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Perth releases 2017 bullion coins

Australia’s Perth Mint 2017 bullion issue relases began with the annual lunar gold and silver bullion on Sept. 12, gold Kangaroos and silver Kookaburras made it out on Oct. 10, the silver Kangaroo will debut on Nov. 14, with silver Koalas following on Jan. 9, 2017. Mintages are unlimited unless specified below.

Perth’s .9999 gold Lunar bullion is in its 21st year while the .999 silver bullion marks its 18th. For the Year of the Rooster there are eight gold and seven silver bullion pieces.

The gold consists of a $5 (1.556 g), $15 (3.111 g), $25 (7.777 g), $50 (15.554 g), $200 (62.215 g), $1,000 (311.067 g) and $3,000 (1000.100 g). No more than 30,000 $100 (31.112 g) coins will be struck.

The silver denominations are 50 cents (15.553 g), $2 (62.213 g), $8 (155.533 g), $10 (311.066 g), and $30 (1,000.100 g). Up to 100 silver $300 (10,001.000 g) and 300,000 $1 (31.107 g) coins will be struck.

The .999 fine silver Kookaburra and Koala series both have new designs: a pair of Kookaburras perched on a fence and a Koala sitting comfortably at the base of a eucalyptus tree.

The silver Kookaburra comes as a 40.60 mm, 31.135 g (1 oz) $1; a 75.60 mm, 311.347 g (10 oz) $10; and a 100.60 mm, 1,001.002 g (31.151 oz) $30. The maximum mintage of the dollar is 500,000.

The silver Koala has been struck as a 40.60 mm, 31.135 g (1 oz) $1 and a 100.60 mm, 1,001.002 g (31.151 oz) $30. The maximum mintage of the dollar is 300,000.

The .999 fine silver Kangaroo design is the same as in past years showing a Big Red in full leap. It is available solely as a 40.60 mm, 31.107 g (1 oz) dollar. The reverse bears an authentication feature: a micro-laser engraved letter within the words AUSTRALIAN KANGAROO.

The .9999 fine gold kilo ’Roo design is also a repeat of previous years but the remainder of the gold show a new long-legged beastie bounding out of the field.

The full range of the gold consists of a 16.60 mm, 3.111 g (0.1 oz) $15; a 20.60 mm, 7.777 g (0.25 oz) $25; a 25.60 mm, 15.554 g (0.50 oz) $50; a 32.60 mm, 31.112 g (1 oz) $100; and a 75.50 mm, 1,000.100 g (32.151 oz) $3,000. Maximum mintage of the $15 is 200,000, of the $25 150,000, and of the $50 100,000.

 

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