Aug 192014

Congratulations to the following people who have won coin prizes in The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series competition.

1st prize – The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2oz Silver Three-Coin Set and a copy of the Sydney Morning Herald dated the 4 August 1914.

WINNER: Margaret Dachan

2nd prize – The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin

WINNERS: Dianne Procopio, James Sharpe, Melicia Mah, Shane Martin

Correct answers to the competition questions were as follows:

  1. Andrew Fisher
  2. German wireless station
  3. Albany

If you are interested in further details about The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, please click here.


Aug 142014

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series launch in Perth was a moving and well-attended event with special guests from the Government, the Australian Defence Force and the Returned and Services League. The unique commemorative coins pay homage to the Australian men and women who served in the First World War, capturing some of the most prominent events in the nation’s history in brilliant 99.99% pure gold and 99.9% pure silver.

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Aug 112014

The five-year ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series marks the impact of the First World War on Australia. Commemorating the courage and sacrifice of our diggers, the coin designs and accompanying information provide a chronological narrative of the battles and events which shaped Australia’s wartime experience and its aftermath.

Here is your chance to win superb silver coins from the first year of this important new series:

ANZAC Spirit 2014 silver coins


The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1/2oz Silver Three-Coin Set comprising ‘Answering the Call’, ‘Australia’s First Action’, and ‘Farewell to Family’.

BONUS: Historical copy of the Sydney Morning Herald, dated the 4 August 1914, the day Australia went to War.


The ANZAC Spirit 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin – ‘When the Empire is at War’.

How to Enter

To take part in the competition, find the answers to the following three questions from the information presented in our Australian Timeline – 1914.


  • Who said: “Australians will stand beside our own to help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.” ?
  • What did the AN&MEF capture from the Germans at the Battle of Bita Paka?
  • The first troop convoy carrying Australians and New Zealanders to Egypt departed from which Australian port?

Please email your entry to by Sunday 17 August 2014 (AWST time). The winning entries will be drawn at random by The Perth Mint and the winners’ names will be announced in a follow-up blog post during the week commencing 18 August.

Click here for full Terms & Conditions.


Aug 042014

BillyA quintessential item of the Australian bush, the billy tin, billy can or plain billy, is a metal cooking pot with a lid and wire handle used on the campfire, especially for making tea.

Contrary to one popularly held belief, the name has nothing to do with the Aboriginal word ‘billabong’ (waterhole). Rather, it is believed, it comes from the Scottish term ‘billy-pot’, meaning cooking utensil.

The term was in use by the first Australian gold rush in 1851, which saw many thousands of men living in makeshift camps surrounding the diggings. Billy tins came came to symbolise the spirit of exploration in the outback, and were frequently referenced in the works of colonial bush poets and writers such as Henry Lawson and Banjo Paterson.


Oh there once was a swagman camped in the billabongs,
Under the shade of a Coolibah tree;
And he sang as he looked at the old billy boiling
Who’ll come a-waltzing Matilda with me.

- original first verse by A.B. ‘Banjo’ Paterson.

World War One

During the First World War, the humble billy tin took on added significance. At Christmas 1915, thousands of Australian troops received a billy tin full of ‘comforts’ from back home.

Extracts from The Queenslander newspaper dated 23 October 1915 describing efforts to send billy tins to the front. These activities, often run by The Red Cross and Australian Comforts Fund, were typical across the entire country:
“In a fortnight no fewer than 14,000 billycans have been packed with comforts of various sorts and despatched in some 400 crates for Egypt, there to be distributed among the Queensland soldiers who are doing their duty for their country by fighting its enemies.

Members of 4th Australian Field Ambulance displaying their Christmas billies in January 1916. The men are wearing the lids on their heads. [Australian War Memorial P01116024]

The scheme was organised by Mrs. Spencer Browne (wife of Colonel Spencer Browne, who is now in command of an infantry brigade at the Front), and the co-operation of the “Courier” having been secured, a committee was formed and invitations were broadcast over the country to friends and well-wishers of soldiers to buy billy cans from the committee and return them to the depot in the Courier Building filled for shipment. The response was immediate and enthusiastic. The depot was besieged by applicants for “billies,” who returned them in a few days well filled with tobacco, cigarettes, pipes, pocket knives, tooth brushes, handkerchiefs, nuts, sweets, and a hundred and one other small luxuries dear to the heart of the man on active service.”

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series
2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set

In recognition of the significance of the Australian billy tin during World War I, The Perth Mint is offering a free replica tin to the first 2,500 collectors who subscribe to our 1/2oz silver proof coin program from the ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series.

This nostalgic gift, which will be dispatched to subscribers with the 2015 Set, is designed to hold all 15 Australian 1/2oz silver coins issued between 2014 and 2018, providing a stunning alternative means of presenting and protecting the collection.

To discover more about the coins, which tell the story of Australia’s involvement in WWI, and exactly how you can take advantage of this iconic Australian memento, please click here.


Aug 042014

The First World War represented a major turning point for Australia. Despite becoming an independent nation in 1901, the country was still forging its own sense of identity – looking for a place among the world’s most influential nations.

With the outbreak of hostilities, young Australians saw an opportunity to prove themselves on the international stage. Enthusiastic and full of idealism, they rushed to take up arms. But their bravado was misplaced – the crushing reality of World War I was tormenting, brutal and horrific.

The sacrifices of those who departed from Australian shores in 1914 and those that followed in full knowledge of the human carnage, left an indelible mark on the new nation’s psyche. In the troops’ courage, determination, mateship and larrikinism, Australians discovered true pride, infinite respect, eternal gratitude.


One hundred years on, the intensity of those feelings are undiminished. As we remember the fallen, The Perth Mint’s The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series represents a timeless embodiment of our pride, respect and gratitude for all those who partook in Australia’s fearful coming-of-age.

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series

Series Overview

The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series will be issued annually between 2014 and 2018. In each year of the Series, The Perth Mint will release individual 1oz silver and 1/4oz gold coins portraying major events or themes from the corresponding period 100 years ago. In addition, a 1/2oz Three-Coin Silver Set will be released annually, making a 15-coin collection over five years. Periodically, the Mint will also announce special limited edition feature coins, while the Series will be supported with interesting historical mementos and memorabilia.

Made from 99.99% pure gold or 99.9% pure silver, each coin in The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series portrays Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse as a symbol of its Australian legal tender status.

Guide to 2014 Coin Releases:

2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin – When The Empire Is At War
Maximum mintage: 7,500

When-the-Empire-is-at-WarThe 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.

In respect for the sentiment of the time, this superb coin features a symbolic design of a group of soldiers marching under a representation of Britannia holding the British flag. The design includes the inscription of Prime Minister Joseph Cook’s summation of the national mood; “When the Empire is at War, so is Australia at War.” Additonal edge lettering around this coin’s rim comprises the words PRIDE – RESPECT – GRATITUDE.

2014 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin – To Our Last Man
Maximum mintage: 1,000

ToOurLastManThe Australian Imperial Force (AIF) and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (NZEF), who would later become known as the Anzacs, departed familiar soil aboard a large convoy of troopships from King George’s Sound Albany, Western Australia on 1 November 1914.

The beautifully crafted gold coin harks back to these days with the representation of a young boy proudly watching soldiers marching along the Albany coastline with a convoy of ships in the background. The reverse is inscribed with memorable words from Labor leader and soon-to-be Prime Minister Andrew Fisher’s famous declaration “Australians will stand beside our own to help and defend her to our last man and our last shilling.”

2014 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set
Maximum mintage: 5,000 sets

Portraying key stories of the War years from an Australian perspective, each coin in this year’s Three-Coin Set has been meticulously researched and crafted to provide a snapshot of this historic period:

Answering The Call

Answering-the-CallWhen news of war broke on 4 August 1914, the Australian Government pledged 20,000 men by the end of the year. Prompted by an enlistment campaign, Australians patriotically rushed to voluntary recruiting offices. By the end of 1914, approximately 50,000 men had enlisted in the AIF.

This coin pays homage to all those men who answered the call, depicting a line of civilian men, a soldier and an engraving of an original attestation paper.

Australia’s First Action

Australias-First-ActionOn 11 September 1914, Australian troops embarked on their first military campaign. Their objective at Bita Paka in German New Guinea was the capture of an enemy wireless station. Sustaining a significant number of casualties, the day-long action nevertheless ended with an Australian victory.

In honour of their bravery, the design of this coin represents a view through the dense jungle to an Australian soldier in action, running past the Bita Paka radio station.

Farewell To Family

Farewell-to-FamilyOn their way to the final departure point in Albany, Australia’s newly enlisted soldiers left to much fanfare from wharves and railway stations across the country. They waved goodbye to their wives, mothers and children, not knowing whether they would ever see them again.

In gratitude of their sacrifice, this coin captures the emotion of those farewells by featuring an Australian soldier saying goodbye to his crying daughter.

Edge lettering around the rim of each coin in the Set comprises the words PRIDE – RESPECT – GRATITUDE.


The ANZAC Spirit Coin Series is presented in superb presentation packaging. In each year, individual 1/4oz gold and 1oz silver coins are accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Each 1/2oz Silver Proof Three-Coin Set is accompanied by a booklet-style numbered Certificate containing information and imagery from the relevant year of the First World War. In 2014, Sets will also be accompanied by a replica page from Tuesday 4 August’s Sydney Morning Herald newspaper.

A limited number of 2,500 subscriptions (download Order Form) are available for collectors who wish to guarantee availability of all five Three-Coin Sets issued between 2014 and 2018. In 2015, subscribers will receive a limited edition replica billy tin in which all 15 1/2oz silver coins can be housed. Subscribers will also receive limited edition replicas of historical items that contribute to the story.



Aug 042014

The Year of the Horse is in full stride and among the new releases featured in August’s Bulletin are three inspiring coins featuring Australian horses and horsemanship.

The Land Down Under – 2014 Australian Stockman

The latest 1/4oz pure gold and 1oz pure silver releases from this iconic series immortalise the mounted stockmen who pioneered Australia’s unforgiving outback. Both designs portray wonderful designs of a stockman riding his horse.

The Australian Stock Horse 2014 5oz Gold Proof Coin

This truly magnificent release is dedicated to the Australian Stock Horse, known for its calm temperament, strength and courage, qualities that helped it thrive in the challenging conditions of the bush.

Other superb new releases in August comprise: