Interview with Natasha Muhl, designer of the APMEXclusive 2014 1/2 oz Silver Australian Great White Shark

Natasha Muhl, designer at the Perth Mint We had the opportunity to chat with Natasha Muhl, the creative force behind the APMEXclusive 2014 1/2 oz Silver Australian Great White Shark. See below for some unique insights into her design process.

Where do you get your inspiration from?
I’m from the Kimberley in the North West of Western Australia, so I spent a lot of time outdoors in nature growing up. This would probably be my biggest inspiration, especially when it comes to designing Australian fauna-themed coins. While doing my research for any new series, I tend to look at a range of photography and watch nature documentaries. This helps me to accurately recreate the animal. I also take inspiration from coin collecting catalogs and numismatic magazines, as it’s always great to see what other mints are up to and keep ideas fresh.

How do you start the design process?
The Perth Mint Sales and Marketing team meet fortnightly to discuss potential concepts for each coin program. Once the theme has been determined, the designers are given a detailed creative brief to follow. As part of the research process we often take part in field trips. With the Great White Shark bullion coin for example, I visited the Aquarium of Western Australia and dived with a range of sharks. It was wonderful to come face to face with these amazing creatures and it really helped steer my creative process.

What are some of your favorite coins?
There are so many to choose from, but I would have to say The Perth Mint’s Famous Ballets Silver proof coin set, with its subtle pad printing details, is one of my favorites. More recently I’m really enjoying the Gods of Olympus series which is struck in high relief to a rimless format – a first for the Mint! These mythological gods are quite dark and moody so it is an exciting concept for the design studio. They have also proven to be extremely popular with collectors which is always great.

How did you get into designing coins?

2014 1/2 oz Silver Australian Great White Shark

2014 1/2 oz Silver Australian Great White Shar

I studied at Central Institute of Technology [in Perth], graduating with an Advanced Diploma in Graphic Design in 2009. Fellow Perth Mint designer, Tom Vaughan, was a previous classmate of mine and he kindly recommended me to the Mint when they were looking for a new illustrator. It’s always been my dream to become a designer, so I feel very fortunate to work for The Perth Mint as I get the chance to illustrate a broad range of themes for a variety of audiences.

Why a shark instead of another sea predator or animal?
The Great White Shark is probably the most feared and interesting predator in existence. Most people around the world have watched the movie Jaws and can imagine the terror of an encounter with this deadly creature. I think that’s what makes them so exciting and sought-after.

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6 fun facts about one of the world’s most innovative mints: The Perth Mint of Australia.

The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint (Photo credit: amandabhslater)

If you’re an APMEX customer, you may know The Perth Mint as the prized destination for our annual “Escape To Australia” contest. As an investor or collector, you probably know The Perth Mint for their products. Their Gold and Silver Lunar coins are among the most beautiful and collected Chinese Zodiac coins in the world. Here are a few surprising facts about The Perth Mint that you might not know.

Rare. Many Perth Mint coins are made in strictly limited mintages, giving even their most value-priced bullion coins a dimension of collectibility.

Same Location since 1899. The Perth Mint was established in 1899 as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint. Today, it’s one of the oldest mints in the world to operate on its original premises, despite the name change.. The Perth Mint is actually incorporated as Gold Corporation and  has two wholly owned subsidiaries – Western Australian Mint and GoldCorp USA.

Created The First Gold Bullion Series. In 1986, The Perth Mint launched the Australian Gold Nugget Coin Series, the first bullion series with a reverse (back) design that changes every year. The first few coins featured Gold nuggets. In 1989, the design switched to a kangaroo. Today, we commonly call this series the Australian Gold Kangaroo.

Biggest and Best. In 2011, The Perth Mint unveiled the biggest, heaviest and inherently most valuable Gold coin in the world. Weighing in at 1,000kg (2,204.6 pounds), this coin contains one metric tonne of 99.99 percent pure Gold and is worth more than $42.6 million at current Gold prices.

A Refinery and A Mint. There’s only one Gold refinery in Australia and it’s The Perth Mint. Between coins, bullion and industrial Gold, The Perth Mint produces more than 400 tonnes of Gold per year.

Visit Perth and The Mint. Located on the Western Shore of Australia, Perth is a bustling and beautiful city with beaches, parks and natural wonders unique to this island continent. You can also visit The Perth Mint while you’re there. In fact, you could…

WIN A FREE TRIP TO PERTH AND THE PERTH MINT!

Every fall, when the new Perth Mint coins come out, APMEX launches the “Escape To Australia” contest. Watch for it on this blog and APMEX.com.

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Perth Mint Lunar Series II Year of the Horse. Interview with Ron Currie Marketing Director Perth Mint

Perth Mint Lunar SeriesTell us a little bit about the history of the Perth Mint.

The Perth Mint was established in 1899 as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint to refine the gold from Western Australia’s eastern goldfields, and to turn it into sovereigns and half sovereigns for use throughout the Empire.

The Mint continued under British control until 1970, when ownership was transferred to the Government of Western Australia.

In the mid-1980s, following a major redevelopment initiated by the State Government, The Perth Mint became the home of the Australian Precious Metals Coin Program. By agreement with the Commonwealth Government, the Mint manufactures and markets an extensive range of legal tender gold, silver and platinum coins to investors and collectors worldwide.

Operated by Gold Corporation, The Perth Mint is committed to adding value to, and creating demand, for Australian precious metals in a worldwide market.

In addition to producing the world’s widest range of precious metal minted products, The Perth Mint operates Australia’s only precious metals refinery. It also offers a variety of investment options and storage facilities, and hosts a multi-award winning attraction which welcomes more than 80,000 visitors each year.

Can you please tell us more about the design for the Lunar Horse?

The Perth Mint has a dedicated team of six talented designers who together work with sculptors, engravers and engineers to create the intricate designs of our Australian Lunar Coin Program.

In 2014, the reverse designs of the gold coins depict a horse galloping in a stylised scene of mountains and clouds, which represents the highland regions of China. The horse symbolises freedom and reinforces the energetic characteristics of this spirited animal.

The design featured on the reverse of the silver coins depicts two horses standing in a Chinese landscape inspired by traditional Chinese painting styles. The two animals standing together represent the creature’s social nature and companionship.

What makes the Lunar Series special and collectable?

The Australian Lunar Series II is the most sought-after annual coin program released by The Perth Mint, with a number of the more popular issues selling out soon after they are released.

This result is due to the consistent high quality of our bullion coins, coupled with annual design changes and select mintages, which combine to create potential for numismatic appreciation above each coin’s investment value.

What can we expect in terms of a design next year

In 2015, we will unveil exciting new designs in celebration of the Year of the Goat. Here at the Mint, we work for more than one year in advance to perfect our Lunar design, and I can tell you that our designers are currently finalising a range of options for both the gold and silver issues.

The Lunar goat is renowned for peace, health and success; as such, our 2015 coins will reflect these attributes in our designs.

What can the winner look forward to during their trip to Perth?

A visit to The Perth Mint! As one of Western Australia’s leading tourist attractions, The Perth Mint offers a combination of unique exhibitions and demonstrations themed on gold.
The winner can enjoy a guided heritage walk, a traditional gold pour and view the Australian Kangaroo one tonne pure gold coin, recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest coin in the world. For more information, go to http://www.perthmint.com.au/visit
Other popular Perth attractions include unspoilt white beaches, Kings Park, the Bell Tower, Perth Zoo, and Caversham Wildlife Park where visitors can see kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras and wombats.

5th Annual APMEX & Perth Mint Australian Getaway

Perth_Email_BannerAPMEX and the Perth Mint once again join forces for the 5th Annual APMEX & Perth Mint Australian trip giveaway. Simply purchase any 2014 Perth Mint coins from APMEX, and you will automatically be entered for a chance to win a vacation for two to Perth, Australia. Take advantage of this great opportunity to own 2014 Lunar Year of the Horse Coins in Gold or Silver and the 2014 Silver Australian Kookaburra coins. You could win an amazing vacation package that consists of:

  • Round-Trip Coach Class airline tickets to Perth, Australia
  • Hotel Accommodations
  • $1,000 AUD for use during your trip
  • Private VIP Tour of the world renowned Perth Mint

Shop the 2014 Perth Mint collection for your chance to win!
*Purchase not necessary to enter. Click Here for complete rules.

Rare Perth Mint Gold Highly Discounted

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Colorized Perth Mint Lunar Gold – Buy beautiful Australian Gold in full color. Designed by the Perth Mint in Australia, these colorized Australian Gold Lunar coins are among some of the most beautiful coins in the world. APMEX has limited quantities of these highly collectible colorized Gold coins, and special pricing is available for a limited time only.

Struck from .9999 fine Gold, Australian Gold Lunar Series II coins are a great way to acquire and invest in Precious Metals. Inspired by China’s ancient lunar calendar, the Australian Gold Lunar Series coins feature the 12 animals central to the calendar’s stories in striking colorization. According to the lunar calendar, each of these 12 animals has a profound influence over those born under its year of “rule.” The Australian Gold Lunar Series II began in 2008 with the Year of the Mouse coins and will end with the Year of the Pig coins in 2019.

Buy colorized Australian Gold Lunar Series II coins that appeal to collectors and investors all over the world. Add these Australian Gold items produced by the Perth Mint to your Gold coin collection or Gold investment portfolio. APMEX makes it easy to buy Gold by offering competitive Gold prices on all Gold coins.

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Product of the Week: 2013 1 oz Silver Australian Koala

2013 1 oz Silver Koala

2013 1 oz Silver Koala

In 2007, the Perth Mint of Australia began minting a beautiful bullion coin: the Silver Koala. These Silver coins celebrate the iconic marsupial of Australia. Due to the variety of designs on the Silver Koala coins, they have become one of the country’s favorite collectibles and are gaining popularity around the world!

Each 1 oz Silver Australian Koala is struck in .999 fine Silver. The obverse of this Silver coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley designed likeness of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and lists the face value of the coin, $1. The 2013 issue depicts an adult koala sitting in the fork of a eucalyptus tree. Each year, the Silver Koala coins feature a different design, which makes them very attractive to collectors. Also, since this is just the seventh year of mintage for the Silver Koalas, you would not have to buy many backdated coins in order to have a complete collection.

The Perth Mint was founded in 1899 as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint to help supply the Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns, which were used as everyday circulating coins throughout the British Empire. In 1970, control of the mint passed from Britain to the Western Australian Government, which still owns it to this day.

Don’t miss your chance to own these beautiful collector’s items. Get your 2013 1 oz Silver Australian Koala coins from APMEX today!

Product of the Week: 2013 Australian Gold Kangaroos

australiangoldOn Oct 1, 2012, the Perth Mint in Australia released the latest issue of a popular Gold bullion series: the 2013 Australian Gold Kangaroo. Much like the previous releases in this series, these Gold Kangaroos are issued as Australian legal tender and guaranteed by the Commonwealth Government of Australia.

The 2013 Australian Gold Kangaroos are offered in sizes of 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz and 1 oz, as well as the larger 1 kilo size. The smaller sizes (1/10 oz to 1 oz) have limited mintages of no more than 350,000, depending on size, which gives them high numismatic value. Their worldwide distribution facilitates easy purchase and liquidation, making them good investment pieces, as well.

The Australian Gold Kangaroos have been offered by the Perth Mint since 1989 and are one of the few Gold bullion coins to change its reverse design each year. This year’s issue depicts a kangaroo standing against the Australian outback. The kilo coin differs slightly, in that the image is instead a hopping Red Kangaroo. The “P” mint mark appears on the reverse of each coin, along with the inscriptions “Australian Kangaroo,” the date, size of the coin, and the purity, “9999 Gold.” The obverse of each coin shows the Ian Rank-Broadley likeness of Queen Elizabeth II, as well as the coin’s monetary denomination.

The Perth Mint opened in 1899, originally serving as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint to help supply Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns, which were used as everyday circulating coins throughout the British Empire. In 1970, control of the mint passed from Britain to the Western Australian Government, which still owns it today.

To add these beautiful coins to your collection or your investment portfolio, shop APMEX’s selection of 2013 Australian Gold Kangaroo bullion coins. APMEX makes it easy to buy Gold by offering competitive Gold prices on all Gold coins and bars.

Click here to view our wide selection of 2013 Australian Gold Kangaroos as well as all previous years of Gold Kangaroos:

 

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