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NEW 2017 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Rooster Privy Mark

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This new Australian Koala coin offers precious metal investors another excellent opportunity to acquire silver in the form of an official limited mintage release.

Struck from 99.9% pure silver, the coin’s modified Koala design incorporates a privy mark paying homage to this year’s ruling animal from the ancient Chinese lunar calendar.

With a limited mintage of just 25,000, the coin is likely to be popular among both investors and collectors, particularly those born in the Year of the Rooster, which includes 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005 and 2017.

Prospective buyers can visit The Perth Mint Bullion Trading Room at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, or call our Bullion Line on 1300 201 112. Alternatively, registered clients can order online at perthmintbullion.com.

This coin is also distributed by Perth Bullion Co within Australia, and by Apmex internationally.


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Combined animal emblems hail silver coin’s iconic status

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Taking symbolic Australian silver bullion coins to the next level, this superb release combines two of Australia’s most famous animal emblems. Within its classic koala portrait, the coin’s reverse features a privy mark in the form of a miniature kangaroo.

Historically, a privy mark is a small symbol in the design of a coin which is added for the purpose of identifying the mint that struck it. The Perth Mint adapted the concept in the 1990s when it began incorporating miniature commemorative symbols in a range of limited mintage releases for extra numismatic interest.

The ‘cuddly’ koala is a renowned member of the marsupial family, Australia’s unique mammal species famed for their pouches. Arguably, only its cousin the kangaroo can claim to be more famous around the globe as a celebrated animal symbol of the land down under.

Just 50,000 of these special Australian Koala coins, each struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in ‘reverse proof’ quality, will be released with a kangaroo privy mark. Competitively priced for investors, they’re also likely to attract significant interest as limited collectables.

To secure this beautiful coin in Australia, buyers can visit The Perth Mint Bullion Trading Room at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, call our Bullion Line on 1300 201 112, or login to perthmintbullion.com.

For all other enquiries, please contact your local bullion dealer.

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Iconic swan makes rare appearance on spectacular Australian bullion coin

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The Perth Mint has released a 1oz silver bullion investment coin featuring a mintage more in keeping with numismatic issues.

Limited to just 25,000 coins, the 2017 Perth Mint Silver Swan 1oz Bullion Coin portrays an icon of Western Australia.


Cygnus atratus, a black-feathered swan, was virtually unknown to the outside world until Dutch explorers visiting the Western Australian coast during the 17th century reported its existence.

In 1697, Captain Willem de Vlamingh ventured into and named the Swan River, which flows through Perth to the Indian Ocean, on account of the flocks of black swans in the estuary.

Settled by Europeans in 1829, Western Australia was originally called the Swan River Colony. Swan emblems soon appeared on official documents, bank notes, postage stamps, and on the original State Crest. As the bird emblem of modern Western Australia, it is represented on both the State Coat of Arms and State flag.

On the occasion of Western Australia’s centenary in 1829, The Perth Mint struck a commemorative medal with a swan motif by heraldic artist George Kruger Gray. The ‘swan rampant’ was selected to portray the spirit and character of the State at the time, and this design for many years also represented the Mint.

Today, we continue this tradition with a contemporary stylised swan logo known to investors, collectors and depositors around the globe.

2017 Perth Mint Silver Swan 1oz Bullion Coin

Struck from 99.99% pure silver, the coin’s literal design visualises the graceful bird in its wetland habitat. In classic profile, the portrayal displays the swans long neck, which enables it to forage for food on the river bed, with broad wings that span up to two metres tucked together on its back.

To take advantage of this rare offering in Australia, buyers can visit The Perth Mint Bullion Trading Room at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, or call our Bullion Line on 1300 201 112. Alternatively, registered clients can order online at perthmintbullion.com.

For all other enquiries, please contact your local bullion dealer.


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NEW Close-up view of the 2017 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin

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Australia's longest established 99.9% pure silver bullion coin series, the Australian Kookaburra is renowned internationally for its investment potential and collectability. A stunning new image of two laughing kookaburras sitting on a fence is portrayed on the 2017-dated releases, which come in 1oz, 10oz, and 1 kilo sizes. 

Available from today, the new coins can be purchased from the Bullion Trading Desk at The Perth Mint, 310 Hay Street in East Perth, on the BullionLine 1300 201 112 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International) or at perthmintbullion.com. Investors can also check the availability of the releases with leading bullion coin dealers.

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Delivery v Storage – Perth Mint provides online solutions for both camps

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When it comes the utilizing the convenience of the world wide web to purchase bullion, The Perth Mint offers buyers two routes to assess.

For those who consider physical possession of their bullion to be essential, option one offers access to a wide choice of Australian gold and silver coins and bars for immediate delivery.

For those concerned about the security of their valuable assets, however, option two provides the ability to acquire precious metals on an allocated, pool allocated and unallocated basis for safe storage in the Mint’s secure vaults.


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A trusted source of bullion for six years and one of the first online platforms to provide constantly updated live market pricing, the Mint’s bullion sales site presents an extensive line-up of pure gold and pure silver investment products for delivery.

As well as the renowned Australian Kangaroo, Kookaburra, Koala and Lunar coin series, the list includes a large range of minted and cast bars, providing options to purchase from as small as 1 gram of gold and 1/2oz of silver. [See the entire range here.]

Shipped from Perth with optional insurance for delivery within Australia, and internationally throughout a large part of Asia, gold and silver bullion orders are handled exclusively by the Mint’s established courier and secure courier partners.

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Depository Online is an extension of the Mint’s traditional Depository Program, which currently holds $3 billion worth of client metal. The new service enables clients to benefit from the immediacy of the web to trade pure precious metals held in three storage categories: Allocated, Pool Allocated, and Unallocated.

The table below summarises the key differences between the types of storage, the main one being the segregation of the physical metal backing the storage type.

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Operated by a secure online platform allowing clients to transact at any time, Depository Online accepts orders from as little as $50.

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With passionate viewpoints on both sides of the delivery v storage debate, The Perth Mint has designed unrivaled online trading solutions catering for both camps. Offering a Government Guarantee together with over a century of minting excellence, there is no better qualified organization so finely attuned to the needs of precious metal investors.


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The ultimate guide to silver

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Thinking about investing in silver? Here’s your essential guide to the history, culture and science of one of the most remarkable metals known to man.

 • The Periodic Table lists elements in order of atomic weight. At 47 on the table, silver is represented by ‘Ag’ from argentum, the Latin description for white, shiny metal.

 • Silver is one of the seven so-called ‘metals of antiquity’ which mankind identified and found uses for thousands of years ago.

 • First mined around 3,000 BC in a region now part of Turkey, silver was originally refined by the process of ‘cupellation’, which uses high temperatures to oxidize and remove base metal impurities.

 • Because of its resistance to oxidation and corrosion, silver was known as a ‘noble’ metal, a group which includes gold and platinum.

 • Soft enough for early craftsmen to work into intricate patterns, silver was ideal for making ornate objects. In fact, it can be stretched into wire thinner than a human hair.

 • Adding to the attraction of silver as ornamentation, it is one of the most lustrous of all metals when polished.

 • As well as its long association with jewellery, silver has been used in the manufacture of cutlery and tableware since Roman times.

 • Sterling silver was invented in the Middle Ages. It contains 92.5% silver and 7.5% other metals (usually copper), giving it hardness and strength for use in functioning objects.

 • Because silver is durable, stable and intrinsically valuable, it possesses qualities that make it ideal for use as money.

 • Made from electrum, a naturally occurring alloy of silver and gold, the first coins are said to have been invented in ancient Lydia (modern-day Turkey) around the 7th century BC.

 • With the discovery of a silver mine near Athens, the ancient Greeks became the first people to use silver coins extensively.

 • In Britain, a pound coin originally weighed one troy pound of silver.

 • In Spanish (plata) and French (argent) the word for ‘money’ and ‘silver’ can be interchanged; the Indian rupee derives from the Sanskrit word meaning ‘wrought silver’.

 • Huge deposits of silver were discovered in Spain’s South American colonies in the 16th century, accounting for the lion’s share of world production for around 300 years.

 • The discovery of silver in the Bohemian town of Joachimsthal led to the production of Joachimsthalers, large silver coins that became known as thalers, daalders, and ultimately dollars.

 • The last Australian circulating coin made predominantly of silver was the 1966 round 50 cent decimal piece. Due to the rising cost of silver, its bullion value became higher than its face value, which resulted in its withdrawal. Three of these coins make a full ounce of silver.


 • Although silver does occur naturally in pure form, it’s mainly found in silver bearing ores with copper, copper-nickel, lead, and lead-zinc.

 • The giant Comstock Lode, the richest silver deposit in American history, was discovered in Nevada around 1857.

 • It’s estimated that there is roughly 15 times more silver in the Earth’s crust than gold.

 • The top five producers of silver by country today are Mexico, Peru, China, Australia, and Russia. Annual average global mine production is reported at about 670 million troy ounces.

 • Because it is the best thermal and electrical conductor of all the metals, silver is found in countless electronic and modern technological devices.

 • Silver has antibacterial properties, which means it is a useful ingredient in wound dressings and water purification.

 • Silver is an important constituent in photovoltaic cells and thus in demand for the proliferating number of solar energy panels.

 • The majority of silver is today accounted for by these and an extensive list of other industrial applications, including batteries, bearings, brazing, soldering, inks, printing, and automotive industries, which underpin global demand.


 • The gold/silver ratio describes the number of ounces of silver required to purchase a single ounce of gold. Throughout the 20th century the ratio averaged about 50:1.

 • When oil executives Nelson and William Hunt attempted to corner the market in 1980 by acquiring vast amounts of silver, rising prices drove the ratio down to 17:1. Seeking safety in gold at the start of the 1991 Gulf War, investors pushed the ratio up to 100:1.

 • Sometimes referred to as “poor man’s gold”, silver nevertheless has a reputation as an effective store of value which has retained its purchasing power over long periods of time.

 • The price of silver reached its all-time high of nearly US$50 in January 1980. After slipping back toward just US$4 in 2001, it again tested US$50 in April 2011.

 • In theory, at least, silver is counter-cyclical to other asset classes, experiencing greater investment demand during events such as the Global Financial Crisis. In better economic times, say its proponents, more demand can be expected for industrial applications.

 • History shows that the price of silver is more volatile than gold and that this can offer shrewd investors the opportunity to “buy low and sell high”.

 • Accredited by the London Bullion Market Association, The Perth Mint refines and fabricates bullion bars and coins for investors in 99.99% and 99.9% pure silver.

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