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1 kilo. Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Coin Series I & II

2000 - Present

In 2000, four years after The Perth Mint started to mint the Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Series of Coins, the mint added 3 more gold bullion coins to their popular bullion series.

That year, they introduced the 2 oz., 10 oz., and 1 kilo. Gold bullion coins, for investors.

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Design & Photos Series I
1 kilo. Gold Lunar

Design & Photos Series II
1 kilo. Gold Lunar

Chinese Calendar

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Gold Lunar Bullion Coins

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Design of the
1 kilo. Australian Lunar Gold
Series I & II - Bullion Coin

Series I : Obverse

The obverse side on all modern Australian Bullion Coins display the profile of her Queen Elizabeth II.

"ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" is displayed inside the outer perimeter of the gold bullion coin.

"ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" is displayed inside the outer perimeter of the gold bullion coin.

Displayed at the bottom of the 1-kilogram gold coin is its legal tender Face Value of "3000 DOLLARS"

The Lunar Series coins are minted as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, this makes the gold bullion coin guaranteed by the Government of Australia.


Due to the fact that this guide was unable to obtain an actual obverse photo of this coin, the photo above was provided by Dreamstime. 

The effigy in the coin photo above was designed by Raphael David Maklouf, it is an older effigy design, however, the effigy that should be on the coin was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

To see Ian-Rank Broadley's design visit scroll down to see the Series II Gold Lunar Coin or visit any of the other Australian coin pages on this guide; here.

Series I - Obverse Coin photo provided courtesy of Dreamstime

Series I : Reverse

The reverse of the Australian Lunar Gold bullion coin displays an image of the lunar animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year.

The Chinese Symbol found behind the Lunar Calendar Animal is the symbol representation for the animal.

gold lunar rev

Displayed below the Lunar Animal is the gold bullion coin's weight "1 KILO" and purity of "9999 GOLD."

The Year of Issue is located to the right of the lunar animal. 

Series I - Reverse Coin photo provided courtesy of the Coin Page

Series II : Obverse

The center piece of the obverse side on all Australian bullion coins is the profile of Queen Elizabeth the II.

The design of the Queen on the Australian Lunar Gold bullion coin was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

The Queen's name "ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" are inscribed along the top half of the gold bullion coin.

Along the bottom of the gold coin is the coin's weight of "1KG" and purity of "9999 GOLD."

The coin's Year of Issue and Face Value of "3000 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the Series II gold lunar coin.

Obverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint

Series II : Reverse

The centerpiece of 2018's Series II lunar gold bullion coin's reverse side is a Labrador Retriever standing on rocks along with a stylized pine tree in the background.

2018 - 1oz. Australian Gold Lunar Dog - Reverse

Inscribed near the Lunar Dog's head is the Chinese symbol that represents the lunar calendar animal.

Along the bottom of the gold bullion coin are the words "Year of the Dog."

The Edge on both of the Series I & II gold coins is Reeded.

Next to the raised right paw of the Lunar Dog are the letters 'IJ' they are the initial's 'Ing Ing Jong,' the designer of the 2018 Lunar Gold bullion coin's reverse side.

The "P" inscribed on the bullion coin is the 'Mint Mark' for The Perth Mint.

Reverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint

The Chinese Calendar,
Brief History

In 2637 B.C., a Chinese Emperor named Huangdi invented the Chinese Calendar.

The Lunar Calendar is steeped in tradition, based on the appearance of the new moon, the calendar associates a different animal with each year in the 12-year cycle.

Those who follow the Chinese Calendar believe each animal has a profound influence a person's characteristics to those born under the year of its rule.

2018 - Year of the Dog

The birth years for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018.

Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal,
amiable, kind and friendly.   (The Perth Mint)

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Coin Information:
1 kilo. Lunar Series I & II

Series I:................2000 - 2007

Series II:...............2008 - Present

IRA Approved:.......Yes

Coin Grade:...........Uncirculated

Face Value:...........$3,000 AUD

Gold Content:........1 troy kilo.

Total Weight:........1000.100 grams / 32.15 troy oz.

Purity:..................99.99% / .9999

Karat:...................24 karat



Mint Mark:.............Series I - No / Series II - Yes ("P" = Perth Mint)

Designer:..............Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse)


Mintage Figures for the
Series I & II
1 kilo. Australian Lunar Gold
Bullion Coin

Series I

Year.....Sales......Lunar Animal









Series II

Year.....Sales......Mintage.......Lunar Animal












Mintage figures were last updated on 02/17/17, by the Perth Mint

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