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Canada 2010 50c Lenticular Daspletosaurus Coin

The Royal Canadian Mint has teamed up with Canada's museums to release a new series of must-have lenticular moving image dinosaur coins. Each inspired by a different exhibit, the first coin in the series features the monstrous Daspletosaurus Torosus and centers on the nations leading natural sciences and natural history museum. Making the release even more significant is the fact that the museum is about to celebrate its 100th anniversary!

Canada 2010 50c Lenticular Daspletosaurus Coin

The Daspletosaurus is closely related to the much better known Tyrannosaurus, or T-Rex for short. Both similar in build, the Daspletosaurus is an older and much smaller relative. Towering in at close to 9 meters in length and weighing around 3 tons, these dinosaurs were carnivorous predators at the top of the food chain and preyed on other large dinosaurs such as Centrosaurus and Hypacrosaurus. The Daspletosaurus lived in western North American over 74 million years ago during the late Cretaceous Period. Their bones were heavily constructed and some, including the nasal bones on top of the snout, were fused for strength. An adult was typically armed with around 6 dozen teeth that were very long but oval in a cross section rather then blade-like, allowing it to attack and kill heavily plated dinosaurs. Loosely translated, Daspletosaurus means 'Frightful Lizard' - a name quite fitting for such a ferocious beast!

Canada 2010 50c Lenticular Daspletosaurus Coin

Implementing state-of-the-art minting techniques the Canadian mint has created a stunning lenticular coin that when tilted, the image of the fierce and dangerous Daspletosaurus appears to spring into motion. Presented in full-colour, the coin is sure to fascinate and engage amateur dinosaur hunters and enthusiasts alike. A distinctive addition to any collection, and an intriguing gift, each 35mm brass-plated steel 50c is set within an illustrated full-colour folder, complete with six FREE trading cards!

Canada 2010 50c Lenticular Daspletosaurus Coin

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2010 Discover Australia Series

An imaginative, diverse celebration of Australia’s iconic wildlife, the Perth Mint’s 2010 Discover Australia Dreaming Series represents a breathtaking work of numismatic art. Distinguished by an incredible FIFTEEN DIFFERENT indigenous art designs, this prestigious Australian legal tender series is sure to mirror the popularity of the first issue in this illustrious Australian collector program.

As with the acclaimed 2009 release, the new 2010 Discover Australia Dreaming Series is available in stunning silver, glorious gold and prestigious platinum – with each series featuring different designs! Unique tributes to the Wombat, Koala, Platypus, Saltwater Crocodile and Frilled Neck Lizard, those designs are the work of noted indigenous artist, Darryl Bellotti, who has successfully used the art of coinage to bring Australia’s most ancient cultural traditions to life. Darryl’s designs are absolutely superb struck to the most rigorous Proof standards of the Perth Mint, and the new 2010 Discover Australia Dreaming Collections will undoubtedly command the attention of those from both the collector community and the art world.

Defined by surprisingly small mintages – particularly given the world’s insatiable appetite for Australian indigenous art – this outstanding new Australian legal tender series is now available at Downies!

Affordable in silver...

A spellbinding synthesis of beauty, purity and presentation, the Perth Mint’s 2010 $1 Discover Australia Dreaming 1oz Silver Proof Collection is a stand-alone release of immense quality – and a must-have for those who secured the 2009 set!

A truly spectacular, distinctively Australian presentation, this new precious metal collection comprises five brilliantly designed crown-size coins. Compelling, highly individual works of indigenous art, the five coins pay homage to some of Australia’s most internationally recognisable native creatures – the Koala, the Platypus, the Frilled Neck Lizard, the Wombat and the Saltwater Crocodile. Beautifully accommodated by the imposing 40.60mm expanse of these flawlessly struck .999 fine silver 1oz coins, Darryl Bellotti’s inspired one-year-only designs look utterly sensational when united with the Perth Mint’s unrivalled full-colour-minting techniques.

Forming a fitting environment for such an eye-catching presentation, each 5-coin collection is housed within a plush, official Mint case with a timber lid, housed in a full-colour outer box. Completing the presentation, a numbered Certificate of Authenticity is also included, attesting to the strictly limited worldwide mintage of just 10,000 sets.

The most affordable issue of the 2010 Discover Australia program, the ongoing global demand for Australian indigenous art in all forms will ensure enormous interest in this exceptional Australian legal tender presentation. Secure your collection at the Mint’s Official Issue Price!

  • Comprises five 40.60mm .999 fine silver Proofs
  • An official Australian legal tender issue
  • Worldwide mintage set at just 10,000 collections!
  • Set within a stunning Perth Mint presentation case
  • Complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

Stunning in gold...

Drawing upon the ancient traditions of Australian indigenous art, the Perth Mint’s new 2010 Discover Australia Dreaming Gold Proof Series is a masterpiece of precious metal minting.

Comprising coins crafted to the apex of Proof quality from .9999 fine gold, and distinguished by stunning one-year-only designs, the 2010 series is available in three exclusive formats. Strictly limited editions, just 1,000 $50 1/2oz, 2,500 $15 1/10oz and 25,000 $5 1/25oz 5-coin Proof collections have been struck for the global market! With the worldwide surge in demand for gold coins showing no signs of abating, and this series celebrating some of the most widely revered Australian native icons, the 2010 Discover Australia release is bound to be hotly pursued across the globe.

Typical of the quality of all Perth Mint presentations, each of these prestigious Australian legal tender collections is housed within an official case, complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

A rare opportunity in pure platinum...

With platinum more than 30 times rarer than gold, there are few coins struck in this prestigious precious metal issued anywhere in the world. And none as spectacular as the Perth Mint’s new 2010 Discover Australia Dreaming Platinum Proof Series!

A seldom seen opportunity to add one of the world’s most desirable, rarest precious metals to your collection, this world-renowned program once again comprises two pure .9995 platinum sets. Underpinned by glorious full-colour, the 5-coin $15 1/10oz and $50 1/2oz platinum sets both pay homage to the same five Australian native icons honoured in the silver and gold collections – but are graced with radically different full-colour indigenous art designs!

A release of immense prestige, beauty and limited availability, just 1,000 1/2oz and 2,500 1/10oz 5-coin collections are to be issued worldwide – each beautifully presented within an official case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

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2010 $25 Ned Kelly 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin

Following in the footsteps of the $1 Ned Kelly Silver Proof Collection that we blogged about earlier this year, we now present to you a similar release. Again celebrating the legendary Ned Kelly, The Perth Mint have released a new 1/4oz Gold Proof coin. Utterly magnificent in design and presentation, and with a mintage restricted to a mere 1,000, it’s set to be as popular, if not more, as the silver proof collection.
Read on for full details and a brief rundown on the history of Ned Kelly!

The history…

In 2010, we mark the 130th Anniversary of the death of Ned Kelly. Although opinion will always be divided – to some a working class hero, to others a criminal – no one has captured the public imagination quite like Australia’s most notorious bushranger. Involved in cattle rustling in the 1870s, Ned’s transition from minor criminal to fully-fl edged bushranger was triggered when he and brother Dan were accused of the attempted murder of a trooper in 1878. With a price on their heads, Ned and Dan took to the bush, where Joe Byrne and Steve Hart soon joined them.

The reward for each Kelly Gang member was raised to £1,000 after the outlaws confronted a search party at Stringybark Creek, shooting Sergeant Kennedy and Constables Lonigan and Scanlon dead. That reward rose to an incredible £2,000 per man following the bank robberies in Euroa, Victoria and Jerilderie, NSW. The gang then disappeared from view for over a year, until June 1880. Killing former friend Aaron Sherritt in revenge for a perceived betrayal, the gang set out for Glenrowan, taking 70 people hostage in the hotel. It would be here that the Kellys’ last stand was to take place, and where the gang’s famous suits of armour would make their one-and-only appearance in battle.

With Joe Byrne killed by police, and Steve Hart and Dan Kelly committing suicide, Ned was the sole survivor of gun battle, and was sent to Melbourne to stand trial. Sentenced to death the murder of Lonigan at Stringybark Creek, and with pleas to have the sentence commuted ignored, Ned was led to the gallows at Melbourne Gaol on 11 November 1880 – exactly 130 years ago.

The coin…

The ultimate tribute to Australia’s world famous bushranger, this flawless new legal tender $25 coin unites the latest in minting technology with the beauty, purity and luxury of the world’s favourite precious metal. As exclusive as it is eye-catching, the Ned Kelly $25 1/4oz Gold Proof is destined to be one of the ‘Coins of 2010’.

A unique blend of history, quality and innovation, the Ned Kelly $25 1/4oz Gold Proof represents a glowing tribute to the expertise of the precious metal specialists at the Perth Mint. Demonstrating the Mint’s mastery of full-colour technology, the 22.6mm flan of this unique legal tender type is graced with a superb design. Contrasting against the pure, lustrous .9999 gold, the striking portrayal of Ned is complemented perfectly by a design of the helmet from the armour suit Ned wore at the final showdown at Glenrowan.

With the Mint striking just 1,000 examples for worldwide distribution, it will be a race against time to own one. Certain to be pursued by gold collectors, as well as those seeking a prestigious tribute to Ned in the 130th anniversary year of his death, the only question is when – not if – this Australian-made Gold Proof will sell out.

Don’t miss this initial opportunity – guarantee supply at Official Issue Price!

A prestigious commemoration of Australia’s legendary outlaw, each of these stunning coins is...

  • taken from a tiny worldwide mintage of just 1,000
  • crafted to faultless Proof quality from 1/4oz of .9999 fi ne gold
  • struck by the Perth Mint as an official Tuvalu legal tender issue
  • beautifully presented within an attractive timber case
  • accompanied by an individually numbered Certificate of Authenticity
  • excellent value-for-money at Official Issue Price. Act now!

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For further information about the Ned Kelly $1 Silver Proof Collection you can view our previous blog post HERE

Perth Mint New Releases - Battles, Orbital & Sea Life Series!

Last week saw the release of three new Perth Mint silver coins. Two from already popular on-going series and the third from a fresh new series dedicated to Australian sea life. Read on for full details!


Battle of Balaklava

The 4th and second-last release in the ‘Famous Battles In History’ series see’s the famous Battle of Balaklava re-created. The series itself is dedicated to commemorating famous battles throughout history, with previous issues focusing on the battles of Hastings, Cannae and Thermopylae. All have been extremely beautifully designed coins effectively depicting their respective battles, with the latest release being no exception!

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Fought on 25th October 1854 during the Crimean War, the bloody Battle of Balaklava was part of the Anglo-French-Turkish campaign to capture the port and fortress of Sevastopol, Russia’s principal naval base on the Black Sea. The 40.6mm Silver Proof bears a full-colour depiction – as painted by brilliant artist Richard Caton Woodville (1825-55) – of one of the most famous moments of the Battle of Balaklava – the ill-fated ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, in which Lord Cardigan, after a misinterpreted order, led a 600-strong contingent of mounted British troops into the ‘valley of death’ against a huge Russian army. With over 110 British troops killed, and over 270 wounded, this battle went down in history as one of Britain’s most disastrous military defeats.AQ404_pack

With the earlier coins in the series all selling out at phenomenal speed many collectors were left empty-handed and considering the previous sales and high demand this series has created, it would be safe to say that this is definitely a coin that is again set to attract massive interest in collectors, not only from Australia, but also from across the globe.

For more information or to purchase online, please click on the appropriate link:
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Man on the Moon Orbital

Celebrating landmark events in space exploration, the Perth Mint’s ‘Orbit and Beyond’ series has commanded attention of collector’s right round the globe. Starting back in 2007, the series has seen one coin released each year with an innovative “orbital” function that allows the reverse design to rotate around a central image of the planet earth. With the previous issues having highlighted the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik, the First man in Space and the First Space Walk, there was always a sneaking suspicion that humanity’s greatest technological triumph – putting a man on the moon – would feature in this spellbinding series, and the Perth Mint has not let us down!

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Comprising 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, with a central core made of non-previous metal, this coin displays an utterly unique appearance - one suitably fitting for such a monumental occasion. Representing the ideal format to celebrate the 40th anniversary of such a crucial juncture in human history, the coin’s reverse portrays Apollo 11 during the different phases of its historic mission.KC664_pack

Combining the unique qualities of the coin and the importance of its historic theme will ensure massive demand for the 2009 $1 Man on the Moon Orbital 1oz Silver Proof, both in Australia and overseas. With most of the mintage destined for the international market, collectors would be wise to make the most of any opportunity to guarantee supply of this dramatic commemorative coin.

For more information or to purchase online, please click on the appropriate link:
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Australian Sea Life – Lionfish

A spectacular start to a fantastic new series, to be issued progressively until May 2010, the Perth Mint has just released the 2010 50c Lionfish 1/2oz Siler Proof! A mesmerizing tribute to one of the nation’s most exotic marine inhabitant’s, this sensational new Australian legal tender coin is an essential acquisition for anyone enchanted by the mints incomparable full-colour expertise.

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Portraying the truly majestic Lionfish in full colour glory, the reverse of the coin does well in highlighting such a beautiful Australian sea creature. The ideal candidate for the application of the Perth Mint’s state of the art full-colour minting technology, the Lionfish is distinguished by strong black and red bands, and very prominent dorsal and pectoral fins – all of which are superbly recreated upon the new crown-sized 36.60mm flan of this unique legal tender coin.AQ405_pack

Housed within an official case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, as typical with Perth Mint releases, this coin also comes in a vividly illustrated outer box, that when placed with the outer boxes of the remaining four coins in the series, forms on complete, eye catching marine photo!

An outstanding opportunity to build a complete, attractive, exclusive coin collection in just a matter of months, you must not miss the crucial first element of the 2010 Australian Sea Life Series.

For more information or to purchase online, please click on the appropriate link:
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SOLD OUT!


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Perth Mint New Releases - Battles, Orbital & Sea Life Series!

Last week saw the release of three new Perth Mint silver coins. Two from already popular on-going series and the third from a fresh new series dedicated to Australian sea life. Read on for full details!


Battle of Balaklava

The 4th and second-last release in the ‘Famous Battles In History’ series see’s the famous Battle of Balaklava re-created. The series itself is dedicated to commemorating famous battles throughout history, with previous issues focusing on the battles of Hastings, Cannae and Thermopylae. All have been extremely beautifully designed coins effectively depicting their respective battles, with the latest release being no exception!

AQ404

Fought on 25th October 1854 during the Crimean War, the bloody Battle of Balaklava was part of the Anglo-French-Turkish campaign to capture the port and fortress of Sevastopol, Russia’s principal naval base on the Black Sea. The 40.6mm Silver Proof bears a full-colour depiction – as painted by brilliant artist Richard Caton Woodville (1825-55) – of one of the most famous moments of the Battle of Balaklava – the ill-fated ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’, in which Lord Cardigan, after a misinterpreted order, led a 600-strong contingent of mounted British troops into the ‘valley of death’ against a huge Russian army. With over 110 British troops killed, and over 270 wounded, this battle went down in history as one of Britain’s most disastrous military defeats.AQ404_pack

With the earlier coins in the series all selling out at phenomenal speed many collectors were left empty-handed and considering the previous sales and high demand this series has created, it would be safe to say that this is definitely a coin that is again set to attract massive interest in collectors, not only from Australia, but also from across the globe.

For more information or to purchase online, please click on the appropriate link:
Australia
North America


Man on the Moon Orbital

Celebrating landmark events in space exploration, the Perth Mint’s ‘Orbit and Beyond’ series has commanded attention of collector’s right round the globe. Starting back in 2007, the series has seen one coin released each year with an innovative “orbital” function that allows the reverse design to rotate around a central image of the planet earth. With the previous issues having highlighted the 50th Anniversary of Sputnik, the First man in Space and the First Space Walk, there was always a sneaking suspicion that humanity’s greatest technological triumph – putting a man on the moon – would feature in this spellbinding series, and the Perth Mint has not let us down!

kc664

Comprising 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, with a central core made of non-previous metal, this coin displays an utterly unique appearance - one suitably fitting for such a monumental occasion. Representing the ideal format to celebrate the 40th anniversary of such a crucial juncture in human history, the coin’s reverse portrays Apollo 11 during the different phases of its historic mission.KC664_pack

Combining the unique qualities of the coin and the importance of its historic theme will ensure massive demand for the 2009 $1 Man on the Moon Orbital 1oz Silver Proof, both in Australia and overseas. With most of the mintage destined for the international market, collectors would be wise to make the most of any opportunity to guarantee supply of this dramatic commemorative coin.

For more information or to purchase online, please click on the appropriate link:
Australia
North America


Australian Sea Life – Lionfish

A spectacular start to a fantastic new series, to be issued progressively until May 2010, the Perth Mint has just released the 2010 50c Lionfish 1/2oz Siler Proof! A mesmerizing tribute to one of the nation’s most exotic marine inhabitant’s, this sensational new Australian legal tender coin is an essential acquisition for anyone enchanted by the mints incomparable full-colour expertise.

AQ405

Portraying the truly majestic Lionfish in full colour glory, the reverse of the coin does well in highlighting such a beautiful Australian sea creature. The ideal candidate for the application of the Perth Mint’s state of the art full-colour minting technology, the Lionfish is distinguished by strong black and red bands, and very prominent dorsal and pectoral fins – all of which are superbly recreated upon the new crown-sized 36.60mm flan of this unique legal tender coin.AQ405_pack

Housed within an official case with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, as typical with Perth Mint releases, this coin also comes in a vividly illustrated outer box, that when placed with the outer boxes of the remaining four coins in the series, forms on complete, eye catching marine photo!

An outstanding opportunity to build a complete, attractive, exclusive coin collection in just a matter of months, you must not miss the crucial first element of the 2010 Australian Sea Life Series.

For more information or to purchase online, please click on the appropriate link:
Australia
North America

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Saltwater Crocodile - SOLD OUT!

It has come as no surprise that just a week after the Saltwater Crocodile 1oz Silver Proof was released, it has sold out at Downies! As Downies had a large allocation as official distributor for the Perth Mint it illustrates the sheer popularity and demand the coin has generated.

As with the previous releases in the Deadly and Dangerous series, the Red Back, Blue Ring Octopus and Great White have all run a similar course - with allocations selling fast after initial release dates. It further shows what a stunning and glorious series this has been!

Other dealers have also seen similar results with most already, or close to, selling out.croc_sold


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4th Coin in the Deadly and Dangerous Series!

This week saw the release of the fourth coin in the Deadly and Dangerous series, the 2009 $1 Saltwater Crocodile 1oz Silver Proof.

Found in suitable habitats throughout Southeast Asia and Northern Australia, the Saltwater Crocodile is the largest of all living reptiles. Known to grow over 6 meters long and weigh over 1,500kgs, these enormous reptiles can take on prey as large as a 1 tonne Water Buffalo. Salt Water Crocs are opportunistic predators whom often lie in wait for their victims just below the surface of the water, and without warning, quickly strike. They will often kill their prey with one snap of their powerful jaws. If not, they will drown it with a "death roll", dragging it down under the surface of the water.

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The latest coin in the infamous Deadly and Dangerous series honors the Saltwater Croc by delivering a vivid design upon its 40.6mm flan. Whilst effectively capturing the sheer strength and power of such a Deadly and Dangerous creature, the coin itself displays a stunning example of the peerless full-color minting techniques The Perth-Mint has become so famous for.

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Cooks Cottage Commemorative Coin

On Saturday 17 October 2009, Cooks Cottage, Australia’s ‘oldest building’, will celebrate its 75th anniversary in Melbourne. To help celebrate this momentous occasion, the Perth Mint has arranged for the release of an absolutely stunning .999 silver proof coin. Read on for full details!

The coin…
Distinctive, eye-catching and exclusive, this official legal tender 1oz Silver Proof commemorates the anniversary of one of Australia’s most iconic architectural structures – Cooks’ Cottage.

Known as ‘the oldest building in Australia’, the family home of Captain James Cook was taken – brick by brick – from its original location in England and rebuilt in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens in the early 1930s. A visionary tribute to the ‘Discoverer of the east coast’, the cottage was officially unveiled in 1934 as the focus of the centenary celebrations of European settlement in Victoria.

Celebrating the 75th anniversary of one of Australia’s most internationally renowned, most visited tourist attractions, this unique, one-year-only legal tender $1 coin captures Australia’s rich history within the powerful parameters of modern minting. Shaped like one of the hundreds of bricks transported from Great Ayton in Yorkshire, this flawless precious metal coin is graced with an innovative, intricately detailed design of the Cooks’ home – superbly struck in high-relief Silver Proof. An exquisite illustration of The Perth Mint’s mastery of full-colour minting techniques, the 32.7mm x 32.7mm flan is also distinguished by a vivid portrait of the legendary explorer.

A fine complement to any full-colour coin collection, the limited edition 2009 $1 Cooks’ Cottage 1oz Silver Proof forms an outstanding tribute to one of the most important figures in Australian history.

  • Taken from a tiny worldwide mintage of just 5,000 coins
  • Crafted to the pinnacle of Proof quality from 1oz of .999 fine silver
  • Struck by The Perth Mint as official Cook Islands legal tender of $1
  • Housed within a plush presentation case, within a stylish outer box
  • Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity

The history…
When James Cook Snr built the Cooks’ family home in the Yorkshire village of Great Ayton, England, little could he have imagined that it would one day end up 12,000 miles away in Australia, standing as a monument to his famous son – Captain James Cook. Built in the 1750s, the Cook family home was put up for auction by the then owners in 1933. In an excellent state of preservation, and visited by antiquarians and historians from all over the globe, the prospective sale of the cottage attracted great attention worldwide – including from Victoria, which at that time was preparing to celebrate the 100th anniversary of European Settlement in the state.

Local author Hermon Gill instantly seized upon the idea of purchasing and relocating the cottage to Melbourne, where it would form the focal point of the centenary celebrations. Leading Victorian businessman and philanthropist Russell Grimwade (later Sir Russell), was enthusiastic when presented with the idea, and purchased the cottage for £800 on behalf of the people of Victoria.

An extraordinary, elaborate process, the cottage was carefully disassembled and transported in 253 cases and 40 barrels, with key elements safely packed within concrete. Individually identified and numbered, the components of the Cottage were shipped from Hull to Australia aboard the Dunedin. After some controversy over the appropriate location, Cooks’ Cottage was reconstructed ‘brick-by-brick’ in Melbourne’s Fitzroy Gardens.

Officially opened to the public on the 15th of October 1934, Cooks’ Cottage was instantly popular, with 23,000 people visiting in the first two months. In the 75 years that have since passed, hundreds of thousands more Australian and international visitors have viewed the iconic structure, marveling at the rich history inherent in one of Australia’s most famous landmarks.

The Cook Islands 2009 $1 Cooks’ Cottage 1oz Silver Proof coin is now available from Downies at official issue price!

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