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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!


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.

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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!


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.

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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.


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.

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Downies currently has all three sets in stock and available for sale via our website. To stay up to date with our current product releases follow us on Twitter, or add yourselves to our mailing list.

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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.


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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