Perth Mint Gold and Silver Bullion Sales Tumble in February

Australian sales of bullion coins and bars tumbled in February, according to the latest round of Perth Mint figures.

The Mint’s gold sales fell to their lowest level in six months and their silver sales more than halved from January.

“In line with the worldwide trend, demand for Australian bullion coins and bars was significantly quieter in February,” the Perth Mint said. “Growing confidence in the prospect of improving economic conditions has seen increased demand for alternative assets at the expense of precious metals.”

February sales of Perth Mint gold coins and gold bars at 25,257 ounces registered declines of 65.3% from January and 31.9% from February 2016.

However, for the year to date, gold sales total 98,002 ounces for a 15.5% increase over the 84,822 ounces delivered in the first two months of last year.

The Perth Mint sold 502,353 ounces in silver bullion last month, marking declines of 59.2% from the previous month and 52.1% from a year earlier.

Their silver sales tally to 1,733,220 ounces for the year, down 31.3% from last year’s opening two-month total of 2,522,470 ounces.

Perth Mint Gold and Silver Sales by Month

Below is a monthly summary of Perth Mint bullion sales from February 2016 to February 2017. The figures show monthly ounces of gold and silver shipped by the Minted Products division of The Perth Mint to wholesale and retail customers worldwide. It excludes sales of cast bars and other Group activities including sales of allocated/unallocated precious metal for storage by the Depository.

Perth Mint Bullion Sales (in troy ounces)
Silver Gold
February 2017 502,353 25,257
January 2017 1,230,867 72,745
December 2016 430,009 63,420
November 2016 984,622 54,747
October 2016 1,084,231 79,048
September 2016 1,031,858 58,811
August 2016 376,461 14,684
July 2016 693,447 16,870
June 2016 1,220,817 31,368
May 2016 974,865 21,035
April 2016 1,161,766 47,542
March 2016 1,756,238 47,948
February 2016 1,049,062 37,063

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Millions of Silver Dollar Coins Bouncing Out of the Perth Mint

Commemorative silver dollar coins are bouncing out of the Perth Mint faster than the mint can produce them because of demand from American investors.

The Perth Mint produced five million of the silver dollar coins, emblazoned with a kangaroo on them, when it first minted them in September.

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The silver dollar kangaroo coin has drawn huge interest from US investors

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But US collectors have fallen so in love with the coin, the 117-year-old Perth Mint has been forced to more than double its original run.

Perth Mint CEO Richard Hayes told financial analyst and journalist Ross Greenwood on Radio 4BC, the mint was expecting to sell more than $12 million worth over the next 12 months.

He said two-thirds of the coins made – which sell for between $20 and $21US each – make their way into the hands of American buyers.

“The United States are big buyers of silver… partly traditional, partly cultural, but the Americans have always been big buyers of silver partly because they are concerned about governments and confiscation and things going pear-shaped,” he said.

Mr Hayes said US coin collectors preferred Australian coins because they were considered exotic, unique and different.

“And it’s not Canada, which is a plus for many American collectors and because of that anything out of Australia is popular,” he said.

It’s not just the sale of the kangaroo coin which is hopping out the mint, with US buyers snapping up coins with other Australian animals on them.

“We’ve done stockman horses, we do a range of luna coins as well… certainly the wedge-tailed eagle coins we make are very popular in the states,” he said.

“Most coin collectors are looking for something new every year. To the extent you can come up with a theme that is unique and different, appealing or something that someone hasn’t done before, and you will genuinely do pretty well with it.”

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