Perth Mint Bullion Sales Soar in First Half of 2016

Demand for Australian bullion coins bounced in June after a slowing in May, and soared through the first half of this year, according to the latest figures from the Perth Mint of Australia.

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The Mint’s silver coins scored above the million ounce level for the ninth time in ten months and its gold sales rebounded from an at least 3-year low.

Perth Mint bullion sales registered against a backdrop of soaring precious metals with London fixings in June logging advances of 9% for gold and 14.3% for silver.

Bullion Sales in June 2016

The Perth Mint sold 31,368 ounces in gold coins and gold bars last month for a 49.1% increase over May when sales ranked the weakest since CoinNews started tracking the Mint’s data in February 2013. Sales climbed a more modest 1.1% above the same month from a year earlier.

“Stronger investor sentiment in June resulting from the UK’s Brexit vote helped reverse the decline in sales of Australia coins and bars evident over the past two months,” the Perth Mint said.

Gold sales through the first half of 2016 tally to 232,715 ounces, up 38% from last year’s starting six-month total of 168,650 ounces..

Perth Mint sales of silver bullion jumped by 1,220,817 ounces last month, notching gains of 25.2% from the previous month and 217.4% from June 2015.

Silver sales through the first half of the year total 7,636,156 ounces, smashing last year’s January to June total of 2,810,994 ounces by 171.7%.

Perth Mint Gold and Silver Sales by Month

Below is a monthly breakdown of Perth Mint bullion sales from June 2015 to June 2016. 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)
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
January 2016 1,473,408 47,759
December 2015 1,083,460 40,096
November 2015 1,145,239 31,664
October 2015 1,751,898 66,951
September 2015 3,349,557 63,791
August 2015 707,656 33,390
July 2015 746,700 51,088
June 2015 384,586 31,019

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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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