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2020 Australian Bullion Coin Program goes from strength to strength with new designs and special releases

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo Year of the Mouse gold coins Australian Lunar Australian Koala silver coins Australian Kookaburra ]

A world leader in precious metals for investors, The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil the 2020 designs for Australia’s renowned bullion coin program.

Offering striking new interpretations of our iconic native animals for the Australian Kookaburra, Australian Kangaroo and Australian Koala coin series, the 2020 program also introduces the first design in the much-anticipated 12-year Australian Lunar Series III.


Meticulously crafted to the highest bullion finish available, the Australian Bullion Coin Program is struck from 99.99% pure gold, 99.99% pure silver and 99.95% pure platinum in the trusted form of government-authorised Australian legal tender.


Australian Lunar Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Coin Series

Introducing the first platinum Lunar release

Dating back to 1995 when The Perth Mint released the world’s first major coin series featuring the 12 animals in the Chinese lunar calendar, the Australian Lunar Bullion Coin Series III commences with releases celebrating the Year of the Mouse. As well as our customary gold and silver versions, the new series includes the very first Lunar coins made from platinum.

Why the mouse?




In Chinese mythology, 12 animals raced each other across a fast-flowing river to win favour from the Jade Emperor. The shrewd mouse hitched a ride on the ox, leaping from its back to win the contest. For this it was rewarded as guardian of the first year in the ancient lunar calendar.

The 2020 coins feature naturalistic portrayals of mice foraging among stalks of wheat on the gold and platinum coins, and on husks of corn on the silver coins. Both highly appealing designs incorporate the Chinese character for ‘mouse’ in a contemporary style.

RELEASE DATE: 9 September 2019

Gold Coins: 10oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz, 1/20oz

Mintages: unlimited except for 30,000 1oz coins

Platinum coin: 1oz only

Mintage: 5,000

Silver coins: 10 kilo, 1 kilo, 5oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz

Mintages: unlimited except for 100 10 kilo and 300,000 1oz coins


Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series

Unique anniversary obverse

A long-standing favourite among silver coin investors worldwide, the Australian Kookaburra is 30 years old in 2020. To commemorate its landmark release, each coin features a special obverse bearing a representation of Stuart Devlin’s depiction of a kookaburra on a tree stump surrounded by native foliage as it appeared on the 1990 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin, and a miniature representation of Jody Clark’s effigy of the Queen.

Quintessentially Australian




The kookaburra is a large, quintessentially Australian bird celebrated in literature and the arts. Famed for its loud cackling ‘laugh’, the iconic native is often referred to as the ‘bushman’s clock’ because of its habit of calling at dawn and dusk.

The 2020 reverse portrays a Kookaburra sitting on a corrugated rooftop with a stylised sunrise in the background. The design also includes the inscription 30TH ANNIVERSARY.

RELEASE DATE: 1 October 2019

Silver coins: 1 kilo, 10oz, 1oz

Mintages: unlimited except for 500,000 1oz coins


Australian Kangaroo Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Coin Series

Australia’s classic bullion coins

Australia’s first and most prestigious international gold bullion coin offering was introduced by The Perth Mint in 1986. Synonymous with the nation’s pre-eminent position as a gold producer, refiner and crafter of trusted bullion products, it quickly evolved into the definitive Australian Kangaroo, one of the world’s most respected investment releases. Today it’s also offered in pure platinum and pure silver, providing investors with access to a trio of classic investment metals.

Epitomising the outback




This year’s small gold coins portray two kangaroos amid a stand of xanthorrhoeas – known more simply as grass trees. Through its archetypal combination of native flora and fauna, the design epitomises the remote beauty and fascination of the Australian outback. The larger gold coin together with platinum and silver issues depicts a representation of Stuart Devlin’s red kangaroo, a much-admired portrayal created for the Mint by the Queen’s former goldsmith in 1989.

RELEASE DATE: 4 November 2019, except 1oz Silver Bullion Coin which will be released on 20 September

Gold coin: 1 kilo, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz

Mintages: unlimited except 100,000 1/2oz, 150,000 1/4oz, 200,000 1/10oz coins

Platinum coin: 1oz only

Mintage: unlimited

Silver coin: 1oz only

Mintage: unlimited


Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series

Success based on enduring affection

Widespread recognition of the koala as a symbolic member of Australia’s unique marsupial family prompted the launch of the Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series in 2007, since when it has proved popular worldwide. From a land often associated with threatening fauna, the koala is a more docile, not to say cute, animal that spends large amounts of time sleeping in trees and eating leaves from its preferred species of eucalyptus tree.

Maintaining high design standards




In a simple yet highly effective artistic impression, the 2020 coins portray a koala in a characteristic position up a tree branch.

RELEASE DATE: 6 January 2020

Silver coins: 1 kilo, 1oz

Mintage: 1 kilo mint-to-order, 300,000 1oz


How to Buy

The following options exist for buyers of the 2020 Australian Bullion Coin Program:

1. Bullion Trading Room

Buy 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. 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 through a Customer Services Officer on 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218 between Monday and 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.



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Bullion coins reflect deep impression left by historic Moon landing

Topics [ gold coins silver coins ]

The Perth Mint is offering investors the chance to acquire Australian gold and silver bullion coins celebrating the 50th anniversary of mankind’s first landing on the Moon.

Australia played a fascinating role in the historic events of July 1969.

With a ‘dish’ measuring 64 metres in diameter, CSIRO’s Parkes radio telescope in New South Wales was one of three observatories chosen to receive TV signals from more than 350,000 kilometres away.

Shortly into its broadcast, NASA settled exclusively on the signal from Parkes for more than two hours of live television, enabling 600 million people globally to witness the Apollo 11 astronauts walking on the Moon.

For this extraordinary accomplishment and its many other contributions to astronomy since 1961, Parkes has been described as “the most successful scientific instrument ever built in Australia”.

50th Anniversary of the Moon Landing 2019 Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

The coins’ reverse portrays the Lunar Module Eagle on the surface of the Moon in a representation of one of the many iconic images beamed back to captivated audiences on Earth. The impression of an astronaut’s boot print in the lunar soil is also included in the design.

Signifying the coins’ legal tender status, the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse under the inscription AUSTRALIA.

Buy while stock last

The Perth Mint will release no more than 15,000 coins struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold, and 50,000 from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver.

Registered Perth Mint clients in Australia who wish to acquire these bullion issues are invited to place orders at perthmintbullion.com.

Non-registered buyers can visit our Bullion Trading Desk at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, contact us by telephone on 1300 201 112, or speak to their local Perth Mint distributor.

Buyers outside Australia should check availability with their local bullion specialist.



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New era dawns for gold, silver and platinum Kangaroo coins

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo platinum coin silver coins gold coin ]

For the first time Australia’s signature bullion coin series, the Australian Kangaroo, has been struck in three prime investment metals – 99.99% pure gold, 99.99% pure silver, and 99.95% pure platinum.

As Australia’s most potent animal icon, the famous marsupial has appeared on The Perth Mint’s premier gold bullion coin series since 1989. Memorably captured by renowned coin designer Stuart Devlin, the classic ‘red’ kangaroo encircled by symbolic rays of the Australian sun is one of the world’s preeminent investment coin designs.

 

The kangaroo has been emblematic of Australia since the 18th century.

James Cook’s intrepid expedition of discovery along the east coast in 1770 provided the first European record of kangaroos. He and his crew spent seven weeks ashore at what is now Cooktown in Queensland having been forced to beach HMS Endeavour for repairs after she was damaged on the Great Barrier Reef. They supposedly named the extraordinary animal after an Aboriginal word – quite probably gaNurru – from the local Guugu Yimidhirr people.

Commissioned by Cook’s botanist Joseph Banks, The Kongouro from New Holland by George Stubbs was the earliest painted representation of a kangaroo in Western art. The study, based on an inflated skin brought back to England by the expedition, imprecisely represented the extraordinary native animal. Nevertheless, the intense interest it generated helped establish the word ‘kangaroo’ and widespread knowledge of the creature’s existence on the far side of the world.

Neil Vance, Group Manager - Minted Products, said the kangaroo remained an exotic and striking species to many people outside Australia. “The unusual way in which it hops and the fact that females rear their young inside a pouch makes it one of the most endearing and fascinating animals in the world. As a powerful symbol of The Perth Mint’s uncompromising quality for almost 30 years, there was certainly a need to portray the animal’s unique characteristics on Australian bullion coins across our suite of three investment metals.”

The recent launch of the 1oz Australian Silver Kangaroo created significant interest worldwide. Demand for the 2016-dated release exceeded 10 million coins.

The trio is now complete with the addition of the first Australian Platinum Kangaroo coin. Offered solely as a 1oz release, it replaces the Australian Platypus as a convenient and cost-effective way to own pure platinum in the form of official legal tender.

Methods of Purchase

Australian Kangaroo Gold Coin Series

 • Individual 1 kilo coin

 • Individual 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz coins with exclusive 2018 design

Australian Kangaroo Silver Coin Series

 • Individual 1oz coin

 • Tube of 25 1oz coins

 • Mini monster box (10 tubes)

Australian Kangaroo Platinum Coin Series

 • Individual 1oz coin

Registered clients can purchase these and other Australian bullion coins from our bullion website - www.perthmintbullion.com. We also welcome walk-in customers at our Shop located at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, and callers on 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218.

For those who prefer to deal with a local supplier, The Perth Mint markets the complete range through a network of authorised distributors in Australia and around the world.Save


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Whopping 10 kilo 2017 lunar rooster coin has officially sold out

Topics [ silver bullion coins silver bullion silver coins ]

We are pleased to announce an official sell out at The Perth Mint of the magnificent Year of the Rooster 10 Kilo Silver Edition from the Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II.  With a limited mintage of just 100, these mammoth coins flew off the shelves in just over one month.



This is the third year running that this impressive coin has sold out. Keep an eye out for the Year of the Dog 10 Kilo Silver Edition in the coming months as it’s sure to be just as popular. 



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Monthly Sales – December 2016

Topics [ minted bars silver coins gold coin ]

Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in December 2016 as coins and minted bars.

  - Gold (Au): 63,420 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 430,009 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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Monthly Sales – November 2016

Topics [ gold coins minted bars silver coins ]

Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in November 2016 as coins and minted bars.

  - Gold (Au): 54,747 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 984,622 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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