Feb 082017
 

Perth ANDA Money Expo takes place at Domain Stadium, Subiaco this weekend. Doors are open to the public from 10am on both Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February. A superb opportunity for enthusiastic collectors, as well as anyone curious to learn more about a huge variety of coins and banknotes, entry is by gold coin donation.

Image courtesy of CoinWorks.

Remarkable 1899 pattern

Certain to draw a crowd, an historic Perth Mint half sovereign will be on display care of rare coin dealer CoinWorks. Valued at more than $500,000, the pattern (a trial coin made for evaluation purposes) is the only known one struck from the die dated 1899, the first year of The Perth Mint, and represents a unique part of Western Australia’s minting heritage.


Great reasons to attend

Do you know what’s lurking in your drawers and jars? With so many coin specialists and accredited experts on hand, you’re invited to bring along your old coins, military medals, and pieces of ‘shrapnel’, for an instant valuation. You never know your luck!

Younger members of the family can take part in the popular ‘Five Cent Forage’ – featuring a pile of 10,000 five cent pieces with every date between 1966 and 2016.

Enjoying a day at the Expo will also give you the chance to win amazing prizes donated by The Perth Mint, including a 1oz silver proof coin from our Anzac Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, and this year’s remarkably rare Money Expo Special.

2017 Year of the Rooster 2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin

With a limited mintage of only 1,000, the Perth ANDA Money Expo Special features our spectacular Year of the Rooster design in colour. Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality, it’s housed in a display case and themed box-shipper featuring the ANDA logo alongside the dates of the Perth event.

As a special incentive for collectors, the coin is available on The Perth Mint stand for the duration of the two-day event for the discounted price of $169 – a saving of $10.

Coin available worldwide from 13 February

Any stock available at the close of Perth ANDA Money Expo will be available for sale to interested collectors via The Perth Mint website from 8.30am on Monday 13 February (AWST). Alternatively, buyers are invited to call the Mint on Monday on 1800 098 817 (overseas +61 8 9421 7218) to secure this exceptionally limited release.

[The Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA) is the professional body representing individuals and businesses that deal in coins and banknotes throughout Australasia.]

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Jul 052016
 

Half sovereigns were produced by all three colonial branches of the Royal Mint opened in Australia during the 19th century. The very first issue, dated 1855, and the very last issue, dated 1918, represent two of the most valuable and sought-after gold coins in the history of Australian-made coinage.

In its inaugural year, the Sydney Mint struck just 21,000 half sovereigns. Each coin bore the distinctive ‘colonial’ reverse featuring St Edward’s crown, a laurel wreath and the word AUSTRALIA.

But few of these 1855 Sydney-made coins have survived in good condition, which fuels enormous interest on the rare occasions one comes to market.

By the time half sovereigns were struck in Perth, the Australian branch mints had permission to strike Imperial versions identical to those made in London – with the addition of distinguishing mintmarks.

The ultimate half sovereign year-date is the subject of much investigation. Records suggest The Perth Mint did not strike half sovereigns during 1918, but used dies of that year to strike 113,572 coins in 1919 and a further 106,416 in 1920.

Given 10 shilling notes had recently replaced half sovereigns, it’s likely they were struck for export where the majority was melted down. Evidence of surviving 1918 dates did not come to light until the 1970s and today it is estimated that between 200 and 300 pieces may have escaped destruction.

Australia Half Sovereign 2016 Gold Proof Coin

This modern 22-carat gold tribute embodies the spirit of Australia’s 1855 ‘S’ and 1918 ‘P’ half sovereigns. Struck by The Perth Mint in stunning proof quality to traditional specifications, its reverse combines key historical design elements first seen on Sydney coins of 1855 with a ‘P’ mintmark.

In keeping with the extreme rarity of its historic antecedents, no more than 1,500 of these coins will be released, each in a beautiful timber case befitting its significance as a reflection of Australia’s long association with half sovereign production.

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May 162016
 

With the discovery of payable gold in 1851, Australia needed a way in which to convert its new-found riches into durable and portable wealth for colonial citizens. The first step in this journey was the establishment of a local mint.

Amid hot competition between New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia, the former emerged triumphant in its bid to host the first overseas branch of the Royal Mint. The enabling legislation passed the British Parliament in 1853 and the Sydney Mint opened in the south wing of the old ‘Rum’ hospital on 14 May 1855.

Official backing to strike sovereign and half-sovereign gold coins in Australia came with major provisos. Initially at least, the coins would be legal tender only in the colonies. The colonial versions would also bear a non-standard design in order to prevent damaging the status of London-made coins should anything go wrong. In other words, the Sydney Mint was going to have to prove itself.

The very first Sydney sovereign was struck on 23 June 1855. Its reverse was akin to William Wyon’s design for British shillings – in essence an open wreath below a crown. Created by his eldest son, Leonard Charles Wyon, the face of the Sydney Type I sovereign, however, possessed several unique characteristics that made it unmistakably ‘Australian’.

SYDNEY MINT above the crown announced unequivocally that this was not a London-made coin. As if the point needed further emphasis, the inscription AUSTRALIA appeared under the crown! Unlike its renowned British counterpart, which displayed no denomination at all, the Type I also included ONE SOVEREIGN (or ONE HALF SOVERIGN) at the foot of the design.

2016GoldSovereign

Struck by The Perth Mint, the Australian Sovereign 2016 Gold Proof Coin pays tribute to the first colonial-made sovereign in the British Empire.

Customising the original Sydney sovereign reverse to read PERTH MINT, our modern adaptation pays tribute to this important part of Australia’s numismatic history. Like the original coin, it is struck from 91.67% pure gold (22-carat) and weighs 7.9881 grams. With its shiny proof quality finish, strict limited mintage of 1,500, and superb presentation packaging, the annual release for 2016 is a prestigious addition to any coin collection.

As it turned out, British concerns about the new Sydney Mint’s ability to produce sovereigns to their exactingly high standards were unfounded. The Australian-made coins have never been faulted, and by 1871 the Sydney Mint was permitted to strike the same design as the Royal Mint. The same rule applied to the Melbourne and Perth branches (opened in 1872 and 1899 respectively), the latter continuing the tradition for supreme quality to this day.

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May 032016
 

May’s new product bulletin reveals stunning new additions to our 2016 coin program. For full details of each coin releases, check out this electronic bulletin and/or the links below:

A true Aussie icon, the Australian Koala is now available in the large 1 kilo proof format. There’s only 500 in the mintage, so be quick!

The same limit applies to Kimberley Sunrise, the title of an extraordinarily beautiful gold coin featuring a genuine fine white diamond in its design.

Paying tribute to the historic Sydney Type I, our 2016 Australia Sovereign gold proof coin is a true classic of modern Australian numismatics.

Meanwhile, our world-renowned Australian Kookaburra now comes in outstanding 1oz and 5oz ‘high relief’ versions.

Exceptionally popular, the Australian Stock Horse 1oz silver coin is back in 2016 with great new design.

The Cubs series continues with a reverse dedicated to the third largest feline in the world – the jaguar.

And what could be more appropriate for Mother’s Day than our spectacular Language of Love coin made from 2oz of silver?

Also available this month, the exclusive Gold Pressed Latinum Slip is an amazing acquisition for Star Trek fans on the look-out for unique memorabilia.

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Jul 272015
 

In line with our earlier announcement, the 2015 Australia Sovereign and Half Sovereign 22-carat gold proof coins were withdrawn from sale on Friday 17 July. While each release originally had a permitted maximum mintage of 1,500 coins, the closure of sales means the following declared (final) mintage figures apply.

2015AusSov Australia Sovereign
2015 Gold Proof Coin

Declared Mintage: 1,398
2015HalfAusSov Australia Half Sovereign
2015 Gold Proof Coin

Declared Mintage: 958

SpacerSee our Mintage Policy / Glossary of Terms

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Jul 232015
 

For such a young nation, Australia is responsible for some seriously sought-after coins. The 1813 holey dollar & dump and the 1930 penny are two of our most desirable rarities. With an equally illustrious status in Australian numismatics, the 1920 Sydney sovereign is another legendary collectable.

Portraying Pistrucci’s famous St George design with a ‘S’ mintmark in the exergue (above the year-date), only three examples of the 1920 Sydney sovereign are known to exist in private hands. It’s Australia’s rarest collectable gold coin and, unsurprisingly, commands a price tag to suit!

£650,000 was needed to secure one of these elusive treasures when it came to auction in London in 2012. A new world-record price for any Australian or Commonwealth coin, the A$1million sum procured it on behalf of a determined Australian collector.

It’s a pure pleasure to gaze upon the 1920 Sydney sovereign in these exquisite images courtesy of rare coin dealer Jaggard’s. In providing one of just three possible opportunities to achieve a complete series of sovereigns made at Australia’s mints between 1855 and 1931, its significance cannot possibly be overstated.

Credit: Images courtesy of © Jaggard’s.

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