Sep 152014
 

Named after its rich brown mahogany-coloured belly, the Mahogany Glider is a large gliding possum found only in the Wet Tropics of northern Queensland.

A nocturnal, elusive and silent marsupial, the Mahogany Glider was first described in the 1880s. It seemingly disappeared and was regarded as extinct until scientists rediscovered it living near Tully in 1989.

The area’s woodland provides the Mahogany Glider with an open canopy, allowing it to glide from tree to tree. It uses a ‘patagium’, or flat parachute-like extension of skin, to glide distances of 30 metres and more.

With the smallest range of any mammal in Australia and ongoing loss of habitat, the Mahogany Glider is now in danger of extinction.

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Endangered and Extinct – Mahogany Glider 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Available from today, this latest addition to the Endangered and Extinct coin series features a Mahogany Glider perched on a tree branch framed by gumnuts and gum leaves.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, no more than 5,000 of these coins will be released, each housed in a presentation case and delightfully illustrated shipper.

Click here for full product details.

Sep 092014
 

The Common Barn Owl has a mysterious family offshoot in Australia.

Unlike its extensively distributed relative, the Masked Owl is only found in coastal regions of Australia and some parts of New Guinea.

Even here it’s regarded as a bit of an enigma due to its nocturnal, secretive and often very silent behaviour, which makes it difficult to observe.

SpacerNow, The Perth Mint has highlighted this shy, rare bird with the latest release from its popular Australian Opal Series.

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The largest member of the Barn Owl family, the Masked Owl has dark eyes set in a prominent, flat, heart-shaped facial mask that is encircled by a dark border. It requires tall eucalyptus trees with suitable hollows for nesting and roosting.

Using these cues, Aleysha Howarth from The Perth Mint’s creative studio prepared a representation of a Masked Owl in the hollow of a tree.

To create the coin’s innovative centrepiece, her design was laser-etched into glass which was then laid over a mosaic of authentic Australian opal.

The spectacular outcome is a uniquely coloured interpretation of this special Australian owl.

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No more than 8,000 of these Masked Owl 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coins will be struck. Each coin is presented in a prestigious display case with a light, which illuminates as you open the lid, to represent the moon shining down on an amazing nocturnal creature.

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Sep 032014
 

The Australian Abalone Shell coin is a stunning collectable highlighting the extraordinary beauty of the abalone’s smooth inner shell.

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The abalone is a single-shelled mollusc or marine snail. Its vibrant inner layer is composed of mother-of-pearl which displays an iridescent mix of colours, ranging from deep cobalt blue and peacock green, to purples, creams and pinks.

Highly sought-after as decorative pieces, abalone inner shells are often used for jewellery, buttons, and inlays in furniture and musical instruments.

More facts about amazing abalone:

  • The flesh of the abalone is considered to be a culinary delicacy in many countries.
  • Abalone can produce pearls, considered by many to be the most beautiful and rarest in the world.
  • Abalones are sometimes known as ear shells, on account of their eared-shaped external appearance.
  • Nearly a quarter of the world’s supply of abalones comes from Tasmania.
  • Strict fishing laws, such as Australian license and quota regulations, exist to protect the potentially endangered species.

The spectacular 2014 Australian Abalone Shell coin is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver. The centrepiece of its reverse design is a polished fragment of authentic abalone shell.

Issued as legal tender of Australia, just 5,000 of these coins will be released.

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Sep 022014
 

AUSTRALOVENATOR dinosaur coinStruck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this dramatic release portrays Australovenator, a carnivorous dinosaur with razor sharp claws and teeth.

Just 5,000 of these coins will be released as part of the exciting new Australian Age of Dinosaurs five-coin series.

For your chance to win this amazing coin, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram.

Clue: When Australovenator stalked Australia.

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How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘September 2014 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 6 October 2014. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

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Last month’s winner: Congratulations Belinda Bann from Victoria, Australia for the correct answer of ‘mustering cattle’.

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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:

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Jul 042014
 

Megalania was a giant Australian goanna or monitor lizard that lived during the Pleistocene epoch.

This incredible creature was the largest of its genus to live in Australia and possibly the world. It was the biggest carnivore to have existed here during the last two million years, and research has suggested that it is likely to have possessed venom glands, possibly making it the largest venomous vertebrate ever to have existed.

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Megalania and Genyornis – reconstruction illustration by Peter Trusler.

Megalania bones found on the Darling Downs in Queensland were first analysed in 1858 by Richard Owen, the brilliant naturalist who coined the term ‘dinosaur’. Owen suggested that the complete animal would have had an overall length of 20 feet – much bigger than any lizard known at the time.

Megalania is believed to have died out around 20 – 30,000 years ago as the Australian continent dried and its prey became less numerous. This makes it entirely feasible that the first people to arrive in Australia would have lived alongside – and been extremely wary of – this formidable lizard!

The Megalania 2014 1oz Silver Proof Coin is the fifth and final release from our Australian Megafauna series featuring extraordinary images by the world-renowned paleo-illustrator Peter Trusler.

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For more information about this series click here.

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