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

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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.

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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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British Virgin Islands 2011 $500 Vitus Bering 5kg Silver Proof

THE HISTORY

Vitus Jonassen Bering (1681-1741)

Born in Denmark in 1681, Vitus Jonassen Bering joined the Russian Navy in 1703, and served in the Great Northern War against Sweden and the Russo-Turkish War. In 1724, Tsar Peter the Great, driven by interest in finding a northeast passage to China around Siberia, and colonial expansion in North America, commissioned Bering to determine whether the continents of Asia and North America were connected.

Setting sail from the Siberian Peninsula Kamatchka in July of 1728, Bering passed through the strait that now bears his name and into the Antarctic Ocean. Bad weather prevented Bering from sighting the American coast, but, as the Asiatic coast went west, and as no land appeared to the north, he believed he had achieved his objective – making him the first known explorer to prove that Asia and North America were separate continents.

In 1731, he embarked on a much more ambitious project, playing a major role in what was ultimately known as Russia’s Great Northern Expedition. This mission of exploration was intended to map the Russian-Siberian coast, the western part of North America and even parts of Mexico, and it was during this time that Bering sighted the southern Alaskan coastline, making a landing in the area of Kayak Island. A second ship taking part in the expedition, commanded by Aleksei Chirikov, discovered the shores of northwestern America – the Aleksander Archipelago of present-day Alaska – after being separated from Bering’s vessel during a storm. More bad weather forced Bering to abandon the mission, and it was on the way home that he discovered some of the Aleutian Islands.

Bering never had the opportunity to enjoy his discoveries, nor the impact they had in enabling Russia to obtain a colonial foothold in North America. Growing increasingly ill as the expedition continued – possibly from scurvy – Bering was forced to give up command. Eventually, he and his crew had to seek refuge on an uninhabited island in the southwest Bering Sea, and it was here that Bering and many of his comrades died. The island, as with the Bering Sea, Bering Strait, Bering Glacier and Bering Land Bridge, was named in honour of his crucial contribution to Russian exploration.

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THE COIN

Crafted from FIVE KILOS of pure silver…

Limited mintage just 350 coins!
A gigantic celebration of one of the key characters of the history of exploration, Downies is proud to present the limited edition 2011 $500 Vitus Bering Five Kilo Silver Proof!

Measuring an incredible 150mm in diameter, this majestic commemoration of Vitus Bering (1681-1741) is, however, defined by more than its awe-inspiring dimensions. A coin of superb Proof quality, immense beauty, spellbinding presentation and strictly limited availability, there is no doubt that the tiny mintage of this collectable colossus will be heavily over-subscribed.

A coin of immense stature…
A commemorative in keeping with the fame of Bering – who was the first known explorer to pass between Asia and North America, thus proving they were separate continents – the size and weight of this startling silver Proof will leave you mesmerized. Struck to the pinnacle of Proof quality, each official British Virgin Islands $500 is crafted from a mind-boggling FIVE KILOS of .999 fine silver. That’s over 160 troy ounces of pure precious metal! One of very issues to have been struck to this size (it spans 150mm in diameter) this new release is one of the largest, most impressive numismatic tributes that Downies has had the privilege to present to our clients.

A powerful theme…
Whilst sought after for the inherent quality and wealth of features of the actual coin, this masterpiece of collector coinage will also be in hot demand for the strong theme. Certain to be pursued by maritime collectors, the huge frame of this precious metal masterpiece is distinguished by a superb design of one of the vessels Bering used in his voyages of exploration – voyages which saw him become the first European to discover Alaska and the Aleutian Islands.

Official legal tender…
A unique piece of numismatic artistry, no effort has been spared in the creation of the 2011 $500 Bering Five Kilo Silver Proof. An official legal tender issue of the British Virgin Islands, bearing the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse, this exclusive release not only features a beautifully sculpted design – it also features genuine miniature nautical instruments set within the massive 150mm diameter flan!

Presentation without equal…
Providing a most appropriate environment for a coin of this size and prestige, the 2011 $500 Bering Five Kilo Silver Proof is housed in a luxurious timber presentation case. Heavy and imposing, and complete with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity confirming the tiny mintage, the exquisite quality of this lavish case is the perfect finishing touch to a presentation that will dazzle the most discriminating collector.

A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…
The only thing tiny about this gargantuan collector coin is the mintage. Underestimating the demand from the ever-growing body of collectors interested in oversized coinage – and inadvertently enhancing the collector value of the coin – the British Virgin Islands has restricted the limited edition of the Bering Five Kilo Silver Proof to just 350. Given the increase in interest in large precious metal Proofs resulting from the dramatic recent rise soaring metal prices, there is no doubt that this mammoth Five Kilo Silver Proof will be available for a short time only.

We must urge immediate action, as, once this giant of numismatics is gone, it will be gone forever.

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A supreme acquisition, this colossus of collector coinage is…

  • comprised of a massive FIVE KILOGRAMS of .999 fine silver – more than 160 troy ounces!
  • taken from a tiny worldwide mintage of just 350 – sell-out certain
  • enriched with full-colour miniature nautical tools on the enormous, individually edge-numbered 150mm diameter flan
  • an official legal tender issue of the British Virgin Islands, bearing the Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II
  • housed in a luxurious timber case with an official serial-numbered Certificate of Authenticity

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

Tassie Tiger 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.

Tassie Tiger 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

Tassie Tiger 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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THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE! ~ Australia's Golden Era of Wool - Coin & Banknote Portfolio!

2011-AUSTRALIA'S-GOLDEN-ERA-OF-WOOL-coverIncludes real Merino WOOL!

Headlined by a large piece of genuine Australian Merino wool – as well as three Australian legal tender issues – this inspired presentation forms the most fitting possible tribute to the crucial role of the Australian Wool Industry in the economic, political and cultural development of Australia.

The key to the tremendous worldwide success of the Australian Wool Industry from the colonial period to the modern age, Merino wool is renowned as the whitest, softest and most lavish natural fibre. An imaginative addition to a presentation defined as much by its great originality as its outstanding collector value, the authentic piece of Merino wool is the perfect complement to the two coins and one banknote found in the 2011 Australia’s Golden Era of Wool Coin &
Banknote Portfolio.

To be enshrined in legal tender is to receive the ultimate recognition, and, illustrating the importance of wool to the Australian nation, the Commonwealth Government has authorised several legal tender issues devoted to the Australian Wool Industry. Issued between 1938 and 1963, with the design based on Uardry 0.1, a champion ram at the 1932 Sydney Sheep Show, the Ram’s Head Silver Shilling is arguably Australia’s most memorable predecimal issue. Three years after the last shilling was struck, Australia’s $2 note was first issued, bearing the portrait of ‘The Father of the Merino Industry’, John Macarthur. Twenty-five years later, the 1991 Decimal Currency 25th Anniversary 50c was unveiled, bearing an inspired design based on the original Shilling Ram’s Head motif.

The perfect combination with which to honour the Australian Wool Industry, examples of the last Australian $2 note, the Elizabeth II 1953-63 Shilling and 1991 50c Decimal 25th Anniversary are united with the Merino wool in the 2011  Australia’s Golden Era of Wool Coin & Banknote Portfolio – all in pristine Uncirculated condition! Set within a large, impressive full-colour pack, featuring the history of the wool industry and a superb range of photos, this brilliant collection is sensational value-for-money at just A$69.95.2x-rev-and-wool

  • Headlined by a large piece of genuineAussie Merino wool!
  • Includes the 1985-88 Johnston/Fraser$2 note – in Unc quality
  • Features a 1953-63 Silver Shilling in Unc– date of our choice
  • Highlighted by the 1991 Decimal25th Anniversary 50c in Unc
  • Housed within an illustrated, informativepresentation pack
  • Absolutely fantastic value-for-money at just A$69.95!

Remarkable for the influence of a single breed – the Merino – the Australian wool industry was our major source of export income from the colonial period to the 1970s. However, beyond being key to the economic well-being of the nation, the history of the wool industry had a dramatic impact on Australia’s social, cultural and political development, playing a decisive role in the creation of the Australian national identity.

Sheep arrived with the First Fleet in 1788, but it wasn’t until the introduction of Merinos that the wool industry began its journey to become Australia’s number one export – in large part due to the efforts of John Macarthur. One of the earliest settlers, Macarthur was the first Merino breeder, and a tireless campaigner for the export of wool to Britain in the early 19th century. Although others made a significant contribution to the history of Australian wool production, Macarthur’s vision, large scale wool export and support for the trade has seen him enshrined as ‘The Father of the Merino Industry’. In part due to the turmoil in Europe created by the Napoleonic Wars, the wool industry’s first boom time took place after 1813, with the first significant British auction of Australian wool taking place in 1821.

Whilst the industry subsequently thrived, the 19th century was dominated by bitter conflicts between pastoralists and shearers. Whilst a lucrative business, logistical difficulties did bring heavy costs, and although advances such as mechanised shears and the replacement of shepherds with fencing, did ease the burden, employers still tried to cut costs by controlling shearers’ wages. United by a spirit of comradeship, shearers formed unions in the 1880s, with the battle against the pastoralists culminating in the shearer’s strike of 1890. This failed industrial action proved decisive to the history of Australian political life, with the first ALP branch meeting held in Queensland by striking shearers in 1891.

Battling through drought, flood and fire, as well as two World Wars and the Depression, the wool industry remained Australia’s primary source of export income until the late 20th century. Continuing to play a key role in Australian life, the wool industry’s contribution to our national identity means that, to some extent, Australia will always ‘ride on the sheep’s back’.

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

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THE ULTIMATE TRIBUTE! ~ Australia's Golden Era of Wool - Coin & Banknote Portfolio!

2011-AUSTRALIA'S-GOLDEN-ERA-OF-WOOL-coverIncludes real Merino WOOL!

Headlined by a large piece of genuine Australian Merino wool – as well as three Australian legal tender issues – this inspired presentation forms the most fitting possible tribute to the crucial role of the Australian Wool Industry in the economic, political and cultural development of Australia.

The key to the tremendous worldwide success of the Australian Wool Industry from the colonial period to the modern age, Merino wool is renowned as the whitest, softest and most lavish natural fibre. An imaginative addition to a presentation defined as much by its great originality as its outstanding collector value, the authentic piece of Merino wool is the perfect complement to the two coins and one banknote found in the 2011 Australia’s Golden Era of Wool Coin &
Banknote Portfolio.

To be enshrined in legal tender is to receive the ultimate recognition, and, illustrating the importance of wool to the Australian nation, the Commonwealth Government has authorised several legal tender issues devoted to the Australian Wool Industry. Issued between 1938 and 1963, with the design based on Uardry 0.1, a champion ram at the 1932 Sydney Sheep Show, the Ram’s Head Silver Shilling is arguably Australia’s most memorable predecimal issue. Three years after the last shilling was struck, Australia’s $2 note was first issued, bearing the portrait of ‘The Father of the Merino Industry’, John Macarthur. Twenty-five years later, the 1991 Decimal Currency 25th Anniversary 50c was unveiled, bearing an inspired design based on the original Shilling Ram’s Head motif.

The perfect combination with which to honour the Australian Wool Industry, examples of the last Australian $2 note, the Elizabeth II 1953-63 Shilling and 1991 50c Decimal 25th Anniversary are united with the Merino wool in the 2011  Australia’s Golden Era of Wool Coin & Banknote Portfolio – all in pristine Uncirculated condition! Set within a large, impressive full-colour pack, featuring the history of the wool industry and a superb range of photos, this brilliant collection is sensational value-for-money at just A$69.95.2x-rev-and-wool

  • Headlined by a large piece of genuineAussie Merino wool!
  • Includes the 1985-88 Johnston/Fraser$2 note – in Unc quality
  • Features a 1953-63 Silver Shilling in Unc– date of our choice
  • Highlighted by the 1991 Decimal25th Anniversary 50c in Unc
  • Housed within an illustrated, informativepresentation pack
  • Absolutely fantastic value-for-money at just A$69.95!

Remarkable for the influence of a single breed – the Merino – the Australian wool industry was our major source of export income from the colonial period to the 1970s. However, beyond being key to the economic well-being of the nation, the history of the wool industry had a dramatic impact on Australia’s social, cultural and political development, playing a decisive role in the creation of the Australian national identity.

Sheep arrived with the First Fleet in 1788, but it wasn’t until the introduction of Merinos that the wool industry began its journey to become Australia’s number one export – in large part due to the efforts of John Macarthur. One of the earliest settlers, Macarthur was the first Merino breeder, and a tireless campaigner for the export of wool to Britain in the early 19th century. Although others made a significant contribution to the history of Australian wool production, Macarthur’s vision, large scale wool export and support for the trade has seen him enshrined as ‘The Father of the Merino Industry’. In part due to the turmoil in Europe created by the Napoleonic Wars, the wool industry’s first boom time took place after 1813, with the first significant British auction of Australian wool taking place in 1821.

Whilst the industry subsequently thrived, the 19th century was dominated by bitter conflicts between pastoralists and shearers. Whilst a lucrative business, logistical difficulties did bring heavy costs, and although advances such as mechanised shears and the replacement of shepherds with fencing, did ease the burden, employers still tried to cut costs by controlling shearers’ wages. United by a spirit of comradeship, shearers formed unions in the 1880s, with the battle against the pastoralists culminating in the shearer’s strike of 1890. This failed industrial action proved decisive to the history of Australian political life, with the first ALP branch meeting held in Queensland by striking shearers in 1891.

Battling through drought, flood and fire, as well as two World Wars and the Depression, the wool industry remained Australia’s primary source of export income until the late 20th century. Continuing to play a key role in Australian life, the wool industry’s contribution to our national identity means that, to some extent, Australia will always ‘ride on the sheep’s back’.

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

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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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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