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Lunar Bullion Coin Sales Update

Topics [ Year of the Horse Australian Lunar Year of the Snake ]


The next update of the Australian Lunar sales and mintage figures is scheduled for early next year. At that time the pdf documents on the website will be revised to reflect the latest information.

We recently received a question about sales of 2013 Lunar Snake silver bullion coins, however, and I am happy to provide blog readers with interim details ahead of the official announcement.

Sales-to-date of the silver bullion Snakes are as follows:

1/2oz – 160,108

2oz – 55,933

5oz – 20,102

10oz – 28,136

1 kilo – 30,966

Except for the 1 kilo coin, no mintage limit applies to these releases, however production ends at the end of 2013 and, as I indicated above, the maximum mintage of each coin will be declared early in 2014. Latest sales-to-date of the 1 kilo coin will also be updated at this time.

A sell-out of the 1oz Lunar Snake gold and silver bullion coins was announced in this blog posted at the end of October 2012.

On another note, 2014 1oz Lunar Horse gold and silver bullion coins are rapidly approaching their respective maximum mintages of 30,000 and 300,000. Watch out for an announcement of their official sell-outs as early as next week!

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2013 Silver Bullion Privy Mark Coin Releases

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Lunar Australian Kookaburra Year of the Snake ]


This year The Perth Mint will be releasing three silver bullion coins featuring privy marks.

Traditionally, a privy mark is a small mark of differentiation in the design of a coin added for the purpose of identifying the mint.

The Perth Mint revived the ancient practice with a memorable series of silver bullion Kookaburra releases during the 1990s.

This year we are issuing Australian Kookaburra and Australian Lunar silver bullion coins featuring the addition of privy marks.

Each release is individually approved in law as a new Australian legal tender coin with its own mintage arrangement. (see Mintage Policy – 3. Coin Variations).

The 2013 releases, which will appear in February, comprise:

1oz Australian Lunar Snake with Bavarian Lion Privy Mark

 - Maximum mintage: 100,000
 - Manufactured for distribution by one of our wholesale clients based in Germany.



1oz Australian Kookaburra with Snake Privy Mark

- Maximum mintage: 50,000
- Manufactured for distribution by wholesale clients based in the United States and Germany.



1oz Australian Kookaburra with F15 Privy Mark

- Maximum mintage: 15,000
- Manufactured exclusively for the Europe-based distributor of the Fabulous 15 Silver Coin program.

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Sales Update: On Course For Sell Out At The Mint

Topics [ Australian Lunar buy silver bullion online buy gold bullion online Year of the Snake ]


Wholesale demand for limited 1oz Australian Lunar – 2013 Year of the Snake gold and silver bullion coins is running hot.

Just days after their official release, we’ve processed orders for hundreds of thousands of these popular coins.

In the process of being shipped worldwide are:

• 260,000 1oz Silver Snakes out of a maximum mintage of 300,000 coins
• 22,000 1oz Gold Snakes out of a maximum mintage of 30,000 coins

At this rate we’re expecting to have sold out at the Mint within a short space of time.


To secure these coins while stocks last on our bullion website, please follow these links:

1oz Australian Lunar – 2013 Year of the Snake Gold Bullion Coin

1oz Australian Lunar – 2013 year of the Snake Silver Bullion Coin

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VIDEO: 2013 Kookaburra, Lunar Bullion Coin Releases Available Today

Topics [ Australian Lunar buy silver bullion online Australian Kookaburra buy gold bullion online Year of the Snake ]


Today we’re celebrating the availability of Australia’s latest gold and silver bullion coins. These video clips take a closer look at the designs of the: 2013 Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coin; 2013 Year of the Snake gold bullion coin; and the 2013 Year of the Snake silver bullion coin.

Australian Kookaburra

Australian Lunar- 2013 Year of the Snake

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Perth Mint Unveils 2013 Australian Bullion Coin Program

Topics [ Australian Platypus Australian Kangaroo platinum bullion coin silver bullion coins Australian Lunar Australian Koala buy silver bullion online gold bullion coins Australian Kookaburra buy gold bullion online Year of the Snake ]


The Perth Mint today unveils the Australian Lunar, Kangaroo, Kookaburra, Koala and Platypus bullion coin designs for 2013.



• Australian Lunar: 3 September 2012
• Australian Kookaburra: 3 September 2012
• Australian Kangaroo: 1 October 2012
• Australian Koala: 5 November 2012

• Australian Platypus: 1 January 2013

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Snake Strikes Underway For Smooth Lunar Launch

Topics [ buy gold online buy silver online Australian Lunar Year of the Snake ]


Indicative interest is pointing to extremely high demand for 1oz releases from the 2013 Australian Lunar bullion coin program.

The next release, which will become available in early September, features designs celebrating the Year of the Snake - often referred to in China as the ‘Little Dragon’!

Our sales predictions are based on expressions of interest received from our international wholesale partners. They’re running at levels comparable to the record-breaking Dragon series this time last year.

As you know, the full Dragon mintages of 30,000 1oz gold and 300,000 1oz silver coins sold out at the Mint in record time, and these mintage restrictions remain unchanged for 2013.

So again we could see large numbers of investors hitting our bullion website on launch day in order to secure Snake coins direct from the Mint.

For this reason, I want to assure you that we’ve had a close look at the system’s capacity issues which resulted in inconvenience for some coin buyers last year.

We’ve done a lot of work to beef up the site with special focus on measures to avoid overloading the ‘checkout’ at extremely busy times. There will also be more feedback via screen alerts advising buyers how their orders are progressing prior to confirmation.

In parallel with this work, we have also taken important steps to solve frustrating temporary stock outs of other weights in the Lunar coin series. The new manufacturing schedule in the factory means we’ve already amassed considerable stocks of most other Lunar Snake coins – including popular 1/2oz, 2oz and 5oz silver issues.

In conclusion, I’m confident that The Perth Mint is in a much stronger position to satisfy website demand for new Lunar Snake coins and we’re looking forward to a smoother launch come September.

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