Apr 032017
 

The Perth Mint unveiled a special Coloured Rooster from its Australian Lunar Coin Series at the Melbourne 2017 FIAP International Stamp Exhibition over the weekend.

Struck from a 1/4oz of 99.99% pure silver, the Australian legal tender coin features a rooster with a hen and chicks in vivid colour.

Hunters of rare coin show specials can acquire the release from today through the Mint’s website. But the opportunity is likely to be short-lived, with no more than 2,500 coins housed in 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Expo packaging on offer.

An unusual weight for a silver collector coin, the 1/4oz release has a retail price of just AUD 29 and would make an ideal keepsake for anyone born in the Year of the Rooster.

Order here: 2017 year of the Rooster 1/4oz Silver Coloured Coin in 2017 Melbourne International Stamp Exhibition packaging

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Feb 082017
 

Perth ANDA Money Expo takes place at Domain Stadium, Subiaco this weekend. Doors are open to the public from 10am on both Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 February. A superb opportunity for enthusiastic collectors, as well as anyone curious to learn more about a huge variety of coins and banknotes, entry is by gold coin donation.

Image courtesy of CoinWorks.

Remarkable 1899 pattern

Certain to draw a crowd, an historic Perth Mint half sovereign will be on display care of rare coin dealer CoinWorks. Valued at more than $500,000, the pattern (a trial coin made for evaluation purposes) is the only known one struck from the die dated 1899, the first year of The Perth Mint, and represents a unique part of Western Australia’s minting heritage.


Great reasons to attend

Do you know what’s lurking in your drawers and jars? With so many coin specialists and accredited experts on hand, you’re invited to bring along your old coins, military medals, and pieces of ‘shrapnel’, for an instant valuation. You never know your luck!

Younger members of the family can take part in the popular ‘Five Cent Forage’ – featuring a pile of 10,000 five cent pieces with every date between 1966 and 2016.

Enjoying a day at the Expo will also give you the chance to win amazing prizes donated by The Perth Mint, including a 1oz silver proof coin from our Anzac Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series, and this year’s remarkably rare Money Expo Special.

2017 Year of the Rooster 2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin

With a limited mintage of only 1,000, the Perth ANDA Money Expo Special features our spectacular Year of the Rooster design in colour. Struck from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver in proof quality, it’s housed in a display case and themed box-shipper featuring the ANDA logo alongside the dates of the Perth event.

As a special incentive for collectors, the coin is available on The Perth Mint stand for the duration of the two-day event for the discounted price of $169 – a saving of $10.

Coin available worldwide from 13 February

Any stock available at the close of Perth ANDA Money Expo will be available for sale to interested collectors via The Perth Mint website from 8.30am on Monday 13 February (AWST). Alternatively, buyers are invited to call the Mint on Monday on 1800 098 817 (overseas +61 8 9421 7218) to secure this exceptionally limited release.

[The Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association (ANDA) is the professional body representing individuals and businesses that deal in coins and banknotes throughout Australasia.]

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Jan 242017
 

Australia’s national gemstone is opal, a stone celebrated throughout the world for its brilliant colours.

Known to Indigenous people as the ‘fire of the desert’, it’s a powerful symbol of Australia’s arid outback, where geological conditions are thought to favour to their mysterious formation.

Black opal, the highest quality precious opal, is only found in Australia. White opal, crystal opal, fire opal and boulder opal are also found in Australia, which produces over 90 per cent of the world’s precious opals.

These remarkable stones comprise microscopic spheres of silica. As the light passes through them it is diffracted into the colours of the spectrum, creating brilliant internal colour flashes – known as the ‘play of colour’.

The best opals share exulted company with diamonds, rubies, sapphires, emeralds, and pearls as the world’s most desirable precious gemstones.

Opal in coins

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In recognition of opal as one of Australia’s most sought-after natural treasures, The Perth Mint is delighted to offer innovative collectable coins incorporating polished flakes of pure Australian opal.

This month we’ve added a new offering in the form of the Australian Opal – Lunar Rooster 2017 1oz Silver Proof Coin – a beautiful release which pays homage to the 10th animal of the ancient lunar calendar in a way that is as unique as the Australian gemstone it contains.

The follow-up to last year’s Australian Opal – Lunar Monkey (sold out), this dramatic coin is limited to a worldwide mintage of just 5,000. Housed in presentation packaging, each display case incorporates a small light source to help illuminate the colours of the coin’s opal inset.

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Jan 102017
 

Citrine has been advocated by various groups over time for a variety of alleged powers and benefits.

For instance, it’s known as the ‘success stone’ by those who believe in its ability to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in business, where it’s also earned the nickname the ‘merchant’s stone’.

Said to radiate positive energy, citrine is worn next to the skin by people who credit it with healing properties – particularly in the case of stomach disorders.

On an emotional and spiritual level, others avow its ability to inspire optimism, generosity and enlightenment.

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This 2017 Gemstone Edition includes a yellow citrine in the rooster’s eye.

A rare form of crystal

Naturally occurring citrine quartz crystal is extremely rare. Of translucent tawny appearance, it’s known to have been prized in jewellery since the time of ancient Greece.

Because of its scarcity, most citrine available today is actually processed amethyst. Under heat treatment, its purple hues turn to citrine’s characteristic yellow and gold.

Strongly associated with Virgo, and seen as an alternative birthstone for November, citrine also enjoys the unusual quality of being regarded as the most appropriate gemstone for a 13th wedding anniversary!

Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II – 2017 Year of the Rooster
1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition

A small piece of this fascinating gemstone has been incorporated into the latest addition to the 2017 Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series.

Struck from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure silver, this spectacular Gemstone Edition holds special relevance to people born in the Year of the Rooster.

Extending its undoubted appeal, the rooster’s left eye incorporates a yellow citrine – which is also significant in China where it is regarded as a stone of wisdom!

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Dec 132016
 

The following collector coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

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2015 1oz Star Shaped Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage: 3,000
2016-australiankoala-gold-2oz-proof-highrelief_small Australian Koala
2016 2oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage: 150
silverrooster3coinset_small Australian Lunar Series II
2017 Year of the Rooster Silver Proof Three-Coin Set
Maximum Mintage: 1,000

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Dec 062016
 

Buddha and the 12 lunar animals

The ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar, which dates back beyond 2600BC, is reputedly the longest chronological record in history. According to a popular version of its founding legend, Buddha called on every animal to attend on him prior to departing to the next life. Only 12 animals arrived to honour the sage and in recognition of their allegiance he rewarded each one with a place in the famous lunar zodiac.

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Click image to discover your lunar animal

In some versions of the story, Buddha asked the animals to race across a river. Not the greatest swimmer, the rooster finished in the antepenultimate position (third last). For this reason, the rooster is the tenth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac after the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat and monkey – but ahead of the dog and the pig.

The influence of the lunar rooster

rooste_2107Each animal is said to have a profound impact on the personality of those born under its influence. As a result, if your year of birth is 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, or 2017, your lunar animal is the rooster. Highly motivated, hardworking and multi-talented, ‘roosters’ are regarded as talkative, rather social, and enjoy being in a group setting or crowd. It’s believed their creative and artistic powers often make them great performers.

Famous entertainers born in the Year of the Rooster include Beyoncé Knowles (1981), Steffi Graf (1969), Goldie Hawn (1945), Eric Clapton (1945), and Groucho Marx (1890).

Celebrating Lunar Chinese New Year

redenvelope-with-coinsThe beginning of the new lunar year is celebrated by Chinese and many other people worldwide. In 2017, Chinese New Year falls on 28 January, when the rooster officially begins its new reign. It’s also the beginning of the Spring Festival, an extended public holiday in China which sees families come together, enjoy special feasts, and exchange many gifts – including red envelopes containing coins.

Year of the rooster gold and silver coins

The Perth Mint produced the world’s first major precious metal coin program to draw inspiration from these age-old customs.

Commencing in 1996, the Australian Lunar Series I established the coins’ reputation internationally for superb quality and design. Introduced in 2008, Series II continues in the same vein, providing buyers with an outstanding range of collectables and gifts.

With our 117 year reputation for minting excellence, we bring supreme skills to the meticulous production of the Lunar series in flawless proof quality, stunning high relief, delicately gilded and gorgeously coloured coins struck from 99.99% pure gold and silver.

Scrupulously complying with strict limited mintages and housed in prestigious display packaging, our Australian Lunar coins provide rare and exclusive opportunities to celebrate your personal, family and friends’ association with the lunar zodiac.

Coin Guide: Australian Lunar – 2017  Year of the Rooster

silverproofroostercoin 1 kilo, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
 goldproofroostercoin 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
 colouredsilverroostercoin 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Edition
 colouredgoldroostercoin 1oz Gold Proof Coloured Edition
gildedroostercoin 1oz Silver Gilded Edition
silverroostertypeset 1oz Silver Typeset
silverrooster1ozhrcoin 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
 goldrooster1ozhrcoin 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
gemstonerooster_january-release 1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition (with golden citrine insert)

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Previous releases

The last few Australian Lunar collector coins celebrating the 2016 Year of the Monkey, 2015 Year of the Goat, 2014 Year of the Horse, 2013 Year of the Snake, 2012 Year of the Dragon, and 2009 Year of the Ox are available here.

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