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Secure precious metals investment and storage with The Perth Mint

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The Perth Mint Depository was created in 1994 to enable clients to invest in precious metals without the need to take physical delivery. For almost a quarter of a century, our depository has offered the only government guaranteed investment and storage program in the world.  Located in the safe geopolitical environment of Western Australia and operating the most extensive network of central bank grade vaults in the southern hemisphere, we are a true safe haven for precious metals storage solutions.

Our precious metal storage solutions are designed to satisfy the particular investment needs of our broad range of customers. As a Perth Mint Depository client you will enjoy the following benefits:

    • Security of the world’s only government guaranteed precious metals storage program  
    • Surety that every ounce invested is backed with physical precious metals 
    • Convenience of trading in either AUD or USD  
    • Choice of precious metals storage:
       • allocated gold and silver 
       • pool allocated silver 
       • unallocated gold, silver and platinum
    •  Ability to convert from unallocated and pool allocated metal to allocated bars and coins at any time      
    • Flexibility to take physical delivery of your precious metals upon request  
    • Transaction confidentiality provided by secure administration and trading procedures  
    • Peace of mind that your assets are secured in the most extensive network of central bank grade vaults in the southern hemisphere

Perth Mint Depository Online (PMDO) is the easiest way to manage your investments 

PMDO allows you to buy and sell precious metals directly via our secure digital trading portal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This option suits investors who wish to react quickly to the dynamic precious metals markets. 

Our mobile friendly portal means you can access live pricing, review your portfolio and buy and sell precious metal anytime, anywhere. With a minimum transaction amount of AUD 50, trading in precious metals has never been easier or more accessible.  

Getting started is simple and you can rest assured that your precious metals portfolio is in trusted hands. The platform is underpinned by 128 SSL encryption and the highest levels of security to protect your investments.  

Start your precious metals savings plan today

As a PMDO customer you have the option to set up an automatic savings plan and start building your precious metal wealth from just AUD 50 per month (up to AUD 5,000). Our savings plan allows you to purchase gold and silver on a monthly basis, with a discount of 50% off the applicable transaction fee. 

Savings plan transfers will be actioned on the first working day of each month and will be funded using the available cash in your PMDO account. 

For more information on PMDO and to find out how you can start investing with The Perth Mint today visit perthmint.com/storage.

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How much do you know about gold investing?

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It’s easy to fall in love with gold. After all, the rich and famous have obsessed over it for millennia.

During the past two decades, gold ownership has become much more widespread. No longer a sole preserve of the elite, every day and mum and dad investors have also taken a shine to the glittering yellow metal.

Accessibility to gold through bullion bars and legal tender coins, certificates and exchange traded products makes buying and storing gold simple. Driving folk to take advantage is this new found convenience is the growing appreciation of gold’s beneficial role within a diversified investment portfolio.

Before jumping in, it’s definitely a good idea to acquire a firm understanding of the case for gold. Here’s a short quiz designed to test your existing knowledge - answer these questions correctly and you’re well on the way to being an ace gold investor!

1. How many Jumbo jets would all the gold mined throughout history fit into?
a) 10
b) 20
c) 30

2. Gold and other precious metals are traditionally weighed in ounces known as:
a) Avoirdupois
b) Tower 
c) Troy

3. Between 2000 and 2012, the price of gold went up 800 per cent. What was the approximate price of an ounce of gold at the start of the millennium?
a) USD 440
b) USD 550
c) USD 660

4. When the exchange rate between the United States and Australian dollars goes up, Australian investors are likely to:
a) Pay more for gold
b) Pay less for gold 
c) Pay the same for gold

5. What purity constitutes investment grade gold for coins and bars, making them exempt from Australian GST? 
a) 92.5%
b) 99.5%
c) 99.99%

6. The gold to silver ratio (ounces of silver it takes to buy an ounce of gold) averaged 47 throughout the 20th century. What is its current level?
a) 55
b) 65
c) 75

7. When the gold to silver ratio drops below 50, practised investors are more likely to:
a) Buy gold and sell silver 
b) Sell gold and buy silver
c) Divest their gold and silver holding

8. Professor Roy Jastram’s landmark statistical examination of how gold’s purchasing power has remained consistent over the centuries is entitled:
a) A Pot of Gold
b) The Golden Constant
c) The Gold Standard

9. According to various portfolio theories, investors could benefit from holding anything between 1% and 15% of their assets in gold bullion. However, as part of his famed Permanent Portfolio strategy, investment analyst Harry Browne suggested the allocation to gold should be high as:
a) 20%
b) 25%
c) 30%

10. Which of these statements is false?
a) There is no counterparty risk associated with owning physical gold.
b) The market for gold bullion is highly liquid, making it easy to sell.
c) Central Banks around the world hold less and less gold.

1. a) 187,200 tonnes, the latest estimate of gold ever mined by mankind, has a cubic capacity of approx. 9,700m3. According to this source, a 747 -400 Jumbo jet has a combined passenger and cargo volume of 1,035m3. The gold would therefore fit comfortably within 10 of  these aeroplanes.
2. c) One troy ounce equals 31.1034768 grams or about 1.0971 avoirdupois ounces.
3. a)  USD 440.
4. b) If the exchange rate goes up, the AUD price of gold goes down.
5. b) 99.5% pure gold in an investment form is GST-free in Australia.
6. c) 75.
7. a) The gold:silver trading strategy suggests it’s time to buy gold and sell silver.
8. b) The Golden Constant 
9. b) 25%
10. c)  Central Bank’s around the world hold less and less gold.

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Last chance to purchase Year of the Rooster bullion coins online

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In anticipation of the release of the 2018 Year of the Dog gold and silver bullion coins series online buyers are urgently reminded that now is your last chance to acquire remaining Australian Lunar – 2017 Year of the Rooster bullion coins.*

Gold Rooster coins currently available for purchase comprise limited stocks of 1/20oz, 1/10oz, 1/4oz, 1/2oz, 2oz, 10oz and 1kg sizes. Silver Rooster coins that remain available for purchase comprise limited stocks of 1/2oz, 2oz, 5oz, 10oz and 1kg coins only. Visit perthmintbullion.com now.

Designed for investors and ideal for people born under the influence of lunar rooster in 1921, 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, and 2017, the Australian legal tender coins are struck from 99.99% pure gold and 99.99% pure silver. 

*Year of the Rooster coins will still be available for purchase in store or over the phone. Visit our shop at 310 Hay Street, East Perth or call +618 9421 7376.

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Whopping 10 kilo 2017 lunar rooster coin has officially sold out

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We are pleased to announce an official sell out at The Perth Mint of the magnificent Year of the Rooster 10 Kilo Silver Edition from the Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II.  With a limited mintage of just 100, these mammoth coins flew off the shelves in just over one month.

This is the third year running that this impressive coin has sold out. Keep an eye out for the Year of the Dog 10 Kilo Silver Edition in the coming months as it’s sure to be just as popular. 

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Monthly Sales – June 2017

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Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in June 2017 as coins and minted bars:

  - Gold (Au): 19,259 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 1,215,071 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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