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The Perth Mint unveils first 2oz ‘piedfort’ for silver bullion investors

Topics [ silver bullion coins Australian Koala ]

The Perth Mint’s first 2oz silver bullion 'piedfort' coin features a mother and baby koala.

Piedforts take their name from the French words for ‘heavy weight’. This type of extra thick coin was first struck in France during the 12th century. 

The Mother and Baby 2018 2oz Silver Bullion Piedfort has the same diameter as our 1oz coin but is double the thickness.

Featuring one of Australia’s favourite native animals, it depicts a mother koala perched on a branch carrying a joey (baby) on her back.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 99.99% pure silver, the coin is issued as Australian legal tender with a maximum mintage of 75,000 pieces.


Investors can acquire this coin individually in a plastic pouch. Alternatively, they are available in tubes of 10 coins.

Oversea customers should check with leading dealers for availability.

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Monthly Sales – April 2018

Total ounces of gold and silver sold by The Perth Mint in April 2018 as coins and minted bars:

  - Gold (Au): 15,161 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 458,655 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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New bullion coins display exotic Australian bird of paradise design

Topics [ Bird of Paradise silver bullion coins gold bullion coins ]

The bird of paradise is famously associated with the island of New Guinea, where its beautiful plumes are used as currency by local tribes and worn as adornments during cultural ceremonies.

A few species also inhabit north eastern areas of Australia, the ‘great southern land’ to which New Guinea was once physically connected.

A remarkable example is Victoria’s riflebird, a species endemic to Queensland’s Atherton Tableland where it lives year-round in the rainforest.

Known as the ‘duwuduwu’ to the indigenous Yidinji people, it was recorded by Scottish naturalist John Macgillivray in 1848 and subsequently named after the reigning UK monarch, Queen Victoria.

In colour, the male bird’s similarity to the uniforms of contemporary British riflemen is the purported reason for its common title. Predominantly velvety black, the plumage includes areas of iridescent greenish blue, purple and bronze which are used to showy effect during its theatrical courtship dance.

This flamboyant display involves a series of initial nodding, weaving and flapping movements. As a dramatic finale, the bird holds its head high while arching its wings skyward in a dramatic appeal for a mate.

Australian Bird of Paradise 1oz Gold and Silver Bullion Coins


The Perth Mint is delighted to showcase an Australian bird of paradise with this stunning representation of Victoria’s riflebird on two superb new Australian bullion coins. Struck from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver and 1oz of 99.99% pure gold, they have maximum mintages of just 50,000 and 5,000 respectively.

With only limited stock available, registered Perth Mint clients are urged to place their orders at www.perthmintbullion.com as soon as possible. Alternatively, please call Customer Services on 1300 201 112, or visit our Bullion Trading Room in person at 310 Hay Street, East Perth.

All other investors interested in this limited release are invited to contact the exclusive international distributor Auragentum.

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