Investors and collectors from around the world have come to respect and admire the bullion programs from the Perth Mint of Australia that feature fresh designs depicting the koala, kookaburra, kangaroo, platypus and lunar year animal. As such, many look with interest to the 2014 Australian Bullion Coin Program with new designs, mintages and release dates recently unveiled by the Perth Mint.
These designs continue the Perth’s tradition of annually changing reverses in its bullion line-up. The five bullion programs are in precious metal options of gold, silver and platinum with most struck in multiple sizes.
"By enhancing the quality of our bullion coins with annual design changes and select mintages, we’re confident that our world market share will continue to grow at a steady pace," Perth Mint Sales and Marketing Director Ron Currie said.
Release dates for the bullion coins are scheduled throughout the next five months. Information about the new designs, mintages and available launch dates are provided below.
Australian 2014 Lunar Year of the Horse Bullion Coin Designs, Mintages and Release Dates
Up first are the 2014 Australian Lunar Bullion Coins in gold and silver. With 2014 designated as the "Year of the Horse," according to the Chinese zodiac, these strikes feature a reverse design showcasing the animal.
For the 2014 Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Coins, reverses depict a horse galloping in a stylized mountain scene. These 99.99% pure bullion gold coins are in nine sizes that include a 10 kilo, 1 kilo, 10 ounce, 2 ounce, 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, 1/10 ounce and 1/20 ounce. Unlimited mintages are called for in all but the 10 kilo and 1 ounce sizes. No more than ten 10 kilo coins will be issued and a maximum of 30,000 one ounce coins will be sold.
For the 2014 Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coins, reverses depict two horses set against a rural river scene. Seven different sizes will be struck by the Perth Mint, each from 99.9% pure silver. Sizes include 10 kilo, 1 kilo, 10 ounce, 5 ounce, 2 ounce, 1 ounce and 1/2 ounce. Unlimited mintages are in place on all but the 10 kilo coins, which are capped at 200, and the one ounce coins, which have a maximum mintage of 300,000.
2014 Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Bullion Coins will become available from the Perth beginning on September 2, 2013.
2014 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Designs, Mintages and Release Dates
Also in September, the Perth Mint will issue its 2014 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coins. These 99.9% fine silver coins depict a single kookaburra sitting on a tree branch.
1 kilo and 10 ounce Kookaburras have unlimited mintages. The 1 ounce strikes will be kept to a mintage of 500,000.
2014 Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coin Designs, Mintages and Release Dates
Five new strikes will be issued as part of the 2014 Australian Kangaroo Bullion Coin program with each composed of 99.99% pure gold. The four smallest coins (1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce and 1/10 ounce) have a reverse image of a kangaroo in a rural scene. The one kilo coin shows a kangaroo circled by rays of sunlight.
Mintages for the one kilo and one ounce coin are unlimited. The 1/2 ounce coins are capped at 100,000, the 1/4 ounce coins at 150,000 and the 1/10 ounce coins at 200,000.
The Perth Mint has scheduled their release for October 1, 2013.
2014 Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin Designs, Mintages and Release Dates
In November, the Perth Mint will begin issuing 2014 Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coins struck from 99.9% fine silver. These strikes will appear in four different sizes (1 kilo, 10 ounce, 1 ounce, and 1/2 ounce) and feature a single koala with a spray of eucalyptus.
All coins from this series have unlimited mintages with final totals determined at the close of production. The silver coins make their debut on November 5, 2013.
2014 Australian Platypus Platinum Bullion Coin Designs, Mintages and Release Dates
In January, the Perth Mint will release 2014 Australian Platypus Platinum Bullion Coins struck from 1 ounce of 99.95% pure platinum. A specific mintage has not been unveiled but the previous year’s release was capped at 30,000.
As indicated by the name of the series, a platypus design is shown on the reverse.
All Perth Mint bullion coins are struck as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. As such, each obverse will feature a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.