Jan 172013

Lunar New Year celebrations arrived early at The Perth Mint today with a surprise visit by Chinese Olympic swimming sensation Ye Shiwen.

The 16 year-old won gold at London 2012 in the 400 metres and 200 metres individual medley, setting a new world record in the 400m event and an Olympic record in the 200m event.

No stranger to Australia, the young Chinese swimmer trains regularly in Brisbane. She’s currently on this side of the continent competing in the BHP Billiton Aquatic Super Series.

Ye, who was born in the Year of the Mouse, was delighted to meet Ing Ing Jong, the designer of our 2013 Year of the Snake coin program, which is proving extremely popular in the run up to New Year festivities on 10 February.


Jan 152013

The designs of the latest Australian Lunar coins from The Perth Mint are the work of talented illustrator Ing Ing Jong.

Ing graduated from Perth’s Central TAFE School of Art and Design in 2006 with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design, having specialized in illustration and multimedia. She promptly enrolled for a Bachelor of Multimedia at Curtin University in order to undertake advanced studies in animation, web design, illustration and video editing.

As somebody who loves to draw and create her own characters, one of Ing’s biggest inspirations is Disney

“I have long admired how Disney animators are able to convey the essence of the character’s emotions through their sketches… I decided to study both graphic design and multimedia to add to my portfolio and learn more about the craft that I love.”

Her flair and dedication paid off in 2011 with an invitation to join The Perth Mint as a coin designer.

After several successful projects, Ing was asked to design the 2013 Lunar series. Feeling both excited and intrigued, she headed to a local zoo for some genuine ‘hands on’ research – and was delighted to be given the chance to handle a large python! “I was surprised by how silky it felt to touch and how calm it behaved,” she said.

“I reflected my experience by portraying the patience and charming nature of the snake. I particularly enjoyed showing the calmness and control of the animal. The design best reflects a traditional Chinese style of painting where the snake blends in to its natural environment.”

Outside of work, Ing’s creativity remains her driving force. Another thing she loves to do is design and make soft toys, which ties in with her love of bringing things to life.

With her innately creative personality and a line-up of so many outstanding skills, Ing has proven herself to be the perfect complement to the Mint’s ever resourceful Studio team.

Adapted from an article by coin writer Dr Kerry Rodgers.


Jan 072013

The Perth Mint and Australia Post are pleased to celebrate the 2013 Year of the Snake with this superb Stamp and Coin Cover.

We think it would make a fantastic gift for anyone born in the Year of the Snake (1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013), who is regarded as intelligent, graceful, independent, analytical and charming!

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Dec 062012

Struck from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, this cute Baby Snake coin would make a wonderful gift for a baby boy or girl born during the lucky Year of the Snake in 2013.

For your chance to win, simply rearrange the following letters to solve the anagram!

Clue: Slithery Australian native out on limb!

 How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au. Mark your reply or subject line ‘December 2012 Anagram Competition’ and include your name, telephone and membership number, or the Twitter username you use to follow @perthmint. Entries close by 2 January 2013. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. (T&Cs)

Last Month’s Winner: Congratulations Lana Houlihan of Queensland.


Nov 292012

These two coloured coins are teeming with imagery symbolising Chinese good fortune – a treasure chest full of golden coins to represent ‘wealth’; an abacus, a calligraphy pen, an hour glass, an ancient map and a pyramid to signify ‘wisdom’.

A limited release made from pure silver, it’s a double delight for anyone born in the Year of the Snake – 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013.

Lunar Good Fortune 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Proof Two Coin-Set


Nov 012012

Here are our November releases celebrating the Year of the Snake. For a complete list of coins featuring this theme, click here.

  • 1 kilo, 1/2oz Silver Coloured Edition 1 kilo, 1/2oz Silver Coloured Edition
  • 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Coloured Edition 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Coloured Edition
  • 1/2oz Silver Baby Snake 1/2oz Silver Baby Snake
  • 1oz Silver Lunar Calendar Four-Coin Set 1oz Silver Lunar Calendar Four-Coin Set

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