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Perth Mint Honors Patriotic Poem with New Coin Series


The Perth Mint pays homage to Australian poet, Dorothea Mackellar, and her beloved verse, “My Country”, with the release of a stunning new collector coin set depicting rare and beautiful landscapes of Australia.
In 1904, after spending time in London, and feeling homesick for Australia, Mackellar began writing “My Country”. Several re-writes later, the poem was published in The Spectator in London in 1908, under its original title, “Core of My Heart”.

Known today as one of the most recognised and celebrated pieces of Australian poetry ever written, “My Country” presents a contrast between the English and Australian landscapes, and expresses the inspired patriotic sentiments and sense of great national pride, particularly during World War I.

“The Australian countryside was a continual source of inspiration for Dorothea Mackellar, and today, it remains a major influence for many Perth Mint collector coin programs,” said Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie.

“We are truly honoured to commemorate this renowned poet and her contribution to Australian literature,” he added.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, the first individual rectangle coin released from this prestigious four-coin set, depicts a colour image of an Australian plain with two kangaroos grazing amongst the wildflowers, with a homestead in the background. The inscription I LOVE A
SUNBURNT COUNTRY…A LAND OF SWEEPING PLAINS and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark also appears in the feature design.

Perth Mint "My Country" seriesThe remaining three individual coins, which will be released bi-monthly from April to December, will also each depict a coloured image of a natural landscape and a native Australian animal. Each design will include the inscription I LOVE A SUNBURNT COUNTRY and a line from the second stanza of the famous poem describing the depicted scene, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

Priced at $104.00 for each individual coin and $416.00 for the four-coin set, the Sunburnt Country coin program can be purchased from The Perth Mint at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, by telephoning toll free 1800 098 817, or by visiting

Collectors can also purchase the stunning new collector series from leading coin dealers and Australia Post outlets.

Learn about more of The Perth Mint’s collector coins on or follow The Perth Mint on Twitter @perthmint.

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The Perth Mint is Australia’s largest and most highly accredited precious metals enterprise. Through its integrated operations and trusted products and services, it develops markets and creates demand for Australian precious metals the world over. Operating the largest refinery and the only facility in Australia accredited for gold and silver by the London Bullion Market Association, the Mint holds endorsements by commodity trading centres in London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and Dubai. The Perth Mint exports in excess of USD14 billion worth of bullion bars and coins to institutional and private investors in more than 130 countries each year and issues an array of legal tender commemoratives for collectors. Offering the world’s only government guaranteed precious metals investment and storage program, the Mint also manages approximately USD3 billion worth of metal held on behalf of some 40,000 clients. Still operating in its original premises, founded in 1899, The Perth Mint is also a premier tourist destination and home to the Guinness Book of Records certified largest coin in the world – the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin, worth more than USD 40 million.

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