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2015 $1 MOB OF ROOS MELBOURNE ANDA SHOW PRIVYMARK BU

MELBOURNE ANDA EXCLUSIVE!

Earlier this month, the ANDA Coin Show extravaganza came to Melbourne. One of the highlights was the availability of a special Mob of ‘Roos $1 coin, counterstamped with a special ‘M’ – for Melbourne. Created by the RAM exclusively for ANDA to sell at the show, these coins are no longer available at Issue Price. Order now – as our allocation is tiny!

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2015 50C LONGEST REIGNING MONARCH UNC

LONGEST REIGNING MONARCH.

On September 9th, Queen Elizabeth II became the Longest Reigning Commonwealth Monarch ever. Since then, the RAM’s official tribute to this event has become perhaps the most popular coin of the year – maybe only the Royal Baby (Click Here!) range rivals this coin’s demand thus far.

Outstanding value at just $10, this official, Aussie 50c coin is a wonderful addition to any collection.

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2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY SILVER PROOF THREE-COIN SET

LIMITED EDITION 1,000 SETS

For those who follow us on Facebook (Like Us here!), you’ll know that yesterday, our stock of The Perth Mint’s 3-coin Silver Monkey Proof Set was under siege. Expectations were of a sell-out by close of business today – and, with only two sets left, that may still be the case!

Limited to just 1,000 sets and an annual sell out since the first in the series, there is no doubt that our stock will not make it through the night. Act now.

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Flinders Street Station Coin

The 2015 Cook Islands $10 Flinders Street Station 2 Oz Antique Silver Coin, the first in a new coin series called Australia’s Historic Landmarks, is set to be released in mid-July this year (2015). This Flinders Street Station Coin will be the second coin issued under the Melbourne Mint name in almost 50 years. The first coin released was the 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin, which we reported on earlier this year.

Collectors can expect a coin earmarked by high quality, especially considering that Melbourne Mint Pty Ltd has worked with Coin Invest Trust based in Liechtenstein to make the limited edition Flinders Street Station Coin a reality.

Obverse

The obverse of each Flinders Street Station Coin features an effigy or side portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II within a decorative border. It also includes the following inscriptions: The ruling monarch “ELIZABETH II”, the country of issue “COOK ISLANDS”, the denomination of “10 DOLLARS” and the initials of the artist, namely IRB (Ian Rank-Broadley).

Flinders Street Station Coin Obverse

Flinders Street Station Coin – Obverse

Reverse

The reverse features the Flinders Street Train Station, based in Melbourne, Australia.

The reverse design of each 2015 Cook Islands $10 Flinders Street Station 2 Oz Antique Silver Coin also includes the following inscriptions: “FLINDERS STREET STATION”, the year of issue “2015” and the Melbourne Mintmark, namely “M”.  

Flinders Street Station Coin Reverse

Flinders Street Station Coin – Reverse

Flinders Street Train Station

For those not familiar with the Flinders Street Train Station, it is a historic landmark located on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets in Melbourne, Australia.

The Flinders Street Train Station opened on September 12th, 1854, and was known as the Melbourne Terminus at that stage of history. This terminus only consisted of a collection of weatherboard train sheds at that stage and had a single platform, 30 meters long, which was located next to the Fish Market building on the South-West corners of the above-mentioned streets. It was the first city railway station in Australia and its opening was earmarked by the first steam train trip in Australian history.

It was only in 1877 that an additional platform was built as well as no less than two overhead bridges for easier passenger access. This was followed by the building of a telegraph station and additional timber and corrugated iron buildings in 1879. This led to the opening of the first signal boxes in 1883. This while the 1890s saw the construction of a third island platform.

Flinders Street Station 1895

Flinders Street Station 1895 – Source of Image: Library of Congress

Railway traffic increased to such an extent that the Australian authorities decided in 1882 to build a new central passenger station. This was to replace the ad-hoc construction, which as mentioned above, in the beginning only consisted of a collection of weatherboard train sheds and a single platform. The initial stages of the new construction kicked off in 1899 with a design competition which was won by railway employees James Fawcett and HPC Ashworth. No less than 17 entries were received, but the design of Fawcett and Ashworth, named Green Light, towered above the others with the design of a French Renaissance style building, including a large dome and tall clock tower. They received no less than £500 in first prize money.

Work on the new central passenger station started in 1900 in the form of the rearrangement of the station tracks. This while the final touches were applied in terms of the design of the building. The Green Light design won, but was not implemented as is, especially if one considers that the arched roofs running North-South didn’t survive. This while work on the central pedestrian subway kicked off in 1901 and the foundations of the main building was only completed in 1903.

Old Flinders Street Station

Old Flinders Street Station

“The plans were extensively modified by Railway Commissioners in mid construction in 1904. The changes included replacing the proposed train shed with individual platform roofs and it was decided not to include a concourse roof. To increase office space a fourth storey was added to the main building, which resulted in the arches above each entrance on Flinders Street being lowered, decreasing their dominance” (Wikipedia).

Work on the station building itself, beyond the foundation that was laid in 1904, started in 1905. The £93,000 contract was awarded to Ballarat builder, Peter Rodger. However, due to cost constraints, many alterations were made to the original plans during construction. E.g. in terms of details on the main building red brick with cement were used instead of stone as originally planned. However, no penny was spared when grey granite from Harcourt was used in terms of details on the Flinders Street side at ground level. This was done “in view of the importance of this great public work” (Wikipedia).

Work on the dome itself, as depicted on the 2015 Cook Islands $10 Flinders Street Station 2 Oz Antique Silver Coin, started in 1906. 

By 1907 construction progressed to the point where the station had no less than 11 platforms. The decision was also taken to construct platforms 12 and 13, located East of Swanson Street, in 1909. This while platform 1 was extended eastwards to serve country traffic and the original platform verandas were dismantled and re-erected at Hawthorn station, which served the eastern suburbs.

Work on the dome progressed much slower than expected in May 1908, especially considering that the structure extended over railway tracks and required heavy foundations. Fears surfaced that the expected completion date of April 1909 would be missed, something that led to the termination of Rodger’s contract in August 1908.

Flinders Street Station 1908

Flinders Street Station 1908

A Royal Commission was appointed in May 1910 to investigate reasons for the slow progress and to make a recommendation. They determined in their “finding that Rodger could be held accountable for the slow progress in 1908, but he should be compensated for the difficulties before then” (Wikipedia). This led to the takeover of the project by The Way and Works Branch of the Victorian Railways, which led to the fact that the station was essentially finished by mid-1909. This is despite the fact that the “verandah along Flinders Street and the concourse roof and verandah along Swanston Street were not completed until after the official opening in 1910” (Wikipedia).

The main station building was completed in 1909 and is listed on the Victorian Heritage Register. Interesting enough, the Melburnian idiom “I’ll meet you under the clocks” refers to the row of clocks above the main entrance to the station, which indicate the time-tabled time of departure for trains on each line. This while another idiom, “I’ll meet you on the steps“, refers to the wide staircase underneath the mentioned clocks.

Swanston and Flinders St intersection 1927

Swanston and Flinders St intersection 1927

The completion of the project and the fact that the first electric train operated from Flinders Street to Essendon in 1919, contributed to the fact that Flinders Street Train Station was the world’s busiest passenger station by 1926. It was also the first railway station to be built in an Australian city. This was not the end of redevelopment and refurbishment plans, but there is only so much one can squeeze into one article.

Flinders Street Station 2010

Flinders Street Station 2010 – Source of Image: Adam.J.W.C.

Today the Flinders Street railway station, the busiest station on Melbourne’s metropolitan network, serves the entire metropolitan rail network. Backing onto the city reach of the Yarra River in the heart of the city, the complex covers two whole city blocks and extends from Swanston Street to Queen Street. This while Flinders Street is served by Metro’s suburban services, and V/Line regional services to Gippsland.

Presentation and Packaging

Each Flinders Street Station Coin comes presented within a deluxe timber case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity (CoA).

Flinders Street Station Coin Packaging

Flinders Street Station Coin – Presentation and Packaging

Specs

  • Coin Weight and Metal: 2 Troy oz of 99.9% pure silver (62.2g)
  • Coin Quality: Antiqued proof
  • Coin Diameter: 50mm
  • Coin Denomination: $10 Cook Islands
  • Year of Issue: 2015
  • Coin Mintage: 999
  • Country of Issue: Cook Islands

Why should you be interested in the Flinders Street Station Coin?

  • First coin in new coin series – Australia’s Historic Landmarks.
  • Extremely limited mintage (999 coins maximum).
  • Antique proof quality.
  • Unique copper insert.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Perfect gift – Admirers of historical landmarks, especially of historical landmarks in Australia.
  • More affordable than gold.
  • Presented within deluxe timber case with numbered CoA.
  • Large diameter – 50mm.
  • Free shipping on orders over $500 (AUD) when purchased from Melbourne Mint Pty Ltd.

Drawbacks

None.

Ordering and Pricing

The Flinders Street Station Coin is currently available on pre-order from Melbourne Mint Pty Ltd at a price of A$329 per coin.

2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin by Melbourne Mint

The newly released 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin, or more formally, the 2015 10c Ned Kelly 1/10oz Silver Proof Coin, is the first coin issued under the Melbourne Mint name in almost half a century (47 years!).

2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin Reverse

2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin – Reverse

2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin Obverse

2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin – Obverse

The mintage of the three nines fine (99.9% pure silver) 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin is limited to 5000 coins worldwide. In addition, the famous ‘bulletproof” helmet of controversial Australian Folk Hero, Ned Kelly, is featured on the reverse of the coin along with part of what seems like the Old Melbourne Gaol prison, which is a museum today. This should make this silver commemorative coin highly sought after, especially by Australian citizens and folks interested in Australian history. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is featured on the obverse of the coin.

Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly, or officially known as Edward “Ned” Kelly, was an Australian bushranger of Irish descent who lived from December 1854 to November 1880.

Ned Kelly age 15

Police mugshot of Kelly, aged 15 – Source of Image: Wikipedia

He was born at Beveridge, Victoria, Australia and died at age 25 in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia where he was executed at the Old Melbourne Gaol in 1880 after he was convicted of murder and sentenced to death by hanging. Whether he was a victim of Police Harassment or simply a brutal cold-blooded murderer; the story of Ned Kelly and his capture following a gunfight in Glenrowan will continue to be a huge part of Australia’s folklore. He was convicted of murder after the fatal shooting of at least three policemen by the Kelly Gang, which was involved in numerous armed robberies. During his arrest he was dressed in homemade plate metal armour and a helmet (the very same helmet featured on the reverse of the 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin).

It seems that Ned Kelly’s run-in with the law could have been fueled by the fact that his dad, John “Red” Kelly, died after 6 months in prison for unlawful possession of a bullock hide. Ned Kelly denounced in a dictated letter “the British Empire and accused Irish-Australian Catholics who wore Army or Police uniforms of treason against their people and religion” and “set down his own account of the events leading up to his outlawry” (Wikipedia).

Ned Kelly Green Sash

Ned Kelly Green Sash – Source of Image: Wikipedia

Interesting enough Ned Kelly, at age 11, saved a young boy from drowning in a creek and was awarded a green sash (see above) in recognition of his bravery. Kelly wore the sash under his armour during his last stand at Glenrowan. It is still stained with his blood. It can today be found in the Benalla Costume and Kelly Museum, which is located in 14 Mair Street, Benalla, Australia.

Given the above, it should not come as much of a surprise that Ned Kelly is revered by some as a Robin Hood and by others as a villain, a cold-blooded murderer.

Melbourne Mint

The Melbourne Mint was a branch of the British Royal Mint. It was built some time during 1869-1872 and opened on 12 June 1872. The ground level of the Melbourne Mint building is today occupied by Melbourne Mint Pty Ltd, which is the issuer of the Tuvalu Legal tender 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin.

Some 45 years since Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II ordered the cessation of all minting activity at the Melbourne branch of the Royal Mint, it is with honour that Melbourne Mint Pty Ltd operates today from the original Mint building – a building that has stood tall through 143 years. The Melbourne Mint went on to become the first Australian Mint to strike the nation’s official currency in 1916. In the ensuing years, the Mint struck and issued circulating Australian coins up until 1964 before then assisting in the preparation for Australia’s Decimal Currency changeover in 1966.

Melbourne Mint Pty Ltd belongs to a group of Australian precious metals companies, namely Australian Bullion Company (ABC), Gold Merchants International (GMI) and Universal Coin Co. This private company has no historical relationship to the original Royal Mint.

Today, the Melbourne Mint name has been restored to the field of numismatics and it is the honour of the Melbourne Mint Pty Ltd to bring this coin – the first issued under the Melbourne Mint name since 1968 – to your attention. A highly detailed, premium collectable, the 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Coin has been struck by The Perth Mint on behalf of Melbourne Mint in Proof quality – the highest of all minting qualities.

The Pert Mint has been chosen to strike the 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Coin, because of their location within Australia and their expertise in precious metal minting. In addition, the minting factory has long since been removed from the Old Melbourne Mint building and that operation was wrapped up in the early 1970’s.

Coin Presentation

Each 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Coin comes set into a detailed, numbered presentation card, confirming the specifications and the limited edition of this fascinating silver collectable.

2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin Presentation

2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin – Numbered Presentation Card

Even though the coin is a proof coin, Melbourne Mint opted for a presentation card to keep their manufacturing costs as low as possible. It is their first coin issued under this new company and they wanted it to be as accessible as possible. This makes sense, especially if one considers the recommended retail price of A$24.95.

Will the coin also be issued in gold?

According to Alan Marks of Melbourne Mint: “There are no current intentions to issue the Ned Kelly coin in gold. Not a bad idea though – I reckon it’d look great in gold!

What else can the public expect from The Melbourne Mint in the coming months?

Alan notes: “In the coming months we have a few of our own projects that we are working on. Time will tell what they bring. Plus, given the original Melbourne Mint’s origins we intend to offer Royal Mint product where we can, as well as the Australian brands – RAM and Perth Mint.

Why should you be interested in the 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin?

  • First coin issued under the Melbourne Mint name in almost half a century (47 years!)
  • Features “bulletproof” helmet of controversial Australian Folk Hero – Ned Kelly.
  • Highly limited worldwide mintage (5,000 coins maximum).
  • Proof strike.
  • Three nines fine silver (99.9% pure silver).
  • Struck by The Perth Mint – Known for the striking and issuing of high quality coins
  • Orders over A$300 gets free shipping and all orders come with a Money Back Guarantee (when ordered directly from Melbourne Mint).

Drawbacks

  • The coin seems to be only readily available to collectors in Australia, the UK, USA and Canada. However, be sure to email Melbourne Mint at info @ melbournemintcoins.com.au for any help when it comes to ordering the coin, even if you are outside the mentioned areas.
  • A presentation box would be nice, but the more cost-effective presentation card looks just as great.

Specifications

2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin Specs

Be sure to order your 2015 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Coin directly from Melbourne Mint. It can be done here.