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Superb World War I coin series closes with fitting peace poster release

Superb World War I coin series closes with fitting peace poster release

At the end of the First World War, the Australian Government launched a series of ‘Peace Loan’ campaigns. These were managed by the Commonwealth Bank of Australia with the aim of recouping the costs of the war and helping to fund the pensions of returned servicemen. In the same way War Loans had functioned between 1915 and 1918, the public was asked to purchase bonds which were repaid with interest.

The first peace loan was announced on 30 July 1919. The amount requested was £25 million, equivalent to approximately £1.1 billion today. As with the war loans campaigns, promotional posters were developed and published in newspapers encouraging the general public to get involved.

One of the first subscribers to the second peace loan issued in July 1920 was Edward VIII, the Prince of Wales, who later became King Edward VIII. The Prince was travelling around Australia at the time thanking the population for the sacrifices and contributions they had made during the war. The third and final loan, known as the ‘Diggers Loan’, was launched in August 1921.

Australian Posters of World War I – Peace Bonds
2018 1oz Silver Proof Rectangle Coin

The fifth and final release from the Australian Posters of World War I coin series features a poster from the initial Peace Bonds promotional campaign of 1919.

The poster depicted a young veteran in uniform being welcomed back to civilian life by an elderly farmer declaring “Well Boy – You’ve done your Bit. What will Australia do for You?” The artwork symbolised that even those who had not been not eligible for recruitment could still make a useful contribution to their country.

Vividly portrayed in colour on the rectangular 1oz silver coin, it is headed by the inscription AUSTRALIAN PEACE BONDS.

Click for more information about the complete Australian Posters of World War I series.

Reflecting the development of a recognisably Australian style in poster art and its effectiveness as an advertising and promotional medium at the beginning of the 20th century, this series is produced by The Perth Mint in association with the Australian War Memorial. Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin in the special series is individually encapsulated in latex cases which allows the design on both sides to be displayed.

No more than 5,000 of each coin in the series will be released worldwide.


The Australian War Memorial logo is a registered trade mark of the Australian War Memorial TM © 2018.


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Fans tipped to be hungry for Scooby-Doo commemorative coin

Fans tipped to be hungry for Scooby-Doo commemorative coin

If you loved the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! cartoon series, or the many follow up shows and movies, this coin produced under licence from Warner Bros. is a must-have memento.

A cultural icon dating from 1969 when Scooby-Doo made his TV debut, the loveable great dane has been entertaining kids of all ages for almost 50 years.

A wholesome mix of fun and frights, the show’s plots centre around ‘supernatural’ mysteries in which Scooby-Doo and his teenage detective companions – Fred, Daphne, Velma and Shaggy – pit their wits against miscreants and monsters in classic tales of good over evil.

Throughout, Scooby-Doo provides plenty of comic relief thanks to his many foibles – including constant cravings for ‘Scooby Snacks’, extreme ticklishness and helpless cowardice.

But nothing amuses fans more than his ability to speak broken English including catchphrases such as “Ruh Roh” when things are going badly!

Scooby-Doo 2018 1oz Silver Proof Coin

For his many devotees, the 99.99% pure silver coin portrays the comic canine hero as he appeared in the original Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! series.

With a worldwide mintage of just 5,000, it’s also a rare opportunity for all fans of official pop culture memorabilia.

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ANAGRAM Win a Chinese New Year 2018 1oz Silver Coin

ANAGRAM Win a Chinese New Year 2018 1oz Silver Coin

Get ready for next month’s Chinese New Year. Celebrations in Australia include street festivals with dancing, music, fireworks and lanterns. To mark the occasion, we’ve issued this Chinese New Year 2018 1oz Silver Coin featuring two traditional symbols of good fortune in one image – a red dragon in the shape of a Chinese knot.

For your chance to win this stunning release, try solving our latest anagram.

Clue: Begins 16 February!

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘January 2018 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 2 February 2018. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

See us on Facebook and Twitter for notification of anagrams and other great coin competitions.

Last month’s winner: Congratulations Ian Hemmings from the UK for the correct answer of ‘Labrador Retriever’.

 

What’s New? Perth Mint collector coin releases for January 2018

What’s New? Perth Mint collector coin releases for January 2018

The New Year is a time to set new goals and we’re aiming for the stars with our plans to bring you the most innovative and exciting range of precious metal collectable coins available. And if January is a yardstick of our intentions, it’s going to be a cracking 12 months!

Let’s begin with a major news announcement. Under an exclusive licensing agreement reached with the entertainment giant Warner Bros. we will be crafting and creating superb quality releases celebrating some of the best loved movies ever produced. The sensational line up of coins also features many of your favourite cartoon characters – including much loved icons from the famous Looney Tunes series of animated shorts.

The amazing Warner Bros. program gets underway this month with a release celebrating Scooby-Doo, the comical canine hero who has been entertaining kids of all ages for almost 50 years. With a strictly limited mintage of 5,000 coins worldwide, it’s an awesome collectable for devotees of the loveable great dane.

In other interesting developments, you’ve indicated that coins are fast becoming favoured gifts for all kinds of celebrations. In response, our designer have been working hard to develop delightful new designs and themes to mark many of life’s special moments.

This month we’re pleased to unveil an adorable new design for our Always Together series (especially popular around Valentine’s Day!) and a gorgeously re-imagined Newborn release to celebrate the joy surrounding the arrival of a baby in 2018.

As well as an impressive new take on Birthday coins, we’ve also developed a Graduation coin – a great way for proud parents and grandparents to reward hard working primary, secondary and university students for successfully completing their studies in 2018.

Among other Perth Mint coins we’re proud to announce this January, don’t miss the latest Opal Lunar release celebrating the Year of the Dog. Also marking the Chinese New Year is an extraordinary antiqued high relief creation featuring the symbolically auspicious Phoenix.

For more details of these and other new releases including the final coin from our landmark Australian Posters of World War I series, please browse through the electronic bulletin above or visit Recent Releases.

Best wishes for 2018 – The Perth Mint Blog Team.

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Where to point your money toad for financial good fortune

Where to point your money toad for financial good fortune

In Eastern cultures, especially Chinese folklore, the three-legged money toad (aka Chan Chu or Jin Chan) is a symbol of financial good fortune.

With deep symbolic roots, the money toad is generally portrayed sitting on top of a pile of ancient Chinese coins. It holds a gold coin between its lips while a tasselled string tethering yet more coins emerges from the side of its mouth.

Small statues of the money toad can be found in many Chinese homes and businesses in the hope that it will bring them wealth and prosperity.

Where to place a money toad

Positioning the money toad for maximum influence is of great concern to Chinese people.

It’s crucial the placement complies with the ancient philosophy of feng shui – a manner of arranging objects so that energy, or “chi”, flows gently and smoothly throughout the premises.

Specific feng shui principles for the Money Toad decree it should be located inside a home or business on a diagonal from the entrance way. It should never face the door, but rather look towards the heart of the building so as to draw money inside while at the same time fending off bad financial influences.

In a mark of respect, the money toad should be placed on a raised surface – never on the floor.

Money Toad 2018 1oz Silver Gilded Coin

This Money Toad coin will prove lucky for some! With no more than 5,000 available for release, it’s a rare celebration of one of China’s most popular symbols of wealth.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, the coin’s image of the money toad is meticulously gilded in shining 24 carat gold in honour of its revered influence.

An upright framed presentation case makes it possible to display this coin so that the money toad keeps a watchful eye over your home!

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Fashion designer makes seamless transition to coins

Fashion designer makes seamless transition to coins

How does a fashion designer carve out a career in The Perth Mint design studio?

Meet Lucas Bowers, who’s doing exactly that.

Having completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Perth’s Curtin University, Lucas found a unique opening in the graphic design sector that allowed him to specialise in illustration and painting, and soon discovered a niche in the fashion scene.

Even though it sounds far-fetched, the work proved to be a perfect segue into coins.

“Through fashion I was becoming more and more involved with designing for metal – cuff links, belt-buckles, brooches – that kind of thing,” he explains. “I found the challenges and possibilities of the medium extremely exciting.

“I’ve also had a long-standing fascination with coins and other historical artforms, so when the opportunity came up to join the design studio at an organisation with as long and prestigious a history as The Perth Mint, I jumped at the chance.”

Now, coin collectors are starting to see the fruits of Lucas’s considerable skills.

Two of his earliest coin creations are available this month in the form of the 2018 Lunar Good Fortune Two-Coin Set.

One of the Mint’s most consistently popular Chinese themed products, the annual release is renowned for its highly detailed artistic style.

To celebrate the Year of the Dog, Lucas produced brilliant illustrations of a rottweiler and a border collie, each placed within a collection of beautifully rendered motifs signifying either ‘wealth’ or ‘wisdom’.

Impressing colleagues with his ability, passion and direction, Lucas has made a seamless transition to the world of coin designing.

Now he’s applying his fresh ideas and creative talents to some innovative and exciting new collections which promise to bring a whole new dimension to Australian coins!

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ANAGRAM Win a Baby Dog 2018 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

ANAGRAM Win a Baby Dog 2018 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

A new puppy is a joy to behold. Playful, innocent and brimming with curiosity, it’s guaranteed to warm the heart. Capturing the spirit of a mischievous pup this festive season, our delightful Baby Dog 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin would make a lovely collectable for any canine lover or an endearing gift for a new born baby in 2018.

Test your skill in our latest anagram competition for your chance to win this gorgeous release!

Clue: Popular pet breed

How to enter: Email your answer to anagram@perthmint.com.au marking your reply ‘December 2017 Anagram Competition’ in the subject line. Please include your name, address and telephone number. Entries close on 4 January 2018. Eligible entrants will be included in the free draw and the winner will be notified by telephone or email. Terms and conditions.

See us on Facebook and Twitter for notification of anagrams and other great coin competitions.

Last month’s winner: Congratulations Ray Thomas of South Australia for the correct answer of ‘Buckingham Palace’.

 

What’s new? The Perth Mint collector coin releases for December 2017

What’s new? The Perth Mint collector coin releases for December 2017

The year is coming to an end but the celebrations are only just beginning!

This month we’re pleased to unveil more stunning releases to help you mark the forthcoming Year of the Dog.

Choose from stunning Astrological gold coins representing the cutest shina inu, poodle and husky puppies, or the superb Wealth and Wisdom silver coin set portraying a rottweiler and a border collie.

Along with an immaculate 1oz Lunar gold coin depicting a labrador retriever in high relief, there’s now an exceptional canine coin to suit almost everyone’s liking!

Both our Happy Birthday and Wedding silver coins are back with a 2018 year-date to provide you with a brilliant alternative gift for family and friends on the most important occasions in their lives.

To start the party in the most propitious way, we’ve also embodied symbols of good fortune and prosperity in new releases celebrating the Chinese New Year and highly symbolic Money Toad.

For more details of these and other beautiful gifts ideas, browse through our final electronic bulletin of the year or head to Recent Releases on our website.

And don’t forget our Christmas Gift Guide where along with more glittering gift ideas you can check final order dates for delivery before 25 December.

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Gemstone Edition a sight for sore eyes

Gemstone Edition a sight for sore eyes

Certain German shepherds are born with a blue tinge in their coats. As puppies, German shepherds with this colour variation can also have blue eyes.

The new Gemstone Edition from the 2018 Australian Lunar Series celebrates the Year of the Dog with an image of a German shepherd featuring a beautiful blue sapphire in its right eye.

Sapphires have mystical associations with truth, sincerity and faithfulness – the latter a strong trait of German shepherds which are well known for their loyalty and obedience. It’s also been claimed sapphires have strong healing powers, especially for sore eyes!

Probably best known as September’s birthstone and a 45th wedding anniversary gift, the sapphire is one of a trio of well-known precious gemstones including ruby and emerald that feature in sought after jewellery. Sapphire is also the second hardest natural gemstone to diamond.

2018 Year of the Dog Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition

This spectacular release features a sparkling finishing touch in the shape of a handset blue sapphire. Limited to maximum mintage of only 500, the coin is a remarkable keepsake for any German Shepherd owner and all those born in the Year of the Dog.

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Special royal commemoratives celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh

Special royal commemoratives celebrate the 70th wedding anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh

On 20 November 2017, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh became the first British royal couple to celebrate their platinum wedding anniversary. To commemorate this special and historic occasion we have released four collector coins – a 1oz silver proof, a 2oz gold proof, a 1/4oz gold proof and a 2oz platinum coin.

The Queen and Prince Philip first met when she was a girl of 13 at a family wedding in 1934. They met again in 1937, and again in 1939 after which they began exchanging letters.

Philip eventually proposed in 1946 at Balmoral when Elizabeth was 20 years of age and she accepted without consulting her parents, the King and Queen. Her father asked that they delay the formal announcement of the engagement until after her 21st birthday the following April.

The official engagement announcement was finally made on 9 July 1947, and was followed by a garden party the next day at Buckingham Palace to introduce the happy couple.

The Queen, then known as Princess Elizabeth, married the Duke of Edinburgh, known then as Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, at Westminster Abbey in London at 11.30am on 20 November 1947. The wedding was attended by 2,000 guests and broadcast to 200 million radio listeners around the world.

The wedding reception was a breakfast held at Buckingham Palace in the Ball Supper Room. The couple received more than 2,500 wedding presents from around the world and approximately 10,000 telegrams of congratulations.

The royal nuptials added a welcome touch of glamour in post-World War II Britain when millions of people were still living in bomb-damaged cities and coping with food rations and coupons. The royal wedding was the first major event in Britain since the end of the war. However, the young Princess Elizabeth – mindful of the sacrifices being made by the people – used ration coupons to purchase the material for her wedding dress which was designed by the Court Designer, Sir Norman Hartnell.

Celebrate with silver, gold and platinum Australian commemorative coins

The reverse of each coin depicts the shield from the Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom alongside the shield from the Coat of Arms of His Royal Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. The design also includes flowers from the floral emblems of Wales, Scotland, Ireland and England, as well as St Edward’s Crown, the inscription 70TH ANNIVERSARY ROYAL WEDDING, the year-dates 1947-2017, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

The obverse of each coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year-date and monetary denomination. These coins are issued as Australian legal tender with maximum mintages of only 5,000 of the 1oz silver, 350 of the 2oz gold, 750 of the 1/4oz gold and 250 of the 2oz platinum.

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