2014 Perth Mint Lunar Horse Coins and Royal Australian Mint Tetra-decagon Lunar Coin

Gold and Silver Perth Mint Lunar Year of the Horse Series Coins (LHS, Centre). Royal Australian Mint Tetra-decagon Lunar Coin (RHS).

2012 Silver Lunar Dragon Designs From Around The World.

New Zealand Mint Proof Silver Lunar Dragon Gilded Coin (Left). Perth Mint Silver Lunar Dragon Coin (Middle). Royal Canadian Mint Lotus Silver Dragon Proof (Right).

Series 1 Lunar Coins

Series 1 Chinese Gold Lunar Coins (left). Series 1 Perth Mint Silver Lunar Coins (Right).

Chinese Silver Lunar Rabbits 2011

A selection of Chinese Silver Lunar Rabbits, Round, Coloured and Plum Blossom.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Alternatives to precious metals

Having a good spread of investments so that a couple of “duds” can be offset by better performance from the majority.
Many small investors have achieved this diversification through options like managed funds, listed real estate investment trusts, property syndicates and ETFs; where smaller investors pool their funds and professional investment experts manage a portfolio of shares or property.
These types of options have been around for decades and are a terrific way for average investors to get the benefit of diversification and expert management … for a fee.
More recently there has been a spate of new “fractional investment” opportunities being offered, targeting the property industry. The rationale behind them can be pretty compelling … a low cost entry onto the property merry-go-round. - david koch

Affordable properties market

If you where looking for a low entry, cost effective way to get into the property market look no further than Brickx, offering houses and apartments in always in demand suburbs at an affordable price for them many. Brickx has recently lowered their transaction fee to 0.5% per transaction.

Low fee money market.

On this one yuo will be earning on average 7.8% p.a return. This is Ratesetter, This one is one of the highest paying investments you could find. On par with the stock market. But at the time of writing 700% better than a term deposit with any australian banking system. This is essentially cutting out the bank and investing in mbs (mortgage backed securities) on your own.in you don't know what an mbs is I suggest you watch "the big short".

Other assets
That comes a time when your looking for something different in the assets class you have precious metals, whiskey and rolexes. Although you could buy most of them from jewellers and bottle'os.
You can also find them online.

These all have one thing in common. They never perish and they're always worth more money when you go to sell them. A 21 year old bundie rum, bottled in 1996 sold for $7,500 in 2018. Now figure this you bought it for $75 in 1996 that's a whopping profit of 9900% or 230% per year of its life. Now the only thing left to do is keep it in a bottle for 22 years..

Now your stash is looking like a man cave picture. Add in some diamonds to keep the missus happy and your all set to give it all up when you want to retire. For a nice profit mind you.

 Or alternatively you could just party with cups of gold embezzled with diamonds filled with 60 year old bundie rum. And live off your money markets and properties, But hay it's all yours once your touching it.

Check out these websites to find some more stuff to add to your hoard.

Innus-store
Brickx
ratesetter

Sunday, January 26, 2020

Gold Nugget investment

All one has to do is to look at a 10 year gold chart to see the upward trend in gold prices over the past 10 years.

ARE GOLD NUGGETS A GOOD INVESTMENT?

Are Gold Nuggets a good investment? Quite simply, "Yes, they certainly are." However, just make sure you are buying the highest quality hand selected jewelry/investment grade natural gold nuggets, as those are the grade of raw gold nuggets that hold their value the best during times of falling gold prices, and appreciate the most during times of rising gold prices. A lot of the natural gold nuggets sold online are "melt grade" or "common grade" nuggets, which have no collectible value and are worth less to slightly more than the spot price of gold. Since we do not sell "melt grade" or "common grade" gold nuggets, you can easily see the difference by comparing the nuggets you see on our website with most of the the offerings from other websites. Almost every gold nugget sold on our website is jewelry/investment grade, the highest grade, with only a couple of exceptions that are collectible grade.

While natural gold nuggets have a basic gold value as "money", meaning if there is ever a time when fiat currencies are no longer accepted, or are so devalued as to be essentially worthless, and gold and silver become the medium of exchange of last resort, high quality jewelry/investment grade gold nuggets will likely be used alongside gold coins and bars as a medium of exchange. It is possible that in such a situation gold nuggets may be even more useful than gold coins or bars, as most gold coins and bars are in one ounce form or larger, whereas natural gold nuggets can be purchased individually in sizes smaller than a tenth of a gram.

Natural gold nuggets that fall into the "collectible grade" or "jewelry/investment grade", also have the added value of being collector's items, similar to rare gold coins. Large natural gold nuggets are rarer than diamonds. Most of the gold nuggets found throughout history were melted down and processed into coins or bars or used to make jewelry and ornaments. Only in the past 25 years have many people started to collect and hoard high quality natural gold nuggets.
Because of all the gold seekers over the years, the easy to find gold nuggets have been found, and it is increasingly difficult and uneconomical to find natural gold nuggets of any size. As they say with many other rare things, "they aren't making any more of them". So natural gold nuggets become rarer as time goes on, and demand increases as more and more investors move assets into all forms of gold. The last serious bull market in gold peaked in 1980. Many professional gold traders believe that the current bull market in gold (as of 2020) is still in its early stages.

Friday, January 24, 2020

Where to store gold and silver - offshore

Looking for a vault to store your precious metals, family heirlooms and important possessions offshore? 
These following vaults offers top of the line security to customers just like you in their private vaults and safety deposit boxes all located in parts of the world you want

Why Choose bullion vault or bullionstar?

  • they both have rigorous privacy laws
  • Stable and well-developed banking system 
  • Safe and secure economy
  • Protected Duty-Free Zone
  • Territorial tax system
  • Perfect Plan-B countries to acquire a quick second residency visa
  • Central locations
  • First-world infrastructure
  • Hundreds of high-end hotels to choose from
  • Beautiful beaches and mountains
  • World-class restaurants and nightlife
They both are committed to securing investor’s wellbeing with the world’s largest range of unique, high-end, alternative wealth preservation services. They offer a wide variety of gold and silver bars and coins available pre-minted including numismatic coins. 

when they say concierge service, they are serious… whether you’re a hardworking professional, jet-setting millionaire, small business owner or billion-dollar institution, you’ll receive the same high-end VIP service.

Vault stored gold and silver

uncertainty have made precious metals a popular choice among investors seeking safer investment options. If you own silver or gold bullion and want to store them safely, there are a number of options can you choose from. However, the benefits offered by a private storage vault are too valuable to ignore. Let’s talk about storing your precious metals: and what you should consider before picking a storage vault.
As far as storing precious metals, you can either buy and store it yourself or buy it and let someone else store it for you. While the right option depends on an individual’s circumstances, storing precious metals in a private vault guarantees safety and peace of mind.,property crimes in 2015 alone resulted in $14.3 billion worth of losses.
In this article, we’ll go over a few factors you should keep in mind before picking a private storage vault. 

Understanding Your Options

You have three options when it comes to storing your physical precious metals – keep them at home in a secure place, use a bank’s safety deposit box, or pay a private third-party storage company. 

At Your Home

Needless to say, the riskiest option is to store it in your home because if you lose or misplace it, it’s gone. Bullion isn’t like a stock certificate where you just pay an administrative fee and have your shares replaced. 
The main reason for people storing precious metals in the home is because it gives the owner a sense of security. However, the reality is that this method is fraught with all sorts of problems. For example, if anyone finds out you have precious metals in the house you could become a huge target for burglary. You might think to yourself – I can hide them somewhere no one will ever find them, but that just opens you up to the possibility of violence to extract the information from you. Not a pretty thought.

At The Bank

The second option is to store your precious metals inside a bank’s safety deposit box. This option—despite its drawbacks—is definitely better than the first one. 

For one, the boxes are relatively inexpensive and cost anywhere around $100–$300 a year depending on the size of the box and the insurance involved. Although the chances of the bank being robbed and your safety deposit box being penetrated, it is greatly reduced over storing precious metals in your home. The problem lies in the government’s ability to seize your assets anytime they see fit. They do not even need to charge you with a crime. There are thousands of examples of governments not respecting private property laws and taking money for themselves. 

The last option is to store your bullion in a reputable, private storage vault. Investors with large holdings who want to spread their assets across numerous countries and leverage lax government regulations benefit the most from this option.
With that being said, not all countries that have private vault’s have the same anonymity and private property laws and not all vault companies offer the same quality of services. 
The following is a list of considerations you should keep in mind before picking a storage vault.

Security

Independent and international depositories, especially those found in countries with a stable government, guarantee the highest level of safety for your assets. That’s because governments are sometimes known to outlaw the possession of gold bullion and seize millions of dollars’ worth of assets. 
Also, the storage vault company must be able to protect their clients’ assets using the latest technology including constant surveillance, state-of-the-art vault storage, seismic sensors, bio metric access, etc. Features such as these prove that the company is reliable and can properly secure your precious metals.
When it comes to transferring assets, the company should also be able to provide armored vehicles with additional security personnel. 

Insurance And Auditing

Ensure that the private vault company extends adequate insurance policies and carries out routine audits on all its clients’ assets in the case of open storage. Even if the company operates in a stable environment, you can never be too sure and comprehensive insurance policies protect your possessions from theft, damage, physical loss, and natural disasters. 
The best private vault storage companies are associated with renowned insurance providers such as bullion vault or Bullionstar who will work with you if something unforeseen happens. Boutique insurance will differ greatly from place to place. In the case of insuring a safety deposit box make sure to check the amount you are insured to carry in each box. For example, the specific box size you choose is insured up to $500,000 AUD, if you store $1,000,000 AUD in it and something happens insurance will only cover you for the first $500,000 and there will be no recourse for the remaining $500,000 of loss. 
There are two simple workarounds in a situation like this, first, pay for additional insurance to cover the needed amount, the vault company should be able to assist you with this request. And the second easy workaround is to rent two boxes, each covering the contents in full.

Complete Segregation And Allocation Of Assets

Complete allocation means that your bullion is physically present at the stated location i.e. your private storage vault and not owned or placed anywhere else. For example, if you store a 1kg bar of gold in an open vault the serial number of that gold is assigned to you and you alone, there is no fractional ownership and they can not repay you with another 1kg bar of gold with a different serial number.
Complete segregation means that your vault isn’t shared with others or other assets and that your bullion are safeguarded under your name and control and not represented by a mere certificate.
Another feature to look out for in a wealth management company is the ability to quickly withdraw your assets. Such a feature proves invaluable in case you wish to post collateral for a loan or to avoid tax consequences that arise from selling a commodity.

To find out who we use to store our precious metals, you can read more about them HEHereRE

Queen proof coin available at the royal mint UK

Queen are set to become the first band ever to be celebrated with an official commemorative UK coin collection from the Royal Mint.
The first in The Royal Mint’s new ‘Music Legends’ collection, Queen’s coin is available to buy in a variety of different Gold proof, Silver proof, and Brilliant Uncirculated versions, ranging from a £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin costing £13 to a One Ounce Gold Proof Coin that will set you back a whopping £2,020. 
Additionally, the Brilliant Uncirculated coin will be available in limited numbers in three exclusive packs which includes a poster and will only be available to purchase from The Royal Mint.
The design of the coin pays tribute to all four members of Queen and features Freddie Mercury’s microphone and Bechstein grand piano, Brian May’s ‘Red Special’ guitar, Roger Taylor’s Ludwig bass drum and John Deacon’s Fender Precision Bass. The coin is completed by Queen’s iconic logo. 
On the other side of the coin, of course, is the Queen herself. 
The One Ounce Gold Proof Coin costing £2,020
Enthusing about Queen’s coin, Brian May says: “This is a big ‘Who could have imagined it?’ moment for us. When we began as Queen, even the first rung of the ladder to recognition seemed remote and unreachable. To have our band recognised and our music celebrated in this way is very touching - a real honour.”
Roger Taylor adds: “Marvellous, all this fuss over our band. I feel entirely spent.”
Queen will be celebrated with the launch of a commemorative coin collection; the first time a band has appeared on a UK coin!
Overseen by @DrBrianMay & Roger Taylor @officialRMT discover the official Queen UK commemorative coin at http://www.royalmint.com 

607 people are talking about this
Nicola Howell, Chief Commercial Officer at The Royal Mint, comments: “Queen were one of the most influential bands of their generation, and their timeless classics are still enjoyed by millions of fans around the world. That’s why we’re so pleased to be honouring their great contribution to British music with their very own coin, which will be the first time a British band has been celebrated on UK coinage. British music is one of our greatest contributions to culture around the world, and its musicians like Queen who are at the forefront of this. We’re looking forward to announcing other coins in our new ‘Music Legends’ collection later this year, marking the work of other exceptional British musicians.”
Chris Facey, designer of the Queen coin, says: “My first memory of Queen was hearing Bohemian Rhapsody in the film Wayne’s World, and I’ve been a big fan ever since. It’s therefore such an honour to be asked to commemorate such an extraordinary band on a UK coin, and even more exciting as it’s the first coin I’ve designed. All four members of Queen were vital for their bravery in the music they created and the boundaries they pushed, and I hope that fans will enjoy seeing each of their contributions paid tribute to on this coin.”
Available to order from ukcoin from today, the different coins in the collection are as follows: 

- £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover one - £13
- £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover two - £15
- £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover three - £15
- £5 Brilliant uncirculated coin cover four - £15
- Half Ounce Silver Proof Coin- £60
- One Ounce Silver Proof Coin - £90
- Quarter-Ounce Gold Proof Coin - £510
- One Ounce Gold Proof Coin - £2,020

answering your questions #JAN2020

So I recently had a reader email me with the following question

 "dear silver lunar I want to have lots of gold and silver bullion incase of an emergency (You know what they are). But my missus doesnt like me having too much of either maybe about an oz of gold at any given time. And about 5oz of silver. I was wondering whether you had any tios to help me buy more of both. Kind regards enthusiastic reader"

Well from me at silver lunar I would say to you is suck it up And listen to her.

But from me as an avid collector of silver and gold i Would say go online here innus-store.com.au and buy some beauty products with your order of gold or silver. So when the parcel gets opened in front of your missus or mister, you can give them something with your order. 

This works both ways you like makeup and your partner likes gold and silver. Buy yourself a whole range of makeup and them a few coins. Reverse it and you like gold and silver buy yourself some gold and silver and your partner some makeup. 

I'm not saying this is a surefire way to dodge the gauntlet but it definitely eases the blows considerably.

Heres The innus-store.com.au link again. Have a great day. To all our readers. In the dog house or not 

The Simpson's collection - modern Americana

The perth mint is getting ready to release their latest Simpson's themed coin. All the Simpson's themed coins from perth mint are limited to 5000 each.

   - Krusty

That's right kids if you act fast enough you could be 1 of 5000 people to own such a coin. This isnt the first coin in the srries though and its not going to be the last. 

Continue reading for the complete series list and dicriptions.

First off it's the donut 1oz silver


This coin has the centre stamped out for a true "donut" design - Holey dollar anyone?
The reverse shows homers pink frosted sprinkle donut. The obverse depicts the Ian rank-broadley effigy of her majesty queen Elizabeth the 2nd.

Next up is homer simpson 1oz silver


The coin's reverse portrays the word "D'OH!" above Homer in his iconic catchphrase pose. A half-eaten glazed donut with sprinkles, Homer's favourite treat, replaces the letter O in D'OH. Also included in the design is The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark, Matt Groening's signature, and a background of sprinkles from Homer's famous donut.

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2019 year-date, the coin's weight and fineness and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin's obverse.

The family coin 2oz silver


The coin's reverse portrays a coloured image of the Simpsons with their pet greyhound, Santa's Little Helper, and their pet Cat, Snowball II. Included in the design is the family home at 742 Evergreen Terrace, Matt Groening's signature and The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark.

The coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2019 year-date, the weight and fineness and the monetary denomination.

Homer Simpson 1oz Silver

The coin's reverse portrays a coloured image of Homer Simpson in front of Moe's tavern. Included in the design is Matt Groening's signature and The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark.

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2019 year-date, the coin's weight and fineness and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin's obverse.

Bart Simpson 1oz silver




The coin's reverse portrays a coloured image Bart Simpson against a backdrop of Springfield's local convenience store, the Kwik-E-Mart. Included in the design is The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark and Matt Groening's signature.

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2019 year-date, the coin's weight and fineness and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin's obverse.

Marge Simpson 1oz silver




The coin's reverse portrays a coloured image of Marge Simpson smiling in front of the kitchen in the Simpson home. Included in the design is The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark and Matt Groening's signature.

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2019 year-date, the coin's weight and fineness and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin's obverse.

Duff beer 1oz silver




The coin's reverse portrays a coloured image of a Duff beer can, Homer Simpson's drink of choice and the most popular beer in Springfield. Included in the design is Matt Groening's signature and The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark.

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2019 year-date, the coin's weight and fineness, and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin's obverse.

Homer Simpson 1oz gold




This gold coin portrays the word "D'OH!" above Homer in his iconic catchphrase pose. A half-eaten glazed donut with sprinkles, Homer's favourite treat, replaces the letter O in D'OH. Also included in the design is The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark, Matt Groening's signature, and a background of sprinkles from Homer's famous donut.

The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2020 year-date, the coin's weight and fineness and the monetary denomination are depicted on the coin's obverse.

Lisa Simpson1oz silver




This silver coin portrays a coloured image of Lisa Simpson happily holding a stack of books in front of Springfield Elementary School. Included in the design is The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark and Matt Groening's signature.

The coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, the weight and fineness, and the 2019 year-date.

Maggie Simpson 1oz silver.




This silver coin portrays a coloured image of Maggie Simpson sleeping on the floor of the family living room with the Simpsons' pets, Santa's Little Helper and Snowball II. Included in the design is The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark and Matt Groening's signature.

The coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, the weight and fineness, and the 2019 year-date.

Homer Simpson 1/2oz silver




The coin's reverse portrays a coloured image of Homer Simpson smiling in front of his workplace, a nuclear plant, as it expels smoke in the background. The design incorporates The Perth Mint’s 'P' mintmark and Matt Groening's signature.

The coin's obverse depicts the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination, the weight and fineness, and the 2020 year-date.

If you feels as if you've missed out on obtaining these coins head over here. This website usually has a few of them for sale below premium innus-store.com.au

Thursday, January 23, 2020

backyard tricks to calibrate your scales

I was in a quite a bit of bother the other day. If you can believe it my scales where telling me my 2oz silver rabbit was 69.97 grams. I immediately thought it must be fake. So I double checked everything about the coin. But alas nothing was different in the stock photos, and the magnet test was all good. 

I then went to the tap test. It sounded good. So I was a bit at a loss at this moment. Then I thought about calibrating my scales. Mind you after about three hours of head scratching. So I went to track down my check weights. But typically nothing showed up.

So I put my mind to it and thought about what could equal 100g. Immediately it was 100ml of water With our the vessel but that was too hairbrained. So I thought what could be the same weight to add up to 100g.

 Then it came to me. MY coins where all equal weight, size and density. That's it. So I googled all the different weights and added them together but nothing from either; the pre decimal circulation or the decimal circulation gelled. 

But it was a combination of both that worked. It ended up being;

20 x australian three pence coins at 1.4g ea And, 

8 x australian 1 dollar coins at 9g ea.

I was just lucky enough to own lost of circulated coins. 
This adds up to a grand total of 100g With a plausible error of 0.1g

Now I'm not saying throw away your check weights. What I'm saying is use it in an emergency. 

I hope this helps. 

2020 lunar year of the rat

The perth mint has recently brought out their new series 3 lunar coins. And you guessed it it's starts all over again with the rat. But things are a little different this time around. Read on to learn more.

This year's (although at time of writing it's still the Chinese year of the pig) year of the rat coin bot only comes in the usual gold and silver but also .9995 platinum, these new platinum coins are limited to only 5000. That's a considerable difference between the 300,000 silver and 30,000 gold, thats a ratio of 1 to 60 and 1 to 6 respectively. 

The series 3 coins return to the traditional Chinese depictions similar to the series 1 coins 21 years ago now.* The lunar rat has the always top notch minting that goes on in their furnaces. As well as the continued montage limits and beautiful designs for which perth mint is worldly renowned for.

The traditionalistic design for the lunar Rat is of two mice foraging on corn husks on the reverse (drawn by Chinese artist Ing Ing Jong), as well as a special security feature - A micro-laser engraved letter. On the obverse is the brand new effigy of her majesty queen Elizabeth the 2nd by Jody clark.

The silver coin comes in the ever popular 1oz size with a montage of 300,000 that always sells out faster than a Bunnings BBQ. If you're too late to get the 1oz coin there's always the option to get the 1/2 oz, 2oz, 5oz, 1Kg and the 10Kg. 

The gold coin, also drawn by Ing Ing Jong, depicts a rat among stalks of wheat. it's  issued in 1oz that's limited to 30,000, there's also 1/20oz, 1/10oz, 1/4oz, 1/2oz, 2oz and 10oz. Both the gold and silver coins are struck to perth mints highest standard .9999.


The platinum coin only comes in the 1oz at 9995 purity, although this coin is not as refined it is just as beautiful. 

an added bonus for those who purchase this from perth mint, is the issued black geometric clear lid, cases that come with the sale, in my opinion it would look great on a shelf.


If you're spewing that you've missed out on a coin in your collection or you're looking to start, head on over to this website innus-store.com.au to find things below premium.

* series 1 started part way through the lunar cycle. So series 1 and 2 overlapped by a few years.