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New silver and platinum bullion coins for investors

Topics [ Australian Platypus platinum bullion coin silver bullion coins Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle ]

2017 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Bullion Coin

Today marks the release of the 2017-dated Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Bullion Coin featuring the impressive design work of John Mercanti, a legendary coin sculptor-engraver who held the position of Chief Engraver of the U.S. Mint between 2006 and 2010.


Available for the first time in 99.99% (four nines) silver, this meticulously struck coin depicts John’s wonderful portrayal of a wedge-tailed eagle, Australia’s largest bird of prey, standing imperiously on a tree branch. Rich in design detail, the shiny finish of the eagle’s plumage stands out in eye-catching contrast to the coin’s delicately frosted background.

This superb release can be acquired in-person at The Perth Mint’s bullion desk, 310 Hay Street, East Perth, by telephone on 1300 201 112, or via www.perthmintbullion.com. Alternatively, buyers can contact their local bullion dealer.

Internationally, the 2017 Australian Wedge-tailed Eagle 1oz Silver Bullion Coin is available exclusively through GovMint.

2017 Australian Platypus 1oz Platinum Bullion Coin

Rarer than both gold and silver, platinum is an alternative precious metal used by some investors to diversify their bullion holdings. To meet this need, the Australian Platypus is fastidiously crafted by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.95% pure platinum for annual release.


Almost as rare as the metal itself, the extraordinary platypus is an egg-laying aquatic mammal. Only found in freshwater lakes and streams of eastern Australia, its unique appearance includes a duck-like bill and beaver-like tail. 

With a high quality ‘reverse proof’ finish, the 2017 Australian Platypus 1oz Platinum Bullion Coin portrays a stylised representation of a diving platypus. Available from The Perth Mint’s bullion desk at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, or by telephone on 1300 201 112, it can also be acquired from authorised dealers across Australia.

Internationally, the 2017 Australian Platypus 1oz Platinum Bullion Coin is available from leading coin dealers.

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Platinum Platypus To Continue In 2014

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Decreased investor demand for platinum during 2013 means that we are capping the mintage of last year’s Australian Platypus 1oz platinum bullion coin at 2,000.

Some stock remains to be sold, which we are confident of achieving, before the 2013 coin is formally declared sold out.

To make this absolutely clear, no more than 2,000 Australian Platypus coins dated 2013 will be struck.

Looking forward, we are pleased to announce that the 2014 Australian Platypus 1oz platinum bullion coin will be available from 1 February 2014.

Made from 99.95% pure platinum, the 2014 coin has an unlimited mintage, however, production will be closed off at the end of the year pending the announcement of its final mintage.

The annual Australian Platypus bullion coin portrays a platypus diving underwater amongst reeds. Unavailable online, Platypus coins can be ordered from our Bullion Desk on 1300 201 112, or +61 8 9421 7218 for international callers.

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Infographic: The History Of Platinum

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Compared with gold and silver, the amount of platinum mined through history is tiny. Check part 1 of this three-part series for more fascinating facts and figures about the rarest of the three precious metals.

History of platinum

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Introducing the 2014 Australian Bullion Coin Program

Topics [ Australian Platypus 2014 Year of the Horse Australian Kangaroo platinum bullion coin Year of the Horse silver bullion coins Australian Lunar Australian Koala gold bullion coins Australian Kookaburra ]


Details of The Perth Mint’s 2014 Australian Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Coin Program are officially unveiled today.

Watch the exclusive launch video.

F A S T  F A C T S


Australia’s Bullion Coin Program features five new designs for 2014. The latest imagery portrays iconic native wildlife on the Kangaroo, Kookaburra and Koala coins, while beautifully depicted horses appear on the Lunar series.

Release Schedule


Limited Mintages

A number of coins in the 2014 program are subject to limited mintages, including:


Detailed Brochures

Struck by The Perth Mint from 99.99% pure gold and 99.9% pure silver, these Australian bullion coins are offered by The Perth Mint in a wide variety of sizes. Download the 2014 Gold and Silver Bullion Brochures for comprehensive details.

   click to download 2014 Silver Bullion Brochure

Register Now

Customers (in Australia and Asia) wishing to purchase coins online from The Perth Mint’s bullion sales site (www.perthmintbullion.com) are required to register in advance. If you do not already have an account, please take a few minutes to register now so that we can activate your account in time for the beginning of the release schedule commencing 2 September.

Alternatively, visit the Bullion Trading Room at The Perth Mint or telephone 1300 201 112 (Australia Only) or +61 8 9421 7218 (international callers) to place your order. (Please note: a limit of twenty 1oz silver Lunar coins and five 1oz gold Lunar coins applies to retail customers purchasing direct from the Mint.)

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Big ‘Aussie’ Still Going Strong

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo platinum bullion coin silver bullion coins Australian Koala gold bullion coins Australian Kookaburra ]


The Aussie Diversified Precious Metals Portfolio pictured in 1994. 

Does anyone remember the ‘Aussie’? To give it its full title, the Aussie Diversified Precious Metals Portfolio, issued by The Perth Mint in 1994.

A giant of a set, it comprised two 1 kilogram Kookaburra silver bullion coins, a 2oz Kangaroo gold bullion coin and a 1oz Koala platinum bullion coin.

It’s still occasionally found for sale, as a correspondent who has just acquired one wrote in and confirmed to us today.

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Platinum: History Of A Metal On The Move

Topics [ Australian Platypus platinum bullion coin platinum prices ]


Platinum is one of the rarest elements in the Earth's crust – roughly 30 times scarcer than gold.

The name platinum is derived from the Spanish term platina, which is literally translated into "little silver".

It was used by pre-Columbian Americans to produce artefacts of a white gold-platinum alloy.

But Spanish conquistadors thought it was a nuisance, being difficult to separate from gold nuggets.

In the 1920s, two platinum deposits each of around 100 kilometres in length were discovered in the Transvaal.

Today, South Africa has 80% of the world's platinum reserve.

Ten tons of ore requiring six months of mining are needed to produce a single ounce of platinum.

Platinum has been used as a catalyst since the early 19th century. These days half of world demand is for use in autocatalysts, where it destroys pollutants in vehicle exhaust fumes.

In the 1980s, rising prices prompted the introduction of a variety of bars and coins to meet demand for platinum as a physical investment product.

The Australian Platypus is a limited 1oz platinum bullion coin made by The Perth Mint for investors.

First and foremost an industrial metal, however, platinum prices are vulnerable during economic recession.

Also, supplies are at greater political and geological risk compared to other precious metals as production is largely restricted to a handful of mines.

The price of platinum has risen in recent weeks on supply fears after labour unrest and violence halted production in South Africa.

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