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Perth Mint releases Lunar Dog with Lion Privy Mark

Topics [ Year of the Dog silver bullion coins Australian Lunar ]

The Perth Mint is delighted to announce the availability of the Australian Lunar 2018 1oz Silver Bullion Coin with Lion Privy Mark.

Historically, a privy mark is a small symbol in the design of a coin which is added for the purpose of identifying the mint that struck it. The Perth Mint adapted the concept in the 1990s when it began adding miniature commemorative symbols to a range of limited mintage releases for added design interest.

Australian coins featuring a Lion privy mark are popular in Germany, one of the Mint’s key overseas markets, where the animal is a prominent heraldic symbol associated with ancient ruling families from Bavaria. As well as being represented in the state’s coat of arms, lion statues symbolising strength and glory can be seen throughout Bavaria, notably in the capital city of Munich.


Distributed in Europe via Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB), this Privy Mark Edition from the Australian Lunar Coin Series is struck from 99.99% pure silver. Issued as Australian legal tender, it has a limited mintage of just 30,000.

To acquire this silver investment opportunity in Australia, buyers can place orders at The Perth Mint Bullion Trading Desk, 310 Hay Street in East Perth, or call the Mint’s Bullion Line on 1300 201 112. Registered clients can purchase the coin online at perthmintbullion.com.

The coin is also available from our authorised distributors LPM in Asia and Gainesville Coins in the US.

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2018 Australian Koala set to rouse silver bullion coin market

Topics [ silver bullion coins silver bullion Perth Mint Australian Koala where to buy silver ]

The 12th annual issue of the Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin series is released today.

Struck from 99.99% pure silver, the 2018 coins are offered in two sizes both featuring a representation of the famously sleepy marsupial astride two branches in a flowering eucalyptus tree.


The attractive design is portrayed on the 1oz coin in a superior bullion finish combining both frosted and shiny design elements. No more than 300,000 will be made available worldwide.

Representing one of the most cost-effective ways to acquire silver bullion in the trusted format of Australian legal tender, its kilo cousin features a fully frosted finish.

Australian Koala coins are part of the official Australian Bullion Coin Program manufactured exclusively by The Perth Mint. Sought worldwide for the purity of their gold, silver and platinum as well as their popular designs, the coins appeal to investors seeking the protective attributes of precious metals within a diversified portfolio.

To purchase 2018 Australian Koala coins or other releases from the program, customers are encouraged to call the BullionLine on 1300 201 112 (Australia) / +61 8 9421 7218 (International), or visit The Perth Mint Bullion Trading Desk at 310 Hay Street in East Perth (open 7 days). Registered clients may order online at perthmintbullion.com.

Alternatively, buyers can contact one of the Mint’s authorised distributors in Asia, North America or Europe.

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Monthly Sales – December 2017

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

  - Gold (Au): 27,009 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 874,437 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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