Sep 092014
 

Combine one of Earth’s rarest elements with its most valuable diamonds and the result is guaranteed to astonish and mesmerize.

That’s what two Western Australian icons famed for their skill in crafting the world’s most prized treasures have done in pursuit of the truly extraordinary.

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The Perth Mint has come together with Argyle Pink™ Diamonds to create an ingot from 10oz of 99.95% pure platinum.

Rarer even than gold, this lustrous element is famous for inspiring King Louis XV of France to declare it the only metal “fit for a king!”

The ingot has been adorned with the “gem of gems” – intense, vivid pink diamonds from Australia’s Kimberley.

Seven exquisite examples have been hand set within the ingot’s design, which portrays how these prized gems were first discovered glinting in an anthill.

Exclusive Sealed Bid Auction

Together, The Perth Mint and Argyle Pink™ Diamonds are now able to offer one of just six ingots for sale by Sealed Bid Auction. You are cordially invited to participate in the one-time only event!

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How do I Bid?

If you see yourself owning this beautifully crafted Argyle Pink™ Diamond 10oz Platinum Ingot, RRP $58,000, please contact us for an Expression of Interest Form prior to 7 September 2014. We will provide you with further details and how to proceed with your bid.

Alternatively, please visit our shop at The Perth Mint, 310 Hay Street, East Perth 6004 where you can see it on display.Argyle-10oz-Platinum-IngotMore information.

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Apr 052013
 

The following coin releases are now sold out at The Perth Mint.

200th Anniversary of the Australian Holey Dollar and Dump 2013 1oz Silver Proof Coin Set
Maximum Mintage:  4,000 sold out
Diamond_Jubilee_Kilo_Silver Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee 2012 1 Kilo Silver Proof Coin
Maximum Mintage:  600 sold out
Koala_2013_5ozHR_Silver Australian Koala 2013 5oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Maximum Mintage:  5,000 sold out

 

These coins are now near to sell out.

 Platinum_Koala Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Proof Platinum Issue
Only 50 coins remain to be sold
 ANDA_Perth_Snake Perth ANDA Coin Show Special – Australian Lunar Series II – 2013 Year of the Snake 2oz Silver Coloured Edition
Only 131 coins remain to be sold
 Baby_Snake Baby Snake 2013 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin
Only 273 coins remain to be sold
 HR_Snake Australian Lunar Series II 2013 Year of the Snake 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
Only 366 coins remain to be sold

Quantities available at time of posting

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Mar 082013
 

Platinum is a precious metal that many would love to add to their coin collections. This month we’re offering the Australian Koala 25th Anniversary 2013 1/2oz Platinum Proof Coin, a rare collectable providing the perfect opportunity to collect platinum.

Why Platinum?

Platinum is widely recognised as the most precious of the three ‘noble’ metals. Since the inception of the Australian Precious Metals Coin Program, The Perth Mint has endeavoured to offer coins in all three metals – gold, platinum and silver.

In 1988, the Australian Koala became the first legal tender platinum bullion coin to be launched by a major nation. Offered in four sizes as an investment coin, a 1/2oz Proof Issue with a limited mintage of 12,000 was also released for collectors (sold out).

The 99.95% pure platinum coin depicted a koala design by sculptor and artist Michael Tracey, whose distinctive portrayal has been painstakingly reproduced on the 2013 anniversary issue which is subject to a tiny mintage of just 1,200.

Featuring a ‘P25′ mintmark, the 2013 anniversary release is accompanied by an numbered silver medallion.

Quick Guide

With interest in platinum currently riding high, here’s our quick guide to this beautiful metal:

  • Platinum is one of the rarest elements in the Earth’s crust – roughly 30 times scarcer than gold.
  • Pure platinum is a lustrous, silvery-white metal that’s also ductile, malleable and resistant to tarnish.
  • It is said that all the platinum ever mined in history would fit inside a 25 x 25 x 25 foot room.
  • Ancient Egyptians used platinum for decorating important objects as long ago as 700BC.
  • It was used by pre-Columbian Americans to produce artefacts of a white gold-platinum alloy.
  • The name platinum is derived from the Spanish term platina, which is literally translated into “little silver”.
  • Believe it or not, Spanish conquistadors thought it was a nuisance, being difficult to separate from gold nuggets!
  • In the 1920s, two platinum deposits, each around 100 kilometres in length, were discovered in the Transvaal.
  • Today, South Africa has 80% of the world’s platinum reserve.
  • Approximately 10 tons of ore are needed to produce a single ounce of platinum.
  • About half of world demand is for use in autocatalysts, where it destroys pollutants in vehicle exhaust fumes.
  • There’s also significant demand for modern platinum jewellery, which is primarily made and sold in China, Japan and the USA.

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Mar 012013
 

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There’s no let-up in our desire to bring you the cream of modern numismatics with another extraordinary choice of offerings for March.

The Land Down Under goes up in size with two large- format versions of the spectacular Sydney Opera House coins that debuted last month.

The extremely popular Australian Opal Series makes a welcomed return with the third release featuring a kangaroo.

Rivalling it for intensity of colour is our new Aurora Australis coin from another familiar series, the Australian Antarctic Territory.

There’s never been a more exciting time for Koala collectors. Celebrating the platinum Proof Koala series of yesteryear, we’re issuing a prestigious 25th Anniversary tribute accompanied by a special mintmarked medallion.

Meanwhile, an absolutely extraordinary 5oz high relief silver Koala is destined to become a classic!

Also including details of this year’s ANZAC Day release, the latest new coin bulletin is one to savour.

Purchase these new releases on our website.

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Sep 142012
 

Sales figures for 2011 proof and specimen collector coins to 31 December 2011 were released today.

The Perth Mint also updated sales figures for coins issued in previous years.

To review all mintage and current sales figures for collector coins issued between 1986 and 2011, please visit our Numismatic Mintages page.

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