Apr 072015
 

The Australian Stock Horse has been a runaway success with the first two issues ‘sold out’. In 2015, the third release portrays this iconic working animal leaping a gate.

The history of the Australian Stock Horse dates back to the arrival of Australia’s first horses with the First Fleet. Although they were initially used for stock and exploration work by the early settlers, more than 120,000 Australian Stock Horses served in the First World War. Their strength, stamina and courage earned them international recognition as the finest cavalry mounts in the world, and established their place in Australian history and folklore.

Australian Stock Horse 2015 1oz Silver Coin in Card

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, just 1,000 of these outstanding 2015 coins will be released in bush-themed packaging from a total worldwide mintage of 10,000.

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Mar 092015
 

The Blue Tongue Lizard is the latest addition to Australia’s Remarkable Reptiles, a fascinating silver coin series which also includes the Frilled Neck Lizard and Thorny Devil Lizard.

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Two Extraordinary Facts About Blue Tongues

  • This lizard attempts to frighten its enemies by sticking its unusually coloured tongue out!
  • If grabbed from behind, the blue tongue’s tail may drop off as it tries to escape. (Fortunately, it grows back again!)

The largest members of the skink family, Blue Tongue Lizards prefer open country with lots of ground cover. But they also adapt well to the suburbs where they can sometimes be found living in large back yards.

Blue Tongues are not poisonous and will not bite unless provoked. In fact, they’re great garden companions that will help keep snails and slugs at bay.

Australia’s Remarkable Reptiles – Blue Tongue Lizard 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% silver in proof quality and issued by Downies, the third coin in this series portrays a Blue Tongue Lizard in colour with its tongue extended.

No more than 5,000 of these coins will be issued, each housed in a wooden presentation case and custom designed shipper accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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Nov 072014
 

The latest dinosaur to be portrayed on our Australian Age of Dinosaurs silver proof coin series is a bit of a tounge-twister! Its name is pronounced DIA-MAN-TINA-SAW-RUS.

Diamantinasaurus is a titanosaur, a group of plant eating sauropod dinosaurs that existed in the late Cretaceous Period. It lived in the Cenomanian Epoch between 100 and 95 million years ago.

Fossilised limb, rib and girdle remains of Diamantinasaurus were discovered in 2005 near Winton, central Queensland, by a local landowner and recovered from what was once an ancient billabong by the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum. It was described be vertebrate paleontologist Dr. Scott Hocknull and colleagues in 2009.

The dinosaur was nicknamed ‘Matilda’, after Waltzing Matilda, the world famous song by Australian poet Andrew Barton “Banjo” Paterson – the scientific name Diamantinasaurus matildae meaning Matilda’s Diamantina River lizard.

Matilda was approximately 16 metres long and would have weighed about 20 tonnes. The skeleton is extremely robust with heavy limbs and a thick, dense pelvic girdle. In contrast, the vertebrae in Matilda’s back and long neck are packed with numerous hollow chambers called ‘camerae’, which would have helped reduce its massive weight.

Like many other sauropod dinosaurs, Matilda may have been able to stand on its hind legs, using its tail for support. This would have enabled it to forage on the high reaching vegetation that was prolific at the time, including conifers, ginkgoes, cycads and angiosperms. It is also possible that it was a semi-aquatic animal that wallowed in billabongs, like the one that eventually preserved its fossils.

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Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this 2015 coin from the Australian Age of Dinosaurs depicts the Diamantinasaurus matildae set against a prehistoric forest scene.

Issued as Australian legal tender in presentation packaging accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be struck by The Perth Mint.

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Nov 042014
 

Found throughout mainland Australia, Tasmania and southern New Guinea, the Wedge-Tailed Eagle is Australia’s largest bird of prey, and with a wingspan of up to 2.7 metres, one of the biggest eagles in the world.

Identified by its long, wedge-shaped tail and feathered legs, the majestic bird is known to soar through the sky for hours on end, frequently reaching altitudes of up to 20,000 metres.

The Perth Mint is proud to issue this beautiful high relief coin featuring John Mercanti’s masterly portrayal of a Wedge-Tailed Eagle preparing to land. Made from 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, the magnificent tribute to Australia’s iconic eagle has a maximum mintage of just 1,000.


Australian Wedge-Tailed Eagle 2014 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin

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Oct 162014
 
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Credit: : Andrew Silcocks – BirdLife Australia

From 20-26 October 2014, during national Bird Week, thousands of Australians will be taking part in the first-ever annual Aussie Backyard Bird Count.

The goal for the week is for Australian bird counters to spot a total of 100,000 birds, providing BirdLife Australia, the country’s largest independent, not-for-profit bird conservation organization, with important data to form a more detailed picture of the current state of Australian birdlife.

As well as traditional suburban backyards, participants will be spotting birds in local parks, school yards, farms and national parks – in fact in any green patch where they feel ‘at home’.

Get involved

If you’d like to get involved, all you need is 20 minutes and some keen eyesight (or binoculars). And it doesn’t matter if you’re a novice – BirdLife Australia has developed the Aussie Bird Count app to help identify and record every feathered friend spotted at your location.

Download the free appBackyardBird-app

You’ll instantly see live statistics and information on how many people are taking part near you and the number of birds and species counted not just across your neighbourhood, but the whole of Australia!

Win a bird coin prize

A fantastic opportunity to help secure the future of Australia’s native birds, the Aussie Backyard Bird Count also provides every participant with a chance to win one of 10 superb coin prizes donated by The Perth Mint.

As well as five stunning 1oz silver coins portraying the colourful Rainbow Lorikeet, we’re also donating five Stamp & Coin Covers featuring the beautiful Striated Pardalote, to be given away by BirdLife Australia during the count.

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2013 Stamp & Coin Cover

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This first-ever Aussie Backyard Bird Count forms part of the national celebrations for Bird Week 2014, with bird-focused events taking place across the country including art shows, bird walks, camps, and breakfasts with the birds.

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Australians have been celebrating National Bird Week for more than 100 years and with Spring the peak nesting and breeding season for many of Australia’s favourite birds, it’s the perfect time to see them in action and learn more about how we can help them.

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Oct 072014
 

October sees the launch of the latest coin from the Australia Map Shaped Series featuring native Australian animals.

The new coin portrays one of Australia’s most feared reptiles, the Saltwater Crocodile. A formidable and opportunistic predator, it’s capable of killing almost any animal that enters its territory!

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Australia Map Shaped Coin Series – Saltwater Crocodile 2014 1oz Silver Coin

Check out this video clip of the actual coin in capsule.

Issued as Australian legal tender, just 6,000 of these Saltwater Crocodile coins from the Australia Map Shaped 1oz Silver Series will be released in presentation packaging.

Australia Map Shaped Series

The Australia Map Shaped Coin Series has proved exceptionally popular since the first coin was issued in 2012. With a maximum mintage of 6,000, each coin is cleverly created from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in the shape of Australia.

The Kookaburra, Emu, Kangaroo and Platypus releases have already sold out, and there are currently less than 1,000 Koala coins still available for sale. Please consider snapping up the latest release if you’re intending to pursue this series further or simply love all things crocodilian!

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Future assured for popular series

Contrary to information presented in this month’s Bulletin, this unique series is certain to continue in 2015 and beyond. Designs under consideration feature an adventurous and exciting selection of Australian animals that we’re sure will delight collectors going forward.

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