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Great Savings On Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coins For A Limited Time


Australian Koala

The cost of a 2013 Australian Koala 1oz silver bullion release has been reduced for buyers who purchase two or more of these popular investment coins.

Like every Australian investment coin, the price of the Koala is made up by the cost of metal plus a premium covering manufacturing expenses. The premium is a transparent figure which can easily be calculated by subtracting The Perth Mint silver spot rate from the Koala’s retail price.

Lower premiums

The introduction of significantly lower premiums on 1oz Koala coins is effective immediately and remains valid through to the end of October when production of the current year-date will cease.

Full details of the reduced premium offer are displayed here.

The table shows investors buying two or more coins will save $1.50 per coin in premium costs, with improved volume discounts available at each subsequent threshold. Investors purchasing 500 coins will benefit substantially with a massive saving of $5.50 per coin.

To take advantage of this special offer, order now at www.perthmintbullion.com or contact the Bullion line on 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218 during business hours WST.

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Explosive Theory Sheds Light On Origins Of Gold

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Scientists at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics have a new hypothesis about the origins of gold.

For many years, it was thought that the heavy elements of the periodic table, such as gold, platinum, lead and uranium, had their origin in supernova explosions.(See previous blogpost Why Gold Is So Rare).

Associate Professor of Astronomy, Edo Berger, who revealed the Harvard team’s findings this week, says it must have been born in a more cataclysmic event — a short gamma-ray burst (GRB), like one that occurred last month.

Observations of this GRB, which at 3.9 billion light-years from Earth was one of the nearest to date, suggested that it resulted from the collision of two neutron stars — the dead cores of stars that previously exploded as supernovae. It produced a unique glow that the scientists believe could signify the creation of substantial amounts of heavy elements — including gold.

“We estimate that the amount of gold produced and ejected during the merger of the two neutron stars may be as large as 10 moon masses — quite a lot of bling!” Professor Berger said.

For more detailed science stuff and a spectacular animation of two neutron stars colliding visit Harvard Gazette.

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Gold’s Role As Portfolio Insurance

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Gold has had an awful time lately but there is still a sound reason for holding at least some of the yellow metal.

If the global financial system goes terribly wrong, gold will increase in value, offsetting losses in your other investments, experts say.

In other words, it has a role to play as portfolio insurance.

In this interview, Bron Suchecki, Manager Analysis & Strategy at The Perth Mint, considers the difference between investors who are currently selling out of gold and those that are holding on.

Ultimately, it comes down to whether they bought with a speculative ‘I’m going to get rich quick’ type attitude, or whether they bought gold as insurance, he says. 

“I think what we’re seeing is the people who are selling out probably bought for the wrong reasons… Those that bought for insurance…they’re holding gold as that insurance in case things get really bad and start to unravel.”

At a recent stockbroker presentation, Bron was asked about the reasons for buying gold now.

“If you’re 100% sure that the central banks and government have got everything under control and everything is going to be great and moving forward with no problems from here on in, then absolutely, don’t hold any gold. But if you’re not exactly 100% sure …  that’s why you should hold a bit of gold.”

Download Bron Suchecki’s full interview with Bull Market Thinking.

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Monthly Sales - June 2013

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Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint* in June 2013 as coins and minted bars.

 - Gold (Au): 47,047.83

 - Silver (Ag): 588,630.13

(*excludes Depository and Perth Mint Shop.)

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Perth Mint Scotches Horse Coin Rumour

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A rumour that the popular Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Series is changing from round to square-shaped coins could not be further from the truth.

The idea that the Mint would change horses (as it were) half-way through the current series is laughable.

The vibe surrounding the 2014 Year of the Horse bullion “round” coin program is encouraging with strong interest from international distributors and plenty of discussion from the silver community on the web. Much consideration has gone into the designs for both the gold and silver series and I’m sure the vast majority of investors and collectors will be delighted with the outcomes.  


What will it look like?

Having recently seen a sample, I think the silver horse is one of the most beautiful Lunar designs we’ve ever done.



The Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Bullion Coin Program will be officially launched at the beginning of September.

While gossip about the traditional Australian Lunar coin going square is nonsense, I can exclusively reveal that we are developing a completely separate coloured series of square-shaped horse coins for distribution in China. Should it go ahead, a small allocation of these coins would also be made available in Australia.  

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Understanding What's Happening In The Gold Market

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Don't miss this discussion about price action in precious metals since April and what the future might hold for the price of gold and silver. Ben Giddins from Gold Stackers Australia sets the scene for insightful comment from Bron Suchecki, Manager, Analysis & Strategy at The Perth Mint, and Greg Canavan, Editor of The Daily Reckoning and Sound Money, Sound Investments.

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