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THE PERTH MINT

The Perth Mint issues Australia’s annual bullion coin program, which comprises the internationally recognised Australian Kangaroo, Kookaburra, Koala and Lunar series. Authorised by the Commonwealth Government of Australia and accredited by the London Bullion Market Association and commodity exchanges in Tokyo, New York and Dubai, The Perth Mint also produces a wide range of gold and silver bullion bars which are tradable anywhere in the world.

PERTH MINT UNVEILS OFFICIAL 2013 BULLION COIN PROGRAM

The Perth Mint has unveiled the highly anticipated 2013 Australian Bullion Coin Program in Frankfurt, Germany – its leading investment market.

Capturing the endearing qualities of Australia’s kangaroo, koala, kookaburra and platypus; and channeling the personality of the Chinese Lunar snake, the annual program offers an unrivalled combination of choice, quality and design.

Comprising 99.99% pure gold coins ranging in size from 1/20oz to 10 kilos and 99.9% pure silver coins from 1/2oz to 10 kilos, released with select mintage limits, Perth Mint bullions coins are universally recognised as the most affordable way to purchasing bullion in the secure form of official Australian legal tender.

International interest in Australia’s distinctive wildlife and the animals of the ancient Chinese zodiac has been unwavering since the inception of the program in 1987.
Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie said: “Reflecting on last year’s record breaking sell-outs, we’re confident that the 2013 designs will inspire many repeat customers, and generate interest among new investors across the world.”
The four smaller coins from the gold Australian Kangaroo series will illustrate a kangaroo standing in an arid bush scene. In contrast, the kilo release will maintain its classic design of a bounding red kangaroo circled by rays of sunlight.

The design of the Australian Kookaburra silver coin series will display two young kookaburras sitting on a branch amid native flowers, while the latest Australian Koala silver coins will depict an adult koala resting in the divide of a tree among lush gum leaves.

Exclusively available in 1oz of 99.95% pure platinum, the Australian Platypus coin showcases the unique creature swimming among reeds surrounded by air bubbles.
Featuring an Eastern Theme, coin designs of the Australian Lunar series celebrate the 2013 Year of the Snake. Inspired by the patience and charming nature of the reserved reptile, both the gold and silver releases reflect the calmness and insight of the snake, as it pauses patiently among bamboo branches.

Scheduled for release over the next four months, the Australian Lunar and Kookaburra series will be available from September, followed by the Kangaroo in October, the Koala in November, and the Platypus in January.

Australia’s 2013 Bullion Coin Program is available from the Bullion Trading Desk at The Perth Mint, 310 Hay Street in East Perth, on the BullionLine 1300 201 112 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International) or at www.perthmintbullion.com.au Investors can also check the availability of the releases with leading bullion coin dealers.

 

AUSTRALIAN BIRDS TAKE FLIGHT ON PERTH MINT COINS

Western Australia’s rare Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is the first bird to fly onto The Perth Mint’s magnificent new Birds of Australia coin series.

Unveiled in Perth by The Right Honourable the Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi and the Western Australian Museum’s Curator of Ornithology Ron Johnstone, the latest collector program will be a welcomed theme on Australian coinage.

“With some 800 species living in and around the country, our nation’s birdlife is certainly worthy of its own place on Australia’s legal tender coins,” said Ed Harbuz, Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer.

“Judging by the remarkable interest we have received from coin distributors and bird enthusiasts, we expect that the series will be as popular as our other programs which feature Australia’s iconic mammals and sea life,” Mr Harbuz continues.

Capturing the essence of the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, the reverse of the first coin portrays the beautiful creature in vibrant colour, perched on a log among impressions of native flora.

The raucous Red-tailed Black Cockatoo is endemic in Western Australia and can be found in a variety of habitats. While the female’s black feathers display a pattern of yellow spots complemented by a banded orange and red tail, it is the striking red tail of the glossy black male that gives this species its name.

The Red-tailed Black Cockatoo coin is available from September 4, with future issues to feature a Budgerigar, Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet and Splendid Fairy-wren.
Each of the five coins which compromise the Birds of Australia collector coin series will be struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in outstanding proof quality.
Issued as Australian legal tender, the obverse of the individual coins will depict the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination.

Presented in a classic display box within an illustrated shipper, and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, every coin is priced at an affordable $67.50.

Only 10,000 of each design will be released for sale worldwide, with an exclusive subscription offer available from The Perth Mint located at 310 Hay Street in East Perth. Orders can also be placed by telephoning toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International), or by visiting www.perthmint.com.au The Birds of Australia coins are also available from leading coin dealers and Australia Post.

THE BUDGERIGAR HAS LANDED ON PERTH MINT COIN

01/11/12 The beloved Budgerigar is the subject of the second release from The Perth Mint’s magnificent Birds of Australia coin series.

This tiny green and yellow parrot is said to be the most popular of all pet birds; but in the wild, away from the confines of a cage, it lives in vast open spaces of inland Australia.

Budgerigars are currently in breeding season, and Australia is experiencing a boom period with reports of flocks of up to 15,000 at waterholes from Alice Springs to Barrow Creek. Viewed from a distance, these thriving budgies look like a swarm of insects.

“Well-known around the world as an intelligent companion, the charming Budgerigar was a natural choice for our stunning Birds of Australia coin program,” said Ron Currie, Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director.

“Judging by the popularity of the first release, the Red-tailed Black Cockatoo, we anticipate that our follow-up design will be well received by coin distributors and bird enthusiasts alike.”

Social animals, Budgerigars require stimulation in the shape of toys and interaction with humans or other budgerigars. Some birds can even be taught to speak and whistle a tune.

Capturing the energy of the Budgerigar, the reverse of The Perth Mint coin portrays the beautiful creature in vibrant colour, perched on a log among impressions of native flora.

The future releases that compromise the Birds of Australia collector coin series will showcase colourful designs of the Regent Bowerbird, Rainbow Lorikeet and Splendid Fairy-wren. Each coin will be struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% pure silver in outstanding proof quality.

Issued as Australian legal tender, the obverse of the individual coins will depict the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination.

Presented in a classic display box within an illustrated shipper, and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, every coin is priced at an affordable $67.50.

Only 10,000 of each design will be released for sale worldwide, with an exclusive subscription offer available from The Perth Mint located at 310 Hay Street in East Perth. Orders can also be placed by telephoning toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International), or by visiting www.perthmint.com.au The Birds of Australia coins are also available from leading coin dealers and Australia Post.

PERTH MINT INSPIRES HERITAGE ART

September 2012 Perth-based artist, Jamie Russ was a finalist in the prestigious ‘Black Swan Prize for Heritage’ for his painting of ‘The Strike’ statue located in The Perth Mint’s forecourt.

The award ceremony, which took place last night at Perth’s Linton and Kay Art Gallery, welcomed work from some of Australia's finest artists.

Entitled ‘Inherit the Dream’, Jamie’s painting portrays Greg James’ sculpture of Arthur Bayley and William Ford, the two gold prospectors whose discovery 120 years ago at Fly Flat, Coolgardie, triggered the greatest gold rush in Western Australian history.

Run in partnership with Heritage Perth, this independent competition defined the word heritage as "Those things from the past which are valued enough today to save for the people of tomorrow".

Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie, said: “Jamie’s magnificent painting really captures the gold prospectors beautifully, and we’re delighted that the famous statue was of such inspiration.”

Commenting on the piece, Jamie Russ, said: “I wanted to portray the strength and hope on which Perth was founded. Early settlers and prospectors overcame such challenging circumstances, showing us that even in the most desperate situations, sheer perseverance, optimism and an iron-will can help us build a better world for ourselves and our descendants.”

“The ethereal arch illuminating the miners within it represents a window in time between the past and present. I believe we should all step back through this window every now and then and be reminded of our incredible heritage, what we have achieved and the potential for our future”, he added.

Visit the statue itself at The Perth Mint, located on 310 Hay Street, East Perth, open seven days-a-week from 9am to 5pm (WST). For further information, telephone The Perth Mint on toll free 1300 366 520.

AUSSIE WILDLIFE IN COLOUR ON PERTH MINT TRIBUTES

August 2012 The Perth Mint has captured the endearing qualities of Australia’s much loved kangaroo, koala and kookaburra in its latest 2012 Australian Outback silver coin collection.

Displaying the identical artistry as shown on Australia’s 2012 popular bullion series, the stunning designs depict the nation’s instantly recognisable wildlife in their natural habitats.

Brought to life using vibrant colour, each 1/2oz 99.9% pure silver release is part of a treasured trio which is superbly presented in a prestigious three-coin collection.

The reverse of the kangaroo coin portrays a coloured image of a kangaroo standing against a bush scene. The koala coin's reverse depicts a coloured image of the cuddly creature sleeping on the branch of a eucalyptus tree. Similarly the kookaburra coin’s reverse portrays a coloured image of the iconic bird perched on a tree branch surrounded by gum leaves.

The design includes the inscription AUSTRALIAN along with the name of the featured fauna. The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark and the 2012 year-date are also included on each coin’s reverse.

“The Australian outback is a land like no other and the animals in this remarkable collection are completely unique to the area. It is perhaps for this reason that they are so sought after by coin collectors and gift buyers throughout the world”, said Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie.

Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin’s obverse bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.

No more than 5,000 of these colourful collections will be released worldwide.
Priced at $175.00, the 2012 Australian Outback silver coin collection is available from The Perth Mint at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, on toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International) or at www.perthmint.com.au Purchasers can also check availability of the coin at their local coin dealer or Australia Post outlet.

DISCOVER AUSTRALIA WITH PERTH MINT PLATINUM SERIES

June 2012 The Perth Mint has launched its highly anticipated 2012 Discover Australia platinum proof coin series featuring five new iconic designs.

With Australia’s diverse landscape, and unique flora and fauna popular draw cards for visitors to the continent and residents, The Perth Mint has ensured that each element is superbly portrayed in the popular collector program.

The success of the Discover Australia brand spans six years, since the late ‘Crocodile Hunter’ Steve Irwin launched the program in 2006.

“Our Discover Australia series continues to reflect the country’s beautiful wildlife and stunning scenery,” said Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie.
“Furthermore, recent demand for platinum coins has been quite strong, so with no more than 1,000 of each design being released, we anticipate that the coins will generate great interest among collectors”, he continued.

The 2012 designs of the silver, gold and now platinum releases each portray distinctive artistry of five Australian animals. They include the Red Kangaroo, the Kookaburra, the Green and Gold Bell Frog, the Goanna and the Whale Shark. Each creature is also crafted against a coloured representation of its natural habitat.
Struck from 1/10oz of 99.95% pure platinum in proof quality, the new releases all feature the inscription DISCOVER AUSTRALIA along with the name of the animal. The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark, and the 2012 year-date.

The obverse of each coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.

Priced at $345.00 for an individual 2012 Discover Australia 1/10oz platinum coin and $1,725.00 for a complete 1/10oz platinum five-coin set, each collectable is presented in a display case featuring a timber lid and stylised shipper.

The entire 2012 Discover Australia series is now available from The Perth Mint on toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International) or www.perthmint.com.au
Learn about more of The Perth Mint’s popular collector coins on www.perthmintblog.com.au or follow The Perth Mint on Twitter @perthmint

MANTA RAY GRACES PERTH MINT SEA LIFE SERIES

June 2012 The Perth Mint’s popular collector series, Australian Sea Life II – The Reef, has come to an end with the unveiling of the fifth and final coin – Manta Ray.
This stunning collector coin program, inspired by the unique creatures that inhabit Australia’s coral reefs, also features the Hawksbill Turtle, Starfish, Surgeonfish and Octopus.

Struck from 1/2oz of 99.9% silver in proof quality, the latest release depicts a realistic portrayal of a Manta Ray in colour accompanied by the inscriptions AUSTRALIAN SEA LIFE II – THE REEF – MANTA RAY and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
The Manta Ray is one of the largest marine species on the Great Barrier Reef, with this magnificent and graceful creature reported to grow up to five metres in width and weigh several hundred kilograms.

“The Great Barrier Reef is one of Australia’s most remarkable natural gifts, and our Sea Life series does a superb job of showcasing its colourful marine life to the world”, said Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie.

“With no more than 10,000 Manta Ray coins being released, it will make a great final addition to complete this breathtaking series,” he added.

Issued as Australian legal tender, the obverse of the coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2012 year-date and the monetary denomination.

Priced at an affordable $67.50, the coin is housed in a display case and is accompanied with a numbered

PERTH MINT PUTS KOOKABURRA ON THE MAP

June 2012 The Perth Mint has unveiled the first design in its innovative Australian Map Shaped coin series.

To craft a coin in the distinctive shape of Australia requires the use of purpose-built tooling, hand finished dies and advanced minting techniques.

Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie, said that The Perth Mint was the first minting organisation to pioneer and perfect the Australian map shaped coin. “Out talented team of engineers developed special machinery to manufacture this unique coin to the highest standard,” he said.

The new series showcases iconic Australian wildlife, which is characteristically a popular theme among coin collectors and gift buyers continued Mr Currie. “Australia’s iconic fauna is recognised throughout the world, so we’re delighted to launch the series with the much loved kookaburra.”

Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this stunning coloured coin features a kookaburra resting on a fence against an outback scene. The inscription KOOKABURRA also appears in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark and the 2012 year-date.

Issued as Australian legal tender, the obverse of the coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Presented in a classic display case within an illustrated shipper and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, no more than 6,000 coins will be issued for sale worldwide.

Priced at $112.50, the Australian Map Shaped Kookaburra 1oz silver coin is available from The Perth Mint on toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International) or www.perthmint.com.au
See the latest video on the Australian Map Shaped Kookaburra 1oz silver coin at The Perth Mint’s collector blog http://blog.perthmint.com.au/2012/06/05/anagram-win-an-australian-map-shaped-1oz-silver-coin-kookaburra/

PERTH MINT KING-SIZED KILO COINS MARK QUEEN’S 60 YEAR REIGN

May 2012 As a former branch of the Royal Mint, The Perth Mint is honouring its British heritage by releasing two majestic kilo coins to celebrate the 60 year reign of Queen Elizabeth II.

 Struck from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure gold and 1 kilo of 99.9% pure silver, these latest releases complete The Perth Mint’s extensive Diamond Jubilee commemorative coin program.

 Both coins portray an identical struck design of the St Edward’s Crown edged by 60 diamond motifs - representing each year of Her Majesty’s reign – bordered by the inscription DIAMOND JUBILEE and the dates 1952 – 2012.

 “The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is a remarkable moment in history, and we‘re delighted to celebrate the Royal milestone with commemoratives that are quite literally crowning achievements”, said Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie.

Meticulously crafted and housed in a timber presentation case with a foiled and embossed shipper, only 60 HM Queen Elizabeth II 1 kilo gold coins will be released by The Perth Mint for sale worldwide.

 Similarly, the 1 kilo silver tribute is released to a mintage of only 600, with its classic display case and outer packaging also befitting the occasion.

 Issued as Australian legal tender, each coin depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

 Priced at $62,950 and $1,990 both the gold and silver releases respectively are accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity.

 Both coins are now available from The Perth Mint on toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International) or www.perthmint.com.au European collectors can purchase the coins exclusively from Chard in the United Kingdom.
View behind the scenes footage of the making of the kilo commemoratives on The Perth Mint’s collector blog http://blog.perthmint.com.au/2012/05/28/video-diamond-jubilee-1-kilo-gold-and-silver-proof-coins-being-made-at-the-perth-mint/
Still available from The Perth Mint’s 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee collection is a 1oz Silver Proof Coin and a 1/4oz Gold Proof Coin which both display representations of Her Majesty with her emblems of sovereignty.
Follow The Perth Mint on Twitter @perthmint

PERTH MINT HONOURS AUSTRALIA’S NUMISMATIC HISTORY

03/01/13 To commemorate the 200th anniversary of Australia’s first coinage, the Holey Dollar and Dump, The Perth Mint has released a stunning two-coin commemorative set struck from 99.9% pure silver.

Originally produced in 1813 in New South Wales, the Holey Dollar and its miniature partner the colonial Dump were issued as Australia’s first official coins to combat the shortage of currency in the new settlement.

At the time, Governor Lachlan Macquarie imported 40,000 Spanish dollars called ‘pieces of eight’, and had William Hensell, a convicted forger, cut the centre out of each coin.

The outer ring became known as a ‘holey dollar’ and the centre was called a ‘dump’. Governor Macquarie set their respective values at five shillings and 15 pence apiece.
The coins provided a vital short-term solution to the colony’s currency crisis and remained in official circulation until 1829 when they were demonetised.

“This unique innovation was the origin of Australia’s economic system, and is a foundational milestone in our country’s numismatic history,” said Ron Currie, Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director.

“Today, experts estimate that only 300 Holey Dollars and just over 1,000 Dumps are still in existence, so our anniversary set is sure to create great interest among collectors worldwide,” Mr Currie continued.

Staying true to the issues of the early 19th century, the reverse of the commemorative Holey Dollar replicates the original dollar, including the outer inscription ‘Dei Gratia 1788 Carolus III’, with the inner rim inscription reading ‘New South Wales 1813’.
The reverse of memorial Dump also replicates the initial design, depicting a crown and the inscription ‘NSW 1813’.

Issued as Australian legal tender, the obverse of both coins depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2013 year-date and the monetary denomination.

Presented in a classic display box within an illustrated shipper, and accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, the historic collectable is priced at an affordable $119.

Only 4,000 sets will be released by The Perth Mint for sale worldwide. Orders can be placed by telephoning toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International), or by visiting www.perthmint.com.au
Learn about more of The Perth Mint’s popular collector coins on http://blog.perthmint.com.au/ or follow The Perth Mint on Twitter @perthmint

AUSTRALIAN BULLION AVAILABLE ONLINE
ACROSS ASIA-PACIFIC

7 November 2012 Australia’s specialist precious metals mint, The Perth Mint, has extended its online presence with the Asia-Pacific launch of its gold and silver investment website www.perthmintbullion.com
The highly anticipated expansion means that investors in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, South Korea, Brunei, Hong Kong, Papua New Guinea and New Zealand can now purchase precious metal products online directly from The Perth Mint.
Already well-established in Australia, The Perth Mint’s bullion website offers investors an unrivalled choice of bullion coins and bars made from 99.99% pure gold and 99.9% pure silver. Purchasing from the user-friendly site is simple and convenient said Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director Ron Currie. “With these countries on a similar time zone to Australia, coupled with a short supply chain and door-to-door delivery, investors throughout the region can now enjoy a hassle-free service when buying bullion from Australia.”
Owned by the Government of Western Australia, The Perth Mint is a trusted source from which to purchase gold and silver. “The government guarantees the weight and purity of our precious metal products so investors can buy with the utmost confidence,” Mr Currie said.
Perth Mint bullion products are priced in line with spot markets. In times of economic uncertainty, market volatility can cause rapid movements in price, which has previously made it difficult to offer bullion products online said Mr Currie. “Using advanced technology to develop a tailored data processing system, we have overcome this challenge to allow us to offer investors minute-by-minute pricing,” he continued.
The Perth Mint bullion site is aimed at individual and institutional investors. To aid buying, registered users can receive email alerts when prices hit their specified highs or lows. Users can also download a free Bullion Wealth Tracker widget from www.perthmintbullion.com/Bullion-Widgets.aspx to instantly calculate the value of their precious metal investments. Other useful sections on the website include a bullion news and reports page, and information about The Perth Mint’s Depository, which offers exposure to precious metals through Certificate Programs, ‘Buy and Store’ Accounts, and the Australian Stock Exchange-listed Perth Mint Gold (PMG) product. Learn How To Trade on The Perth Mint’s YouTube channel http://bit.ly/PerthMintHowToTrade
As an exclusive launch offer by The Perth Mint, people in the Asia-Pacific region who Register to Buy before 31 December 2012 will have a chance to win a 1oz Australian Kangaroo Minted Gold Bar valued at more than $1,600.

PERTH MINT MEETS SINGAPORE’S ONLINE DEMAND FOR GOLD AND SILVER

7 November 2012 Today, The Perth Mint launches its investment website www.perthmintbullion.com into Singapore in the wake of the country’s new tax exemption on bullion products.
Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director Ron Currie said that this development will facilitate gold investment and meet the strong demand for precious metals in Asia. “By extending our online presence at this time, we are certain to accelerate demand for Australia’s unique bullion products in the region,” he said.
The highly anticipated expansion means that investors in Singapore, as well as other countries located within the Asia-Pacific region can now purchase precious metal products online directly from The Perth Mint.
Investors in Singapore are expected to make the most of the tax benefit which exempts investment grade gold and other precious metals from a 7% goods and services tax. Already well-established in Australia, The Perth Mint’s bullion website offers investors an unrivalled choice of bullion coins and bars made from 99.99% pure gold and 99.9% pure silver. Purchasing from the user-friendly site is simple and convenient said Mr Currie. “With Singapore on the same time zone as Perth, coupled with a short supply chain and door-to-door delivery, investors can enjoy a hassle-free and tax-free service when buying bullion from Australia.”
Perth Mint bullion products are priced in line with spot markets. In times of economic uncertainty, market volatility can cause rapid movements in price, which has previously made it difficult to offer bullion products online said Mr Currie. “Using advanced technology to develop a tailored data processing system, we have overcome this challenge to allow us to offer investors minute-by-minute pricing,” he continued.
Owned by the Government of Western Australia, The Perth Mint is a trusted source from which to purchase gold and silver. “Our government guarantees the weight and purity of our precious metal products so investors can buy with the utmost confidence,” Mr Currie said.
The dedicated bullion site is aimed at individual and institutional investors. To aid buying, registered users can receive email alerts when prices hit their specified highs or lows.
Users can also download a free Bullion Wealth Tracker widget from www.perthmintbullion.com/Bullion-Widgets.aspx to instantly calculate the value of their precious metal investments.
Other useful sections on the website include a bullion news and reports page and information about The Perth Mint’s Depository, which offers exposure to precious metals through Certificate Programs, ‘Buy and Store’ Accounts, and the Australian Stock Exchange-listed Perth Mint Gold (PMG) product. Learn How To Trade on The Perth Mint’s YouTube channel http://bit.ly/PerthMintHowToTrade As an exclusive launch offer by The Perth Mint, people in the Asia-Pacific region who Register to Buy before 31 December 2012 will have a chance to win a 1oz Australian Kangaroo Minted Gold Bar valued at more than $1,600.
Full details of the GST: Guide on Exemption of Investment Precious Metals issued by the Inland Revenue Authority of Singapore can be found on www.iras.gov.sg

PERTH MINT MARKS 40 YEARS OF AUSTRALIA-CHINA RELATIONS

August 2012 As Australia’s specialist precious metals mint, The Perth Mint is proud to release a commemorative coin celebrating the 40th anniversary of friendship between the Commonwealth of Australia and the People's Republic of China.
Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver in specimen quality, the coin’s reverse portrays the animal emblem of each nation, the Kangaroo and Giant Panda, headed by the Australian and Chinese flags in colour.
The design also features the inscription CHINA AND AUSTRALIA 40 YEARS, in English and Chinese, the dates 1972 – 2012, and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Since formal diplomatic relations were established on 21 December 1972, interaction between both countries has resulted in improved cultural ties, cooperation and economic growth.
Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie, said that China is one of the largest emerging coin markets in the world and is a natural progression for our collector coin business.
“There is no doubt that the blossoming affiliation between both countries has resulted in The Perth Mint becoming a major supplier of coins to China, and we’re delighted to mark this milestone with a fitting patriotic tribute”.
“With a Perth Mint representative based in Shanghai, and firm recognition of our Australian Lunar series already established amongst Chinese collectors, we’re optimistic of our ability to evolve within this key market over the next 40 years”, he continued.
Issued as Australian legal tender, the obverse of the coin bears the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
With a limited mintage of only 5,000 and priced at an affordable $99.00, the coin is anticipated to be very popular among collectors.
The 40 Years of Friendship coin is availablefrom The Perth Mint at 310 Hay Street in East Perth, on toll free 1800 098 817 (Australia), +61 8 9421 7218 (International) or at www.perthmint.com.au Purchasers can also check availability of the coin at their local coin dealer or Australia Post outlet.
Learn about more of The Perth Mint’s popular collector coins on http://blog.perthmint.com.au/ or follow The Perth Mint on Twitter @perthmint

PERTH MINT GOLD CERTIFIED CONFLICT-FREE

July 2012 The Perth Mint is one of the first three gold refiners in the world to be certified under the internationally recognised Conflict-Free Smelter Program.

Developed by the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) and Global e-Sustainability Initiative, the voluntary Conflict-Free Smelter Program provides credible third-party valuation of a smelter's procurement activities.

Operating one of the largest gold refineries in the world, The Perth Mint is committed to boycotting conflict gold and other minerals. "We are aware that gold mined in conflict countries has the potential to make its way to our refinery, so we are vigilant in our investigations into the credibility of our sources," said David Woodford, Refinery General Manager at The Perth Mint.

Refining the total of Australia's gold production, as well as gold doré from surrounding countries, and gold jewellery scrap from Australian and Asian markets, the Mint acknowledges that it is impossible to determine the origins of all recycled, second-hand or scrap gold.

"By abiding by the recommendations of several industry initiatives, including London Bullion Market Association's Responsible Gold Guidance, the World Gold Council's Conflict-Free Gold Standard and the EICC/GeSI Conflict-Free Smelter Program, we believe we are doing everything in our power to meet industry best practice," said Mr Woodford.

A positive assessment under the Conflict-Free Smelter Program's validation protocols gives Perth Mint customers further assurance that the gold which passes through its refining facility is obtained from ethically trustworthy sources. "This compliance will allow us to also supply gold to some of the world's leading electronic companies," Mr Woodford continued.

Conflict minerals are allegedly traded by militia groups in war-torn areas of Africa for financial gain to purportedly fund or benefit armed conflict and levels of violence which contribute to the abuse of human rights.

Minerals smuggled out of these areas are shipped to smelters around the world for refinement, once processed, it is difficult to trace their origin. Conflict minerals, including gold, can end up being used in many applications, including popular consumer products such as mobile phones, televisions and laptops, to name a few.

With increasing private ownership of gold in the form of bullion bars and coins, this is also an issue for many investors on whose behalf The Perth Mint is committed to providing socially responsible products.

View The Perth Mint's complete range of gold and silver bullion coins and bars at www.perthmintbullion.com.au

PERTH MINT AWARDED PRESTIGIOUS WORLD RECORD

June 2012 The 2012 Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin issued by The Perth Mint has been awarded the title of the largest coin in the world by Guinness World Records.

Recognition from the authority of record-breaking achievements is testament to the vision, dedication and team attitude of Perth Mint staff. "We faced an incredible challenge to produce a coin of this scale, so this is a wonderful endorsement of the talent and expertise of those involved," said Ed Harbuz, Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer.

The record attempt was executed at The Perth Mint earlier this year in the presence of witnesses from the fields of metal assaying, numismatics, quality assurance, and scale calibration and weighing, who verified the specifications of the coin.

Cast from 99.99% pure gold, the coin weighs a total of 1,012 kilograms and measures 80 centimetres wide by 13 centimetres deep.

The reverse of the coin features a Stuart Devlin design of a bounding red kangaroo surrounded by stylised rays of sunlight. "This artistry has been the feature of the Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Series 1 kilo release for 25 years, so it was a natural choice," Mr Harbuz continued.

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the obverse of the coin features an impressive representation of Ian Rank-Broadley's effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and denotes the monetary value of $1 million.

The successful attempt has allowed The Perth Mint to claim the honour from the reigning title holder, the Royal Canadian Mint, who has held the record for the past five years for the Maple Leaf 100kg gold bullion coin.

Originally created as a showpiece to promote the Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Program, the one tonne coin is now on permanent display at The Perth Mint and is considered the major drawcard for visitors to its award winning Gold Exhibition.

View behind-the-scenes footage of how the coin was made on www.1tonnegoldcoin.com or visit www.youtube.com/user/perthmintbullion

The Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Series comprises 1/10oz, 1/4oz, 1/2oz and 1oz coins which feature identical artistry of a standing kangaroo set against an outback scene in 2012, and a 1 kilo release which reflects the classic Devlin design. View the full range of Perth Mint gold bullion coins at www.perthmintbullion.com.

 

 

 


 

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