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Updated mintage and sales figures available now

The latest mintage and sales figures for Australian bullion coins manufactured and marketed by The Perth Mint are available now.

Click here to access the updated files.

As well as confirming which coins Sold Out during the last 12 months, this update includes Declared Mintages for relevant releases issued under the 2016 Australian Gold, Silver & Platinum Coin Program.

A declared mintage is the final production figure for a coin that has been closed-off before its Maximum Mintage is reached; or the final production figure for a Mint-to-Order coin or an Unlimited Mintage coin. For further explanatory notes see our Mintage Policy.

The update also presents sales to date figures at 31 December 2016 for all relevant releases under the 2017 Program and all 1 kilo coins from the Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II.

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Monthly Sales – January 2017

Topics [ gold minted bars silver bullion coins gold bullion coins ]

Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in January 2017 as coins and minted bars:

  - Gold (Au): 72,745 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 1,230,867 oz

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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2017 LBMA Precious Metals Forecast Survey reveal analysts are bullish

Topics [ gold prices silver prices ]

Thirty analysts representing twenty six different companies participated in the London Bullion Market’s latest annual Precious Metal Forecast competition.

Contributors were bullish across the board for the four key investment metals, with analysts forecasting that the average gold price in 2017 will be 5.3% higher than the average price in the first half of January 2017.

They were slightly more bullish about the prospects for silver prices, with an increase of 7.1%, but less bullish about PGM prices. For platinum, they forecast an increase of 4.9%, but expected a more modest outlook for palladium, with a forecast increase of just 2.4%.

The full 2017 LBMA Precious Metals Forecast Survey, including each analysts’ supporting commentary, can be downloaded here: www.lbma.org.uk/assets/Forecast_2017_Interactive.pdf

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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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Why are pink diamonds so valuable?

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The remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia is home to the world’s only significant source of fancy pink, violet and red diamonds.

Even so, discoveries are now so rare that an entire year’s worth of pink diamonds will fit in the palm of your hand. The number of violet and red diamonds can be counted on the fingers of one hand!

The regal and enthralling beauty of Argyle pink diamonds, combined with this extreme rarity, have made them the most valuable diamonds on the market. Prices for individual fancy coloured diamonds show no signs of slowing down either, thanks to strong interest among discerning collectors, connoisseurs and investors.

Investors are helping to drive the price of fancy coloured diamonds higher.

As a Select Atelier of the famed Argyle Pink Diamond brand, The Perth Mint is currently offering an exclusive opportunity to view a stunning example of these unique Western Australian treasures.

The exquisite 0.74 Carat Natural Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Diamond is free to view in our Shop, located at 310 Hay Street in East Perth. It’s offered for sale at $625,000 and is officially valued at $650,000.

The Perth Mint Shop is contactable on +61 8 9421 7376.

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Where is it safe to store my precious metal investments?

Topics [ depository gold investment depository online ]

Do you want to invest in physical precious metal without the security risk of storing it at home?

The historic Perth Mint's depository was created in the 1990s to enable clients to invest in gold and silver without the need to take physical delivery.

Uniquely, our depository offers the only government guaranteed investment and storage program in the world, and uses the most extensive central bank grade vaulting facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Today, our depository has more than 30,000 clients worldwide. Last year alone, the value of precious metals on deposit at The Perth Mint increased from $2.69 billion to $3.11 billion.

For depository clients who would like to be able to react quickly 24 hours a day to the dynamic precious metals markets, you can buy and sell gold and silver through our easy to use and secure online trading platform, Perth Mint Depository Online.

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