Oct 092013

Ludwig Leichhardt was born 200 years ago in 1813

Ludwig Leichhardt vanished without trace in 1848 while attempting to cross Australia from east to west through the continent’s vast, arid centre – a place unknown to Europeans.

The Prussian-born natural scientist, who arrived in Sydney in 1842, achieved fame as a daring explorer by completing 5,000 hazardous kilometres between a remote outpost on the Darling Downs and Port Essington on Australia’s northern tip.

Long given up for dead, Leichhardt was lauded as a national hero – the “Prince of Explorers” – when he and his party arrived back in Sydney in March 1846 after a remarkable journey of scientific discovery.

Leichhardt recorded his observations in numerous manuscript diaries, letters, notebooks, sketch-books and maps – an enduring legacy to Australian science.

Two hundred years after his birth on 23 October 1813, he remains a figure of intense interest – not least because of his mysterious disappearance which has entered into the nation’s mythology.


The Perth Mint and Australia Post are pleased to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of German naturalist and explorer Friedrich Wilhelm Ludwig Leichhardt with this superb new Stamp and Coin Cover featuring a commemorative Australian coin and stamps of Germany and Australia.


May 082013

Remaining stock of these popular Stamp & Coin Covers can now be purchased at the discounted price of just $9.95 – a significant saving of up to $6.00.


Issued by Australia Post, each Stamp and Coin Cover includes a commemorative Australian coin designed and struck by The Perth Mint.

Don’t miss this opportunity to secure your choice of these superbly designed Stamp and Coin Covers while stock last!

This promotion is available exclusively from The Perth Mint between 7 and 24 May 2013.

Full list:


Jun 282012
AOC Stamp & Coin Cover Available From Today

Presented by Australia Post and The Perth Mint, the 2012 Australian Olympic Team Mascot Boxing Kangaroo Stamp & Coin Cover features a $1 coin portraying our most famous sporting symbol and an official 60c commemorative stamp postmarked ‘Westminster WA 6061’ in tribute to the Olympic city.

Please note that our allocation is for customers ordering from within Australia only.

Click here for full details.

Jun 202012

Under a collaborative project that’s been operational for several years, The Perth Mint produces Australian coins for inclusion in special commemoratives issued by Australia Post. Some of the best-known offerings are their extremely popular postal numismatic covers (aka stamp and coin covers) featuring dollar coins struck by the Mint.

Over the past five years, we have also been the exclusive maker of ground-breaking stamp-shaped 1/2oz silver proof coins for Australia Post – the most recent example forming part of the 2012 Australian Olympic Team 1/2oz Silver Proof Stamp-Shaped Coin & Stamp Set.

Australia’s first official stamp-shaped silver coin was made by The Perth Mint for issue by Australia Post in 2008. A spectacular hit with collectors, it celebrated the participation of the then Australian Olympic Team at Beijing with a design dominated by a vividly coloured image of a traditional Chinese dragon.

Australia Post chose the stamp-shaped format to celebrate its 200th anniversary in 2009. The Home Delivery and Early Post Box Stamp-Shaped Coin & Stamp Sets both included stunning examples of the genre – which remain available from The Perth Mint at their original issue prices if you’re interested in adding them to your collection.

In 2010, another tremendously successful set included a stamp-shaped silver coin celebrating the canonization of Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first saint.

To our knowledge, these five releases are the world’s only official stamp-shaped coins (let us know if you have come across any others) currently being enjoyed by collectors.

Nov 012011

This month’s new products from The Perth Mint:

  • H.M. Queen Elizabeth II – Diamond Jubilee
    2012 Gold and Silver Proof Coins
  • Australian Lunar Coin Series II – 2012 Year of the Dragon
    Gold Coloured Proof Editions
  • Australian Sea Life II – Surgeonfish
    2012 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Ships That Changed The World – Mayflower
    2012 1oz Silver Proof Coin
  • Australian Bush Babies – Kangaroo
    Stamp and Coin Cover
  • Year of the Dragon
    2012 1oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin Set
  • Baby Dragon
    2012 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
  • 2011 Christmas Stamp and Coin Cover

For full details, download the new Bulletin, or visit our Recent Releases webpage.

Free shipping for Christmas from The Perth Mint

Jul 082011

Elise Martinson’s gorgeous Bush Babies designs can now be enjoyed on five fabulous Stamp and Coin Covers from Australia Post.

The first release, issued last week, depicts her cute koala. The dingo, bilby, sugar glider and kangaroo follow in August, September, October and November respectively.

If you’d like all five but don’t want the hassle of placing five orders, you can now purchase the Complete Series with one convenient transaction on The Perth Mint website.

Order the Complete Series here.

We’ll reserve each release as it becomes available and send you all five of these beautiful Covers in November.  Sweet!