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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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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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What’s the difference between ‘bullion’ and ‘numismatic’ coins?

Topics [ gold coins bullion coins silver coins ]

There’s enormous thirst for knowledge about precious metal coins as more people consider whether or not investing in gold and/or silver is right for them.

Reflecting the number of new investors currently taking their first steps into the market, one of our most frequently asked questions is about the differences between ‘bullion’ and ‘numismatic’ coins.

It’s a great question that all ‘gold bugs’ will remember having to ask themselves while developing a passion for precious metals!

What is a numismatic coin?

It helps to characterise numismatic coins so as to appreciate the differences in the way bullion coins are manufactured and marketed.

A numismatist is someone who does more than simply collect coins. They actively study currency, including coins and paper money, or related items such as tokens and medals. Particularly, they’re interested in its historical, social and artistic significance.

Rightly or wrongly, the term numismatic has been adopted by many to describe modern commemorative non-circulating legal tender releases featuring design themes for collectors.

Produced by many of the same mints worldwide that offer bullion coins programs, numismatic issues exhibit exceptional finishes. Unlike circulating coinage, for example, they combine a highly polished (i.e. proof) table that is literally mirror-like, with superb clarity and definition of the raised, frosted elements (relief).


Proof coins were originally trial coins, hand-struck at the start of a mintage, in order that any flaws could be detected and rectified. Then they became a special sample kept as an example of each mintage. Today they are considered numismatic coins – of interest to collectors.

Including intricately coloured, gilded and antiqued coins, modern numismatic releases demonstrate the highly skilled art of the coinsmith. As well as being beautifully finished, they are also typified by a tightly restricted mintage, numbered certificate of authenticity, and decorative packaging.  

Motivation to acquire such coins is often complex. For many it is the strong desire to own something rare and intrinsically valuable with an aesthetically pleasing design that reflects a personal interest.

What is a bullion coin?

In contrast, a person’s interest in bullion coins is likely to be driven by different needs – namely, the desire to speculate in gold and silver; or, more shrewdly, to invest in precious metals over the long term as a store of wealth. Bullion coins can do this because they are valued on the basis of the weight of their precious metal.

Our recently-released 1oz Silver Kangaroo is a classic example of a bullion coin. Like the large majority of our numismatic coins, it is issued as Australian legal tender - its guarantee of weight and purity. However, it is mass-produced in unrestricted numbers with a more basic finish, and comes without display packaging or a certificate.

These factors represent the key to its attraction for investors. They allow the coin to be sold with a low mark-up or ‘premium’ - a small sum over the price of metal to cover the cost of fabrication, including the wages of those involved in design, production, quality control and so on.

As such, the price of a single Silver Kangaroo is only a few dollars above the international ‘spot’ market rate for silver – the benchmark price per ounce you see quoted on the nightly finance report. In short, it represents a cost-effective, trustworthy, and easily tradeable method of gaining exposure to the silver price.

(And with progressive reductions in the premium when buying these coins in quantities of 25, 100, 250 or 500 coins, the ability to invest in silver becomes even more affordable!)


With more than 10 million sold worldwide in less than 12 months, investors have taken a shine to the Australian Kangaroo 1oz silver bullion coin.

‘Semi-numismatic’ bullion coins

It won’t take long for anyone researching the differences between modern numismatic and bullion coins to see references to ‘semi-numismatic’ – a potentially confusing third category!

The Perth Mint is probably guilty of inspiring its origin when, back in 1987, it introduced the Australian Nugget gold coin featuring a far superior bullion finish to anything else available at the time. Essentially, this involved striking shiny relief elements on a frosted table – the reverse of how they appear on a proof coin.

Today, our gold Kangaroo, gold and silver Lunar, silver Kookaburra and silver Koala bullion coin series are all renowned for their ‘reverse proof’ finishes. Sold at spot plus premium, they’re highly sought-after by investors. Yet with annual design changes and, in some cases, a limited mintage, they are also favoured by collectors.


Sometimes called ‘reverse proofs’, high quality bullion coins from The Perth Mint use frosting on the coin table while the design areas are highly polished.

Thanks to their innovative combination of quality and value, these outstanding coins have occasionally provided canny investors with bonus returns. Like all precious metal coins they have a ‘buy back’ or ‘melt’ value which is aligned to the spot market. But thanks to strong collector demand for some of our semi-numismatic releases, secondary market values have been known to exceed the prevailing price of their metal.

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Monthly Sales – June 2016

Topics [ gold coins minted bars silver coins ]

SALES STATISTICS

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

  - Gold (Au): 31,368 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 1,220,817 oz

This chart shows total monthly ounces of gold and silver shipped by the Minted Products division of 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.

Stronger investor sentiment in June resulting from the UK’s Brexit vote helped reverse the decline in sales of Australia coins and bars evident over the past two months.

Up sharply to 31,368 ounces, sales of gold coins and minted bars were 49% ahead of the previous month.

Likewise, silver coin sales were higher, up 25% to 1,220,817 ounces - making June the ninth month out of the previous 10 in which sales have exceeded 1 million ounces.

Compared to the June 2015 figure of 384,586 ounces, silver sales during the latest month are up an extraordinary 217% which has been achieved with the help of the new Australian Kangaroo 1oz silver bullion coin launched by The Perth Mint in September.



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Monthly Sales – March 2016

Topics [ gold minted bars gold coins silver coins ]

SALES STATISTICS

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

  - Gold (Au): 47,948 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 1,756,238 oz

 



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