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Star Wars 1oz Silver Proof Collections and Base-Metal Coins!

Collectible STAR WARS™ legal tender coins coming to a universe near you

One of cinema’s most enduring and beloved franchises, the Star Wars Saga has made its imprint on books, TV, toys, soft goods, kitchen wares, video games, comic books and much, much more—but never as a legal tender coin set available in the U.S.

Until now!

Darth Vader Silver Proof Collection

After obtaining the rights to this incredible property, S&A Partners turned to the only mint in the world with the creative know-how and resources to manufacture sets of gold, silver and base metal coins featuring the characters from this hugely popular series. And now, New Zealand’s precious metal specialist, New Zealand Mint, has been commissioned to manufacture legal tender coins for the successful franchise.

“When discussing the marketing potential of this property — the enthusiasm and willingness to share information and ideas made the decision to work with the New Zealand Mint an easy choice,” said Steven Harris, Managing Partner at S&A.

The first Star Wars coins to be released were launched in August at the American Numismatics Association Show in Chicago, and will include eight 1oz silver coins and 10 Silver Plated base metal coins depicting the characters of the Star Wars movies. The effigy used for these coins will be the Government of Niue.

Further releases are planned annually, into the first half of 2014.

Millenium Falcon Silver Proof Collection

The timing couldn’t be better according to New Zealand Mint Vice President of USA Operations, Chris Kirkness.

“Lucasfilm is launching the complete Star Wars Saga on Blu-ray in September this year. Plus, in February of 2012 they will be releasing Star Wars: Episode I The Phantom Menace in 3D, so there’s a lot happening around the franchise,” said Kirkness. “The coin programme release will coincide with this global activity and it’s tipped to be a best-seller. Of course, we are absolutely delighted to be involved with such an amazing franchise.”

Harris added, “The presentation and packaging developed by New Zealand Mint is always clever and such high-quality. We look forward to working with them to offer an incredible set of products that will definitely ’wow’ both Star Wars fans and the entire coin-collecting community!”

Star Wars Base Metal Coins

Australian Star Wars devotees can get their coin fix exclusively from Downies:

About the Coins:

The first release includes two (2) uniquely packaged 4 x 1oz Silver coin sets and 10 individual Silver Plated base metal coins.

The Last Tasmanian Tiger 3D Lenticular coins

2011 $1 Tasmanian Tiger Lenticular Gold-Plated Prooflike

Celebrating one of the true icons of Australia’s natural and cultural history with the latest in 21st century minting techniques, this stunning tribute to the Tasmanian Tiger is most notable for its sensational Lenticular Moving Image. The reverse design features the very last of the species to die in captivity and has been created with the last known film footage of a live Tasmanian Tiger!

An animal like no other, the thylacine resembled a large short-haired dog with a head like a wolf, a backward facing pouch like a wombat, a stiff tail similar to that of a kangaroo, and a striped body that gave it the name ‘Tasmanian Tiger’.

The impact of human activity significantly contributed to the disappearance of the Tasmanian Tiger population, with disease, hunting and incursion into its natural habitat all having an effect. Considered a major threat to livestock, the last Tasmanian Tiger in the wild was shot by a farmer in 1933. It was in the same year that the last known surviving Tasmanian Tiger was captured and transported to Hobart Zoo and named ‘Benjamin’. The Tasmanian Tiger was notorious for its inability to survive long in captivity, and Benjamin died after only three years at the Zoo, passing away on the 7th of September 1936.The ideal subject for the application of Lenticular minting technology, this spectacular 40mm gold-plated legal tender coin captures perfectly the great beauty and fierce appearance of this intriguing, distinctive Australian marsupial. Enshrining a crucial artefact of Australia’s natural history within genuine legal tender, the vivid Moving Image design was created using footage of Benjamin taken by noted naturalist David Fleay at the Hobart Zoo in 1933. Given the employment of Fleay’s historic film, you could hardly imagine a more authentic, more eye-catching commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the death of the last known Tasmanian Tiger. A fantastic opportunity for our clients to enjoy this compelling combination of Australian history and state-of-the-art minting, the 2011 $1 Tasmanian Tiger gold-plated Prooflike coin represents outstanding value-for-money at the Official Issue Price of just $29.95!

  • A stunning Lenticular legal tender tribute to the
    iconic Tasmanian Tiger
  • Features Moving Image design - created using
    original footage of the last Tassie Tiger!
  • Measuring 40mm in diameter, each Prooflike copper
    coin is finished in 24-carat gold!
  • Set in an informative, attractive full-colour pack
  • Very affordable at Official Issue Price!

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2011 $5 Tasmanian Tiger Lenticular Silver Proof

Defined by a sensational Lenticular design, official legal tender status and flawless Silver Proof quality, this prestigious tribute to the 75th anniversary of the last Tasmanian Tiger is also notable for extremely limited availability. The mintage has been set at a crazy 3,000 coins! Like it’s gold-plated counterpart, the broad 40mm flan of this precious metal Proof features a vibrant ‘Moving Image’ design of Benjamin - the last known Tasmanian Tiger. A powerful illustration of the best in modern minting, this seamless, flowing Lenticular motif has been created from actual film footage of Benjamin taken by naturalist David Fleay! Complete with a Certificate of Authenticity attesting to the surprisingly low mintage of 3,000 - sure to sell-out at speed - this exclusive 25g sterling silver Proof is set in a plush case.

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The original footage which was used to produce the lenticular design!
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Deadly and Dangerous! ~ Tuvalu $1 Australia's Box Jellyfish 1oz Silver Proof

A sensational addition to one of the hottest series in numismatics, the latest in the Australian Deadly & Dangerous Series has just been unveiled! A characteristically stunning example of The Perth Mint’s unparalleled full-colour minting techniques, this dramatic new legal tender coin honours one of the world’s most lethal aquatic inhabitants – the Box Jellyfish.
Found off Northern Australia, and in the Indo-Pacific region, the Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) is, according to the Australian Institute of Marine Science, ‘claimed to be the most venomous marine animal known’. An astonishing life form, it can grow up to 15 tentacles, each with a length of up to 3 metres, from each corner of the cubic bell from which it takes its name. Each tentacle is endowed with up to 5,000 stinging cells containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system and skin. Causing excruciating pain, this aquatic assassin can kill a human within minutes. Capturing the lethal beauty of the Box Jellyfish – which has killed 64 people in Australia since the first recorded death in the 1880s – this 40.60mm Silver Proof is a must-have for all coin collectors.

Moreover, this coin is crucial for anyone who owns any of its predecessors in the Deadly & Dangerous Series. Virtually never offered, the soaring market values of the 2006 Red-back Spider $1 (now A$1,000+), 2007 Great White Shark $1 (A$169), 2008 Blue-Ringed Octopus $1 (A$250), 2009 Saltwater Crocodile $1 (A$225) and 2010 Eastern Brown Snake (A$179) creates a strong incentive to secure the 2011 Box Jellyfish $1 at Official Issue Price!

  • Struck to Proof quality from 1oz of pure .999 silver
  • Features a vibrant design of Australia’s Box Jellyfish
  • Tiny mintage just 5,000 – sell-out guaranteed
  • Struck by The Perth Mint for Tuvalu as legal tender of $1
  • Set in a high-gloss timber case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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Deadly and Dangerous! ~ Tuvalu $1 Australia's Box Jellyfish 1oz Silver Proof

A sensational addition to one of the hottest series in numismatics, the latest in the Australian Deadly & Dangerous Series has just been unveiled! A characteristically stunning example of The Perth Mint’s unparalleled full-colour minting techniques, this dramatic new legal tender coin honours one of the world’s most lethal aquatic inhabitants – the Box Jellyfish.
Found off Northern Australia, and in the Indo-Pacific region, the Box Jellyfish (Chironex fleckeri) is, according to the Australian Institute of Marine Science, ‘claimed to be the most venomous marine animal known’. An astonishing life form, it can grow up to 15 tentacles, each with a length of up to 3 metres, from each corner of the cubic bell from which it takes its name. Each tentacle is endowed with up to 5,000 stinging cells containing toxins that attack the heart, nervous system and skin. Causing excruciating pain, this aquatic assassin can kill a human within minutes. Capturing the lethal beauty of the Box Jellyfish – which has killed 64 people in Australia since the first recorded death in the 1880s – this 40.60mm Silver Proof is a must-have for all coin collectors.

Moreover, this coin is crucial for anyone who owns any of its predecessors in the Deadly & Dangerous Series. Virtually never offered, the soaring market values of the 2006 Red-back Spider $1 (now A$1,000+), 2007 Great White Shark $1 (A$169), 2008 Blue-Ringed Octopus $1 (A$250), 2009 Saltwater Crocodile $1 (A$225) and 2010 Eastern Brown Snake (A$179) creates a strong incentive to secure the 2011 Box Jellyfish $1 at Official Issue Price!

  • Struck to Proof quality from 1oz of pure .999 silver
  • Features a vibrant design of Australia’s Box Jellyfish
  • Tiny mintage just 5,000 – sell-out guaranteed
  • Struck by The Perth Mint for Tuvalu as legal tender of $1
  • Set in a high-gloss timber case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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2011 $2 First Crossing of the Simpson Desert 1oz Silver Proof

Ted Colson - the man behind the milestone...

To many, Australia’s grand tradition of exploration ended during the wild colonial days of the 19th century – but this is not the case. Such is the nature of the ‘wide brown land’, the Australian Continent still had many secrets in the 20th century, and many men, driven by a thirst for knowledge and inspired by the deeds of their forefathers, bravely sought to reveal those secrets.

Ted Colson was one such man. An experienced bushman with a rich knowledge of indigenous cultures, and a cameleer and guide on previous missions of exploration, Colson was inspired by Madigan’s aerial crossing of the Simpson Desert in 1929, and decided to attempt the journey by camel during 1936. Some of Australia’s most famous explorers – including Charles Sturt, Ludwig Leichhardt and Burke & Wills – had penetrated or skirted the arid environment of the Simpson Desert, but none had actually made the crossing.

Despite being told that it was impossible, Colson left Blood Creek north-west of Oodnadatta in a bid to cross the desert from west to east on 26 May 1936, taking five camels and Peter Ains, an indigenous man of the Antakurinya tribe, as his assistant. Relying solely on his compass, Colson trekked across the inhospitable landscape with remarkable accuracy, and having clambered over a thousand steep, red sand-ridges, he and his companion marched into Birdsville a week earlier than was thought possible – on 11 June. After spending time recovering from the arduous journey, they then set off for Blood Creek, arriving on 29 June 1936.

An extraordinary achievement, with little support of financial reward, Colson trekked across nearly 900km of largely unexplored hostile country in just 36 days. Continuing to pioneer routes through Central Australia, before dying in a car accident in 1950 at the age of 68, Ted Colson will always be remembered as the first European to cross the Simpson Desert.

75th Anniversary Tribute to Ted Colson's Expedition!

Tiny worldwide mintage a mere 2,000 coins!

An extremely exclusive tribute to one of the unsung heroes of Australian exploration, this official legal tender coin honours Ted Colson (1881 - 1950) – the first European to cross the Simpson Desert.

A largely unheralded achievement, Colson trekked by camel from Blood Creek northwest of Oodnadatta to Birdsville, and back again, in just 36 days, covering nearly 900km of mostly unexplored, inhospitable terrain. Graced with a fine portrait of this burly, cheerful, unassuming Aussie pioneer, this crown-sized 38.61mm full-colour coin captures perfectly both the hypnotic beauty and hostile nature of the foreboding Australian hinterland he crossed.

Produced by Swiss precious metal experts Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP), the worldwide mintage of this superbly struck .999 fine silver 1oz Proof has been set at low 2,000. Surely a major underestimation of demand given the broad interest in Australian exploration, and the voracious appetite of the collector community for full-colour coins honouring Australia and its icons, a sell-out of this meagre mintage is inevitable.

  • Exclusive! Tiny worldwide mintage restricted to just 2,000 coins!
  • Struck to immaculate Proof quality from a troy ounce of .999 fine silver
  • Beautifully presented within the plush confines of a large, stylish case
  • Accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • Struck by PAMP as official Niue legal tender – spans 38.61mm in diameter

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The 2011 $100 Tasmanian tiger 1oz Gold Proof - in full-colour high relief!

A masterpiece of modern minting, with the full-colour design in fully struck-up high relief, this unique, exclusive tribute was created by Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux – the world’s leading and most prestigious independent precious metal coin producers

One of the most desirable, most exclusive gold issues to be released in Australia, this exquisite legal tender coin forms the ultimate tribute to one of Australia’s most intriguing, most well-known native creatures – the Tasmanian Tiger. To be offered on a subscription basis, with orders taken only until the 15th of April, 2011, no more than 150 examples of this MASSIVE ONE TROY OUNCE .9999 FINE GOLD PROOF WILL EVER BE STRUCK!

Produced by Swiss precious metal specialists Produits Artistiques Métaux Précieux (PAMP), this new release is a masterwork of numismatic craftsmanship. Struck to the most rigorous Proof standards from a full troy ounce of pure, lustrous .9999 gold, every collector will be impressed by the glorious full-colour motif, the sharply frosted background designs and the stunning mirrored field. Unquestionably one of the finest colour coins we have ever offered, capturing perfectly the distinctive appearance of the Tasmanian Tiger, the full-colour design has been created in fully struck-up high relief!

Sure to command the attention of those enchanted by the unparalleled beauty, rarity and prestige of the world’s favourite precious metal – and the many people seeking coins defined by extremely exclusive limited availability – there is no doubt that the tiny maximum mintage of 150 will be achieved at super speed. Indicative of demand for all large gold coins, the 100-coin mintage of the 2010 $100 Ned Kelly 1oz Gold Proof was over-subscribed in just SEVEN days!

With only one hundred and fifty people ACROSS THE WORLD able to enjoy this prestigious, edge-numbered 38.61mm 1oz Gold Proof, the need for an immediate order is obvious.

Issued to mark the 75th anniversary of the death of the last known Tasmanian Tiger, this stunning 1oz .9999 fine gold legal tender issue features the Raphael Maklouf obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II

  • Incredibly exclusive, the ‘strike-to-order’ mintage has been set at just 150!
  • Crafted to the highest Proof quality from a troy ounce of .9999 fine gold
  • Stunning full-colour design – created in fully struck-up high relief!
  • Measuring 38.61mm in diameter, the 1oz gold flan features edge-numbering
  • Beautifully presented within a superb timber presentation case
  • Complete with an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity

Attesting to the exceptionally low worldwide mintage, with a mere 150 coins to be struck, each Gold Proof is distinguished by individual edge-numbering – matching the numbered Certificate of Authenticity accompanying each coin!

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STUNNING NEW CONCEPT! ~ Year of the Rabbit $1 Silver Proof collection!

Lunar Pack Shot

The world leaders in precious metal minting, Australia’s Perth Mint is relentless in its ambition to create new, exciting numismatic presentations – as exemplified by this sensational new Year of the Rabbit $1 Silver Proof collection!

Highlighted by a superb new style of presentation case, allowing easier display and greater enjoyment of your new acquisition, this innovative new legal tender release comprises four 47.60mm x 27.60mm rectangular landscape coins – each crafted from 1oz of pure .999 silver. Individually brilliant, with the Mint’s expert application of full-colour creating a highly distinctive look for each, the four coins are united by an interlinked design – a fascinating twist to the collection that can be fully appreciated as a result of the elegant new display case.

A collector presentation of great prestige, this unique celebration of the Year of the Rabbit is as exclusive as it is eye-catching. With  just 3,000 to be issued worldwide, and with this groundbreaking collection packed with so many captivating characteristics, a rapid-fire sell-out is entirely foreseeable.

Indeed, with this set of such obvious international appeal, Downies has been able to secure only a tiny allocation from the exclusive mintage. Don’t miss this chance!

  • An exclusive tribute to the Year of the Rabbit – worldwide mintage just 3,000 collections!
  • Comprises four rectangular coins – each crafted to the pinnacle of Proof quality from a troy ounce of .999 fine silver
  • Struck by the Perth Mint as official Cook Islands legal tender – Queen Elizabeth II depicted on each obverse
  • Beautifully enhanced with a unique full-colour design, each coin measures 47.60mm x 27.60mm
  • Housed within a new type of presentation case, created to enable the easy, attractive display of all four coins
  • Complete with an individually serial numbered Certificate of Authenticity

Lunar 4 coin shot

The Chinese Lunar Calendar!

The longest chronological record in history, the Chinese Lunar Calendar was, according to traditional belief, established by Emperor Huang Ti in 2600 BC.

Despite its name, the Chinese Calendar is lunisolar, being based on the positions of the Sun and the Moon. Reflecting the calendar’s cyclical nature, as opposed to the linear concept of time embodied in the western Gregorian Calendar, the dating of the years in the Chinese Lunar Calendar sees the employment of animal signs. Each year in the 12-year cycle is linked to a particular animal, with the Chinese believing that the animal ruling the year in which a person was born has a profound influence on the personality of that person.

Although China adopted the Gregorian Calendar in 1911, the Lunar Calendar is still used in many Asian countries for key festive occasions. The most important of these festivals is  Chinese New Year, which in 2011, the Year of the Rabbit, falls on 3 February.

Which Chinese Zodiac Sign Are You?

Rabbit: 2011, 1999, 1987, 1975, 1963
Tiger: 2010, 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962
Ox: 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973, 1961
Rat: 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960

Pig: 2007, 1995, 1983, 1971, 1959
Dog: 2006, 1994, 1982, 1970, 1958
Rooster: 2005, 1993, 1981, 1969, 1957
Monkey: 2004, 1992, 1980, 1968, 1956

Ram: 2003, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955
Horse: 2002, 1990, 1978, 1966, 1954
Snake: 2001, 1989, 1977, 1965, 1953
Dragon: 2000, 1988, 1976, 1964, 1952

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ITS HERE! ~ Tuvalu 2011 $1 Tasmanian Tiger 1oz Silver Proof

Tasmanian Tiger

A unique, instantly recognisable nocturnal marsupial, the thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus; Greek for ‘dog-headed pouched one’) is one of Australia’s most remarkable native creatures – and one of the most famous.

Native to Tasmania, the Australian mainland and Papua New Guinea, the modern thylacine emerged around 4 million years ago. Distinguished by a strong striped pattern across its back, hence the name, the Tasmanian Tiger was well known to the indigenous peoples of Australia. Hunted for food, and forced to compete with the dingo, the Tassie Tiger is believed to have been virtually extinct on continental Australia approximately 2,000 years ago. By the time of European Settlement, this distinctive dog-like creature was found almost exclusively in what was then known as Van Diemen’s Land.

The impact of humans was key to the devastation of the Tasmanian Tiger population, with disease, hunting and incursion into natural habitat all having an impact, and, as early as the early 1900s, efforts were being made to save the Tiger from extinction. Alas, it was too little, too late, and the last known Tasmanian Tiger in the wild was killed by a farmer in 1933. Never surviving very long in captivity, and only ever breeding in captivity on one occasion, the last surviving Tassie Tiger died exactly 75 years ago in the Hobart Zoo in 1936 on September the 7th – the date upon which National Threatened Species Day is celebrated.

Although there have been a huge number of sightings of the Tasmanian Tiger in the seven decades since, and massive rewards posted for either confirmation of the species’ continued existence or the capture of a live specimen, no satisfactory proof has been provided. The continued speculation, however, combined with the Tiger’s unique beauty and status as a Tasmanian and Australian cultural icon, will ensure that, extinct or not, the Tassie Tiger will never die.

Tasmanian Tiger Silver Proof

The perfect subject for a full-colour coin, this outstanding new Perth Mint-struck precious metal Proof forms a dramatic tribute to one of Australia’s most distinctive, most mysterious, most famous creatures – the Tasmanian Tiger.

With a large, wolf-like head, tiger-like striped coat and wombat-like backwards-facing pouch, the Thylacinus cynocephalus (Tasmanian Tiger) is among the most intriguing elements of Australia’s great variety of exotic native fauna. Rivalling in reputation such wonders of nature as the platypus, kangaroo and koala, this unusual creature virtually disappeared from the Australian mainland around 2,000 to 3,000 years ago. At the time of European Settlement, it was found in significant numbers only in Tasmania. Hunting, disease and habitatdestruction all had a major impact on the Tassie Tiger population, and the last known thylacine died in the Hobart Zoo in 1936.

The source of constant fascination in the 75 years since the demise of the last known thylacine’ – with a large number of unconfirmed sightings of this legendary Aussie creature ensuring ongoing publicity – the highly distinctive appearance of the Tasmanian Tiger has been perfectly captured by the Perth Mint upon this stunning legal tender coin. Crafted to the height of Proof quality from .999 silver, and then superbly enhanced with full-colour, there is no doubt that the 2011 $1 Tasmanian Tiger 1oz Silver Proof will provoke massive interest across the globe. Indeed, with demand for full-colour Aussie animal coins from the Perth Mint at truly explosive levels, there is every reason to believe that a swift sell-out of the limited mintage of just 5,000 is inevitable.

Tasmanian Tiger

Sure to be as hard-to-find in the future as the Tassie Tiger itself, don’t miss the chance to capture this unique precious metal Proof at the affordable Official Issue Price!

  • Crafted to Proof quality from a troy ounce of pure .999 silver
  • Exclusive! Tiny worldwide mintage restricted to just 5,000
  • Struck by the Perth Mint as official Tuvalu legal tender
  • Housed in a prestigious presentation case with a glossy ‘Birds Eye’ wood grain finish
  • Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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Kingsford Smith 75th Anniversary 1oz Silver Proof

In 1935, following a stellar career encompassing an incredible 18 successful pioneering flights, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith disappeared en route to Singapore as he attempted to break the England-Australia flight record in his plane, the Lady Southern Cross. In 2010, some 75 years later, we pay homage to the all-too-brief life of Australia’s greatest aviator with the release of this outstanding precious metal Proof.

Continuing his strong association with official currency, with Kingsford Smith found on the first Australian $20 note, as well as several sought after commemorative coins, the 2010 $1 Kingsford Smith 1oz Silver Proof has been struck by Australia’s Perth Mint as official Tuvalu legal tender. A skillful example of the Mint’s world-renowned precious metal prowess, each 1oz .999 fine silver Proof unites a powerful portrait of Smithy with his iconic plane, the Southern Cross. Providing a striking contrast with these vivid full-colour images, the fully ‘struck-up’ depiction of the world forms a fitting backdrop to a man who took on the tyranny of distance with such breathtaking audacity.

A unique 75th anniversary tribute to the superstar of Australia’s Golden Age of aviation discovery and development, demand for the 2010 $1 Kingsford Smith 1oz Silver Proof is sure to soar sky-high. With just 5,000 struck, and massive interest in legal tender commemorations of Australia and its icons, the time to guarantee supply of this memorable Silver Proof is right now – at Official Issue Price.

A national icon to rival Sir Donald Bradman and Phar Lap, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith is unquestionably Australia’s greatest aviator. Defined by the same spirit of adventure as the great pioneers of the 19th century, Kingsford Smith – or ‘Smithy’ as he became known – was born in Brisbane, Queensland, on 9 February 1897. He enlisted in the defence force in 1915, serving at Gallipoli before transferring to the Royal Flying Corps and winning his wings in 1917. Shot down in August of that year, and suffering serious injuries, he served as an instructor, before being demobilised in 1919. His love of flying saw Kingsford Smith fl y for joyriding services after the war, as well as becoming a ‘barnstormer’ in the USA, but he had much greater things in mind.

Whilst flying airmail services in Australia in the early 1920s, and becoming one of Australia’s fi rst commercial airline pilots when he flew for West Australian Airways, Kingsford Smith was plotting to become the first to fl y across the Pacific. Setting off from California in 1928 in the newly acquired Southern Cross Kingsford Smith and his crew completed the 7,400-mile flight in three legs, landing at Eagle Farm Airport in Queensland to a hero’s welcome from a crowd of 25,000.

Not only the first to cross the Pacific, Kingsford Smith soon became the first to make a non-stop flight across the Australian continent – flying from Melbourne to Perth in August 1928. Just weeks later, Smithy and his crew took on icy, stormy conditions to make the fi rst trans- Tasman crossing from Australia to New Zealand, where they were greeted by a crowd of 30,000. Kingsford Smith would later make several record-breaking flights between England and Australia, and became the first to circumnavigate the globe in one plane in 1929. After 18 successful pioneering flights in total, Smithy’s last, ill-fated record-breaking attempt was destined to be his pursuit of the speed record for an England- Australia flight. Taking off at night from Allahabad in India aboard the Lady Southern Cross, Kingsford Smith disappeared over the Andaman Sea on 8 November 1935.

Immortalised in film, literature, art – and coins, notes and stamps, of course – as well as the namesake for roads, suburbs, airports, schools and more, the extraordinary influence Sir Charles Kingsford Smith exerted over the history of Australian aviation will never be forgotten.

A unique, exclusive type, this eye-catching commemorative coin is...

  • crafted to the apex of Proof quality from 1oz of pure .999 silver
  • distinguished by a portrait of Kingsford Smith, united with the Southern Cross – both in glorious full-colour!
  • strictly limited to a tiny worldwide mintage of just 5,000
  • struck by The Perth Mint for Tuvalu as official legal tender of $1
  • beautifully presented in a high-gloss timber case, complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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2010 $2 Peanuts 60th Anniversary 1oz Silver Proof Collection

Adored worldwide…

First appearing in October of 1950, Peanuts was the brainchild of Charles M. Schulz. Presenting a unique, ironic social commentary on the USA, its array of quirky, distinctive characters like Charlie Brown and Snoopy quickly captured the public imagination. At its height, the strip was published in more than 2,500 newspapers across 75 countries, was translated into 21 languages, and had an audience of over 350 million people! Attracting fans over several generations, inspiring countless other cartoonists, and crucial in establishing the 4-panel comic strip as standard in the US, Charles M. Schulz’s Peanuts has been described as the most popular and most influential work in the field.

Peanuts 1oz Silver Proof Collection

Still immensely popular…

Although the last Peanuts comic strip was published in February 2000 – the 17,897th Peanuts strip, published a day after Schulz’s death – this highly original, somewhat eccentric cartoon maintains a powerful following. Still seen in newspapers, as well as the TV specials, the ongoing popularity of the cartoon has ensured that the field of Peanuts memorabilia is very strong. With this in mind, there is no doubt that the Niue 2010 $2 Peanuts 60th Anniversary 1oz Silver Proof Collection will provoke huge demand.

Enshrined in legal tender!

Peanuts has been honoured in many ways since first published 60 years ago – but never quite like this! An official issue of Swiss precious metal experts, PAMP, and enhanced with the latest European full-colour minting techniques, the 2010 $2 Peanuts 60th Anniversary 1oz Silver Proof Collection forms a truly memorable celebration of a global cultural phenomenon.
The perfect medium to create a permanent record of all your favourite Peanuts characters, the 2010 $2 Peanuts 60th Anniversary 1oz Silver Proof Collection comprises three crown-sized coins – each struck to Proof quality. A genuine legal tender issue, each .999 fine silver $2 coin portrays different Peanuts characters in glorious full-colour, including Charlie & Snoopy, Lucy & Schroeder and the legendary team of Snoopy and Woodstock.

Peanuts 1oz Silver Proof Collection

AN EXCLUSIVE OPPORTUNITY!

Beautifully presented within a highly distinctive presentation case, complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity attesting to the extremely limited worldwide mintage of just 5,000, we have only a small number of this exclusive legal tender commemorative collection in stock.

  • Comprises three 38.61mm 1oz .999 silver Proofs
  • Struck by Swiss firm PAMP – a world leader in precious metals
  • Tiny worldwide mintage – just 5,000 sets struck!
  • An official legal tender issue – carries portrait of Elizabeth II Set in a presentation case
  • Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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