imagery and detailing on our latest ‘antiqued’ silver coin release.

Together with a spectacular new silver Kookaburra made from 1 kilo of silver, and our majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle now offered in high relief on 2oz of gold, this month’s new coins underline The Perth Mint’s reputation for one of the most successful collector coin programs in the world.

Check out the electronic bulletin above to discover this month’s complete line-up of new releases. To order, please visit perthmint.com.au, call 1800 098 817 / +61 8 9421 7218, or visit The Perth Mint Shop, 310 Hay Street in East Perth.

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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’.
Hildisvíni
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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