Harrison Ford sends congratulatory message to Canadian Air & Space Museum

SANTA MONICA, CA – Hollywood icon Harrison Ford, proud owner and pilot of a De Havilland Canada DHC2 Beaver, displays his new Royal Canadian Mint 2009 Proof Set, while filming a congratulatory message to the new Canadian Air & Space Museum. The coins commemorate the centennial of powered flight in Canada.

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The Basilisk Mediaeval Vienna terrorised by a Fearful Monster

 

5 Euro Silvercoin “Tyrolean Resistance fighters”

Within its theme of “Austria and its People” the Vienna Mint begins a new sub-series of six silver 10 Euro coins called: Tales and Legends in Austria. The first coin is dedicated to a mediaeval legend from Vienna – the Basilisk. It will be issued on Wednesday, 15th April.

The story goes that in the year 1212 a baker’s boy in a shop in the Schönlaterngasse (Lovely Lantern Lane) No. 7 discovered a horrible monster at the bottom of a well. The stench and poisonous fumes of the creature killed all those who inhaled them. The monster was identified as a basilisk, a mutant creature part snake, part toad, part cockerel. To look into its eyes was instant death. A counsellor learned in such matters was fetched to help and to advise. He said that the only way to destroy the monster was to confront it with its own horrid appearance. Someone must go down into the well with a mirror.

No matter what reward was offered as an inducement, there was no one prepared to confront the deadly monster, until the baker’s apprentice raised his voice. He had long been in love with the baker’s beautiful daughter, but that was an alliance that the baker would never accept under normal circumstances. The young man seized his opportunity. He would descend into the well if the baker would consent to give him the daughter’s hand in marriage as his reward. The desperate baker agreed. The apprentice was lowered into the well with a large mirror. As the fearsome basilisk turned to him, it caught sight of itself in the mirror held before the apprentice like a shield. In a fit of rage and revulsion at its own image, the basilisk burst. The apprentice climbed from the well to claim his bride, while the spectators began to fill the well with earth and stones to bury the remains of the monster and its deadly fumes.

The tale has been retold (with minor variations) ever since. Indeed, the Baroque house that stands on the site of the old baker’s shop today has the legend and a fresco depicting the brave apprentice and his mirror on its façade. A stone purporting to be a petrified basilisk hatched from an egg found in the well, also adorns its façade.

The new coin shows the legendary monster as it turns and sees its reflection in the mirror held by the baker’s apprentice, who peeps timidly over the frame. At the top of the well two more frightened faces peer (almost comically) over the stone edge at the scene below. On the other side we see a view of the Schönlaterngasse (Lovely Lantern Lane) in Vienna. At the end is the gateway into Holy Cross Court, belonging to the great Cistercian Holy Cross Abbey in Lower Austria. On the right is the Basilisk House No. 7 as it appears today.

This 10 Euro silver coin is struck in sterling silver (.925 fine) in three qualities: proof (max. 40,000 pieces), special uncirculated (max. 30,000 pieces) and circulation quality (130,000 pieces). The proof version comes in an attractive box with a numbered certificate of authenticity. For the first time a special collection album for all six proof coins is being produced and can be purchased separately. The special uncirculated coin is sold in a colourful and informative blister pack. The circulation pieces are issued at face value through the Austrian banks.

The new series “Tales and Legends in Austria” will continue in October with a coin for the imprisonment of King Richard the Lionheart in the castle of Dürnstein on the Danube and the search for him by his loyal minstrel Blondel.

K.R. J. Tattersall
Marketing Director
Austrian Mint.

“The Basilisk”

Date of issue:        15th April, 2009

Design:            Thomas Pesendorfer

Face value:        € 10.-

Diameter:        32 mm

Fine weight:        16 g Ag

Fineness:        .925 sterling silver

Mintage:        max. 40,000 proof
max. 30,000 special uncirculated
130,000 circulation pieces

Andreas Hofer and Tyrol’s struggle against Napoleon

The year 1809 was an important one for Austria in her fight against Napoleon and revolutionary France. On 21st to 22nd May the emperor’s brother, Archduke Charles, became the first general ever to defeat Napoleon in open battle, and in April a folk uprising in Tyrol against its occupation by Bavarian and French troops had begun.

Andreas Hofer (1767-1810) was the innkeeper of the inn “Am Sand” in Tyrol, but he soon became the recognised leader of the Tyrolean revolt against the French and the Bavarians, who, besides being a foreign regime, were also trying to push through their revolutionary ideas of reform and had begun to abolish religious processions and pious practices held dear by the deeply religious catholics of Tyrol. Arbitrary recruitment for the Bavarian army led to an uprising in Innsbruck on 9th April, 1809. In the following months Andreas Hofer and his folk army managed to best the Bavarian-French troops in three different engagements. Hofer and his followers were so successful that he even obtained recognition from the Imperial Court in Vienna as its designated commander of the Tyrolean resistance.

In the East things were not going so well. Napoleon had occupied Vienna and the emperor and his court had fled. Archduke Charles managed to defeat Napoleon at the Battle of Aspern in May, but his army was then soundly beaten by the French at Deutsch-Wagram two months later. The Emperor Francis I was forced to sue for peace. By the Treaty of Schönbrunn  on 14th October, 1809, Francis had to forfeit considerable territory. Among the losses was Tyrol to the Bavarians. Hofer and the Tyroleans felt betrayed. They refused to lay down their arms and on 1st November at the third battle on Bergisel overlooking Innsbruck, the Tyrolean resistance suffered a crushing defeat.

Hofer fled into the mountains, but he was betrayed and arrested on 28th January, 1810. He was taken south to Mantua to be tried by military tribunal. Napoleon himself ordered his sentencing to death and his execution. On 20th February, 1810, Andreas Hofer ended his life before a French firing squad. In Tyrol he became and remains to this day a national hero of almost legendary proportions. The 200th anniversary of the Tyrolean uprising against Napoleon and his Bavarian allies is an emotional occasion that only a genuine Tyrolean can fully appreciate. The uprising and the figure of Andreas Hofer, however, are also of great historical significance for all Austrians and for the history of Europe far beyond her borders.

A numismatic monument to Andreas Hofer and the Tyrolean Resistance of 1809

In recognition of this important anniversary, the Austrian Mint is issuing a silver 5 Euro commemorative coin on 6th May, 2009.

The nine-sided coin shows a portrait of Andreas Hofer after one of the best known depictions of the Tyrolean hero from the mid19th century. Behind him stands a determined woman holding high the flag of Tyrol. She is Giuseppina Negrelli from South Tyrol. She represents the often forgotten role played by heroic women alongside the fighting men of the resistance. The design was devised by chief engraver Thomas Pesendorfer. The second side is by Helmut Andexlinger and has the standard ring of nine provincial shields with the face value of five Euros together with the legend “REPUBLIK ÖSTERREICH”.

100,000 pieces of the 5 Euro coin are available in special uncirculated quality in an informative and colourful blisterpack. Another 250,000 circulation pieces will be released at face value through the Austrian banks.

The new coin has already created excited anticipation in Tyrol and throughout Austria. It will be officially presented in a festive event in the Innsbruck Hofburg on the evening before it is officially issued.

The “Tyrolean Resistance Fighters” coin goes on sale on Wednesday, 6th May, 2009.

At the same time the annual Austrian coin set in special uncirculated quality will be issued in a maximum mintage of 75,000.

K.R.J. Tattersall
Marketing Direktor
Austrian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint Pays Tribute To Quebec’s Famous Saguenay Fjord By Issuing A Collector Coin Featuring Notre-Dame-Du-Saguenay

Ville de Saguenay, Quebec, May 28, 2009 – In the long-standing tradition of celebrating Canada’s natural and historical landmarks, the Royal Canadian Mint today unveiled a new collector coin featuring Quebec’s Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay. The coin combines a painted illustration of Quebec’s world-famous Saguenay Fjord with an engraved cameo of the 10.5-metre statue of Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, which has watched over sailors and passengers navigating the fjord’s waters for over 125 years. As the 2009 tourist season gets under way, visitors from Canada and around the world can now purchase this unique coin throughout the Saguenay region. This coin is available for $14.95 CDN, while supplies last.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to pay tribute to compelling symbols of Canadian identity which speak to Canada’s heritage, culture and values,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “The figure of Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, which graces the dramatic cliffs of the Saguenay Fjord, is an unforgettable symbol of an extraordinary part of Quebec and it is a pleasure to see it captured on a new Royal Canadian Mint collector coin”.

“The diverse panoramas of the Canadian landscape are the envy of the world and the Saguenay Fjord is a striking example of Canada’s many natural treasures,” said the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture). “The issue of a Royal Canadian Mint collector coin honouring both the Saguenay Fjord and Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, its historic monument, is a wonderful tribute to an exceptional Canadian region.”

In addition to a broad network of Saguenay vendors, this new coin can be purchased directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet at www.mint.ca.  It is also available through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors.

About the Royal Canadian Mint
The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. The Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.

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Images and product details of the Mint’s newest collection are available by visiting ftp://communications:RCM2007@ftp.mint.ca.

For more information, please contact:
Alex Reeves
Manager, Communications
Telephone: (613) 949-5777
Mobile: (613) 884-6370
reeves@mint.ca

The Royal Canadian Mint Pays Tribute To Quebec's Famous Saguenay Fjord By Issuing A Collector Coin Featuring Notre-Dame-Du-Saguenay

Ville de Saguenay, Quebec, May 28, 2009 – In the long-standing tradition of celebrating Canada’s natural and historical landmarks, the Royal Canadian Mint today unveiled a new collector coin featuring Quebec’s Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay. The coin combines a painted illustration of Quebec’s world-famous Saguenay Fjord with an engraved cameo of the 10.5-metre statue

of Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, which has watched over sailors and passengers navigating the fjord’s waters for over 125 years. As the 2009 tourist season gets under way, visitors from Canada and around the world can now purchase this unique coin throughout the Saguenay region. This coin is available for $14.95 CDN, while supplies last.

“The Royal Canadian Mint is proud to pay tribute to compelling symbols of Canadian identity which speak to Canada’s heritage, culture and values,” said Ian E. Bennett, President and CEO of the Royal Canadian Mint. “The figure of Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, which graces the dramatic cliffs of the Saguenay Fjord, is an unforgettable symbol of an extraordinary part of Quebec and it is a pleasure to see it captured on a new Royal Canadian Mint collector coin”.

“The diverse panoramas of the Canadian landscape are the envy of the world and the Saguenay Fjord is a striking example of Canada’s many natural treasures,” said the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of National Revenue and Minister of State (Agriculture). “The issue of a Royal Canadian Mint collector coin honouring both the Saguenay Fjord and Notre-Dame-du-Saguenay, its historic monument, is a wonderful tribute to an exceptional Canadian region.”

In addition to a broad network of Saguenay vendors, this new coin can be purchased directly from the Mint at 1-800-267-1871 in Canada, 1-800-268-6468 in the US, or on the Internet at www.mint.ca.  It is also available through the Mint’s global network of dealers and distributors.

About the Royal Canadian Mint

The Royal Canadian Mint is the Crown Corporation responsible for the minting and distribution of Canada’s circulation coins. An ISO 9001-2000 certified company, the Mint is recognized as one of the largest and most versatile mints in the world, offering a wide range of specialized, high quality coinage products and related services on an international scale. The Mint is an Official Supporter of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and has undertaken to produce the most extensive circulation coin program in relation to the Olympic Games ever conceived by any mint worldwide, while also offering limited mintage collector coins and sets. Visit www.mint.ca/2010 for Vancouver 2010 keepsakes and gifts.

For more information, please contact:

Alex Reeves

Manager, Communications

Telephone: (613) 949-5777

Mobile: (613) 884-6370

reeves@mint.ca

PERTH MINT STRIKES 25th ANNIVERSARY TRIBUTE TO AUSTRALIA II

Original crew members John Longley AM, Cole (Skip) Lissiman OAM, Scott McAllister OAM, and Damian Fewster OAM, hold The Perth Mint’s Australia II America’s Cup Victory 25th Anniversary Coin in front of the famous yacht’s legendary winged-keel.

Original crew members John Longley AM, Cole (Skip) Lissiman OAM hold The Perth Mint’s Australia II America’s Cup Victory 25th Anniversary Coin.

The Perth Mint has launched an Australian legal tender commemorative coin celebrating
Australia II, which became the first challenger ever to win the America’s Cup on
26 September 1983.
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coin depicts the celebrated
12-metre yacht with a coloured representation of her spinnaker bearing the famous
identification number KA-6. The design, which cleverly incorporates Australia II’s
revolutionary keel line, also includes the number ‘25’ to mark the quarter-century that has
passed since her famous victory.
The Perth Mint will release just 5,000 coins, each housed in presentation packaging with a
fragment of sailcloth taken from Australia II’s genoa. Previously in the possession of
crewman John Longley AM, it was the headsail worn by Australia II as she crossed the
finishing line at the end of the decisive seventh race to end the United States’ 132-year
domination of the America’s Cup.
Speaking in front of Australia II at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, John Longley AM
said, ”Although the victory was won 25 years ago, it still seems like yesterday to me and the
crew. So, for The Perth Mint to honour our efforts with the release of this magnificent coin, so
long after the event, it is quite humbling.”
The success remains one of the most significant of all Australia’s sporting triumphs. With
the series tied at three-apiece after six encounters on Rhode Island Sound, off Newport,
the final race was nothing less than extraordinary. US yacht Liberty won the start and
despite conceding the lead midway up the first leg, was 57 seconds ahead at the fourth
mark. Not until the ultimate spinnaker run were the challenger’s hopes resurrected.
Brilliant tactics by John Bertrand and his crew saw Australia II turn for home first. At the
end of the 47-tack final upwind battle, just 41 seconds separated the yachts at the finish
line, where a breathless Aussie contingent erupted in an unbridled chorus of elation.
The Perth Mint Australia II anniversary coin retails at $95 and is available from the
Western Australian Maritime Museum Shop, The Perth Mint Shop located at 310 Hay
Street, East Perth or on FREECALL 1800 098 817, at Australia Post outlets, and leading
coin distributors. Alternatively, collectors can purchase the coin via The Perth Mint’s
online store at www.perthmint.com.au

PICTURE EDITORS: Images of the 25th Anniversary of Australia II America’s Cup Victory 1oz
Silver Proof Coin can be downloaded from http://www.perthmint.com.au/product-photgraphydistributors.

FURTHER INFORMATION:
Ron Currie, Sales and Marketing Director, The Perth Mint
Tel (08) 9421 7269 Mobile 0412 559 067 Email ron.currie@perthmint.com.au

PERTH MINT REVIVES FORGOTTEN DECIMAL COIN DESIGNS

1966 Australian Decimal Pattern Set plasters and dies.

Michael Mészáros holding the 1966 Australian Decimal Pattern Set

A collectable pure silver coin set launched by The Perth Mint has revived all but
forgotten decimal designs produced more than 40 years ago.
The coins portray the captivating artistry of Andor Mészáros (1900-1972), a leading
contender in the Federal Government’s decimal coin design competition held in 1966.
The Melbourne-based sculptor and medallist proposed a thematically-linked series of
wildlife designs portraying the black swan (20c), kookaburra (10c), platypus (5c),
wattle (2c) and waratah (1c).
Competing against several artists, including Stuart Devlin, Andor’s artistry was
ultimately unsuccessful in winning the competition. Yet, the Mint believed that many
of its collectors would be fascinated by the tribute set, which provided a unique
opportunity to admire and appreciate his significant contribution to Australian
numismatics.
Speaking at the launch of the program at the former Melbourne Mint, Perth Mint Sales
and Marketing Director Ron Currie said the set reveals the depth of artistic talent
involved in the creation of Australia’s decimal coins in 1966. “Looking at the
Mészáros designs today, there is no doubt that they endure as fine examples of
iconic Australian coin art.”
Two of the images – the black swan and the wattle – were featured on a rare piece of
Australiana known as Australian Pattern Crown, commonly referred to as the
unofficial 1967 ‘Goose’ dollar. Minted privately in gold and silver, this famous but
unofficial release is highly sought-after whenever one comes to auction.
The other three images had seemingly disappeared forever until The Perth Mint
decided to celebrate all five designs in its new commemorative set. In a further boon
for collectors, the set received the blessing of acclaimed sculptor Michael Mészáros,
who supplied the Mint with plaster sculptures of his father’s designs.
Meticulously struck from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality, the coins are issued as
official Australian legal tender. The obverse of each release portrays the Ian Rank-
Broadley effigy of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the 2009 issue-date.
No more than 7,500 sets, each housed in a presentation case accompanied by an
information booklet incorporating a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, will be
released by The Perth Mint.

“This set represents the highest form of recognition The Perth Mint can bestow on
Andor Mészáros’ achievement,” Ron Currie added. “His memorable designs have
been minted into history and are now irrevocably part of Australia’s numismatic
heritage, a fact that I’m sure would have delighted him.”
The Perth Mint 1966 Australian Decimal Pattern Set retails for $169.00 and is
available on FREECALL 1800 098 817 or from The Perth Mint Shop, located at 310
Hay Street, East Perth. Purchasers may also order online at www.perthmint.com.au
or at their local coin dealer, including Australia Post.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION
Ron Currie, Sales and Marketing Director, The Perth Mint
Telephone (08) 9421 7269 Mobile 0412 559 067
Email ron.currie@perthmint.com.au

AUSTRALIA’S FIRST POSTMASTER TRIBUTE DELIVERS FOR COLLECTORS

The Perth Mint has released a stunning commemorative coin to celebrate the 200th anniversary of postal services in Australia. The release remembers the historic appointment of Isaac Nichols, as a prisoner who became a prominent land owner then public servant when he was appointed as the first Postmaster of New South Wales in March 1809.

A former convict who had impressed authorities with his dillegence and sobriety, Nichols introduced the secure and orderly distribution of mail brought to the isolated colony by ship.

Prior to his appointment, news hungry residents of Sydney Town rushed to the foreshore, where, in the chaotic scramble for letters and parcels, items were either lost or damaged, while unscrupulous people took advantage of the mayhem to obtain mail fraudulently.

Nichols collected correspondence and packages from vessels in Sydney Cove, advertising the names of recipients who could collect their mail from his home – Australia’s first Post Office – situated near the waterfront in Lower George Street.

Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie, says it is important to recognise the valid contribution that Australia Post has made to this country.

“Australia Post has played a vital role in connecting Australians with each other and the rest of the world and has helped shape Australia into the great nation it is today.”

“When Sir John Forrest, the first premier of Western Australia, wrote a letter asking permission to build a branch of The Royal Mint in Perth, it was Australia Post who delivered the letter to the British Government.”

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in proof quality the commemorative coin is issued as Australian legal tender. The coin’s reverse is testament to The Perth Mint’s outstanding coloured minting skills and features a coloured representation of Isaac Nichols boarding a vessel in Sydney Cove, along with border inscription 200 YEARS OF POSTAL SERVICE IN AUSTRALIA.

The Perth Mint will release just 7,500 coins, each housed in a black presentation case and illustrated shipper.

The Perth Mint’s 200 Years of Postal Service in Australia silver coin retails at $89.50 and is available from The Perth Mint Shop located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, by FREECALL 1800 098 817, at Australia Post outlets, and leading coin distributors. Alternatively, collectors can purchase the coin via The Perth Mint’s online store at www.perthmint.com.au

FURTHER INFORMATION:

Ron Currie, Sales and Marketing Director, The Perth Mint

Tel (08) 9421 7269 Mobile 0412 559 067 Email ron.currie@perthmint.com.au