1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Coin Series I & II

2004 - Present







In 2004, The Perth Mint added another gold bullion coin to their popular bullion series, the 1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold bullion coin.

The Series I & II gold and silver bullion coins are some of the most highly sought after coins minted today.

Both Series of bullion coins have raised images with proof-like finishes, which often yields a higher premium for the lunar gold coins.







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Series I : Obverse

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The obverse of the 1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Coin - Bullion Series I displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II by designer Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's "IRB" is displayed directly below the Queen's neck.

"ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" are all displayed inside the upper perimeter of the gold bullion coin.

Displayed at the bottom of the gold bullion coin is the coins legal tender, face value of "50 DOLLARS"

Minted as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, makes the gold bullion coin is guaranteed by the Government of Australia.

Series I : Obverse Coin photo Courtesy of the Coin Page








Series I : Reverse

The reverse side of each Series I, Australian Lunar Gold bullion coin shows an image of the Lunar Animal-associated with its Chinese Lunar year.

The reverse side of the 2005 Gold Lunar bullion coin depicts a Rooster crowing as the sun rises behind it.

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On one side of the Lunar Animal is the Chinese Symbol that represents it and on the other is the bullion coins 'Year of Issue.'

Displayed directly below the lunar animal is the coin's weight of "1/2 OZ" and purity of "9999 GOLD."

The Mint Mark of "P" representing the Perth Mint, is not inscribed on the Series I Silver Lunar bullion coins, but it is inscribed on the Series II coins.

Series I : Reverse Coin photo 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 was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

Her 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 "1/2OZ" and purity "9999 GOLD."

The coin's Year of Issue and Face Value of "50 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the Series II coin.

Series II - Obverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint








Series II : Reverse

The center piece of the 2018 Series II Lunar Gold bullion coin is the Lunar Dog.

A Labrador Retriever standing on rocks is depicted on the reverse side of each 2018 gold lunar bullion coin, along with a stylized pine tree in the background.

2018 - 1/2oz. Australian Lunar Gold Dog - Reverse

The Chinese Symbol inscribed on the upper half of the coin's field is the symbol that represents the lunar calendar animal.

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

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.

The edge of both Series I & II bullion coins are Reeded.

Series II - Reverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint













The Chinese Calendar,
a 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.

The Chinese believe each animal has a profound influence on the personality of 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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1/2 oz. Silver Lunar Series I & II
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Series I:.................2004 - 2008

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

IRA Approved:........Yes

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

Face Value:.............$50 AUD

Gold Content:..........1/2 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:..........15.554 grams

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

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

Diameter:...............30.60mm

Thickness:...............1.90mm

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

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

Edge:......................Reeded











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1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Coin 
Bullion Series I & II 
Mintage Figures




Series I


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


2004....4,228......40,000...........Monkey


2005....4,506......40,000...........Rooster


2006....5,767......40,000...........Dog


2007....7,694......40,000...........Pig




Series II


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


2008....3,474......unlimited.........Mouse


2009....5,054......unlimited.........Ox


2010....9,781......unlimited.........Tiger


2011....8,885......unlimited.........Rabbit


2012....19,370....unlimited.........Dragon


2013....14,681....unlimited.........Snake


2014....17,839....unlimited.........Horse


2015....11,961....unlimited.........Goat


2016....11,947....unlimited..........Monkey


2017....7,462.....unlimited..........Rooster


2018....0...........unlimited..........Dog


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