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Lavish coins celebrate platinum anniversary of Queen’s ‘austerity’ wedding

Lavish coins celebrate platinum anniversary of Queen’s ‘austerity’ wedding

A royal wedding is cause for much rejoicing. When Prince William married Kate Middleton in 2011, a million people lined the procession route in London to glimpse the newlyweds while many more around the world watched on television.

Arguably, the marriage of the Prince’s grandmother, Queen Elizabeth, was one of the most welcome and celebrated royal weddings in history.

In 1947, the nation was still recovering from World War II. Austerity was tough for the people of Britain’s bomb-damaged cities. Drab clothes, endless queues and limited food supplies dominated everyday life.

In this atmosphere, the marriage of Princess Elizabeth to Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten provided blissful relief from years of worry and deprivation. Cheerful crowds gathered in London on the cold morning of 20 November, their unbridled joy erupting in a thunder of cheers as the bride’s coach headed towards Westminster Abbey.

After the ceremony, the throng’s good natured enthusiasm reached fever pitch, at one point causing the police to temporarily lose control as the crowd burst through the cordon into Buckingham Palace forecourt.

Throughout the Commonwealth, millions of adoring supporters also celebrated the glamorous couple’s nuptials thanks to live radio broadcasts and the new medium of television.

Despite the pageantry, the royal couple were very aware of their people’s hardships. Here are seven interesting examples of how Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh showed solidarity with the people on their big day.

Seven remarkable facts about the Queen’s wedding

  • Princess Elizabeth paid for material in her wedding dress with the aid of ration coupons.
  • The future Queen did her own makeup for the wedding.
  • When her borrowed diamond tiara broke on the morning of the wedding, repairs were quickly made by the court jeweller.
  • Philip is said to have brushed off his naval uniform for the occasion and worn darned socks.
  • The guest list for the wedding breakfast comprised a mere 150 people.
  • Pieces of the couple’s wedding cake, made from ingredients donated by the Australian Girl Guides, were distributed to school children and institutions.
  • The bride and groom also instructed that 500 cases of tinned pineapples received as a wedding present from the Government of Queensland should be directed to the people.

Juicy pineapple from the Sunshine State must have been an unimaginable luxury for the hungry folk lucky enough to taste it!

70th Anniversary of the Royal Wedding
2017 Silver, Gold and Platinum Proof Coins

After 70 years of marriage, The Perth Mint is proud to mark Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip’s platinum wedding anniversary with four unashamedly lavish Australian commemorative coins featuring designs approved by the Queen.

Immaculately struck in proof quality from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, 2oz of 99.99% pure gold, 1/4oz of 99.99% pure gold and 2oz of 99.95% pure platinum, each coin portrays 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.

As well as St Edward’s Crown, the intricate design also includes a floral display representing the symbolic rose, thistle, daffodil and shamrock.

Housed in presentation packaging, the releases are restricted to limited mintages of 5,000, 350, 750, and 250 respectively.

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What’s New? Perth Mint collector coin releases for September 2017

What’s New? Perth Mint collector coin releases for September 2017

September is a bonanza for collectors of stunning commemorative issues from The Perth Mint.

Canine lovers will be exultant that the Year of the Dog is approaching and will want to get in quick to secure stunning proof issues from the 2018 Australian Lunar series. Depicting two of the world’s favourite breeds – the labrador retriever and German shepherd – these meticulously struck gold and silver coins look certain to be lapped up!

HM Queen Elizabeth II’s remarkable life reaches another major milestone later this year. On 20 November she and the Duke of Edinburgh will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary. As a tribute to this magnificent achievement, we’re honoured to have been granted royal permission to issue four special commemoratives. Crafted from three noble metals – gold, silver and platinum – the coins are presented by The Perth Mint with genuine warmth and affection for Her Majesty and Prince Philip.

If you are already longing for the cheerfulness of the festive season, look no further than this year’s Christmas silver coin. With an image radiating the joyous promise of yuletide celebration, the star shaped release portrays the beckoning warmth of a log cabin in snow. A gorgeous gift and a delightful tree decoration, it beams with season’s greetings!

Our minters’ supreme skills in the art of high relief strikes is again exemplified in the new Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 5oz gold proof coin and Australian Kangaroo 5oz silver proof coin. These miniature works of iconic art are as rare as they are special – just 75 and 1,000 apiece will be struck.

For more information about each of this month’s new coins, including a stunning Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back™ coloured collectable, click the digital bulletin above or visit Recent Releases on The Perth Mint website.

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Why platinum coins are the pinnacle for so many collectors…

…and why they’re so scarce Whilst Gold is the most popular of the precious metals, Platinum is much, much rarer, making it the preferred choice for coin collectors looking for something that very few people can own. How rare is Platinum? Very. So rare, in fact, that all of the Platinum ever mined could fit […]

It’s a big anniversary for the Britannia and the Royal mint have an epic proof range out now

It’s a big anniversary for the Britannia and the Royal mint have an epic proof range out now One of the most eagerly awaited coins to be released every year, the proof Britannia has been home to some quite sublime designs since it debuted. The gold Britannia […]

$100 off the 2017 American Platinum Eagle!

Save $100 on a popular release while inventory lasts.

Hurry, only 100 coins available!

ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to offer one of the biggest releases of the year from the U.S. Mint at a new, lower price. For a limited time, you can save $100 on the 2017-W Proof Platinum Eagle in its original government packaging.

2017-W 1 oz Platinum American Eagle Proof $100 GEM Proof in its Original Government Packaging

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the series, the U.S. Mint brought back the original reverse design from the very first Proof that was released in 1997.

This release is highly coveted by collectors. In fact, the Proof Platinum Eagle was sold out from the Mint in 2015 and 2016 and this year could sell out soon!

Our supplies are limited, and selling quickly. Take advantage of this discounted price and order one of the most coveted releases of the year at savings of $100.

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Pre-order 2017 Proof Platinum Eagles in exclusive labels and high grades!

2017-W Platinum Eagle Proofs have landed

Exclusive labels & impressive designations available!

First introduced in 1997, the Platinum American Eagle series quickly became one of the most revered releases within Numismatics.

This year, this premium series celebrates 20 years of pure patriotism and devout minting craftsmanship.

In a wonderful tribute to the strong beginning of the Platinum Eagle series, the U.S. Mint chose to again feature the original release’s reverse artwork. This is the first time this image has been seen on a Proof Platinum Eagle since the series debuted in 1997!

2017-W 1 oz Platinum American Eagle Proof $100 NGC PF70 UC Early Release Black Core Holder 20th Anniversary Label

As the U.S. Mint continues to expand its creative horizons to meet the demand of new collectors around the world, there has been rumors of the Platinum Eagle’s obverse design also changing in future releases. This could be the last year that former Chief Engraver, John Mercanti’s close-up image of Lady Liberty is featured!

The Proof Platinum Eagle has been a release that has captured the interest of thousands of collectors for the past 20 years.

2017-W 1 oz Platinum American Eagle Proof $100 NGC PF70 UC First Release 20th Anniversary Label

As your source for hundreds of releases with exclusive labels and impressive designations, ModernCoinMart (MCM) is proud to offer a large assortment of 2017-W Platinum Eagle Proof coins for your collection.

With a limited mintage of just 10,000 coins, act now to secure your selection of 2017-W Platinum Eagle Proofs before it’s too late.

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For the first time in history: the Royal Mint releases a 10 oz. proof silver coin!

Perth Mint embraces challenge of crafting its most prestigious coin set yet

Perth Mint embraces challenge of crafting its most prestigious coin set yet

An essential aim for any proud organisation is to test its skills with the aim of surpassing all previous efforts. The Perth Mint has continuously challenged itself in order to extend its capabilities beyond the conventional. From a pioneering role in ‘colourisation’ and ‘gilding’ techniques, to casting our world record breaking One Tonne Gold Coin, we’ve never shied away from pushing the boundaries.

Recently, we created an innovative and prestigious range of iconic Australian coins combining pure precious metals with exceptionally rare pink diamonds from Western Australia’s Argyle Diamond Mine. Now, we’ve taken this stunning blend of natural treasures to a new level with the unveiling of The Australian Trilogy, possibly the most magnificent Australian Three-Coin Set ever created.

A never-to-be-repeated release with an official limited mintage of just one, the Trilogy combines three 2017 coins from our iconic Australian animal series. At one kilo apiece, the impressive releases are all large enough to fill the palm of your hand.

In the pursuit of perfection, up to 30 examples of each coin were struck before a process of scrupulous inspection and rejection resulted in three supreme choices (and the melting pot for those discarded).

With immaculate clarity and crispness, their appearance is instantly arresting. There’s a surprise, too – unprecedented combinations of metal and design mean the Australian Kookaburra is made from 9999 gold; the Australian Kangaroo from 9995 platinum; and the Australian Koala from a delightful shade of 22 carat rose gold.

Each masterpiece attains the truly spectacular with the inclusion of a carefully selected fancy coloured diamond within the design. Breathtakingly beautiful, these marvels of nature are so incredibly uncommon that less than a fistful see the light of day each year. The most valuable and sought after diamonds in the world, they’re exquisitely honed by the world’s most acclaimed cutters and polishers.

Respectively, Trilogy coins feature a round brilliant cut 0.47 carat Fancy Deep Purple-Pink; an emerald cut 0.46 carat Fancy Dark Gray-Violet; and an emerald cut 0.58 carat Fancy Intense Pink.

Even with the Mint’s extensive expertise, setting the stones was cause for significant nervousness. With much time and effort dedicated to producing coins with the highest quality finishes, it was alarming to think that one slip of a beading tool the whole project would be compromised.

The finest diamond setter, specially flown to Perth from Singapore, was entrusted to handset the fabulous gems. A collective intake of breath followed by an anxious wait was richly rewarded, however, when our expert craftsman completed the demanding procedure with immaculate precision.

The vision for The Australian Trilogy was the ultimate set of pink diamond adorned coins yet created. A shining example of what is achievable when creative, artistic and artisanal skills are united in the pursuit of perfection, we believe that as an unquestionable highlight of Australian precious collectables it has raised the bar once more.

With a recommended retail price of AUD 1.8 million, The Australian Trilogy can be viewed at The Perth Mint throughout June. Buyers are invited to contact Shop staff or call (+61 8) 9421 7376 for further information.

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