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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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New opportunity: 2018 Kookaburra with Panda Privy

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Kookaburra ]

Neil Vance, Group Manager – Minted Products introduces the 2018 Australian Kookaburra with Panda Privy Mark 1oz silver bullion coin to customers at the Beijing International Coin Exposition.

Struck from 99.99% pure silver, the coin portrays Australia’s famous bush bird and a privy mark representation of a giant panda. China’s national animal, the panda is an important symbol of peace, friendship, strength and balance.

Investors are urged to act quickly to secure this extremely limited opportunity which has a mintage of just 8,000. Australian clients are invited to place orders at perthmintbullion.com, visit our Bullion Trading Room at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, or contact Customer Services on 1300 201 112.

Overseas buyers should contact our Hong Kong distributor LPM Group Limited.



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Perth Mint unveils 2019 Australian Bullion Coin Program for investors

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo platinum bullion coin silver bullion coins Australian Lunar Australian Koala gold bullion coins Australian Kookaburra Year of the Pig ]

The Perth Mint today unveiled the 2019 Australian Bullion Coin Program.

 

Beautiful new reverse images of iconic Australian fauna appear on the classic Australian Kangaroo, Kookaburra and Koala series. For the first time, these coins feature Jody Clark’s contemporary portrait of the Queen, who is depicted wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem. Each of these coins also includes a helpful security feature in the form of a micro-laser engraved letter within its reverse design.

The Australian Lunar Series II comes to a close with designs celebrating the Year of the Pig – the 12th and final animal represented in the Chinese zodiac. For consistency with preceding coins in this popular series, each new release portrays the well-known Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty.

99.99% Pure Gold | 99.99% Pure Silver | 99.95% Pure Platinum

Struck from pure gold, silver and platinum, the Australian Bullion Coin Program is meticulously crafted by The Perth Mint, Australia’s global leader in precious metals. With more than a century of minting experience, the historic institution is also Australia’s largest and most accredited refiner.

Recognised for more than three decades for its unsurpassed quality and outstanding value, the program comes with the complete assurance of our explicitly-stated government guarantee.

 

2019 Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Series

RELEASE DATE: 10 September 2018

This year’s coins celebrate the pig, one of the 12 animals from the ancient Chinese lunar calendar believed to influence the lives of people born during its ‘reign’.

Coins Sizes

Australian Lunar silver bullion coins are available in 10 kilo, 1 kilo, 10oz, 5oz, 2oz, 1oz and 1/2oz sizes.

Limited Mintage

No more than 300,000 1oz silver coins and 100 10 kilo silver coins will be released. Other coins in the series are unlimited.

Coin Sizes

Australian Lunar gold bullion coins are available in 1 kilo, 10oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz sizes.

Limited Mintage

No more than 30,000 1oz gold coins will be released. Other coins in the series are unlimited.



Australian Kangaroo Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Coin Series

RELEASE DATE: 5 November 2018

This extensive range of bullion coins allows investors to acquire fine gold, silver and platinum releases all featuring an iconic kangaroo theme. While the classic ‘red’ kangaroo is retained on three releases, four small gold coins each feature a new impression of the famous marsupial.


Coin Sizes

Australian Kangaroo gold bullion coins are available in 1 kilo, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, and 1/10oz sizes.

Australian Kangaroo silver and platinum bullion coins are available in 1oz sizes only.

Limited Mintage

No more than 100,000 1/2oz gold coins, 150,000 1/4oz gold coins and 200,000 1/10oz gold coins will be released. Other coins in the series are unlimited.

 

Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series

RELEASE DATE: 1 October 2018

Depicting Australia’s largest native kingfisher, the Australian Kookaburra has been an enduringly popular investment coin series for nearly 30 years.

Coin Sizes

Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coins are available in 1 kilo, 10oz and 1oz sizes.

Limited Mintage

No more than 500,000 1oz silver coins will be released. Other coins in the series are unlimited.

 

Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series

RELEASE DATE: 7 January 2019

The Australian Koala has provided an alternative annual silver series for investors since 2007. The tree-dwelling marsupial ranks as one of Australia’s most recognised native animals.

Coin Sizes

Australian Koala silver bullion coins are available in 1 kilo and 1oz sizes.

Limited Mintage

No more than 300,000 1oz silver coins will be released, while no mintage limit applies to the 1 kilo release.

 

How To Purchase Bullion Coins

1. Buy In-Store

Bullion trading is available at our Bullion Trading Desk, 310 Hay Street, East Perth, seven days a week from 9:00am until 5:00pm AWST.

2. Telephone

Contact Customer Services on 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218 to place bullion coin and bar orders.

3. Buy Online

Register at perthmintbullion.com to order bullion coins and bars for secure delivery to your chosen address.

4. Distributors

Alternatively, contact your local authorized Perth Mint coin distributor.



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Kookaburra bullion special marks Year of the Dog

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Kookaburra ]

The Perth Mint has issued a special Australian Kookaburra bullion coin in celebration of the forthcoming Year of the Dog.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, the new release features the 2018 Kookaburra’s eye-catching reverse design with the addition of a privy mark representation of a labrador retriever.

This is the sixth Australian Kookaburra variant incorporating a lunar privy mark. First seen in 2012 with a dragon privy, the sequence has proved popular with four of the preceding coins sold out at the Mint.

With a limited mintage of just 50,000 coins, the latest addition is also expected to be sought after by discerning investors.

Registered customers are invited to place orders on www.perthmintbullion.com. Purchasers in Australia may also call customer services on 1300 201 112, or visit our Bullion Trading Room in person at 310 Hay Street in East Perth.

International customers keen to secure the special coin should contact official distributors Apmex in the U.S. or Gesellschaft fűr Műnzeditionen in Germany while stocks last.



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Perth Mint issues panda privy mark coin in Beijing

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Kookaburra ]

The Perth Mint has symbolised China’s iconic giant panda in a special privy mark version of the 2017 Australian Kookaburra 1oz Silver Bullion Coin.

The release marks our participation in this year’s Beijing International Coin Exposition (BICE), which takes place at the China National Convention Centre between 10 and 12 November.

 

China is a key destination for Australian bullion, with coins and bars valued at billions of dollars heading to the world’s largest consumer of gold annually.

According to Neil Vance, Group Manager – Minted Products, BICE offers the Mint a chance to meet face-to-face with large numbers of Chinese retail customers who appreciate the quality of its wide range of bullion and numismatic issues.

“This year we’re delighted to be able to offer Chinese buyers a pure silver coin show special featuring a privy mark representation of their national animal,” he said. “Combined with its very limited mintage of just 8,000, the coin is expected to become extremely popular.”

A small number of coins has been allocated for sale in Australia direct from The Perth Mint. Buyers are invited to order online at www.perthmintbullion.com or by phone on 1300 201 112.

Overseas customers keen to secure the special coin should contact our Hong Kong distributor LPM as soon as possible.



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Kookaburras flying high in 2018

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Kookaburra ]

Today marks the availability worldwide of our iconic Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series for 2018.

Struck from 99.99% pure silver with impeccable attention to detail, this year’s coins are available in 1 kilo, 10oz and 1 ounce sizes. In keeping with recent tradition, the 1oz release is restricted to a maximum mintage of 500,000.

 

Produced annually since 1990 with fresh artistic interpretations of Australia’s most famous bush bird, the Kookaburra is regarded by investors worldwide as a cost-effective and convenient way to acquire silver bullion in the trusted form of Australian legal tender.

This year’s arresting and especially detailed design portraying a kookaburra in flight against the backdrop of a harvest moon will make an impressive addition to any silver coin portfolio.

Registered clients can buy Kookaburra coins online at www.perthmintbullion.com. Other interested purchasers can visit our Bullion Trading Room seven days a week at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, or call Customer Services on 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218 during normal business hours.

For those who prefer to deal with a local supplier, The Perth Mint markets the complete Australian Bullion Gold, Silver and Platinum Coin Program, comprising Kangaroo, Kookaburra, Koala and Lunar coins, through a network of authorised distributors in Australia and around the world.



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