Monthly Archives: February 2015

What are bullion coins? Basic Class 1

Dragon Silver Coin

Dragon Silver Coin

The Perth Mint is the official supplier of Australian Bullion coins with the Royal Australian Mint concentrating mainly on circulating coins (the coins you will find in your change).

Australian Bullion coins are composed of Gold, Silver or Platinum. These are released every year with a different design making them one of the few bullion type coins to change design each year.

They are of a specimen or uncirculated quality. They are known as bullion or specimen coins.  In other words they are not finished to the polished mirror like finish you will find in proof coins but are of a better quality than coins issued for circulation.

These specimen bullion coins cover the Kookaburra, Koala and Lunar releases. They have relatively high mintage numbers and are released worldwide. They come in capsules with no Certificate of Authenticity (COA) or packaging box.  The mint last year also released a new type of bullion coin that comes in a tube, similar to the US Eagle coins.  The first design been a saltwater crocodile. Continue reading

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Are there too many commemorative silver coins released?

2015 batman

The coin releases from The Perth Mint and Royal Australian Mint just in the first period of 2015 are plentiful so the question is this –
Are the mints killing off a very lucrative market by oversupplying?
The releases from both the Pert Mint and Royal Australian Mint around this time include Anzac Centenary and Gallipoli releases, Eternal Love, Cricket, New Year, the Lunar series with many different sizes and types, Coin show special, sunset Batman, Gods of Olympia, Star Trek and more but you get the point.
All things considered and under normal circumstances it would appear the market is defiantly been oversupplied. Although I am not that familiar with International releases the same expansion of releases appears to be occurring with other mints as well.

The immediately effect of this has been a gradual drop in prices for previously released coins. If collectors cannot be guaranteed rising prices for their coins it does spell trouble for the silver commemorative market. It is a relatively new market really only becoming popular in the last decade or so and needs careful consideration and management by the mints.
The question in my mind is what of the future?
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