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The Perth Mint announces early release of iconic Australian Kangaroo silver bullion coin

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo buy silver bullion online buy silver coins ]

We are pleased to announce that the 2020 silver kangaroo bullion coin is available for sale from The Perth Mint today, Friday 20 September. 

While the Australian Kangaroo gold bullion coin has been released annually since 1989, it was not introduced in silver until 2015. In the four years since, The Perth Mint has sold more than 26 million 1oz silver bullion coins worldwide. 

In keeping with tradition, this year’s silver issue 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.

The Perth Mint's 2020 Australian Kangaroo 1oz Silver Bullion Coin is now available.

Originally slated for release on 4 November 2019, the 2020 Australian Kangaroo 1oz Silver Bullion Coin has been introduced early due to strong demand for remaining stocks of the 2019 release which are now almost exhausted.

The 2020 Australian Kangaroo gold and platinum bullion range will be available for purchase from the previously-announced release date.

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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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Big coin in the Big Apple

Topics [ One Tonne Gold Coin Australian Kangaroo ]

Proudly representing The Perth Mint and the Australian gold industry, our one-of-a-kind Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin has taken New York by storm.

In our 120th year of taking Australian gold to the world, our iconic coin was on display outside the New York Stock Exchange, where thousands of locals and visitors enjoyed the unique opportunity to admire this masterpiece of minting.

Recognised by Guinness World Records as the largest coin ever created, the 99.99% pure gold colossus measures 80cm wide and 13cm deep. Tipping the scales at 1,000kg, it has an intrinsic value of more than AUD 60 million at current gold prices.

After its successful sojourn in the USA, the One Tonne Gold Coin will once again be on display at our exhibition in Perth soon.

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What drives platinum?

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo platinum bullion coin ]

With our Australian Kangaroo 1oz pure platinum coin available from today, we look at the history and drivers of the ‘third’ investment metal.

Compared to gold, the amount of platinum mined throughout history is minuscule. Much rarer than gold, it’s estimated the entire stock would fit inside the average living room.

Platinum was worked by pre-Columbian Americans to produce artefacts of a white gold-platinum alloy. Because it proved difficult to separate from gold nuggets, the conquistadors are said to have considered it a nuisance!

We know it today as a derivation of the Spanish term platina, which literally translates as "little silver".

Offering investors the chance to acquire 99.95% pure platinum, The Perth Mint has released its 1oz Australian Kangaroo Platinum Bullion Coin for 2019.

When platinum reached Europe in the 18th century it was hailed as the eighth known metal - after gold, silver, copper, tin, lead, iron and mercury.

Scientific study went on to list it as an element – one of the basic chemical building blocks of matter. It is one of the so-called ‘transition’ metals (others being gold, silver, copper and titanium) because it bonds easily with other elements.

Denser and heavier than both gold and silver, platinum is extremely malleable (easy to shape) and ductile (stretchable). Under normal conditions, it’s also immune to corrosion.

Today, platinum is useful in a range of industrial, scientific and medical applications. Chief among these is its role in automotive exhaust emission control devices called catalytic converters. Platinum is particularly effective at converting harmful emissions such as carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons into water vapour and gases less damaging to the environment and human health.

Accordingly, around 40% of global platinum demand has been used in auto catalysts over the past five years. Meanwhile, jewellery accounts for the second largest slice - nearly 30%. Strongly associated with love, it enjoys particular esteem among buyers of engagement and wedding rings.

Historically, the price of platinum has tended to trade higher than gold. During the past decade, however, this situation has been reversed. As a measure of how many ounces of platinum you can buy with an ounce of gold, the current gold-to-platinum ratio is around 1.4.

Will platinum revert to its traditional premium over gold? Conventional wisdom suggests this should occur during periods of sustained economic stability and growth. For those who keep an eye on the price of platinum, declining supply from South Africa, which accounts for about 70% of the world's production, is another critical factor.

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New features abound on 2019 Australian Kangaroo gold bullion coins

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The 2019 Australian Kangaroo series of 99.99% pure gold bullion coins is available for purchase from today.

A new rendition of Australia’s most potent animal symbol appears on the 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz releases, while the 1 kilo release features our classic ‘red’ kangaroo design.

Each coin is issued as Australian legal tender, which is signified for the first time by the new Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.

The sixth portrait of the current monarch to appear on Australian coins since 1952 shows the Queen wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem, recalling the Raphael Maklouf portrayal adopted in 1985.

This year’s investor Kangaroos also include a security feature in the form a micro laser-engraved letter ‘A’ concealed within the reverse inscription. Only visible through a magnifying glass, this design innovation is intended to make counterfeiting extremely difficult.

The Perth Mint has manufactured Australia’s premier gold bullion coins for discerning investors for more than three decades.

Recognised for their unsurpassed quality and outstanding value, iconic Australian Kangaroos are sought worldwide for their fresh annual designs and the complete assurance offered through the Mint’s explicitly-stated government guarantee.

The 2019 Australian Kangaroo gold bullion coin series is available from The Perth Mint’s Bullion Trading Desk in East Perth, via the BullionLine 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218, and www.perthmintbullion.com.

Investors can also check the availability of these releases with leading bullion distributors.

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2019 Australian Kookaburra bullion coins first to feature Queen’s new effigy

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo silver bullion coins ]

The Australian Kookaburra for 2019 features a striking new design of Australia’s largest kingfisher.

Famous for its cackling laugh, the native bird is pictured standing on a sunken tree branch with the setting sun reflected on a rippling waterway.

First issued in 1990, the Kookaburra is Australia’s longest running silver bullion coin series. Enjoyed for the high standard of its annual artistry, the coin is also a trusted precious metal option for discerning investors.

Meticulously crafted from 99.99% pure silver and issued as Australian legal tender, the 2019-dated releases are available in 1oz, 10oz and 1 kilo options. A maximum of 500,000 1oz coins will be produced, while production of the two large coins will run for no more than 12 months.

New obverse effigy

These Australian Kookaburra coins are also notable for being the first Perth Mint issues to portray Australia’s new portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Showing the Queen wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem, the official effigy was created by Jody Clark, an engraver for the United Kingdom’s Royal Mint.

The sixth image of the Queen to appear on Australian coins since Her Majesty’s accession to the throne in 1952, she faces right in keeping with tradition.

Purchase now

Available from today*, 2019 Australian Kookaburra silver bullion coins can be purchased from the Bullion Trading Desk at The Perth Mint located at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, by telephoning 1300 201 112 (Australia) or +61 8 9421 7218 (International), and via the online store at perthmintbullion.com.

Investors can also check the availability of these latest releases with leading bullion coin dealers worldwide.

(*Please note that 10oz coins will be released at a date to be announced).

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