2020 Australian Bullion Coin Program new designs and special releases
A world leader in precious metals for investors, The Perth Mint is delighted to unveil the 2020 designs for Australia’s renowned bullion coin program.
Offering striking new interpretations of our iconic native animals for the Australian Kookaburra, Australian Kangaroo and Australian Koala coin series, the 2020 program also introduces the first design in the much-anticipated 12-year Australian Lunar Series III.
Meticulously crafted to the highest bullion finish available, the Australian Bullion Coin Program is struck from 99.99% pure gold, 99.99% pure silver and 99.95% pure platinum in the trusted form of government-authorised Australian legal tender.
Australian Lunar Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Coin Series
Introducing the first platinum Lunar release
Dating back to 1995 when The Perth Mint released the world’s first major coin series featuring the 12 animals in the Chinese lunar calendar, the Australian Lunar Bullion Coin Series III commences with releases celebrating the Year of the Mouse. As well as our customary gold and silver versions, the new series includes the very first Lunar coins made from platinum.
Why the mouse?
In Chinese mythology, 12 animals raced each other across a fast-flowing river to win favour from the Jade Emperor. The shrewd mouse hitched a ride on the ox, leaping from its back to win the contest. For this it was rewarded as guardian of the first year in the ancient lunar calendar.
The 2020 coins feature naturalistic portrayals of mice foraging among stalks of wheat on the gold and platinum coins, and on husks of corn on the silver coins. Both highly appealing designs incorporate the Chinese character for ‘mouse’ in a contemporary style.
RELEASE DATE: 9 September 2019
Gold Coins: 10oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz, 1/20oz
Mintages: unlimited except for 30,000 1oz coins
Platinum coin: 1oz only
Silver coins: 10 kilo, 1 kilo, 5oz, 2oz, 1oz, 1/2oz
Mintages: unlimited except for 100 10 kilo and 300,000 1oz coins
Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series
Unique anniversary obverse
A long-standing favourite among silver coin investors worldwide, the Australian Kookaburra is 30 years old in 2020. To commemorate its landmark release, each coin features a special obverse bearing a representation of Stuart Devlin’s depiction of a kookaburra on a tree stump surrounded by native foliage as it appeared on the 1990 Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin, and a miniature representation of Jody Clark’s effigy of the Queen.
The kookaburra is a large, quintessentially Australian bird celebrated in literature and the arts. Famed for its loud cackling ‘laugh’, the iconic native is often referred to as the ‘bushman’s clock’ because of its habit of calling at dawn and dusk.
The 2020 reverse portrays a Kookaburra sitting on a corrugated rooftop with a stylised sunrise in the background. The design also includes the inscription 30TH ANNIVERSARY.
RELEASE DATE: 1 October 2019
Silver coins: 1 kilo, 10oz, 1oz
Mintages: unlimited except for 500,000 1oz coins
Australian Kangaroo Gold, Silver and Platinum Bullion Coin Series
Australia’s classic bullion coins
Australia’s first and most prestigious international gold bullion coin offering was introduced by The Perth Mint in 1986. Synonymous with the nation’s pre-eminent position as a gold producer, refiner and crafter of trusted bullion products, it quickly evolved into the definitive Australian Kangaroo, one of the world’s most respected investment releases. Today it’s also offered in pure platinum and pure silver, providing investors with access to a trio of classic investment metals.
Epitomising the outback
This year’s small gold coins portray two kangaroos amid a stand of xanthorrhoeas – known more simply as grass trees. Through its archetypal combination of native flora and fauna, the design epitomises the remote beauty and fascination of the Australian outback. The larger gold coin together with platinum and silver issues depicts a representation of Stuart Devlin’s red kangaroo, a much-admired portrayal created for the Mint by the Queen’s former goldsmith in 1989.
RELEASE DATE: 4 November 2019, except 1oz Silver Bullion Coin which will be released on 20 September
Gold coin: 1 kilo, 1oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz
Mintages: unlimited except 100,000 1/2oz, 150,000 1/4oz, 200,000 1/10oz coins
Platinum coin: 1oz only
Silver coin: 1oz only
Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series
Success based on enduring affection
Widespread recognition of the koala as a symbolic member of Australia’s unique marsupial family prompted the launch of the Australian Koala Silver Bullion Coin Series in 2007, since when it has proved popular worldwide. From a land often associated with threatening fauna, the koala is a more docile, not to say cute, animal that spends large amounts of time sleeping in trees and eating leaves from its preferred species of eucalyptus tree.
Maintaining high design standards
In a simple yet highly effective artistic impression, the 2020 coins portray a koala in a characteristic position up a tree branch.
RELEASE DATE: 6 January 2020
Silver coins: 1 kilo, 1oz
Mintage: 1 kilo mint-to-order, 300,000 1oz
How to Buy
The following options exist for buyers of the 2020 Australian Bullion Coin Program:
Buy and pick up in-store from the Bullion Trading Room, 310 Hay Street, East Perth, seven days a week between 9am and 5pm (AWST).
Register at perthmintbullion.com to order online from the comfort and convenience of your own home between 8.30am and 5pm (AWST).
3. Telephone the Bullion Call Centre
Order through a Customer Services Officer on 1300 201 112 or +61 8 9421 7218 between Monday and Friday between 8.30am and 5pm (AWST).
4. Contact an Authorised Distributor
Contact your local authorised Perth Mint distributor in Australia/New Zealand, Asia, United States, Canada or Europe.
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