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    Perth Mint and RAM Australian Silver Bullion Coins

    The land down under is home to some of the most breathtaking vistas in the world, and many of the most unique animal species you’ll find anywhere else on the planet. Australia also happens to be the home of one of the foremost minting facilities, with the Perth Mint churning out some of the most sought-after silver bullion programs in the precious metals marketplace.

    If you’re in the market to buy silver, the Perth Mint’s range of limited-edition coinage and annual release programs offers the perfect option for investors and collectors alike. JM Bullion is proud to offer numismatists in the United States access to the wide range of Australian silver coins available in the precious metals marketplace. Below you can learn all about the exciting variety of Australian silver available from JM Bullion.

    Perth Mint Bullion Coins

    Perth Mint is not the official production facility of Australia. The national government prints its official coinage and paper currency at the Royal Australian Mint. However, the Perth Mint is the nation’s oldest facility and its products enjoy legal tender status under the Currency Act of 1965. The portfolio of the Perth Mint is such that it refines more than 400 tonnes of gold each year, and also deals in silver and platinum products that are coveted by both investors and collectors. Silver bullion coins are the backbone of Perth Mint’s annual-release programs.

    The Silver Kookaburra

    The longest-running silver coin from the Perth Mint is the Australian Silver Kookaburra. A unique bird species native to the continent of Australia, the kookaburra has appeared on a proof silver coin since 1990. The collector’s value of the Australian Silver Kookaburra coin comes from its changing design. Each year, the Perth Mint selects a new design for the coin, always highlighting the kookaburra in its natural habitat.

    On the reverse side of each coin is the image of the kookaburra, surrounded by engravings that include “Australian Kookaburra” and the coin’s weight, purity, and metal content. The obverse always features Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile portrait, along with her name, the nation of issue, and face value of the coin in AUD.

    The Silver Koala

    Another popular Perth Mint silver coin is the Australian Koala coin. The Koala Silver coin was first introduced in 2007, and has quickly become the single most popular product from the mint. Like the kookaburra, the koala silver coin is struck in a variety of weights each year in both bullion and proof versions. The coins feature a brand-new image of the native marsupial in its native habitat each year, with Queen Elizabeth II’s image on the obverse.

    The Silver Kangaroo

    The Perth Mint Australian Silver Kangaroo was introduced in 1993 as a proof coin. Each year the Perth Mint produces the proof Silver Kangaroo in limited mintages. In recent years, the coin has been struck in a brilliant high-relief proof to add to the collectible value of these stunning coins. The design motif remains the same on the coins each year, but the specific design of a kangaroo is changed from one year to the next, adding value and demand to the coin.

    All of the Australian Silver Kangaroo coins produced by the Perth Mint feature 1 oz of .999 pure silver. The coins are considered legal tender in Australia, and have been issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by the Australian government as a result.

    Starting with the 2016 issue year, the Perth Mint introduced a new bullion coin featuring the beloved kangaroo on its reverse. Scheduled for annual release going forward, this new 2016 Silver Kangaroo is unique in that it is the newest silver bullion coin from the mint and the first to feature .9999 fine silver content. This will help it stand apart from the proof high-relief version from the mint, as well as the long-running Kookaburra and Koala programs.

    The Lunar Series II Collection

    Each year the coins in the Lunar Series II program feature new designs that honor the animal represented on the Chinese Lunar Calendar for that year. The 12-year cycle of the Zodiac is followed closely by the Perth Mint, with each new coin release reflecting the animal in question. For 2017, the Year of the Rooster design has been released with variations between silver and gold.

    The Perth Mint’s program is far and away the most popular lunar-themed collection in the world, and it also boasts the longest history. Lunar coins originated from the Perth Mint in 1996 when it released the original Lunar Series I program. Now, Lunar Series II carries on that tradition with a 12-year collection of new designs, each one impressive in its own right and entirely unique from the first series that ran from 1996-2007.

    As is the case every year, the Perth Mint has its Lunar Series II coins available in silver as well. The 2017 Australian Silver Rooster coins are available from JM Bullion in Brilliant Uncirculated condition, and include the following weights:

    • ½ Troy oz
    • 1 Troy oz
    • 2 Troy oz
    • 5 Troy oz
    • 10 Troy oz
    • 1 Kilogram (32.15 Troy oz)

    Each of these silver bullion coins contains .9999 pure silver content and has a face value based upon its weight, with the starting point being the 1 Troy oz Australian Silver Rooster with a $1 (AUD) face value. The 1 oz coin has a declared mintage already of 300,000 coins for the year.

    Proof Australian Silver Coins

    The Perth Mint is one of the most advanced mints in the world, operating state-of-the-art coining presses that have produced record setting coins, such as the world’s largest, heaviest, and most valuable gold coin struck in October 2011. The Perth Mint is also famous for producing a number of annual proof silver coin products that are eagerly anticipated by collectors hoping to add stunning pieces to their personal collections.

    While you’ll find the Silver Kookaburra, Silver Koala, and Silver Kangaroo available in proof strikings each year, there are also a great many other proof collections available from the Perth Mint.

    Proof Lunar Series II Silver Coins

    For the Proof Australian Silver Rooster release, the Perth Mint added a unique wrinkle to its offering. The 2017 Proof Australian Rooster Coins are available in a total of four different weights, as well as a combined 3-Coin set with a fourth weight available. The weights available include the following:

    • ½ Troy oz
    • 1 Troy oz
    • 1 Kilogram (32.15 Troy oz)
    • 2 Troy oz*

    However, the 1 Kilogram Australian Silver Rooster coin is only available for individual purchase with a declared mintage of just 500 coins. The 1 oz and ½ oz Australian Silver Rooster coins are available for individual purchase with limits of 5,000 and 8,000 coins respectively. However, these two weights are also available in the 3-coin set, which includes a 2 oz coin that is not available for individual purchase. The maximum mintage for the 3-coin set is 1,000.

    Other Proof Silver Coins

    In 2016, the Perth Mint released two one-time proof coins that had unique finishes and designs. The first of these was the 2016 2 oz Australian Antiqued Kangaroo Silver Coin with a high-relief striking. Limited to just 3,000 coins in total, the rimless design of the coins gave them a historic appearance, as did the antique finish applied to each of the blanks.

    On the reverse was the image of a kangaroo, the world’s largest marsupial, bounding across the Outback of Western Australia. The obverse bears that iconic design of Queen Elizabeth II. Each of these coins ships in presentation packaging with a Certificate of Authenticity.

    Finally, there is the 2016 2 oz Proof Australian Silver Language of Love coin. In a time of great strife, it’s important to focus on the love humanity can share with another. Each of these coins contains 2 troy oz of .999 pure silver, had a face value of Two Dollars that is legal tender in Tuvalu, and had an extremely low mintage of just 3,000 coins.

    On the reverse of each is the image of the word “Love,” in English. The English-language version of love has red lettering and a heart in place of the “O” in the word love. Included along with the English-language word are as many as 30 other versions of love in languages ranging from German and French to Korean and Vietnamese. The obverse features Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile portrait.

    From time to time, the Perth Mint also strikes a variety of other proof silver coins that fulfill no particular mandate as part of another series. There were three particular coins of this type available from JM Bullion:

    • 2015 1 oz 75th Anniversary Bruce Lee Silver Proof Coin: Bruce Lee led a revolution in the portrayal of those of Asian descent in Hollywood films, and 2015 marked the 75th anniversary of his birth. Though he is now lost to the world, his image lives on with this 1 oz, .999 pure silver proof coin. The Perth Mint struck the program with a maximum mintage of 5,000 coins.
    • 2015 1 oz Australian Silver Christmas Coin: This coin showcased the Perth Mint’s ability to strike coins with unusual shapes. Bucking the circular coin shape, this proof specimen is star-shaped and features the brilliantly colorized image of a Christmas tree, lit up and topped by a star, on the reverse. The Perth Mint limited production to just 3,000 coins, and shipped each coin in a star-shaped plastic capsule that had a loop so you can hang this as an ornament on your tree at holiday time.
    • 2015 ½ oz Australian War in the Pacific Silver Coin: Only one nation successfully fought a two-front war in World War II; the United States. That effort required strong allies, and Australia was America’s strongest ally in the Pacific Campaign against the Japanese Imperial Army and Navy. The coins honor the commitment of American and Australian military forces in defeating the Japanese threat.

    Other Perth Mint Silver Coin Programs

    Beyond the production of annual-release programs and proof coinage, the Perth Mint also releases other coin programs similar to the Lunar Series I and II collections that have a limited production run over a set period of time.

    The Silver Cubs Series

    The Perth Mint also offers other extensive coin programs, such as the recently released Australian Silver Cub Series. This five-coin series will feature the following designs available from JM Bullion:

    • Tiger Cubs: First release in the series.
    • Jaguar Cubs: Second release in the series.
    • Leopard Cubs: Third release in the series.
    • White Lion Cubs: Fourth release in the series.
    • Lynx: Fifth and final release in the series.

    The 2016 ½ oz Australian Silver Cub Series Jaguar Proof Coin is one such example available for purchase. The coin’s reverse face features the colorized image of two playful jaguar cubs. Only the cubs, which feature a traditional yellow-and-black spotting and solid-black pattern on the other, have real-world appeal with colorized finishes. The jaguar is actually native to the Americas, which is why the Perth Mint designers used an Incan temple as the design backdrop for this cute and playful new coin.

    The obverse of each coin in the series features Ian Rank-Broadley’s right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Created in 1998, it is the fourth-generation of Her Majesty to appear on Australian coinage since she ascended to the throne in 1952. Engravings include the Queen’s name, face value, nation of issue, year of issue, metal content, purity, and weight of the coin.

    Each of the coins in the Australian Silver Cubs Series from the Perth Mint features one-half troy ounce of .999 pure silver, a face value of 50 Cents (AUD) that is legal tender in Tuvalu, and inspiring, colorized designs on the reverse. The Australian Cub Series coins ship in the Perth Mint’s black display box, and arrive in a colorized shipper that features imagery representative of the cub species on the coin’s reverse. Additionally, each of the coins in the series is individually numbered and arrives with a Certificate of Authenticity.

    The Silver Map-Shaped Series

    One of the most extensive non-bullion coin programs launched by the Perth Mint since 2010 has been the Australian Silver Map-Shaped series of silver proof coins. These products start out as unique blanks that are shaped like the continent of Australia, and feature purity levels of .999 fine silver. Each coin weighs one Troy ounce and bears a face value of $1 (AUD) backed by the Australian government.

    Perth Mint released the coins in groups of two each year, with a total mintage per design set at 6,000 coins. Each coin ships inside of the Perth Mint’s iconic black, clamshell display box and arrive inside a custom-designed, full-color shipper that features artwork representative of the species featured on the individual releases. Each coin also comes with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. The release schedule for the coins followed this schedule:

    • 2012 Kookaburra
    • 2012 Emu
    • 2013 Kangaroo
    • 2013 Platypus
    • 2014 Koala
    • 2014 Saltwater Crocodile
    • 2015 Wedge-Tailed Eagle
    • 2015 Redback Spider
    • 2016 Great White Shark
    • 2016 Dingo

    The coins come with a unique colorized stripe down the horizontal center of the reverse face that brings a different native species and its habitat in Australia to live on the coins. The obverse face of all coins in the Australian Map-Shaped Silver Coin series bear the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in the center. Her Majesty’s image currently in use on Australian coinage was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, and is depicted alongside engravings that include her name, the nation of issue, year of issue, and face value of the coin.

    History of the Perth Mint

    Australia’s Perth Mint is the oldest operating mint facility in the country. Following the discovery of gold and silver in the Outback, the ruling British Empire began establishing a refinery system under the direction of the Royal Mint in London. The Royal Mint’s system in Australia consisted first of the Sydney Mint, expanded with the Melbourne Mint, and concluded with the opening of the Perth Mint in 1899.

    As of 1970, nearly 70 years after Australia’s federation as a commonwealth, Great Britain ceded control of the Perth Mint to the local government in the state of Western Australia. At the height of its production under British control, the Perth Mint struck 106 million gold sovereigns and 735,000 half-sovereigns for use throughout the British Empire as currency.

    Today, the Perth Mint exists as a separate entity from the national government’s Royal Australian Mint. The Perth Mint produces gold coins to a purity of .9999 and silver coins to a purity of .999 in both bullion and proof versions. Its production includes commemorative coins for Australia, as well as countless smaller island nations throughout the South Pacific. Even though it is separate of the Royal Australian Mint, all Perth Mint coins enjoy legal-tender status courtesy of the Currency Act of 1965.

    Purchase Your Australian Silver Coins from JM Bullion

    JM Bullion accepts various forms of payment for your purchase of Australian Silver Coins. You can pay by credit/debit card, paper checks, bank wire transfers, and PayPal fund transfers are also accepted by JM Bullion. Bank wire and PayPal transfers offer immediate processing, with credit/debit cards processing in one business day on average and paper checks taking 4 to 6 business days to process.

    In addition to flexible payment methods, JM Bullion offers free standard shipping and insurance on all purchases over $99. Your Australian Silver Coins will be packaged in discreet boxes to protect the identity of the products within, and delivered to you via the US Postal Service or UPS. For those interested, expedited shipping is available for an additional fee. If your packages are lost or damaged during shipping, we’ll find you a replacement product or refund your purchase price.

    If you have any questions about Australian Silver Coins, JM Bullion payment methods, or our shipping policies, please feel free to reach out to us. Our associates are available at 800-276-6508, online using our live web chat, and via email. Don’t forget to visit our homepage and search for the latest spot price of silver before you buy.