6 fun facts about one of the world’s most innovative mints: The Perth Mint of Australia.

The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint (Photo credit: amandabhslater)

If you’re an APMEX customer, you may know The Perth Mint as the prized destination for our annual “Escape To Australia” contest. As an investor or collector, you probably know The Perth Mint for their products. Their Gold and Silver Lunar coins are among the most beautiful and collected Chinese Zodiac coins in the world. Here are a few surprising facts about The Perth Mint that you might not know.

Rare. Many Perth Mint coins are made in strictly limited mintages, giving even their most value-priced bullion coins a dimension of collectibility.

Same Location since 1899. The Perth Mint was established in 1899 as a branch of Britain’s Royal Mint. Today, it’s one of the oldest mints in the world to operate on its original premises, despite the name change.. The Perth Mint is actually incorporated as Gold Corporation and  has two wholly owned subsidiaries – Western Australian Mint and GoldCorp USA.

Created The First Gold Bullion Series. In 1986, The Perth Mint launched the Australian Gold Nugget Coin Series, the first bullion series with a reverse (back) design that changes every year. The first few coins featured Gold nuggets. In 1989, the design switched to a kangaroo. Today, we commonly call this series the Australian Gold Kangaroo.

Biggest and Best. In 2011, The Perth Mint unveiled the biggest, heaviest and inherently most valuable Gold coin in the world. Weighing in at 1,000kg (2,204.6 pounds), this coin contains one metric tonne of 99.99 percent pure Gold and is worth more than $42.6 million at current Gold prices.

A Refinery and A Mint. There’s only one Gold refinery in Australia and it’s The Perth Mint. Between coins, bullion and industrial Gold, The Perth Mint produces more than 400 tonnes of Gold per year.

Visit Perth and The Mint. Located on the Western Shore of Australia, Perth is a bustling and beautiful city with beaches, parks and natural wonders unique to this island continent. You can also visit The Perth Mint while you’re there. In fact, you could…

WIN A FREE TRIP TO PERTH AND THE PERTH MINT!

Every fall, when the new Perth Mint coins come out, APMEX launches the “Escape To Australia” contest. Watch for it on this blog and APMEX.com.

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5 things you never want to do with Gold and Silver.

Gold and Silver may last forever, but coins, bars, rounds and jewelry require special care to preserve their value. Here are a few things you never want to do.

  • Don’t touch or talk over a coin: Fingerprints can be almost impossible to remove so be sure to always wear gloves, preferably made of soft cotton, when you handle coins. And don’t talk in a coin’s direction. Subtle, indiscernible drops of saliva can land on a coin and turn into smudge marks over time.
  • Don’t take a certified coin out of its slab: Grading services like PCGS and NGC seal coins in tamper-evident slabs to protect them and certify their authenticity and condition. Once the seal is broken, the certification is lost and the value of the coin is reduced.
  • Don’t try to authenticate a product yourself: We’ve seen coins, rounds and bars lose value when people drill into or pour chemicals on them. Always ask a professional to help you authenticate. Or better yet, buy from a reputable dealer whose products need no authentication.
  • Don’t clean your coins: Improper cleaning can turn a rare, valuable coin into a $25 Silver ingot. Collectors prefer coins that show the deep coloration of age over those whose surfaces have been stripped away.
  • Don’t swim wearing Gold jewelry: Chlorine breaks down the alloys in 14K and 18K Gold jewelry, weakening prongs and ring shanks. Chlorine bleach can destroy 14K Gold in 24 hours. The 24K Gold found in most APMEX products is impervious to almost every chemical, but is generally too soft and pliable for everyday jewelry.

Do you have any ideas for protecting your Gold and Silver? Share them in the comments section below.

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5 Products with the most reviews

At APMEX we always aim to be totally transparent and helpful to our customers. We have a great review program on our site that allows customers to provide unbiased feedback to help others make buying decisions. Here are the top 5 products with the most positive reviews! Hopefully you will find something you like and if you do end up purchasing it don’t forget to review it!

2013 1 oz Silver Eagles

“These are the backbone of my investment” says one customer. A sentiment that is echoed by several other buyers of this iconic Silver coin,

2013 1 oz Silver Canadian Maple Leaf

People love this coin because of its “high purity” and “lower premium” when compared to other Silver coins.

1 oz Sunshine Silver Bar .999 Fine (V2)

These bars are a popular choice because “they all have a great shine to them and the security mint mark is really neat with the decoder lens.

1 oz APMEX Silver Bar .999 Fine

One reviewer thinks that these bars make a “great gift to young family members at the holidays as a nudge to invest.”

Generic Silver .999+ Fine (per ounce)

If you are looking for some variety and value this product will not disappoint. “The price is unbeatable and it’s always fun to see what pieces you’ll get.”

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Be Among The First To Own Best Strikes of 2013 Silver American Eagles

2013 1 oz Silver American Eagles (Certified)

2013 1 oz Silver American Eagles (Certified)

The 2013 Silver American Eagles Have Landed. In Perfect And Near Perfect Condition. Be Among The First To Own These Collectibles!

Here they are: Some of the most collectible coins in America’s most popular Silver bullion series. These 2013 Graded Silver Eagles were sent to PCGS and NGC as soon as they were released from the U.S. Mint. They are now certified as First Strike or Early Releases and are graded MS-70 or MS-69.

Millions of Silver American Eagles have been sold since the series began in 1986. But only a few from every year are…

  • Graded Perfect Or Near Perfect: On the Sheldon Grading Scale of 1 (barely identifiable) to 70 (absolute perfection), these coins have perfect MS-70 or near perfect MS-69 grades.
  • First Strike Or Early Releases: These labels tell you that PCGS or NGC received these 2013 Graded Silver Eagles within 30 days of their release by the U.S. Mint. They are struck when the dies are newest and the details in the iconic design are sharpest.
  • Highly Valued By Collectors: These coins come in protective, tamper evident plastic slabs that certify the authenticity and condition of each coin. Only a rare few earn such high grades as well as First Strike or Early Releases designations.

2013 Gold American Eagle Coins

2013 1 oz Gold American EagleThe 2013 Gold American Eagle coins have finally been released by the United States Mint to authorized purchasers. The most popular official Gold bullion coin of the United States, the Gold Eagle has become one of the most recognized and sought after coins on the world market.

Since its release by the U.S. Mint in 1986, the Gold Eagle has featured the same basic design. The obverse depicts Lady Liberty as designed by Augustus Saint-Gaudens for the 1907 Double Eagle. She holds a torch in her right hand and an olive branch in her left hand as she walks forward with the Capitol building in Washington, D.C. behind her. The reverse of the Gold Eagle illustrates a nest of American eagles, a symbol of American nationalism and pride and a nod to the American family.

Available in 1 oz, 1/2 oz, 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz sizes, and featuring patriotic images, the 2013 Gold American Eagle appeals to both collectors and investors alike. Gold Eagles are also eligible for Precious Metals IRA accounts and can potentially enhance any coin collection or investment portfolio. Having gained international popularity since its debut, the Gold American Eagle is a coin that will most likely continue to attract attention from Gold purchasers all over the world.

Buy your all new 2013 Gold Eagles in your preferred size from APMEX today. APMEX makes it easy to invest in Gold by offering competitive Gold prices on all Gold American Eagle coins.

 

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