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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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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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Last chance to purchase Year of the Dog bullion coins online

Topics [ Year of the Dog silver bullion coins gold bullion coins ]

The launch of the final annual releases from the Australian Lunar Bullion Coin Series II is approaching rapidly.

As a result, there is now limited time to acquire our remaining stock of 2018 Year of the Dog coins featuring two popular breeds – a German shepherd and labrador retriever.

As of 31 July 2018, you can still buy the following weights from our online bullion store.

Year of the Dog Gold Coins: 1/20oz, 1/10oz, 1/4oz, 1/2oz, 2oz, 10oz and 10 kilo.

Year of the Dog Silver Coins: 1/2oz, 2oz, 5oz, 10oz and 1 kilo.


Designed for investors and ideal for people born under the influence of lunar dog in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018, the Australian legal tender coins are struck from 99.99% pure gold and 99.99% pure silver.

To secure you’re your Australian Lunar – 2018 Year of the Dog bullion coins before they are withdrawn from sale on our website during September, please visit www.perthmintbullion.com now.

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The Perth Mint unveils first 2oz ‘piedfort’ for silver bullion investors

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Koala ]

The Perth Mint’s first 2oz silver bullion 'piedfort' coin features a mother and baby koala.

Piedforts take their name from the French words for ‘heavy weight’. This type of extra thick coin was first struck in France during the 12th century. 

The Mother and Baby 2018 2oz Silver Bullion Piedfort has the same diameter as our 1oz coin but is double the thickness.

Featuring one of Australia’s favourite native animals, it depicts a mother koala perched on a branch carrying a joey (baby) on her back.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 99.99% pure silver, the coin is issued as Australian legal tender with a maximum mintage of 75,000 pieces.


Investors can acquire this coin individually in a plastic pouch. Alternatively, they are available in tubes of 10 coins.

Oversea customers should check with leading dealers for availability.

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New bullion coins display exotic Australian bird of paradise design

Topics [ Bird of Paradise silver bullion coins gold bullion coins ]

The bird of paradise is famously associated with the island of New Guinea, where its beautiful plumes are used as currency by local tribes and worn as adornments during cultural ceremonies.

A few species also inhabit north eastern areas of Australia, the ‘great southern land’ to which New Guinea was once physically connected.

A remarkable example is Victoria’s riflebird, a species endemic to Queensland’s Atherton Tableland where it lives year-round in the rainforest.

Known as the ‘duwuduwu’ to the indigenous Yidinji people, it was recorded by Scottish naturalist John Macgillivray in 1848 and subsequently named after the reigning UK monarch, Queen Victoria.

In colour, the male bird’s similarity to the uniforms of contemporary British riflemen is the purported reason for its common title. Predominantly velvety black, the plumage includes areas of iridescent greenish blue, purple and bronze which are used to showy effect during its theatrical courtship dance.

This flamboyant display involves a series of initial nodding, weaving and flapping movements. As a dramatic finale, the bird holds its head high while arching its wings skyward in a dramatic appeal for a mate.

Australian Bird of Paradise 1oz Gold and Silver Bullion Coins


The Perth Mint is delighted to showcase an Australian bird of paradise with this stunning representation of Victoria’s riflebird on two superb new Australian bullion coins. Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver and 1oz of 99.99% pure gold, they have maximum mintages of just 50,000 and 5,000 respectively.

With only limited stock available, registered Perth Mint clients are urged to place their orders at www.perthmintbullion.com as soon as possible. Alternatively, please call Customer Services on 1300 201 112, or visit our Bullion Trading Room in person at 310 Hay Street, East Perth.

All other investors interested in this limited release are invited to contact the exclusive international distributor Auragentum.

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Australian Swan bullion coins return with highly appealing new design

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Swan gold bullion coins ]

Highly prized Australian Swan gold and silver bullion coins are back in 2018 with another superb design – this time portraying a mother and her baby cygnet.


Swans are widespread throughout Australia, although the white feathered species are seldom seen. Cygnus atratus, which breeds mainly in the continent’s southeast and southwest regions, has black plumage except for the white tips of its wings.

These birds are culturally significant in Western Australia. In 1697, Dutch explorer Willem de Vlamingh noted numerous black swans living in the estuary of what he named the 'Swaanerivier'.

In 1829, the British established Perth as the chief settlement in what was then known as the Swan River Colony. Today, the bird’s iconic status is reflected in both our state flag and coat of arms.

Not surprisingly, the swan was also chosen as the emblem of The Perth Mint.

Australian Swan 2018 1oz Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

We’re pleased to announce the second annual release of Australian Swan bullion coins for investors.

Following last year’s extraordinary success, which resulted in the rapid sell out of both 2017 coins, the Mint is anticipating a similar level of buyer interest.

Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure gold and 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, the 2018 coins feature mintages more in keeping with numismatic issues - just 5,000 gold coins and 25,000 silver will be released worldwide.

As well as valuable precious metal investments, the charm of the mother and baby swan design will ensure these coins are also a pleasure to own.

To avoid disappointment, registered clients should order online at perthmintbullion.com as soon as possible. Enquiries are also welcome at our Bullion Trading Room, open seven days a week at 310 Hay Street, East Perth, or through Customer Services on 1300 201 112 during normal business hours.

Call to order now
Purchase now only by calling Customer Service on 1300 201 112. Due to the popularity of this product, orders from The Perth Mint will be limited to three gold coins and 10 silver coins per person for 48 hours after release. 

Australian Swan bullion coins are also available from Bullion Money and Apmex.

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