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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Perth Mint 10 Kg 2016 Lunar Monkey Silver Coin

The Perth Mint announced that it will soon be selling its 2016 Year of the Monkey 10 Kilo Silver Coin on a mint-to-order basis.

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The Mint’s Web site notes that this item has a maximum mintage of 150 pieces.

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2016-Perth-Mint-10-Kg-Lunar-Monkey-Silver-Coin-reverse The reverse image depicts two monkeys sitting in a peach tree; peaches are a traditional symbol of longevity and immortality. Inscribed near the rim of the coin are the Chinese character for ‘monkey’ and YEAR OF THE MONKEY, along with the Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with the inscriptions ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 10 KG 999 SILVER, 2016, and the denomination of 300 DOLLARS.

The Year of the Monkey alludes to 2016’s place in a twelve-year lunar cycle according to Chinese astrology. The Year of the Monkey pertains to those whose year of birth includes 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and, of course, 2016. People born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be intelligent, optimistic, and ambitious, according to a Mint press release.

The 2016 Year of the Monkey 10 Kilo Silver Coin will be available from the Perth Mint’s authorized bullion distributors – To purchase this coin visit the Perth Mint Bullion Program