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







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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Design of the
1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold
Series I & II - Bullion Coin


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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" are 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 : Reverse

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

The Chinese Symbol featured on the gold lunar coin is the animal's Chinese symbol.

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

The gold bullion coin's "Year of Issue" is inscribed to the right of the lunar animal. (in the first person point of view)

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.

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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.

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Series II : Reverse

gold lunar edge

The reverse side of the Australian Lunar Gold series II bullion coin has the same design for each gold coin, for each individual year.

The center piece of the 2016 Series II lunar gold bullion coin is the Lunar Monkey.

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 coin are the words "Year of the Monkey."

To the right (in the first person point of view) of the Lunar Monkey is the Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint,

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













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.





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1/2 oz. Silver Lunar Series I & II
Coin Information:




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:..............2.50mm

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.......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.......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


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






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