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Perth Mint Bullion Coins Honor New Era of Ancient Calendar

The historic Perth Mint has introduced a third series of precious metal coins celebrating the ancient lunar calendar as part of Australia’s internationally renowned bullion coin program.

From being the first major mint in the world to issue coins celebrating the animals of the Asian zodiac in 1995, The Perth Mint will strengthen its position at the fore of the global bullion coin market in 2020 by issuing Australian Lunar Series III.

According to Chinese mythology, 12 animals raced each other across a fast-flowing river to win favor from the Jade Emperor. The mouse rode on the ox and leaped to shore to win the contest and was rewarded the guardian of the first year in the 12-year almanac.

Honoring legend, the Year of the Mouse begins The Perth Mint’s third Lunar coin series, with its original artistry and oriental aesthetic expected to be welcomed by investors the world over, said Perth Mint Chief Executive Officer Richard Hayes.

“Over the past 24 years, Australian Lunar coins have become one of our signature programs with their designs, craftsmanship and select mintage limits offering astute investors an exclusive asset offering,” said Mr. Hayes.

In recognition of the zodiac’s symbolism and cultural significance, and to differentiate the new series from past issues, The Perth Mint will release an annual limited edition 1oz platinum coin to compliment the classic gold and silver coins ranging in weight from 1/20oz to 10 kilograms.

To complete the investment program in 2020, the Australian Kangaroo, Australian Koala, and Australian Kookaburra series will each portray new interpretations of the beloved bush creatures.

Standing out as a popular choice among investors is the Australian Kookaburra which will celebrate its 30-year success this coming year. This milestone will be commemorated with a special obverse for the series portraying an adaptation of the first 1oz Kookaburra bullion coin illustrated by Stuart Devlin AO CMG.

The obverses of all remaining issues will celebrate the extraordinary reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, carrying the recent effigy by Jody Clark of Her Royal Highness.

Renowned for their meticulous craftsmanship, trusted purity and outstanding value, Australia’s investment coins set a high standard for excellence, with specific coins selling out each year.

To manage the expected high demand for the program, the Mint will stagger the availability of its four premier bullion series across the next five months, commencing with Australian Lunar III this month.

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Perth Mint
Perth Mint
The Perth Mint is Australia’s largest and most highly accredited precious metals enterprise. Through its integrated operations and trusted products and services, it develops markets and creates demand for Australian precious metals the world over. Operating the largest refinery and the only facility in Australia accredited for gold and silver by the London Bullion Market Association, the Mint holds endorsements by commodity trading centres in London, New York, Tokyo, Shanghai and Dubai. The Perth Mint exports in excess of USD14 billion worth of bullion bars and coins to institutional and private investors in more than 130 countries each year and issues an array of legal tender commemoratives for collectors. Offering the world’s only government guaranteed precious metals investment and storage program, the Mint also manages approximately USD3 billion worth of metal held on behalf of some 40,000 clients. Still operating in its original premises, founded in 1899, The Perth Mint is also a premier tourist destination and home to the Guinness Book of Records certified largest coin in the world – the Australian Kangaroo One Tonne Gold Coin, worth more than USD 40 million.

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