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World's largest known nugget celebrated on bullion coins

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The Welcome Stranger is the world’s largest recorded natural gold nugget.

It was discovered in the Australian state of Victoria by two prospectors on 5th February 1869.

For their extraordinary find, John Deason and Richard Oates shared £10,000, a huge sum of money in those days.

Containing 2,268oz of gold, the nugget was melted down and formed into ingots which were shipped to the Bank of England.

Luckily, we have a fairly accurate idea what the nugget looked like thanks to sketches drawn by witnesses to the discovery.

Welcome Stranger 1oz Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

Now, 150 years after its unearthing, The Perth Mint is celebrating the Welcome Stranger’s contribution to the remarkable history of gold production in Australia.

These superbly struck bullion coins are made from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold and 1oz of 99.99% pure silver. Competitively priced at a small premium over spot, both coins offer investors an artistically attractive way to acquire precious metals in the trusted form of Australian legal tender.

With a mintage of 7,500 and 30,000 respectively, Welcome Stranger bullion coins are also expected to be popular with coin buyers excited to commemorate the world’s most remarkable gold nugget find.

Registered clients are invited to place orders on perthmintbullion.com from today.

Non-registered buyers can visit our Bullion Trading Desk at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, contact us by telephone on 1300 201 112, or speak to their local Perth Mint distributor.

Buyers outside Australia should check availability with leading bullion distributors in their country.

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Bullion coins reflect deep impression left by historic Moon landing

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The Perth Mint is offering investors the chance to acquire Australian gold and silver bullion coins celebrating the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first landing on the Moon.

Australia played a fascinating role in the historic events of July 1969.

With a ‘dish’ measuring 64 metres in diameter, CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales was one of three observatories chosen to receive TV signals from more than 350,000 kilometres away.

Shortly into its broadcast, NASA settled exclusively on the signal from Parkes for more than two hours of live television, enabling 600 million people globally to witness the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the Moon.

For this extraordinary accomplishment and its many other contributions to astronomy since 1961, Parkes has been described as “the most successful scientific instrument ever built in Australia”.

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing 2019 Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

The coins’ reverse portrays the Lunar Module Eagle on the surface of the Moon in a representation of one of the many iconic images beamed back to captivated audiences on Earth. The impression of an astronaut’s boot print in the lunar soil is also included in the design.

Signifying the coins’ legal tender status, the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse under the inscription AUSTRALIA.

Buy while stock last

The Perth Mint will release no more than 15,000 coins struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold, and 50,000 from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver.

Registered Perth Mint clients in Australia who wish to acquire these bullion issues are invited to place orders at perthmintbullion.com.

Non-registered buyers can visit our Bullion Trading Desk at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, contact us by telephone on 1300 201 112, or speak to their local Perth Mint distributor.

Buyers outside Australia should check availability with their local bullion specialist.

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Monthly Sales – February 2019

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Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in February 2019 as coins and minted bars:

  - Gold (Au): 19,524 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 584,310 oz


NB This chart shows total monthly ounces of gold and silver shipped as minted products by The Perth Mint to wholesale and retail customers worldwide. It excludes sales of cast bars and other Group activities including sales of allocated/unallocated precious metal for storage by the Depository.

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SMSF trustees go for gold

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The Perth Mint was proud to participate in last week’s SMSF Association National Conference in Melbourne. The conference hosted more than 1,600 attendees, the vast majority of whom are service providers to the AUD700 billion and growing SMSF industry, including financial planners, accountants and auditors.

Throughout the three-day event there was huge interest in The Perth Mint’s range of investment products, from our depository solutions to traditional physical bars and coins, and the smartphone app GoldPass®. Using the latest technology, GoldPass® allows investors to securely trade, transfer and store physical gold via digital certificates.

There were also a lot of inquiries regarding our listed investment offerings. These include our ASX listed product PMGOLD, which has been trading since 2003, and our recently launched physical gold ETF, ticker code AAAU, which trades on the New York Stock Exchange.

For those interested to learn more about our investment solutions, this recently published blog covers the many ways in which The Perth Mint meets the diverse needs of the world’s bullion investors: How to buy gold: simple, safe and secure options available at The Perth Mint

From our discussions with the many financial intermediaries and direct investors who visited our booth over the course of the conference, it became clear there are three primary factors driving the increased interest from SMSF trustees in gold, silver and precious metals more generally: 

 • Increased stock market volatility. The Q4 2018 sell off in equity markets helped drive safe haven demand for precious metals, with USD and AUD gold prices now back above USD1,300oz and AUD1,800oz respectively; 

 • Continued concerns regarding a potential decline in the AUD. This has fallen from USD0.78 to USD0.72 in the past year. Any further falls will boost the price of gold denominated in AUD. 

 • The potential for interest rates in Australia to move lower in 2019 and beyond. Up until late last year, market pricing suggested the next move in domestic interest rates was likely to be an increase. The situation today is not so clear given volatility in financial markets, decelerating growth rates across the globe and a more cautious tone from some of the most influential central banks, including the Federal Reserve. All of these issues are impacting on the outlook for monetary policy in Australia. Indeed markets are now pricing in at least one more interest rate cut from the RBA, with expectations that the cash rate will decline to 1.25% by next February. 

Should domestic interest rates be cut, and should this occur alongside a decline in the value of the AUD with a continued period of heightened stock market volatility, the outlook for gold, in terms of its price and demand for physical bullion, is bright. 

This is due to the fact that gold is the one asset which typically outperforms other investments when the value in equity markets falls. It has a long history of strong returns whenever real cash rates are low due to the reduced opportunity cost of holding a non-income bearing asset. 

Coupled with its tangibility and its high liquidity, the attributes outlined above help explain why gold can play a vital role in any diversified portfolio, including those of the one million plus Australians who manage their superannuation through a SMSF. 

Until next time…

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Perth Mint appoints acclaimed economist

The Perth Mint has appointed highly respected economist Jordan Eliseo to help generate greater awareness and drive sales of its investment products across Australia and internationally.

In his new role as Senior Investment Manager, Mr Eliseo has joined the Mint’s specialist investment team to develop and promote its suite of traditional precious metals investment options, listed products and digital trading platforms.

“We are delighted to welcome Jordan as he will be of great value to The Perth Mint as we continue on our journey to be the market leader in the global precious metals industry,” Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer, Richard Hayes said.

Mr Eliseo brings more than two decades of experience in precious metals and financial markets to The Perth Mint. Since commencing his career with BT Financial Group, and having worked for financial services organisations including JP Morgan, Deutsche Bank and Cazenove Capital, he has gained expert knowledge in portfolio construction, risk modelling, investment research and analytics, and cultivated relationships with a broad network of industry stakeholders.

“I pride myself on being a thought leader on gold, so I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work for Australia’s largest and most internationally renowned precious metals business,” Mr Eliseo said.

“I am looking forward to being able to offer high net worth investors, financial advisors, super funds and self-managed super fund trustees the Mint’s unique investment solutions so they may diversify their wealth with the unparalleled security that the organisation offers.

“Gold plays an important role in any portfolio. It is the one asset which typically outperforms all others when the value in equity markets fall, and it is a tangible and trusted commodity that has sparked the interest of millennials looking to build their savings,” he continued.

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How to buy gold: simple, safe and secure options available at The Perth Mint

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Interest in precious metals investing is growing once again.

A decade ago, the global financial crisis helped popularise gold as a go-to asset in times of economic crisis. Now, with serious talk about the possibility of a potential downturn in international economic growth, many people are again considering gold as a ‘safe haven’ investment with the power to preserve wealth.

Reflecting the way in which gold is becoming more mainstream, small investors account for a large percentage of the mounting inquiries we’re receiving at The Perth Mint.

To cater for our diverse clients, we offer an extensive range of traditional and contemporary products and services suitable for private investors through to sovereign wealth funds. As a result, we not only offer world renowned coins and bars for delivery, but also depository services via our online portal, exchange traded products and even a handy smartphone trading app.

Below is a more detailed look at our solutions:

Online Trading Portal

Perth Mint Depository provides a 24/7 online trading portal with live pricing for investors to buy, store and sell gold, silver and platinum.

Online Depository Account holders have the choice of a range of storage solutions offering different pricing structures.

Additionally, Depository Online includes a monthly savings plan for accumulating precious metals over time with a minimum contribution of only AUD 50 per month.


Modelled on a traditional service with personalised contact, the Depository Program is tailored to investors who wish to operate their account by telephone or email.

As a Depository Program Account holder, you communicate directly with our in-house traders who provide live pricing and instant confirmation of trades.

This account also offers several storage solutions in gold, silver and platinum.

Share Trading Accounts

Trading on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the code PMGOLD, Perth Mint Gold is a fully paid warrant on 1/100th of a troy ounce of physical gold.

Able to be accessed through a standard Australian share trading account, PMGOLD is structured to track the international spot price of gold in Australian dollars.

Trading on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE), AAAU is unique in the marketplace as it is the first gold ETF to have the precious metal held on behalf of investors guaranteed by a sovereign entity.

Designed to track the international price of gold in US dollars, it is available to Australian investors through an international share trading account.

Mobile App

GoldPass® is a full-service investment app that allows users to buy, store, sell and transfer physical gold via a 24/7 trading platform on their smartphone.

The physical gold backing each investor’s GoldPass® holdings is represented in the form of digital certificates within the app.

Buy and Store Independently

For investors who wish to store physical precious metals themselves, our bullion range comprises:

 •  Gold and silver minted bars
 •  Gold and silver cast bars
 •  Gold, silver and platinum bullion coins

Bullion products can be ordered online or by phone for secure delivery to an approved location of the investor’s choice. Alternatively they can be purchased over the counter in our Bullion Trading Room.

Why The Perth Mint?

The Perth Mint is a global leader in precious metals. We process more than 90% of Australia’s and approximately 10% of the world’s newly mined gold, distributing precious metals worth more than AUD 18 billion annually throughout 130 countries.

We are the sole manufacturer of the official Australian Bullion Coin Program and make bullion bars at our refinery, one of only a few global precious metal facilities accredited by all five of the world’s major gold exchanges: London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), New York Commodities Exchange (COMEX), Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), Tokyo Commodities Exchange (TOCOM), and the Dubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC).

Importantly, investors who choose any of our products do so with the knowledge that their underlying physical holding is guaranteed by our sole owner, the Government of Western Australia, under the Gold Corporation Act 1987.

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