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Silver Institute/GFMS report record high silver demand in 2015

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The silver market saw record demand in 2015, according to the World Silver Survey 2016, which was produced on behalf of the Silver Institute by the GFMS Team at Thomson Reuters (GFMS).

Jewellery, coin and bar, and photovoltaic sectors all posted new highs, it said, helping to boost total silver demand to 1.17 billion ounces last year. 

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Overall silver supply to the market was lower, led by the continued weakness in silver scrap sales.

Last year’s supply and demand scenario led to the third successive annual silver market deficit, reaching 129.8 million ounces, more than 60% larger than 2014 and the third largest on record, it said.

For further details, download the World Silver Survey 2016.

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Perth Mint branded gold in great demand in China

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Richard Hayes, CEO of The Perth Mint, explains to 2GB’s Ross Greenwood how China’s continuing appetite for Perth Mint branded gold has contributed to its strong performance in the first half of this financial year.

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Is gold a good investment?

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With help from Perth Mint CEO Richard Hayes, financial expert Nick Bruining examines gold, revealing how much economists say is wise to include in your portfolio.

[Footage courtesy of 7 News Perth].

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Calls Of A Silver Shortage Often Misleading

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Internet chatter about a looming shortage of silver should be treated with a healthy dose of skepticism.

As we’ve seen recently, this conversation tends to surface whenever one or more of the world’s major mints announce they’ve sold out of silver bullion coins because of a spike in demand. The hype causes some buyers to panic and pay too much.

There have been a number of temporary coin shortages since the global financial crisis. But the scarcity of coins available for sale on each occasion did not equate to a shortage of metal in world wholesale markets.

What they actually reflected were constraints in the production capacity of bullion mints around the world.

The ability to produce new coins quickly is necessarily held in check by the slowest process in the manufacturing chain – which in coining includes mining, refining, blanking, minting and distribution.

It’s like a baker with only one oven. It doesn’t matter how much flour or how many mixing machines he has, he’s only going to be able to produce so many loaves of bread per day, explains Bron Suchecki on our Research Blog.

One of the major bottlenecks in precious metal coins is the manufacture of blanks, also known as planchets. It’s a surprisingly complex procedure demanding amongst others things rolling, annealing and surface treatments, not to mention a lot of weighing and measuring because of the value of the metal involved.


Because it’s problematic for blank makers to speed up production, you’d probably ask why they don’t expand their factories? Or why mints don’t stockpile their blanks? Good questions that Bron answers comprehensively in Coin Shortage FAQs: telling a real shortage from a capacity shortage, which, as the title suggests, also provides crucial advice on how you can tell whether the next purported silver shortage could actually be a real one!

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Introducing Australia’s First ‘Four Nines’ Silver Bullion Coin

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The Perth Mint has unveiled the much-anticipated silver version of its Australian Kangaroo, a ground-breaking bullion coin offering new and important benefits to precious metal investors.


Issued as Australian legal tender, the new coin is struck from 1oz of 99.99% (four nines) pure silver – a first for the nation’s official bullion coin program.

The coin’s reverse portrays the classic bounding red kangaroo, a design that’s been associated with Australian bullion coins since 1986. Featuring symbolic rays of Australian sunshine, the iconic depiction has a delightful fully-frosted finish.

A Perth Mint first, the coin's reverse also includes an authentication feature. In the form of a micro-laser engraved letter ‘A’ which is within the first A of AUSTRALIA, it is only detectable under a magnifying glass. The authentication feature is designed to make it significantly more difficult for the coin to be counterfeited, providing peace of mind to our customers.

On top of these outstanding qualities, the 2016 1oz Australian Kangaroo silver bullion coin will represent exceptional value for money. Indeed, it will be Australia’s most economically priced silver bullion coin when it is officially released this coming 21 September 2015.

Silver investors seeking a trusted, highly economical store of wealth will be able to purchase the 2016 Australian Silver Kangaroo in protective acrylic tubes of 25 coins. Orders for 10 tubes, each sealed with a tamper evident security seal, will come with a free storage box.

Although no mintage limit applies, production of this first annual Silver Kangaroo release will close at the end of 2016 and the final number declared thereafter.

How to Purchase

Visit our Bullion Trading Room at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, or telephone 1300 201 112/+61 (0)8 9421 7218 to place your order with The Perth Mint from 21 September.

Customers wishing to purchase coins online from The Perth Mint’s bullion sales site www.perthmintbullion.com (available Australia and Asia only) are required to register in advance. If you do not already have an account, please take a few minutes to register now so that we can activate your account in time for release day.

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Monthly Sales - May 2015

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Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in May 2015 as coins and minted bars.

  - Gold (Au): 21,671oz

  - Silver (Ag): 337,511oz

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