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The Perth Mint: Successfully promoting Australian precious metals to global markets

The Perth Mint is marketing Australia’s precious metals to the world, and offering innovative investment solutions to customers in more than 130 countries.

A global leader in the precious metals industry and owned by the Government of Western Australia, The Perth Mint is a vertically integrated refining, manufacturing, minting, marketing, investment and storage business.  

With a focus on identifying new markets and creating local and overseas demand for Australian precious metals, The Perth Mint is proud to play a leading role in supporting the nation’s gold mining companies.

Australia has the world’s largest known gold reserves and is the world’s second largest producer of gold after China. Gold is also the nation’s third largest mineral export, worth $16billion in 2015/16. Well placed to take advantage of the country’s resources, The Perth Mint is supporting Australia to access global precious metals markets that provide significant contribution to the nation’s economy.

Renowned for its refining and minting expertise, The Perth Mint value-adds to Australia’s precious metals industry through the manufacture and marketing of a broad range of bullion bars and coins.

“The Perth Mint has evolved over its 117-year history to become one of Australia’s top manufacturers, a leading exporter, and a champion for our precious metals industry,” says Richard Hayes, Chief Executive Officer.


“The quality of our products is world class thanks to the capability of our operations and our people. Our Australian one kilo gold bar, for example, is highly sought after by Chinese investors making it the product of choice on the Shanghai Gold Exchange,” he said.

The Perth Mint refines most of Australia’s newly mined gold and that of several Pacific nations. Operating Australia’s only gold and silver LBMA (London Bullion Market Association) accredited precious metals refinery, The Perth Mint is also the country’s only precious metals business with accreditation from commodity exchanges in London, New York, Shanghai, Tokyo and Dubai.

With investors in its products located in more than 130 countries, The Perth Mint is taking Australian gold to the global banking and financial sector, as well as institutional and individual investors across the world.

“In 2017, the ASX and The Perth Mint will launch a Gold Futures contract to bring together ASX’s investment exchange expertise with the scale and security of The Perth Mint’s precious metals operations. The resultant financial instrument will compete internationally and better meet the needs of global market participants and investors.”

The Perth Mint also offers customers a range of precious metals investment and storage options. Backed by a government guarantee, customers can invest in gold, silver and platinum through The Perth Mint Depository, which includes an innovative digital trading platform. 

“Perth Mint Depository Online allows investors to manage their own private metal account including the ability to trade with live pricing 24/7. With $3.1billion worth of investors’ precious metal on deposit, we offer customers the most secure and extensive storage facilities in the southern hemisphere.”

Mr Hayes is bullish about precious metals and argues a strong case for investing in gold and silver.

“Historically, gold has shown again and again that it survives and thrives in difficult times, such as these. Indeed, the smart money has an exposure to gold.”

First published in The Pick.

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1oz gold bullion Rooster coin sells out

Topics [ buy gold coins Australian Lunar Year of the Rooster buy silver coins ]

The 2017 Year of the Rooster 1oz gold bullion coin from the Australian Lunar Coin Series II has officially sold out at The Perth Mint.

The achievement follows last month’s sell out of its stablemate, the 2017 Year of the Rooster 1oz silver bullion coin.

As a result of the Rooster coins’ appeal among international collectors and investors, The Perth Mint has shipped a maximum of 30,000 1oz gold bullion coins and 300,000 1oz silver bullion coins in each year of the Lunar program since its launch in 2008.


Struck with an exceptional ‘reverse proof’ finish, the Australian Lunar is renowned as the world’s premier coin program celebrating the 12 animals of the ancient Chinese lunar calendar.

2017-dated Rooster bullion coins remain available in a range of alternative sizes starting from 1/20oz in 99.99% pure gold and 1/2oz in 99.99% pure silver.  

Orders are accepted at our Bullion Trading Desk at The Perth Mint, 310 Hay Street in East Perth; on the BullionLine on 1300 201 112 (Australia) / +61 8 9421 7218 (International); or via perthmintbullion.com.

Alternatively, please contact one of our authorised distributors.

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Limited Kookaburra ‘privy mark’ coin celebrates the Year of the Rooster

The Perth Mint has unveiled a new ‘privy mark’ release for those who collect and invest in Australian silver bullion coins.

The 2017 Australian Kookaburra 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Rooster Privy Mark is a limited mintage release featuring two native kookaburras perched on a backyard fence.

Traditionally, a privy mark is a small symbol in the coin design used to identify the mint of origin. The Perth Mint pioneered the modern revival of this ancient practice on Kookaburra coins during the 1990s.

The new coin features a rooster privy mark above the right-hand bird in recognition of the Lunar Year of the Rooster, commencing at Chinese New Year on 28 January 2017.

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, the distinctive coin has a limited worldwide mintage of 50,000 - with just 5,000 available from authorised outlets in Australia. An attractive option for silver coin buyers, it’s issued as part of the official Australian Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Coin Program, which is renowned for an unrivalled combination of quality, design and choice.

While stocks last, the 2017 Australian Kookaburra 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Rooster Privy Mark is available from The Perth Mint’s Bullion Trading Desk, 310 Hay Street, East Perth; on the BullionLine - 1300 201 112 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International); and for registered online clients at perthmintbullion.com.

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Why the kilo Koala provides more bang for your buck!

Topics [ buy silver online Australian Koala ]

Like gold, the price of silver has been falling since the surprise result of the U.S. Presidential election. Bargain hunting investors may see this as an opportunity to ‘buy the dips’ – whereby they increase their metal holding to benefit from an eventual upswing.

For those who prefer to hold their precious metal in the form of government issued legal tender, the Australian Koala 1 kilo silver bullion coin represents one of the most cost-effective ways of acquiring pure silver from The Perth Mint. Offering a low premium per ounce and price breaks on purchases for as little as five coins, it is an excellent way to take advantage of silver’s current price point.

The kilo Koala comes with an assurance of both weight and purity under the unique government guarantee that applies to all our products and solutions. Investors will also welcome the knowledge that the Mint is not just an expert in coin production, but a global leader in the precious metals industry with an integrated business operating across refining, manufacturing, investing and storage.

Last year alone, our LBMA-accredited refinery processed almost 34 million ounces of gold and silver, bringing the total for the last three decades to more than 6,500 tonnes. Our trusted depository has been chosen by around 30,000 clients from over 100 countries to keep their precious metal assets safe and secure. And last year alone, we sold $1.3 billion worth of minted product worldwide, representing more than 16 million coins and bars.

A superb example of The Perth Mint’s 117-year refining and coining pedigree, this Australian Koala 1 kilo silver bullion coin is available from our bullion website - perthmintbullion.com. Alternatively, talk to our Bullion Trading Desk at 310 Hay Street in East Perth; or call the BullionLine on 1300 201 112 (Australia) / +61 8 9421 7218.

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Monthly Sales – November 2016

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Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in November 2016 as coins and minted bars.

  - Gold (Au): 54,747 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 984,622 oz


This chart shows total monthly ounces of gold and silver shipped as minted products by The Perth Mint to wholesale and retail customers worldwide. It excludes sales of cast bars and other Group activities including sales of allocated/unallocated precious metal for storage by the Depository.

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