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New silver and platinum bullion coins for investors

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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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Perth Mint Satisfies Platinum Demand with 2015 Australian Platypus coin

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BULLION BARS AND COINS

The Perth Mint this week released the Australian Platypus 1oz platinum bullion coin for 2015.

The annual issue has struggled in recent years despite being a notable success on launch in 2011 and again in 2012 (see Sales & Mintage figures here).

Platinum coin sales traditionally do best when the price drops below gold. The white metal tumbled to a 5½ year low Tuesday and is now trading at a discount of about US$53 to an ounce to gold - the widest spread since March 2013.

The Mint’s Wholesale Department, which handles sales to bullion dealers worldwide, has reported a significant spike in interest, particularly from clients in the US.

It means that from modest expectations a month ago, the Mint is now ramping up production of 2015 coins to meet the current demand.

Made from 99.95% pure platinum, the 2015 coin has an unlimited mintage. Production will be closed off at the end of the year pending the announcement of its declared (final) mintage.

The annual Australian Platypus bullion coin portrays a platypus diving underwater amongst reeds. Platypus coins can be ordered from The Perth Mint’s Bullion Desk on 1300 201 112 (international callers +61 8 9421 7218) or leading bullion coin dealers.



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Platinum Platypus To Continue In 2014

Topics [ Australian Platypus platinum bullion coin ]

BULLION BARS AND COINS

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: Platinum As An Investment

Topics [ invest in platinum Australian Platypus ]

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

According to Part 3 of the Platinum Series, global demand for platinum as an investment has increased 30-fold since 2003.



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Infographic: Platinum Supply And Demand

Topics [ Australian Platypus platinum prices ]

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

Platinum’s supply is concentrated in medium-to-high risk jurisdictions, while demand is strongly tied to worldwide auto production. Here we present Part 2 of the Platinum Series.



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Infographic: The History Of Platinum

Topics [ Australian Platypus platinum bullion coin ]

RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS

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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