Perth Mint Bullion

Author: Lawrence Chard - Chairman and CEO

Published: 4 May 2018

Last Updated: 22 Dec 2022


In November 2004, Chards became prime distributors for The Perth Mint in Western Australia.

Credit - David Stanley, Flickr, CC BY 2.0

The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint was established in 1899, primarily to mint Australian gold into British sovereigns, a role which it fulfilled until 1931. As such, it is Australia's oldest mint still producing bullion coins. It is one of the world's most active mints in both bullion and collectors coins, producing gold, silver, and platinum coins for its native Australia, and other countries.

Gold Bullion Coins

Gold Kangaroo Nugget By the Perth Mint

Produced annually since 1986/7. In the early years, these featured Australian natural gold nuggets, but later changed to feature kangaroos and wallabies. Produced in weights of one troy ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce, tenth ounce and twentieth ounces.

Gold Lunar Coins by the Perth Mint

These feature symbols of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, in a 12 year cycle, starting in 1996 with the year of the rat. Here is a picture of the 10oz Year of the Dog coin we currently have in stock. 

Large Gold Coins

Based on the nugget series with kangaroo themes, but with the same design each year. These are issued in weights of one kilo, ten ounces, and two ounces.

Silver Bullion Coins

Silver Kookaburra

These started in 1990, and as their name implies, they feature kookaburras with a different design each year. They are produced in weights of one kilo, ten ounces, two ounces, and one ounce.

Silver Lunar

Again featuring the twelve symbols of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, but with designs different from the gold versions. Besides the weights of one kilo, ten ounces, two ounces, and one ounce, they are also produced intermediate weights of half kilo, five ounces, and half ounce.

Silver Koalas

Struck in 999 fine silver, these coins come in a presentation capsule. 

Platinum Bullion Coins

Platinum Koalas - These were introduced in 1988 and feature koala bears, again with a different design every year. They are produced in weights of one kilo, ten ounces, two ounces, one ounce, half ounce, quarter ounce, tenth ounce, and twentieth ounces.

Collector Coins

Perth Mint also issue proof versions of many of the bullion coins, and a number of attractive collector coins.

The One Tonne Gold Coin

In 2011, The Perth Mint produced the world's largest bullion coin. Weighing one tonne of .9999 fine gold, this Australian Kangaroo coin is now on permanent display at The Perth Mint's Gold Exhibition.

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