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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May 042017
 

Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!

The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race known as the Halkans. As they beam back aboard the U.S.S. Enterprise, the transporter is affected by an ion storm, hurling the four officers into a mirror universe in which the Imperial Starship Enterprise is run on the basis of fear, torture, and assassination.

In Mirror, Mirror, a classic episode of Star Trek first seen in 1967, Captain James T. Kirk and three fellow officers are thrown into an alternative universe in which Spock has become a ruthless and malevolent character who wears an intimidating goatee beard. Picture courtesy of CBS Studios Inc.

Aboard the alternative starship they’re greeted by a malevolent incarnation of First Officer Spock, a servant of the repressive and violent Terran Empire. Spock’s striking makeover, in the form of a goatee beard, instantly alerts Kirk and company of their arrival in a strange and hostile world.

Nominated for a Hugo Award in 1968 as Best Dramatic Presentation, Mirror, Mirror inspired episodes of  Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and Star Trek: Enterprise, and has been referenced and parodied in many other works. Although Spock’s beard provoked a range of views from die-hard fans of the show, it was so unforgettable that the episode is often recalled as “the one with Spock’s beard”.

Described as blending action, suspense, and Star Trek idealism, Mirror, Mirror was hailed for the performances of its lead actors. Needless to say, the heroes engineered a means of returning to their own universe, but not before challenging Mirror Spock about the futility of his role in the brutal Terran Empire. In one of his most memorable lines, he insists: “Terror must be maintained or the Empire is doomed.”

Nothing if not thought provoking, Mirror, Mirror is rightly considered to be one of the finest instalments from The Original Series.

2017 Star Trek: The Original Series – Mirror, Mirror 1oz Silver Proof Coin

In tribute to Mirror, Mirror, this new coin from our Star Trek coin program features a design portraying characterisations of Spock in both worlds. Between his profiles are Starfleet Command‘s famous Delta Badge featuring a sciences insignia, and the symbol of the Terran Empire represented by planet Earth bisected by a sword.

No more than 3,000 of these special collector releases will be issued, each housed in presentation packaging featuring a ring of blue light around the coin which illuminates when the lid is open.

TM & © 2017 CBS Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved

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Apr 242017
 

The First World War drew millions of people from around the globe into mechanised warfare more deadly than anything seen before.

Antipodeans rushed to the seat of conflict in Europe to do their duty in support of the Mother Country – Great Britain – in her hour of need. Unknown at their time of departure from Western Australia at the end of 1914, the Anzacs were on a date with destiny at Gallipoli, the strategic peninsula overlooking Turkey’s Dardanelles Strait. The bloody campaign is sometimes described as Australia’s ‘coming of age’.

Of the more than 60,000 Australian men and women who lost their lives serving in the First World War, however, more than 46,000 died in France and Belgium. Approximately 11,000 of these have no known grave. Tens of thousands more were wounded, some more than once.

For those who survived Gallipoli, the Western Front and the Middle East theatre, the sights, sounds, and smells of the battlefields would be remembered for the rest of their lives. Ultimately, their involvement helped shape Australian society and our national identity – one founded on courage, mateship, resourcefulness, and egalitarianism.

ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series
1oz Silver Proof Coins

The Perth Mint’s 1oz silver coins from the ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Series is building into an extraordinary collection portraying key moments in the lives of Australian troops during World War I. Working in conjunction with the Australian War Memorial and drawing inspiration from its extensive archive of historical imagery, each coin provides a fascinating insight into the astonishing mettle of the Anzacs .

Declaration of War 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Britain declares war on Germany – August 1914

The British declaration of war on 4 August 1914 was greeted with widespread enthusiasm and jubilation across the Empire. In Australia, it was a chance for the fledgling nation to prove itself in battle and to rally to the cause. Prime Minister Joseph Cook declared, “Whatever happens, Australia is part of the Empire right to the full. When the Empire is at war, so is Australia at war. All our resources are in the Empire and for the preservation and security of the Empire”.

Making of a Nation 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Australian and New Zealand troops land at Anzac Cove – 25 April 1915

In April 1915, more than 20,000 men of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (Anzac) were ordered to land on the western side of the Gallipoli peninsula. The ultimate aim of the Gallipoli campaign was to open Russia’s Black Sea ports to the Mediterranean. Even though the eight month campaign was considered a costly military failure, it was from this defeat early in the war that the Anzac legend was born. The Anzacs earned an enduring place in the Australian psyche, creating an incredible story of courage and endurance in the face of death and despair.

Be Worthy of Them 2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The Battle of the Somme – July to November 1916

The Battle of the Somme occurred between 1 July and 18 November 1916 with more than a million men wounded or killed. Australian troops, Gallipoli veterans and fresh reinforcements, arrived on the Somme in mid-July to support the British attempt to capture the high ground towards the village of Thiepval. Within six weeks the Australians suffered some 24,000 casualties, including more than 6,000 killed.

Many Never Returned 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The Third battle of Ypres – July to November 1917

Australian participation at Ypres began during the Third Battle of Ypres between 31 July and 10 November 1917. Authoritative sources estimated that the combined total of British and Dominion casualties was 310,000 and the Australian forces incurred 38,000 casualties. A decade later, the Menin Gate Memorial to the Missing was opened to commemorate 55,000 missing British and Commonwealth soldiers, including 6,000 Australians, who have no known grave.

A final 1oz silver coin in this compelling five-year series will be released by The Perth Mint in 2018.

PRIDE – RESPECT – GRATITUDE

Historical images courtesy of the Australian War Memorial.

Australian-War-Memorial-logoThe Australian War Memorial logo is a registered trademark of the
Australian War Memorial TM & © 2017

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Apr 212017
 

It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them.

Standing up to 12 metres high, T. rex had a large, muscular tail essential for balancing its colossal neck and head. With only puny arms, its fearsome reputation was the result of massive jaws equipped with spitefully serrated dagger-length teeth.

Testament to its awe inspiring violence, palaeontologists believe that in one mouthful, T. rex could tear away more than 200 kilos of its victim’s muscle, bone and organs. The ultimate prehistoric predator probably swallowed small dinosaurs whole!

2017 Tyrannosaurus Rex 5oz Silver Proof Coin

The head and jaws of T. rex are portrayed on this king sized coin struck by The Perth Mint from 5oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality. The daunting image depicts the ravenous beast’s gaping mouth and lethal incisors salivating over the prospect of another kill.

Avoid being gobbled up in the rush – for with only 500 of these demonic dinosaur coins available for sale, it’s highly likely they’ll cause a feeding frenzy among collectors!

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