The animal spirits, literally and figuratively, may be returning to the gold market.
Koalas, kangaroos and kookaburras look set to drive sales of Perth Mint's limited edition bullion coins which are emblazoned with the iconic Australian wildlife. The coins underscore physical demand for gold that's expected to remain robust despite fears of a wind-down in asset purchases by the U.S. Federal Reserve as soon as this month, which may trigger another wave of selling in the precious metals market.
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Initial orders for Perth Mint's 2014 Bullion Coin Program have been strong, with 30,000 one-ounce gold coins and 300,000 one-ounce silver coins booked in advance before the official sale this month, Sales and Marketing Director, Ron Currie told CNBC after returning from Frankfurt where the Mint released the latest designs last month to an audience of financiers and investors.