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Australian Lunar proves its investment pedigree in Year of the Dog

Now in its penultimate year, the Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Series II celebrates the 11th animal of the Chinese lunar calendar – the dog.

Another sought after design in the 12 year Lunar sequence, the dog is represented with portrayals of two popular breeds – the German shepherd and the labrador retriever.

Struck from 99.99% pure gold and 99.99% pure silver with the Mint’s superior bullion finish, the coins are issued as Australian legal tender, making them ideal for investors seeking the portfolio protection power of precious metals.

Having sold out in each previous year of the Series, the 1oz gold release (restricted to 30,000 coins) and the 1oz silver release (restricted to 300,000), are expected to attract significant interest.

Also available as 1 kilo, 2oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz gold coins and 10 kilo, 1 kilo, 10oz, 5oz*, 2oz and 1/2oz silver coins, the 2018 Australian Lunar series combines an internationally acclaimed reputation with quality, convenience and cost-effectiveness.

More information.

* availability of 5oz Year of the Dog silver bullion coin will available approximately two weeks after the official release date of 11th September.

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Monthly Sales – August 2017

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

  - Gold (Au): 23,130 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 392,091 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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Perth Mint unveils Australia’s official bullion coin program for 2018

Topics [ Year of the Dog Australian Kangaroo buy gold coins gold investment Australian Lunar Australian Koala bullion coins Australian Kookaburra buy silver coins ]

The Perth Mint has unveiled shining new designs for Australia’s official Bullion Coin Program.

Issued annually since 1987, the trusted releases offer an outstanding choice of pure gold, silver and platinum coins, each authorised by the Australian Government as official legal tender.

Characterised by outstanding craftsmanship, iconic artistry and assured purity, the new coins, which include the first ever Australian Kangaroo in pure platinum, will become available from The Perth Mint and its authorised dealers worldwide from 11 September 2017*.


2018 Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Series


Extremely popular with investors and collectors, Australian Lunar coins celebrate the 12 animals of the Chinese lunar calendar. In 2018, artistry portraying a labrador retriever on the 99.99% pure gold releases, and German shepherds on the 99.99% pure silver coins, mark the Year of the Dog.


The Australian Lunar 2018 Year of the Dog Gold Bullion Coin Series is available in 1 kilo, 10oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz sizes. A maximum mintage of 30,000 applies to the 1oz coin.


The Australian Lunar 2018 Year of the Dog Silver Bullion Coin Series is available in 1 kilo, 10oz, 5oz**, 2oz, 1oz and 1/2oz sizes. No more than 300,000 1oz will be released.

Availability of a special 10 kilo coin (maximum mintage of 100), will be announced later this year.


2018 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series


Now struck from 99.99% pure silver, the Australian Kookaburra Bullion Coin Series was originally issued in 1990. In 2018, each coin portrays a stunning representation of the emblematic bush bird on a moonlit night.


The 2018 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series is available in 1 kilo, 10oz, and 1oz sizes.

A maximum of 500,000 1oz coins will be released.


2018 Australian Kangaroo Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Series


Thanks to a landmark development, Australia’s original bullion coin series is for the first time offered in three highly sought after investment metals. Portraying imagery of the nation’s most evocative wildlife emblem, the Australian Kangaroo comes in 99.99% pure gold, 99.99% pure silver and 99.95% pure platinum options.


The 2018 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Series is available in 1 kilo 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz sizes. A new design featuring two kangaroos bounding across a rural landscape is included on the four smallest releases.

No more than 100,000 1/2oz, 150,000 1/4oz, and 200,000 1/10oz gold coins will be released.

In common with the 1 kilo gold coin, the 2018 Australian Kangaroo 1oz silver bullion coin and the new 2018 Australian Kangaroo 1oz platinum bullion coin portray classic artistry representing a ‘red’ kangaroo encircled by symbolic rays of sunshine.


2018 Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series


In 2018, the Australian Koala also comes in 99.99% pure silver. The 12th annual design portrays one of Australia’s most loved marsupials astride two branches in a flowering eucalyptus tree.


The 2018 Australian Koala is offered in 1 kilo and 1oz versions only. Just 300,000 1oz coins will be released.


For further information

Download a pdf of the 2018 Australian Bullion Coin Program brochure – ‘Investments destined to shine’.


How To Purchase

The following options exist for buyers of the 2018 Australian Bullion Coin Program:

1. Visit the Bullion Trading Room

Invest and pick up in-store from the Bullion Trading Room, 310 Hay Street, East Perth, seven days a week between 9am and 5pm (AWST).

2. Visit the Bullion Sales Website

Register at perthmintbullion.com to order online from the comfort and convenience of your own home between 8.30am and 5pm (AWST).

3. Telephone the Bullion Call Centre

Order from a Customer Services Officer on 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218 during Monday to Friday between 8.30am and 5pm (AWST).

4. Contact an Authorised Distributor

Contact your local authorised Perth Mint distributor in Australia/New Zealand, Asia, United States, Canada or Europe.

* coin availability dates are subject to minor change should production flexibility be required.
** availability of 5oz Year of the Dog silver bullion coin will available approximately two weeks after the official release date of 11th September.


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Perth Mint export triumph reflects Australian gold sector growth

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The Perth Mint’s success in exporting AUD11 billion worth of gold to China in the past year reflects the increasing significance of the Australian gold sector.

There are currently 66 gold mines operating throughout the country, including 14 of the biggest in the world, according to this Channel 9 News report.

Eleven of those are in Western Australia, the nation’s biggest gold State, where four new mines are also currently under construction.

That adds up to employment for about 25,000 people, around double the number it was 10 years ago.

Processing virtually all of Australia’s newly mined gold, as well as supplies sourced from surrounding countries like New Zealand, PNG, Malaysia and Thailand, takes place at The Perth Mint refinery. As Perth Mint CEO Richards Hayes tells reporter Rebecca John, much of it is made into kilo bars for China, individually worth around AUD55,000 at current prices.

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Perth Mint CEO shines light on Australian gold exports in live business broadcast

Topics [ financial crisis gold market ]

It was a case of lights, camera, action at The Perth Mint this morning as leading figures from Western Australia’s business community gathered to report on the State’s economic fortunes live on Channel 9.

Among the guests joining Today Perth News host Tracy Vo was Richard Hayes, CEO of The Perth Mint, who was invited to discuss the current strength of demand for Australian gold.

Mr Hayes said that The Perth Mint, which refines more than 90% of Australia’s annual gold mine output, was currently experiencing strong demand from China, the world’s leading destination for Australian gold exports.

“To give you some idea how that has increased in recent times, in 2011 we exported about 100 tonnes of gold to China,” he said. “Last year we did 230 tonnes of gold to China.”

“Our export numbers are about AUD17 to 18 billion a year and last year AUD11 billion went to China,” he said.

Richard Hayes, CEO of The Perth Mint, with Channel 9 interviewer Tracy Vo during today's live broadcast.

Mr Hayes added that investment was also fuelling demand for gold. Historically, demand for gold has increased at times of international crisis and upheaval.

“As people are looking to diversify their asset portfolios… gold is increasingly a commodity in which they are storing a portion of their wealth.”

“If you look at the world today… at geo-political instability, China, Russia, North Korea, what’s happening in the Middle East, gold is and always has been that ultimate store of wealth,” he said.

Others taking part in Channel 9’s business special from The Perth Mint’s gold exhibition were REIWA’s Hayden Groves; property valuer Gavin Hegney; Andrew Tomich of Hudson Recruiting; financial planner David Sharpe; James McGlew from Argonaut Securities; and Phil Thick from Tianqi Lithium.

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WA gold resurgence ‘on radar’ of North American and British investment funds

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The Western Australian Goldfields region is attracting the attention of overseas investment funds as Australia’s mid-tier gold miners start to outperform their North American counterparts, The Kalgoorlie Miner reported last week.

One of the miners to benefit from US and UK investment funds has been Saracen Mineral Holdings.

Managing director Raleigh Finlayson told The Kalgoorlie Miner it had captured the interest of North American and British funds after this month announcing a seven-year mine life across its Carosue Dam and Thunderbox operations.


As the Diggers and Dealers mining forum wrapped up last week Mr Finlayson said companies able to forecast gold mine life of about seven to 10 years had the potential to ‘get on the radar’ of big overseas funds.

Another Western Australian miner, Gold Road Resources, now has 37% of its register held with North American institutions, as well as some UK and European shareholders.

Precious metals have for centuries helped institutional and private investors protect their wealth against fluctuations in the value of other asset classes. Recognised as a ‘safe haven’ and an essential element within a diversified investment portfolio, gold has historically proven to increase in value as alternative assets falter amid market turbulence.

But you don’t need to be a fund manager or even an active private investor to own a stake in Western Australian precious metals.

The Perth Mint, which refines more than 90% of Australia’s newly mined gold, allows investors to start building a precious metals portfolio from as little as AUD 500 plus a standard brokerage charge through Perth Mint Gold (PMG), or AUD 50 a month for bullion.

PMG is structured as a fully paid call option to one hundredth of a troy ounce of physical gold which may be exercised by you at any time.

It trades on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX) under the code PMGOLD and suits investors who prefer to manage their gold investment within their stockbroking account along with ASX-listed equities and other investments.

PMG has other key benefits:

 • Physically Redeemable. Unlike many gold exchange traded products, PMG can be physically redeemed for any of The Perth Mint’s bullion coins and bars.

 • Government Guaranteed. PMGs are issued by Gold Corporation (trading as The Perth Mint), a statutory authority of the Government of Western Australia. The liabilities of Gold Corporation are guaranteed under the Gold Corporation Act 1987, an Act of the Western Australian Parliament.

 • Fully Backed. PMGs are 100% covered by gold owned by The Perth Mint.

 • Low Management Fee. PMG’s management fee has been held at 0.15% pa since 2004, one of the lowest fees worldwide for a gold exchange traded product.

 • Guaranteed Market. The Perth Mint, via its Market Maker, will ensure PMG tracks the price of gold by maintaining reasonable bid and offer prices and volume on the ASX at all times, in accordance with ASX rules.

 • Convenient. Trade PMGs through your stockbroker with the same ease and convenience as investing in shares. PMG trades on the ASX under the code PMGOLD and can be purchased by investors on the Australian Stock Exchange.

The Perth Mint also offers three investment and storage solutions for the many investors who prefer to buy physical gold, silver and platinum.

One of these is Perth Mint Depository Online. PMDO accounts are free to set up and keep open until you are ready to buy some bullion. You can then start your precious metals investment with a minimum transaction of just AUD 50. With a PMDO savings plan you can build your wealth with automatic deductions each month.

For information more information about our choice of investment options, visit The Perth Mint website.

Read the PMGOLD product disclosure statement here.


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