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Rich in symbolism, new Dragon and Phoenix coins offer rare collectable opportunities

May 17, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Two of the most potent animal symbols in Chinese mythology appear in stunning high relief on these new gold and silver proof coins from The Perth Mint.

Seen as wise and benevolent, the Oriental dragon represents nobility and good fortune in a culture where people believed their Emperor to have been the son of a dragon.

Another ancient symbol of good fortune, the Phoenix is considered to be an immortal bird whose rare appearance foreshadowed harmony at the ascent to the throne of a new Emperor.

In Feng Shui, the dragon and phoenix are said to be perfect matches for one another. The… Full article at the source>

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New Spock coin commemorates Star Trek’s famous Mirror, Mirror episode

May 4, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Mirror, Mirror was one of the most memorable and influential episodes from Star Trek: The Original Series.

Its fascination lay in the provocative concept of parallel universes. After all, many of us have wondered at one time or another whether humans can co-exist in parallel worlds. Half a century after Mirror, Mirror aired for the first time in 1967, Australian scientists proposed that parallel universes really exist, and that they interact!

The iconic episode opened with Kirk, McCoy, Uhura and Scott failing to secure a supply of dilithium crystals, essential for warp drive engines, from a humanoid race… Full article at the source>

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Monster coin portrays ultimate prehistoric predator

April 21, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Opinion, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them.

Standing up to 12 metres high, T. rex had a large, muscular tail essential for balancing its colossal neck and head. With only puny arms, its fearsome reputation was the result of massive jaws equipped with spitefully serrated dagger-length teeth.

 Testament to its awe inspiring violence, palaeontologists believe that in one mouthful, T. Rex could tear away more than… Full article at the source>

 

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It was the flesh-eating monster that terrorised North America more than 65 million years ago. King of the tyrant lizards, Tyrannosaurus rex was a ferocious beast that literally ripped victims to shreds in its eagerness to devour them. Now, dinosaur fans can feast on this remarkable 5oz silver proof coin portraying a daunting image of the ravenous beast’s gaping mouth and lethal incisors. Limited to a maximum mintage of just 500, it’s sure to cause a feeding frenzy among collectors!

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What’s the meaning of the citrine gemstone in this giant-sized coin?

January 10, 2017 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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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.

This 2017 Gemstone Edition includes a yellow citrine in the rooster’s… Full article at the source>

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Your guide to the lunar zodiac in the Year of the Rooster

December 6, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Fun, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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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.

In some versions of the story, Buddha asked the animals to race across a river. Not the greatest swimmer, the rooster… Full article at the source>

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The Australian who inspired silent contemplation of fallen comrades

November 11, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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To honour those who have died as a consequence of war, Australians are encouraged to observe one minute’s silence as the clock strikes the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month – the moment the guns fells silent on the Western Front in 1918.

The observance takes place in other Allied countries, including New Zealand, Canada, South Africa and the United States. But how did the tradition originate? Click here for more official military tribute coins from The Perth Mint.

Edward George Honey has been credited as the first person to suggest a period of silence in which… Full article at the source>

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Amazing coin puts new spin on Yin Yang

October 19, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Ancient Chinese philosophers thought all things in the universe are made up of two contrasting forces, known as Yin and Yang.

While contradictory, Yin and Yang are also complementary, meaning they cannot exist without each other. And because they are constantly re-balancing – their influence over one another repeatedly ebbing and flowing – the concept was used to explain the cyclical changes in nature.

As Yang energy overcomes Yin, for example, day turns to night. Broader manifestations in Yin Yang’s duality include slow/fast; soft/hard; cold/hot; wet/dry; passive/aggressive. Yin is associated with the earth, the moon, and femininity; while Yang is identified with… Full article at the source>

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ANAGRAM Win an Australian Opal Series – Ghost Bat 2015 1oz Silver Proof Coin

October 4, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Education, Entertainment, Fun, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Native to Australia, the Ghost Bat (or false vampire bat), is named for the light-coloured fur and wing membranes that make it appear ghostly at night. As Australia’s only carnivorous bat, it kills with powerful bites before devouring its prey!

With Halloween approaching fast, try solving our latest anagram for your chance to win this stunning silver coin featuring a Ghost Bat beautifully outlined in pure Australian opal.

Clue: Traditional name for spookiest night of the year!

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘October 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name,… Full article at the source>

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October 2016 New Product Bulletin – out today

October 4, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, History, Investing, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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This October we have some bewitching new releases sure to enchant a broad range of collectors.

The rooster is vividly portrayed on the new proof coloured coins from the 2017 Australian Lunar program.

The tenth animal from the Chinese zodiac also appears with a proof, bullion, gilded and coloured finish on the four silver coins in this year’s stunning Lunar typeset.

Continuing with Chinese mythological themes, the silver proof Koi Fish Jumps the Dragon Gate coin celebrates a popular story in Chinese culture.

And an amazingly innovative creation, our special Yin Yang silver coin incorporates a rotating charm featuring the famous Eastern symbol representing…  Full article at the source>

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New Disney coins put Mickey on the rostrum

September 21, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, Investing, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Released in 1935, The Band Concert was the first Mickey Mouse cartoon made in colour. During the highly acclaimed Disney short, the hero and his band are determined to complete their rendition of The William Tell Overture despite numerous distractions, including an unwelcome flute accompaniment played by none other than Donald Duck!

The Mickey Through the Ages coin collection celebrates Disney’s original, much-loved character during his hugely successful cartoon career. The first release, comprising a 1oz silver proof coin and a 1/4oz gold companion, portrays Mickey from a 1930s promotional poster for The Band Concert…Full article at the source>

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Pocahontas – final coins in delightful Disney Princess series

August 15, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Disney Princess: Pocahontas

Released in 1995, Walt Disney Pictures’ animated feature film Pocahontas stars the 18-year old daughter of a Native American chief who falls in love with John Smith, an English soldier, during the 17th century settlement of Jamestown.

Beautiful, free-spirited and at one with nature, Pocahontas displays wisdom beyond her years by helping to allay mistrust and conflict between her people and the settlers. Despite injured John Smith’s desire for her to return to England with him, Pocahontas decides to stay with her tribe, but comforts him with the promise that “I’ll always be with you forever”.

The final release from… Full article at the source>

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High relief Enterprise coins pay tribute to iconic starship

August 10, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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In 1966, the team behind landmark sci-fi series Star Trek introduced one of the most memorable space craft ever devised for TV and film. So futuristic was the U.S.S. Enterprise NCC-1701, that 50 years later, the renowned starship is still highly admired – beloved even – by fans of the Star Trek canon.

Constructed at the San Francisco Yards orbiting Earth, the Enterprise was a Constitution-class starship, a heavy cruiser built to explore strange new worlds, to serve as home to 400-plus crew, and to withstand the stress of battle.

Launched in 2245, she reached the peak of her 40-year career during… Full article at the source>

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Buyer jumps at chance to own one-of-a-kind Kimberley Treasure coin

July 19, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Collecting, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Rare Coins, World Coins

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Following the launch of the world exclusive Kimberley Treasure coin, The Perth Mint has sold the spectacular masterpiece to an international buyer within just 48 hours of its release.

Crafted from one kilogram of 99.99% pure gold and featuring a radiant 0.54 carat red diamond from the famed Argyle Diamond Mine in the East Kimberley region of Western Australia, the Kimberley Treasure coin is a one-of-a-kind collector’s item and valuable investment.

The new owner of the coveted piece is Ashish Vijay Jain, Chairman of Tiara Gems and Jewellery DMCC, a company which specialises in rare coloured diamonds, unique collectables and… Full article at the source>

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Koalas reveal why it’s cool to be a tree hugger!

July 15, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, World Coins

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One of the curious things about koalas is the fact that they hug trees. After observing a group of koalas during hot weather, scientists say they have worked out why. Apparently, trunks of certain trees can be more than 5°C cooler than the surrounding air in extreme conditions. Incredibly, access to these trees can save about half the water a koala would need to keep cool on a hot day.

This year’s Proof Issue from the Australian Koala gold proof coin series portrays a koala edging along a tree branch – maybe in search of a cool spot where it can… Full article at the source>

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Coin gives voice to language of love

May 20, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Commemorative, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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It’s estimated that there are 1,025,109 words in the English language and that ‘love’ ranks inside the top 400 most commonly used. It comes from the Anglo Saxon lufu, which in turn is derived from the early Germanic lubō.

In Chinese, the world’s most widely spoken language, love is pronounced “ai”. It’s represented by a composite character comprising a number of traditional symbols, including representations of a man, a woman and a heart.

With over 400 million speakers, Spanish lies between Chinese and English as the second most popular language in the world. Amor comes directly from Latin, sharing its origin with… Full article at the source>

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April New Product Bulletin – out today

April 5, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, World Coins

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This year’s Three-Coin Set from our ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary coin series commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of those who fought on the Western Front during WWI, where more than 46,000 Australian men and women lost their lives.

Australia’s contribution to celebrations marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday includes three stunning legal tender tributes from The Perth Mint – each certain to be a sought-after numismatic souvenir of this historic occasion.

As the Queen turns 90, were also pleased to announce availability of an eye-catching Stamp & Coin Cover portraying Her Majesty wearing the Australian Golden Wattle brooch.

Extremely affordable, this… Full article at the source>

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ANAGRAM Win a Discover Australia Kangaroo 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin

April 5, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Competition, Entertainment, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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The iconic kangaroo is found in every pocket of Australia – cool temperate forests of Tasmania; vast open plains of the arid interior; monsoonal woodlands in the tropical north. This pretty 1oz Discover Australia silver proof coin celebrates the kangaroo’s presence in the Kimberley region of north-western Australia, one of the world’s last true wildernesses.

For your chance to win, use the following clue to help unscramble these letters.

Clue: Study the coin for a tree species found exclusively in the north-west.

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘April 2016 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please… Full article at the source>

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Antarctic Territory Series closed-off after 12 successful years

March 31, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, History, Investing, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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The Perth Mint will issue no further releases from the Australian Antarctic Territory Series.

The popular program was inspired by huge collector interest in our 2004 Mawson Station 50th Anniversary 1oz silver proof coin. A modern numismatic classic, it sold out rapidly in honour of legendary polar explorer, Douglas Mawson.

Featuring eleven subsequent coins, the series leaves a rich legacy of tributes to other Australian Antarctic explorers, as well as extraordinary wildlife and stunning natural phenomena found in the highest, driest, windiest and coldest continent on Earth.

The Complete Series

  • 2004 Mawson Station – Sold Out
  • 2005 Leopard Seal – Sold Out
  • 2006 Edgeworth David Base…

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Australians take pride in their 1911 penny

March 23, 2016 in Antique Coins, Australian Coins, Blogs, Cents, Coins, Collecting, Education, History, Numismatica, Numismatics, Opinion, Perth Mint, World Coins

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The penny is easily the most collected of all Australian coins. First circulated in 1911 for the new monarch, King George V, it was one of six new Commonwealth denominations to replace British coinage from 1910. Today it holds a sentimental place in the heart of everyone that lived in the days before dollars and cents. In 1911 it gave citizens of the young Australian nation every reason to be proud.

A Royal Comrade of Australians

Although Australians have warmly regarded each British monarch since George III, George V (r. 1910 – 1936) seems to have held a special place among them.

A… Full article at the source>

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Poster coins paint vivid picture of life during First World War

February 29, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Among the many excellent First World War centenary coin programs currently available, here’s one you won’t want to miss.

Straightforward to collect with one issue per year between 2014 and 2018, it features five beautifully produced silver releases with colour. Unusual in coin collecting, each one is rectangle-shaped, a format ideally suited to the program’s fascinating theme – Australian Posters of World War I.

Huge numbers of posters were produced during the War to satisfy a wide variety of advertising and communication needs. War bond drives and recruitment for different services were two of the primary objectives of the many campaigns publicised… Full article at the source>

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Historic quote inspires centenary of the Battle of the Somme coin

February 12, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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The Battle of the Somme refers to a series of battles that took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916, during the First World War, in which more than 1 million men from both sides of No Man’s Land were wounded or killed. During the battles, the British and French armies fought against German troops alongside in the Somme region of northern France in an effort to break the deadlock of trench warfare and restore the fighting to fluid, mobile warfare.

The gun crew of an Australian Howitzer Battery, in an emplacement behind a steep bank near Lavieville in the… Full article at the source>

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2016 World Money Fair Berlin Coin Show Special

February 8, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Conventions, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Each year The Perth Mint prepares an exclusive release to mark its attendance at World Money Fair, one of the most significant events of the numismatic calendar.

Our latest WMF coin show special is a meticulously coloured version of the 2016 Australian Kookaburra 1oz silver coin, which features a classic design portraying Australia’s iconic bush bird on a barbed wire fence post.

Available worldwide from today, this special coin is housed in a display case which comes in a boldly illustrated blue shipper bearing the official World Money Fair logo.

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Complete guide to ‘Year of the Monkey’ coins

February 8, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Education, Entertainment, Gold, Gold Coins, History, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Today is Chinese New Year. Ever since we launched the Australian Lunar coin series back in 1996, it has been traditional for The Perth Mint to wish customers and friends Gong Xi Fa Cai.

This year, Chinese and other Asian communities throughout the world welcome back the Monkey. Laden with significance, the ninth animal of the ancient lunar calendar is said to bestow intelligence, wisdom, optimism, ambition and a sense of adventure on those born under its influence.

Befitting the significance of the monkey in Chinese folklore, The Perth Mint has released an extensive coin program marking the Chinese New Year. For… Full article at the source>

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New Kangaroo coin deeply impressive

February 2, 2016 in Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, Numismatica, Numismatics, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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This exclusive coin features a true Australian icon, the kangaroo, hopping across an outback landscape.

To capture the depth and wonderful details of the design, The Perth Mint has employed two special techniques. The coin is struck with a high relief die which imparts an unusually deep impression on its extra thick blank. Subsequently, an antique finish is applied to further accentuate light and shadow within the artistry.

These processes have resulted in a unique and dramatic portrayal which exhibits unprecedented clarity and definition.

Australian Kangaroo 2016 2oz Silver High Relief Antiqued Coin

Made from 2oz of… Full article at the source>

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February 2016 New Product Bulletin – out today

February 2, 2016 in Australian Coins, Blogs, Coins, Coins for sale, Collecting, Collector Sets, Commemorative, History, New Releases, News, Numismatica, Numismatics, Offers, Perth Mint, Precious Metals, Press Releases, Proof Coins, Silver, Silver Coins, World Coins

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Australian troops arrived on the Somme in mid-July 1916 and played a major role in the fighting around Pozieres and Mouquet Farm, part of the hugely costly WWI offensive that lasted until November. This month The Perth Mint pays tribute to those who fought and died in this deadly conflagration with a new addition to The ANZAC Spirit 100th Anniversary Coin Series featuring a superbly detailed representation of soldiers charging out of the trenches.

Also in the February Bulletin:

A new addition to the fascinating Australian Posters of World War I silver coin series reflects how artists… Full article at the source>

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