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It’s the start of March and that means the Perth Mint announces its new coins for the month ahead. There are no lunars this month, but continuations of the Australian Megafauna, Map-shaped, Antarctic, and Mini-Roo series, a new series of Great War Posters beginning, and a couple of individual pieces, first and foremost of which is the previously delayed ‘Shakespeare 450th Anniversary’ coin.

Most fit the profile for this mints bread & butter coins, namely a one-ounce, circa 5,000 mintage coloured silver coin. To be fair, they’re very good at them and the Aviation, Megafauna, Antarctic, and Koala coins are nice pieces. The rectangular WW1 poster coin is going to find plenty of buyers (we guessed the format correctly for a change) and the Mini Roo is a perennial favourite. The high-profile release for March is probably the Shakespeare coin but we must confess a little dissapointment on the design. We’re sure Shakespeare afficionados will better appreciate the theme and design than us.

Yet to come will be the release of the second of the five Doctor Who Monsters coins that are minted for the New Zealand Mint. The ‘Weeping Angels’ is an attractive coin that the fans will love. One to watch out for.

2014 100 YEARS OF MILITARY AVIATION

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In 2014 the Royal Australian Air Force will celebrate the centenary of the first flight of an Australian military aircraft, the Bristol Military Biplane, commonly known as a Bristol Boxkite. Prior to the establishment of the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) in 1921, the Australian Flying Corps (AFC) was responsible for operating military aircraft throughout the country. Lieutenant Eric Harrison made Australian military history when he took a Bristol Boxkite for a flight at an aviation school on 1 March 1914. This historic moment is recognised as the starting point of military flying in Australia.

The Bristol Boxkite was instrumental in the evolution of military aviation in Australia. It was the first military aeroplane flown in the country, and in 1915, it also became the first official military aircraft to be built on its shores, constructed at Point Cook and used to train the nation’s first military pilots. Over the next 100 years, military aviation went on to become a vital part of the Australian Defence Force.

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The coin’s reverse depicts a representation of a Bristol aeroplane propeller with a military Boxkite flying under the propeller blade and an F/A-18 Hornet fighter aircraft soaring above it. The inscription 100th ANNIVERSARY OF AUSTRALIAN MILITARY AVIATION, the dates 1914– 2014, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark are also included in the design.

The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2014 year-date and the monetary denomination.

This coin is housed in a presentation case with a themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

SPECIFICATION

Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
1 DOLLAR (AUS) 0.999 silver 31.135 40.60 PROOF COLOURED Y – Y 5,000

2014 AUSTRALIAN MEGAFAUNA 03: GENYORNIS

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This remarkable series goes back in Australia’s history to discover the larger-than-life animals that once roamed our land, with the third release depicting the Genyornis. The Genyornis is a giant extinct bird that was part of a range of megafaunal creatures, which inhabited Australia during the Pleistocene period.

This incredible flightless bird was heavily built, standing more than two metres tall, with massive hind legs, tiny wings and hoof-like toes.

Fossils of Genyornis have been found in association with human artefacts, including cave paintings and carved footprints, suggesting human co-existence. Sometimes such fossils have been found in groups, suggesting that, like emus, the species may have lived in mobs.

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The coin’s reverse depicts a Genyornis set against a coloured background. The inscription GENYORNIS, the coin’s weight and purity, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark are also incorporated into the design.

The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

This coin is housed in The Perth Mint’s grey presentation case with a themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. A superb way to protect and present all five coin cases in their illustrated shippers, this series display box comprises an easy-to-assemble polypropylene charcoal tray and a transparent sleeve.

SPECIFICATION

Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
1 DOLLAR (TUV) 0.999 silver 31.135 40.60 PROOF COLOURED Y – Y 5,000

 

2014 THE 450TH ANNIVERSARY OF WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

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Widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, William Shakespeare produced plays that remain extremely popular with audiences worldwide centuries after they were first performed.

Often referred to as the Bard of Avon, Shakespeare was a prolific playwright, producing roughly two plays a year from 1594 until 1611. His earlier works consisted mainly of histories and comedies, including Henry V, As You Like It and A Midsummer Night’s Dream. He then went on to pen some of the greatest tragedies of all time, including Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth and Hamlet.

William Shakespeare died on 23 April 1616 at the age of 52. Altogether, his works consist of 38 plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and several shorter poems. Shakespeare’s plays have been translated into every major language and performed more often than those of any other playwright. Many have also been adapted for television and cinema.

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The  coin’s  reverse  features  a  spiral-line  engraved  likeness  of  Shakespeare.  The  design  also includes a representation of an Elizabethan theatre with an actor on stage surrounded by motifs denoting  famous  scenes  from  Hamlet,  Macbeth,  Romeo  and  Juliet  and  Henry  V.  The inscriptions ‘William Shakespeare’ and ‘450th Anniversary of his Birth’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

The coin’s obverse portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2014 year-date.

Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, the coin is housed in a display case and box-shipper portraying stunning imagery.

 

SPECIFICATION

Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
5 DOLLARS (TUV) 0.999 silver 155.673 60.60 PROOF Y – Y 450

 

2014 WORLD WAR ONE POSTERS: ENLISTMENT

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In 1914, despite having recently achieved Federation and an independent government, Australians saw themselves as Britons at the outset of WWI. As news of the war broke in London, the Australia was committed to supporting Britain and its allies, and volunteering began for the Australian Imperial Force. A huge wave of patriotism and support for ‘King and Country’ swept across Australia. Major political parties, churches, community leaders and newspapers exhorted its citizens to champion the war. There was a rush to recruiting offices, and at first only the fittest and finest men were accepted.

As time passed, the long lists of Australian casualties increased, and the grim reality of war set in. In the hope of encouraging more men to enlist, a series of posters were used to invigorate enlistment. One such example was the ‘A Call from the Dardanelles’ poster which employed the theme of Australians fighting at Gallipoli. The poster featured a WWI digger in a slouch hat standing astride the Narrows, one foot on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the other on Asia Minor, calling out the Australian bush cry of ‘coo-ee’.

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The rectangular coin’s reverse features a coloured representation of the Australia World War I poster ‘A Call from the Dardanelles’, headed by the inscription AUSTRALIAN ENLISTMENT. The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark, and the coin’s weight and fineness also appear in the design.

The coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date and the monetary denomination.

This coin is housed in a stylish latex case that displays the coin’s reverse and obverse. It is presented in a themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

There will be one coin per year issued in this five coin series with the next subjects being the Red Cross, War Bonds, the Home Front and Peace Bonds, all from an Australian perspective.

SPECIFICATION

Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
1 DOLLAR (AUS) 0.999 silver 31.135 47.60 x 27.60 PROOF COLOURED Y – Y 5,000

2014 0.5g GOLD MINI ROO

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This delicate, button-sized release presents a golden opportunity for anyone to own an iconic Australian coin. Extremely affordable, the delightful Mini Roo offers collectors the chance to expand their collection. This coin is a precious collectable or gift that will stand the test of time.

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin is an unlimited release.

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The 0.5g Mini Roo gold bullion coin design portrays a kangaroo in a classic stance. As well as its weight and fineness, The Perth Mint’s historic ‘P’ mintmark also appears on the coins reverse.

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2014 year-date appear on the coin’s obverse.

The 2014 Mini Roo is housed in a protective acrylic capsule and presented in a colourful walletsized card.

SPECIFICATION

Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
2 DOLLARS (AUS) 0.9999 gold 0.5 11.60 BU CARD – N UNLIMITED

2014 AUSTRALIAN ANTARCTIC 11: THE ALBATROSS

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The eleventh coin from this amazingly popular series is struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality and features the Wandering Albatross.

The Wandering Albatross is one of the world’s most fascinating sea birds with the largest wingspan of any living bird, measuring up to 3.5 metres. The lengthy wingspan of the albatross allows it to fly whilst hardly having to flap its wings. This impressive bird can travel vast distances, covering several thousand kilometres in just one week, and will fly further in their lifetime than any other bird on Earth.

The Wandering Albatross is also one of the longest living birds in the world. Known to live to the age of 50 years or more, the albatross mates for life and breeds every two years, laying just one egg at a time, with both the male and the female taking turns to tend to the nest.

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The coin’s coloured reverse depicts a Wandering Albatross flying past an iceberg in the Southern Ocean within an outline of Antarctica. As well as the inscription 2014 WANDERING ALBATROSS, the design also includes the words ‘Australian Antarctic Territory’ and The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the coin’s obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.

SPECIFICATION

Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
1 DOLLAR (AUS) 0.999 silver 31.135 40.60 PROOF COLOURED Y – Y 7,500

AUSTRALIAN MAP-SHAPED COIN 05: THE KOALA

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The iconic koala is the fifth animal featured in the exciting Australia Map Shaped Coin Series.

One of the most recognisable symbols of Australia, the beloved koala is perfectly adapted for its environment. With its grey fur and bear-like appearance, this marsupial lives in trees and feeds only on a specific type of eucalypt leaf.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 99.9% pure silver, the coin features delightful original artistry and is captured in the shape of Australia.

SPECIFICATION

Denomination Metal Weight, g Diameter, mm Quality Box – COA Mintage, pcs
1 DOLLAR (AUS) 0.999 silver 31.135 40.60 PROOF Y – Y 6,000

 

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