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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 to avoid counterfeit coins and bars
The Perth Mint offers tips and information on how to detect and avoid counterfeit coins and bars.
Gold centenary medal for the king
How The Perth Mint came to mint a gift for King George V in 1829.
WA Governor welcomes Perth Mint Royal tribute coins
Governor of WA Kerry Sanderson AO, welcomes the release of three Australian coins marking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th birthday.
Australians proud of 1911 penny
The penny is easily the most collected of all Australian coins. First circulated in 1911 for the new monarch, King George V, it was one of six new Commonwealth denominations to replace British coinage from 1910.
Flinders medal pays tribute to remarkable navigator
This medallion in The Perth Mint historic collection portrays explorer Matthew Flinders.
How the Rats of Tobruk got their famous name
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this 2016 Australian coin marks the Siege of Tobruk with a design portraying two Australian troops in trenches surrounding the city.
Australian outback riches come together in a spectacular coin masterpiece
The world’s first coin featuring a significant red diamond from Rio Tinto’s iconic Argyle Pink Diamond Mine was unveiled at The Perth Mint today.
Medal marks Australia's first 100 years of settlement
The 11 ships of the First Fleet set sail from Portsmouth, England on 13 May 1787. Aboard were more than 1,300 colonists, including approximately 730 male and female convicts from Britain’s overcrowded prisons.
First 'expo' medal for Australia
The Great Exhibition, the world’s first ‘expo’, took place in 1851 at the Crystal Palace in London’s Hyde Park. Australia’s first expo opened 28 years later when the Sydney International Exhibition 1879-80 was held in the purpose-built Garden Palace.