We keep you up-to-date with all things coin collecting. Read on for fascinating facts, traditions, why coins are rare and much more. Bookmark this page as your knowledge vault when it comes to collector coins.
Who are the greatest coin collectors?
Numismatics is the name given to the study and collecting of coins and medals, and is derived from nomisma, the Greek word for coin.
What drives us to collect coins?
The instinct to collect runs deep in many of us – collecting is a compulsion that can’t always be explained clearly, let alone be controlled by rational thought.
Classic high relief from the 1930s
This quite gorgeous 37mm bronze medal from the Mint’s historic collection is notable on several fronts, not least the remarkable depth of its design which instantly brings to mind our modern-day high relief coins.
Historic medallion struck for shipwreck relief
This striking bronze medallion was delivered to the safekeeping of The Perth Mint’s historic coin and medallion collection on closure of the Sydney Mint in 1926
Where does the term 'Dollar' originate
The origin of the Dollar can be traced back to Joachimsthal or ‘Saint Joachim’s Valley’ in Bohemia, where silver was discovered in 1519.
Unkind cuts cripple crooked coiners
As readers will be aware we like a mystery here at the Vault, and this medallion raised some intriguing questions.
What's your weight worth in silver?
Sometimes known as ‘poor man’s gold’, silver has had a fascinating history and been associated with wealth and power for thousands of years. Find out why it's perfect for coins
Nine gold sovereigns that command top dollar
It’s an amazing fact that Australian mints in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth churned out more than 400,000,000 official gold sovereigns between 1855 and 1931.
Twelve astonishing things about gold
As gold coin makers, we get to work with one of the most amazing materials in the Universe.