The Perth Mint has unveiled the new designs of Australia’s official annual bullion coin program.
The forthcoming 2017-dated releases showcase the country’s iconic fauna in their natural environment and, as the lunar calendar enters the anticipated Year of the Rooster, the 10th animal from the ancient Chinese zodiac.
“Reflecting on last year’s success which has seen our coin sales more than triple, we are confident that our 2017 bullion program will continue to satisfy investor demand and grow our market position globally,” said Perth Mint CEO Richard Hayes.
Watch the video below for more information on The Perth Mint’s 2017 bullion coin program.
The Australian Lunar series comprises 99.99 per cent pure gold and 99.99 per cent pure silver coins, ranging in weights from one-twentieth ounce to 10 kilograms, while the popular Australian Kookaburra and Koala 99.9 per cent pure silver issues are available from one ounce to one kilogram.
As the most instantly recognizable wildlife symbol in Australia, the kangaroo is also featured in 99.99 per cent pure gold on coins crafted from one-tenth ounce to one kilogram with an additional unlimited one-ounce 99.99 per cent silver kangaroo coin nestled amongst this classic bullion range.
A 99.95 per cent pure platinum Australian Platypus one-ounce piece completes the trio of precious metals offered.
Each coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965 and reflects the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on its obverse.
Australian bullion coins contributed to 94 per cent of The Perth Mint’s total coin sales in 2015-16.
According to Hayes, the Mint will release these offerings in the next five months. The Australian Lunar series will be available beginning this month; followed by the gold Kangaroo and Kookaburra in October; the silver Kangaroo in November; and the Koala and Platypus in January.