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Why are pink diamonds so valuable?

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The remote East Kimberley region of Western Australia is home to the world’s only significant source of fancy pink, violet and red diamonds.

Even so, discoveries are now so rare that an entire year’s worth of pink diamonds will fit in the palm of your hand. The number of violet and red diamonds can be counted on the fingers of one hand!

The regal and enthralling beauty of Argyle pink diamonds, combined with this extreme rarity, have made them the most valuable diamonds on the market. Prices for individual fancy coloured diamonds show no signs of slowing down either, thanks to strong interest among discerning collectors, connoisseurs and investors.

Investors are helping to drive the price of fancy coloured diamonds higher.

As a Select Atelier of the famed Argyle Pink Diamond brand, The Perth Mint is currently offering an exclusive opportunity to view a stunning example of these unique Western Australian treasures.

The exquisite 0.74 Carat Natural Fancy Vivid Purplish Pink Diamond is free to view in our Shop, located at 310 Hay Street in East Perth. It’s offered for sale at $625,000 and is officially valued at $650,000.

The Perth Mint Shop is contactable on +61 8 9421 7376.

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Where is it safe to store my precious metal investments?

Topics [ depository gold investment depository online ]

Do you want to invest in physical precious metal without the security risk of storing it at home?

The historic Perth Mint's depository was created in the 1990s to enable clients to invest in gold and silver without the need to take physical delivery.

Uniquely, our depository offers the only government guaranteed investment and storage program in the world, and uses the most extensive central bank grade vaulting facilities in the Southern Hemisphere.

Today, our depository has more than 30,000 clients worldwide. Last year alone, the value of precious metals on deposit at The Perth Mint increased from $2.69 billion to $3.11 billion.

For depository clients who would like to be able to react quickly 24 hours a day to the dynamic precious metals markets, you can buy and sell gold and silver through our easy to use and secure online trading platform, Perth Mint Depository Online.

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Close-up look at the 2017 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin

The 1oz Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin for 2017 is released today.

This year’s design portrays a koala sitting at the base of a eucalyptus tree with another tree in the background.

Just 300,000 of these 1oz coins will be released.

Additionally, we have released a 1 kilo version of the 2017 Australian Koala. No mintage limit applies to the larger coin for 12 months.

A world leader in precious metals, The Perth Mint’s exceptional minting experience and the use of advanced manufacturing technology contribute to our coins’ reputation of being the highest quality in the world.

Both struck from 99.9% pure silver, each Koala coin’s Australian legal tender status guarantees its weight and purity.

Purchases can be made 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 (registration required).

Alternatively, please contact one of our authorised distributors.

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A decade of Koala evolution

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Koala ]

The koala is one of Australia’s famous native marsupials – which means its young develop inside the female’s pouch. Often perceived as a cuddly animal and generally sleepy during the daytime, it has an appealing bear-like face and thick grey fur. Spending much its life at the top of eucalyptus trees where it consumes large quantities of leaves, the koala can nevertheless be experienced close-up at sanctuaries and zoos throughout Australia.

In 2007, when preparing a new Australian entrant to the international silver bullion coin market, the koala was an obvious design theme for The Perth Mint to opt for.

A decade later, the Australia Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series is not only a popular option for investors, but also a pleasing collectable that has many followers worldwide.

This timely image gallery shows how Australian Koala silver coins have evolved to become one of our most eagerly anticipated annual coin launches. Depicting the first ten release issued between 2007 and 2016, this delightful line-up has today been joined by a new design for 2017.

Click this link to watch a video clip featuring the new 2017 Australian Koala 1oz Silver Bullion Coin.

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Monthly Sales – December 2016

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

  - Gold (Au): 63,420 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 430,009 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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