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Last chance to purchase Year of the Dog bullion coins online

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The launch of the final annual releases from the Australian Lunar Bullion Coin Series II is approaching rapidly.

As a result, there is now limited time to acquire our remaining stock of 2018 Year of the Dog coins featuring two popular breeds – a German shepherd and labrador retriever.

As of 31 July 2018, you can still buy the following weights from our online bullion store.

Year of the Dog Gold Coins: 1/20oz, 1/10oz, 1/4oz, 1/2oz, 2oz, 10oz and 10 kilo.

Year of the Dog Silver Coins: 1/2oz, 2oz, 5oz, 10oz and 1 kilo.


Designed for investors and ideal for people born under the influence of lunar dog in 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018, the Australian legal tender coins are struck from 99.99% pure gold and 99.99% pure silver.

To secure you’re your Australian Lunar – 2018 Year of the Dog bullion coins before they are withdrawn from sale on our website during September, please visit www.perthmintbullion.com now.

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Depository Online celebrates two tonne milestone

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The Perth Mint’s Depository Online (DOL) achieved a milestone today as gold held within the platform exceeded two tonnes for the first time in its history.

Depository Manager John Durham said the achievement represented a tremendous vote of confidence in the program, which has been operating for just over two years.

“DOL has been growing since its inception because of the easily accessible solutions for different types of investors,” John said.

“It puts precious metals transactions within easy reach of people who want to manage their own portfolio.

“There’s also the optional savings plan, which is very popular for those who want to ‘set and forget’ but still grow their investment.”

And, of course, The Perth Mint's unique government guarantee on every ounce of precious metal secured provides peace of mind for investors who choose to own physical metal without taking delivery.

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Special Koala release features lunar dog privy mark

For the precious metal investor who likes to stack limited mintage bullion coins, this privy mark edition of the popular Australian Koala fits the bill perfectly.

Struck by The Perth Mint from 1oz of 99.99% pure silver, it portrays one of Australia’s unique marsupials which uses a pouch to carry its young. Docile, sleepy koalas live in Australian eucalyptus trees where they consume an exclusive diet of leaves

The coin’s reverse incorporates a small secondary motif inspired by the traditional ‘privy mark’. These symbols were often used to indicate where a coin was manufactured. In modern coining they create extra interest in the design while distinguishing the mintage from comparable releases in the series.

On this special Australian Koala the privy mark portrays a labrador retriever to mark the Chinese lunar year of the dog. The animal ‘ruler’ of 2018, 2006, 1994 and every 12th preceding year back to the time of Buddha, the dog has good-natured and loyal characteristics which are said to exist in everyone born under its influence.

No more than 15,000 of these 2018-dated Australian legal tender coins will be issued by The Perth Mint. Each coin is housed in a protective acrylic capsule which makes them easy to stack.

Prospective buyers can visit The Perth Mint Bullion Trading Room at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, or call our Bullion Line on 1300 201 112. Alternatively, registered clients can order online at perthmintbullion.com.

This coin is also distributed by Apmex internationally.

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How the USD/AUD exchange rate is supporting Australian gold price

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The gold price is making headlines for all the wrong reasons.

On Monday, gold futures in New York dropped back to their lowest finish since December, ending the trading day at USD 1,241.70 an ounce.

Here in Australia, some media have referenced gold’s losing streak. However gold, like other commodities, is traded internationally in US dollars. This means media reports often fail to point out the impact of the AUD/USD foreign exchange rate on the local price of gold.

The red line on this graph represents the price of gold in US dollars which in January topped USD 1,300. Slipping below this level for the first time in May, it declined consistently in June.

This movement coincided with a marked strengthening of the US dollar against other world currencies, including the Australian dollar.

The result of such a move in the exchange rate has the effect of supporting the local price of gold.

The AUD/USD rate has now declined from 0.81 at the end of January to around 0.74, meaning one Australian dollar is now worth about 74 US cents. The graph’s blue line represents The Perth Mint spot price over the same period. It demonstrates how the decline in the value of the Australian dollar relative to the US dollar has helped protect the value of Australian investors’ gold holdings in terms of their own currency.

Looking at this from another perspective, those who bought in January actually saw an increase in the value of their gold holdings priced in Australian dollars.

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Monthly Sales – June 2018

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

  - Gold (Au): 16,847 oz

  - Silver (Ag): 229,280 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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