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Buy Bullion Vaulted with The Perth Mint Certificate Program
What Are Perth Mint Certificates?
With no storage fees or fabrication costs on unallocated holdings, The Perth Mint Certificate Program is one of the most cost-effective ways to own precious metals. Anywhere.
The Perth Mint Certificate Program (PMCP) is operated by the Perth Mint of Western Australia and is the only government-guaranteed certificate program in the world.
The Mint is wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia. The PMCP allows UK investors, savers, and pension funds to own investment grade gold and silver.
The Perth Mint is the trading name of Gold Corporation. It is the successor organisation of the Royal Mint’s Perth branch that was founded in 1899. The Perth Mint Certificate Program is fully guaranteed by the Government of Western Australia. The Government has received a AA+ rating from international rating agencies.
GoldCore was appointed as an authorised dealer for PMCP in 2005, and we are one of a select few authorised dealers of The Mint’s certificates, in the world.
We offer Perth Mint Certificates as we believe they offer one of the best ways to own gold and silver cost-effectively and securely.
How Much Do Gold Certificates Cost?
The cost of Unallocated Gold Certificates is based on three factors:
- The Gold Spot Price - This is the price of gold that is available for delivery in two days that is quoted by the Perth Mint. It is based on the global spot price of gold as stated by bullion banks and quoted by market data providers such as Bloomberg and Reuters.
- The Gold Spot Premium - The Gold Spot premium is a percentage charge that is added to the Gold Spot Price. It is offered based on the amount of metal being bought.
- The Certificate Fee: The Certificate Fee is a $50 charge that is added to each order to cover the costs of printing and sending a signed Certificate of ownership to you, the client. Each Certificate is recorded with the client’s name, the Mint's name, details of the holding and is signed by an official of the Mint. It represents a receipt of the gold that is kept in your name.
Please note that there are no storage fees due when you own unallocated gold through the Perth Mint Certificate Program.
You are able to convert your unallocated gold into allocated gold. However, most clients interested in Perth Mint Certificates do not opt for allocated products due to the relatively high cost of storage, instead, they prefer unallocated certificates.
Unallocated certificates have no fabrication charges and no storage charges. However, should you wish to convert to allocated holdings then the following charges will apply:
4. Storage fees: Are 1.00% per annum and incur quarterly charges, calculated daily.
- Storage fees will be invoiced six monthly in arrears on 30 June and 31 December.
- Storage fees are based on the London fix price available at the beginning of each quarter.
- When you buy metal, storage fees will be charged from the value date to the end of the quarter using the London Fix price at the beginning of the quarter.
5. Fabrication fees: these can range from 5% for a coin, which has a high quantum of production costs, to $35 for 1 oz bars. Kilo bars of gold are a $150 flat charge and Perth Mint 1,000 oz Silver Bars are a flat $200.
How to Buy Perth Mint Certificates?
Open an account, upload your identity documents, and application form and when your application is approved you can buy online.
When you buy unallocated gold through the PMCP, The Perth Mint issues a Precious Metal Certificate in your name, detailing the specific number of ounces of gold that you own and that is stored on your behalf in the Mint. PMCP unallocated gold clients have legal title to the gold stored in their unallocated account. Every certificate has a unique certificate number and is akin to a certificate of ownership.
The quantity of gold purchased will depend on the price per ounce of the metal and the amount that you have decided to invest. Perth Mint Certificates are highly liquid and can be sold through GoldCore.
Upon settlement of PMCP buy orders, The Perth Mint will send GoldCore a certificate confirming the quantity of unallocated gold purchased. If you sell part of your PMCP holding, upon settlement, The Perth Mint will send GoldCore a new certificate confirming the quantity of gold remaining.
The unallocated gold is held as an asset on the balance sheet of the Mint, and the gold that has been sold to clients is recorded as a matching balance sheet liability. Therefore, the unallocated accounts are 100% backed by gold and the asset and liability are fully matched. Any credit or insolvency risk is highly unlikely given that The Perth Mint is owned by the Government of Western Australia.
You can convert your unallocated gold at the Mint into allocated gold at any time after paying fabrication and storage charges.
In The Perth Mint Certificate Program, none of the bullion is leased or lent out to the market, short positions are not allowed, and The Perth Mint does not use financial derivatives on its gold. Perth Mint precious metals stored for clients are fully insured under its unique Government Guarantee.
The Perth Mint undertakes full quarterly inventory stocktakes using both internal and external auditors from major accounting firms in Australia. The audits are reviewed by the Auditor General of the State of Western Australia who is answerable to the State Parliament.
What is the History of The Perth Mint?
Gold has played a central role in the history and development of modern Australia. Likewise, The Perth Mint has played a central role in the history and development of Australia’s gold industry.
Australia experienced three main waves of gold rushes in the 1800s. The first two were in the Eastern goldfields of New South Wales and Victoria in the early 1850s and resulted in mass migrations of gold prospectors to Sydney and Melbourne, respectively, and the rapid growth and development of these cities.
The third series of gold rushes occurred in Western Australia towards the end of the 1800s, most significantly at Coolgardie in 1892, and Kalgoorie in 1893. Again, this led to large-scale migrations of miners to the region, and the growth and development of the coastal city of Perth. Coolgardie and Kalgoorie are situated between 550-600 km east of Perth.
During the 1800s, Australia had evolved as a series of colonies under British rule. Like the rest of the British Empire, the Australian colonies used gold sovereign and gold half-sovereigns as circulating currency. Initially, the gold found in New South Wales and Victoria was shipped back to The Royal Mint in London to be converted into sovereigns and then returned to Australia.
When it was realized that local mints would be more cost-effective, The Royal Mint proceeded to open its first branch mint in Sydney in 1855. A second branch mint followed in Melbourne in 1872.
Likewise, following the gold discoveries in Western Australia, The Royal Mint opened its third branch mint in Perth in 1899. Miners from the western goldfields would deposit their gold at The Perth Mint wherein it was minted into gold sovereigns. The sovereigns manufactured in Australia were not purely for domestic use and also circulated as currency through The British Empire as Britain was on a gold standard. Sovereigns produced by each of the three branch mints were differentiated by mint marks on the coins, S for Sydney, M for Melbourne and P for Perth.
In 1931, Britain abandoned “the gold standard”, and so the Australian Mints stopped making gold sovereigns. (The Sydney Mint had closed in 1926). Between 1899 and 1931, The Perth Mint created more than 106 million gold sovereigns and nearly 735,000 half-sovereigns. The Perth Mint then turned to make gold bullion bars and during WWII became involved in the production of Australian coins. Until 1984, the Mint manufactured much of Australia’s conventional coin currency. (The Melbourne mint had closed in 1972).
The Perth Mint stayed under Britain’s jurisdiction until July 1970, after which ownership transferred to the State Government of Western Australia. Then in 1987, the Mint’s parent company Gold Corporation was created by a by a State Act of Parliament.
The Mint was then empowered by the Commonwealth of Australia’s Department of the Treasury to mint and market gold, silver and platinum Australian legal tender coinage for the benefit of investors and collectors.
The Perth Mint is responsible for manufacturing and marketing most of Australia’s legal tender precious metal coins and is one of only a handful of world-renowned mints whose pure gold, silver and platinum legal tender coins are trusted without question. These coins include the world famous Australian Nugget gold coins, Australian Platinum Koala coins, and Australian Silver Kookaburra coins which are sought after by bullion investors worldwide. Overall, The Perth Mint currently produces over 30 minted gold and silver bars and coins in a range of weights and sizes.
The Mint and refinery also provide refining and other services to the gold industry and manufactures many coins related numismatic items for investors and coin collectors.
In 2003, The Perth Mint opened a state-of-the-art 8,400 square meter manufacturing facility in 2003, next door to its original limestone building. Together, these two buildings represent more than 100 years of minting excellence in Western Australia.
How to Store Gold with The Perth Mint Certificate Program?
The Perth Mint Certificate Program (PMCP) offers U.S. investors a unique range of precious metal storage facilities on internationally competitive terms.
When you purchase unallocated gold held at the Perth Mint there is no storage charge. You only pay the quoted metal value at the time of purchase. This means that the unallocated gold certificate program makes gold investing considerably cheaper than gold ETFs and most other forms of gold investments.
Since the Perth Mint is a working refinery and mint, it requires an operating inventory. Instead of borrowing cash or metal to finance this inventory, the Mint created a system of unallocated metal investment where clients with unallocated gold accounts get free metal storage and the Mint may use the customers’ investments to finance its inventory.
In an unallocated gold account, you own an undivided interest in The Perth Mint’s pool of unallocated gold, and you are an owner in common with other unallocated clients. As all the unallocated gold is identical, in other words fungible, the metal is stored in the unsegregated storage. In unallocated gold certificates, there is 100% gold backing.
Perth Mint unallocated gold stored for clients are fully insured under its unique Government Guarantee.
|$ 1,500 - $ 19,949
|$ 19,950 - $ 29,949
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Are Perth Mint Certificates Safe for Investors?
The Perth Mint Certificate Program offers U.S. investors a unique range of precious metal (gold, silver, and platinum) storage facilities at highly competitive rates. The Perth Mint’s facilities are especially suitable for private investors seeking confidentiality and flexibility and a safe haven for their assets.
The Perth Mint is the only depository operating today that can offer U.S. investors a Government Guarantee of one of Australia’s wealthiest states.
Why the Perth Mint Certificate Program?
PMCP enables you to safely trade and store precious metals through The Perth Mint’s exclusive network of authorised distributors. Unlike other investment programs, which run online or through an app, PMCP issues physical Precious Metal Certificates as proof of legal ownership for every trade that you make. In the age of digital assets, such tangibility becomes very powerful, offering you greater protection against cyber risks or technological failure.
Only Government Guaranteed certificate program in the world
Every ounce of metal is fully insured under The Perth Mint’s Government Guarantee, keeping your holdings safe and protected under any and every circumstance.
100% Physically backed
With a global distribution network, you can redeem your allocated metal holdings and have it delivered to your doorstep at any time.
Held to the highest standards, you’ll receive LBMA accredited, investment grade bullion.
Trusted & certified
Each time you make a trade, you’ll receive a unique physical Certificate in your name, detailing your precious metal holdings.
Redemptions can only be made against the physical certificate, providing assurance of the safety of your holdings – legally entitled to you and only you.
No storage fees*
There are no storage fees or fabrication costs for unallocated holdings, making the Perth Mint Certificate Program one of the most cost-effective ways to own precious metals in the world.
The Perth Mint is wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia and has been providing investors with secure vault storage of precious metals along with trading facilities since 1899. Western Australia is rated AA+ by international credit rating agencies.
The bullion bar products of the Gold Corporation group enjoy accreditation from the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), the New York Commodities Exchange (COMEX) and the Tokyo Commodities Exchange (TOCOM).
All PMCP metal is insured at The Perth Mint’s expense by London Insurance syndicates.
- No storage fees for unallocated (unsegregated) precious metals.
- No import or export duties on precious metals in Australia for non-residents.
- An investor can collect precious metals from The Perth Mint or arrange insured delivery to an international location.
- Low minimum purchase requirements. Entry to the Perth Mint Certificate Program requires only a low minimum investment of USD 10,000 (EUR, GBP, JPY, CHF etc. equivalent). Minimum subsequent purchase or sale amounts are USD 5,000 (EUR, GBP, JPY, CHF etc. equivalent).
- No predetermined transaction size, other than the minimum requirements listed above.
- Investors have the option of holding precious metals (Gold, Silver, and Platinum) in either bullion coin or bullion bar form.
- Investors can convert from an unallocated account to an allocated account at any time.
- Certificates can be redeemed, all or in part, at any time.
- Metal can be shipped, insured, to a location of your choice.
- An overseas relationship is with a Government Vault, not a foreign bank.
- Investors have a private client vaulting relationship with The Perth Mint.
- The Perth Mint is operated by the Gold Corporation, a unique diversified Australian precious metals group created by statute in 1987 and wholly owned by the Government of Western Australia.
- The Perth Mint Certificate Program is the only government-guaranteed, precious metal accumulation program in the world.
- Transaction confidentiality is provided for under the Gold Corporation Act 1987 and Perth Mint Certificate Program's administrative procedures.
- The Perth Mint’s records utilize a code number to ensure client confidentiality and security.
- The document is registered to the owner and it is referenced by client name and Certificate number.
Can I Have Allocated Gold and Silver Bars and Coins With The Perth Mint Certificate Program?
Yes, you can. We offer a range of bars and coins to investors who wish to have the added comfort of allocated and segregated storage with a Government owned and controlled mint.
Can I Convert My BullionVault Gold Holdings to Perth Mint Certificates?
Yes, but you must sell your BullionVault holdings and then transfer your proceeds to your new Perth Mint Certificate Account via GoldCore. BullionVault offer an attractive precious metal trading solution in which clients can quickly buy and sell gold and silver online via a web trading platform. In our view, the system is fit for trading online especially when taking short-term positions. We believe though that for those clients who are seeking long-term storage of unallocated gold The Perth Mint Certificates Program may be a better option. GoldCore believe the PMCP is better for the following reasons:
- You will enjoy the guarantee of a Sovereign Government as opposed to a private UK company
- You can transact with, ensure liquidity and competitive pricing with many bullion dealers of your choice as opposed to a single private company and their one website.
- You will have free storage charges for life as opposed to paying charges every year
We are also delighted to offer any clients wishing to transition from BullionVault to Perth Mint Certificates a very special offer.
- You will receive a special reduction in our standard premium from 2.00% to just 0.50%, available on balances that exceed $100,000 or equivalent local currency.
This reduction coupled with the savings in annual storage charges makes this offer very attractive. This offer is for a limited time only, so please act now to avail of it.
How Does Perth Mint Unallocated Gold Certificates Compare to Gold Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs)
Very well. There are many Gold backed Exchange Traded Funds or ETF’s in the market to choose from. They offer exposure to the gold price for very reasonable trading fees, fast execution, and low storage charges. Many investors have concerns over the structure of ETF’s and the level of access investors may have to their gold holdings in the event of a crisis. Some ETF’s are better than others. In our view, short-term trading is suited to ETF’s and digital bullion trading platforms such as GoldMoney and BullionVault. For long-term holdings and permanent positions, we believe that holding physical bars in storage in allocated and segregated form trumps all else. Some platforms allow clients to convert to physical bars, but at a cost.
The reason we believe this is simply down to counterparty risk and the legal proximity an investor will have to the underlying asset in times extremis. We believe that the legal trading structures needed for a provider to give direct market access to an investor have in themselves major systemic drawbacks that directly limit the options to take physical delivery.
Most digital gold platforms only offer, by default, pooled gold investment stakes where ownership is conferred by virtue of a specific measure of weight in a shared bar being attributed to an investor. This makes taking physical delivery impossible without going through a formatting process which can be very expensive, if even available as it is frequently not.
We believe that for long-term minded investors owning individual gold and silver coins and bars segregated from other investors coins and bars, not commingled and on a shelf gathering dust represents the very best and most secure form of precious metal ownership in the world.
What Are the Costs of Allocated Gold With Allocated Perth Mint Certificates?
When you store allocated metal you are choosing to fabricate a bar or coin of metal into a solid identifiable form and record the ownership that physical object in your name. The unit is then stored, guarded and insured and in the case of The Perth Mint, guaranteed by a sovereign state. To store gold in unallocated form the cost is 1.00% per annum. To store silver in allocated form the cost is 1.90%. As such most clients choose unallocated storage instead of allocated when buying Perth Mint Certificates.
What Are The Costs of Storing Unallocated Gold With Perth Mint Certificates?
There is no cost and it is free. When you store allocated gold and silver bullion, you are choosing to own a specific weight of bullion that is stored with the mint directly. It does not have a specific form as it is part of the working inventory of metal used by Perth Mint in its operations. The metal is utilized, guarded and insured and in the case of The Perth Mint, guaranteed by a sovereign state. When an investor buys and holds gold the largest component of cost is typically not the buy premium but the actual holding costs. With unallocated Perth Mint Certificates, there are no annual storage costs. So in our view, this makes them the lowest cost gold investment option in the world.