Sep 012015

Platypus_anagramThe platypus is one of Australia’s most curious and fascinating native animals. This small, amphibious mammal has a tail like a beaver, a body like an otter, a beak like a duck, and it lays eggs like a reptile!

Solve this month’s anagram for your chance to win this stunning Discover Australia – Platypus 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin.

Clue: Platypus capital of the world


How to enter: Email your answer to marking your reply ‘September 2015 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 1 October 2015. 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 Roger Corben of NSW for the correct answer of ‘Sandstone monolith’.

Jul 072015

This month the Star Trek coin program celebrates the 24th century adventures of Deep Space Nine. Fans will be delighted at the designs of the two silver proof coins featuring Captain Benjamin Sisko and the Deep Space 9 space station.

Stunning new silver releases reflect worldwide interest in the 150th anniversary of Lewis Carroll’s timeless classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The superb issues include a 2oz antiqued release featuring an embedded clock!

Outstanding high relief coins come aplenty with 2015 additions to the gold and silver Wedge-tailed Eagle series and the iconic Australian Kangaroo.

More famous native animals – a kookaburra, kangaroo and koala – are portrayed in colour on this year’s Australian Outback 1/2oz silver coin collection.

An addition to Sunburnt Country, another coloured Australian series, symbolises the Great Barrier Reef with the inscription “I love her jewel sea” from Dorothy Mackellar’s beloved poem, My Country.

July also marks the release of the fifth coins from the popular Disney Princess series. This month it’s the turn of Jasmine, the star of Alladin.

Finally, the 2015 0.5g gold Mini Koala makes an adorable gift or personal keepsake.



Jun 172015

This month’s release of Muttaburrasaurus makes now the perfect time to acquire all five releases from the Australian Age of Dinosaurs coin series.

With designs and accompanying Certificates verified by the Queensland-based Australian Age of Dinosaurs initiative, this series reflects the latest specialist knowledge about five famous dinosaurs that once inhabited the evolving Australian landscape.

Each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, the coins in this series portray the extraordinary Australovenator, Diamantinasaurus, Leaellynasaura, Minmi and Muttaburrasaurus on dramatic coloured backgrounds.


No more than 5,000 of each coin will be released, making the Australian Age of Dinosaurs series an exceptional acquisition for anyone interested in the discovery, conservation and research of Australia’s dinosaurs.

More: Australian Age of Dinosaurs Five-Coin Series


Jun 082015

Guinness World Records certifies that the world’s most dangerous ants are Australian.

Almost all the 90 or so species of bull ant are endemic to this country. Also known as bulldog ants, sergeant ants, jumper ants and by other worrisome names, they’re easily provoked into angry and aggressive behaviour.


Bull ants often have bright red or orange colouration. The can grow up to 40mm long, have large eyes, impressive jaws and a very venomous sting.

Bull ants live underground, but exit en masse to deter intruders from getting too near the entrance to their nest. With well-developed vision, bull ants are known to track and chase interlopers. The jumper ant species is so bold that it leaps at victims!

Anything not smart enough to get out of the way can expect to be grabbed by a bull ant’s jaws, or mandibles, before being injected repeatedly by the sting on the end of its abdomen.

While it’s usually other insects on the receiving end, humans need to be cautions in the vicinity of bull ants. Their sting is extremely painful and can cause dangerous allergic reactions in some people. “On a few occasions this sting has been enough to kill adults within 15 minutes,” cites Guinness World Records.

Deadly and Dangerous – Bull Ant 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The tenth coin in the Australian Deadly and Dangerous Series features a head-on image of a menacing-looking bull ant in superb colour. Housed in a high-gloss timber display case, just 5,000 of these antagonistic coins will be released.



Jun 052015

This month sees the introduction of our 12th Australian coin inspired by Earth’s southernmost continent – Antarctica.

History of Australia in Antarctica

Australia is one of seven nations that have claimed territory in Antarctica. At approximately 5,800,000 km², or 42 per cent of the total, the Australian Antarctic Territory is the largest claim over the remote and harsh polar continent.


The Australian claim is based on a long historical association with the eastern section of Antarctica. Several notable Australian explorers and scientists were responsible for establishing a connection with the continent during the early 20th century, including Douglas Mawson, whose famous achievements included reaching the South Magnetic Pole with Edgeworth David and Scotsman Alistair Mackay on 16 January 1909.

Today, the Australian Antarctic Division is responsible for the advancement of Australia’s strategic, scientific, environmental and economic interests in the Antarctic.

Australian Antarctic Territory Silver Proof Coin Series

Launched in 2004, the Australian Antarctic Territory Coin Series features designs related to the continent’s exploration and its awe-inspiring wildlife and environment. Prior to the latest release, the coins have featured:

  • 2004 Mawson Station
  • 2005 Leopard Seal
  • 2006 Edgeworth David Base
  • 2007 Davis Station
  • 2008 Humpback Whale
  • 2009 South Magnetic Pole
  • 2010 Husky
  • 2011 Killer Whale
  • 2012 Emperor Penguin
  • 2013 Aurora Australis
  • 2014 Wandering Albatross

2015 Elephant Seal 1oz Silver Proof Coin

The latest addition to the Australian Antarctic Territory portrays an Elephant Seal, the largest seal in the world.


Australian Antarctic Territory Series – Elephant Seal 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Male Elephant Seals can grow to more than six metres in length and weigh up to 4,000 kilograms. The species takes its name from the adult male’s large proboscis, a trunk-like inflatable snout which is used to make extraordinarily loud roaring noises, especially during the mating season.

Southern Elephant Seals live in the brutally cold Antarctic and sub-Antarctic waters of the Southern Ocean, feeding at sea on a diet that consists mainly of fish and squid. Although cumbersome on land, they are superb swimmers and divers. Scientists have recorded them at depths of up to two kilometres and holding their breath under water for up to two hours! Their torpedo-shape helps them swim enormous distances while foraging for food.

Elephant Seals breed on sub-Antarctic islands from late September to early November. South Georgia Island is home to the largest population, hosting more than half of the world’s numbers. Other notable colonies are found at Tasmania’s Macquarie Island, the Australian external territory of Heard Island, the Falkland and the Kerguelen Islands, and at widespread islands near the Antarctic Peninsula.

The female of the species usually gives birth within ten days after coming ashore and does not leave the beach to feed until her pup is weaned. During this time she depends on her stored fat reserves to sustain her and loses an average of 35 percent of her body weight, a loss of eight kilograms per day!

The Perth Mint will release no more than 7,500 of these coin celebrating one of Antarctica’s most remarkable and precious creatures.