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In numismatics, effigy describes a specially prepared portrait on the obverse, or ‘heads’, side of a coin. But why does the monarch’s effigy appear on coins? Find out here...
How are coins coloured?
Here at The Perth Mint we’ve been colouring coins since the mid-1980s, but how do we do it? Find out here.
Why do coins have serrations (or grooves) around their edges?
To understand why many coins have edge serrations we must go back to a time before coin making-machinery was available.Source: Why do coins have serrations around their edges?
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II – a celebration in coins
We have struck many coins featuring Her Majesty’s coin effigies since 1953, including many millions of pennies, halfpennies, 1 cent and 2 cent coins.
How to start a coin collection
Coin collecting is now easily accessible to the many, and, in fact, the hobby has seen huge growth in the market recently. Find out more here.
The Perth Mint coin collecting glossary
We’ve put together this coin collecting glossary to help decipher some of those numismatic terms.
Five of Australia’s rarest and most fascinating coins
We discuss five of Australia’s rarest and most fascinating coins, and the history of our early currency system.
Six royal effigies of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Australian coinage
After 70 years, here are the six royal effigies of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on Australian coinage across her reign.
Fit for a king - 100 years since Tutankhamun's discovery
It is now 100 years since archaeologist Howard Carter discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb. In a sensational Perth Mint release, we celebrate the fascinating young pharaoh.
Games with everlasting appeal
Games Through the Ages, a spectacular 2oz silver coin with an antiqued surface treatment, celebrates some of the most famous games and gaming devices in historySource: Perth Mint collectable coin | Games with everlasting appeal