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





In 1999, The Perth Mint introduced the Australian Lunar Silver Coin - Bullion Series I.

Since the silver bullion coin's release, the Series I and more recently, the Series II silver Lunar bullion coins have become one of the most popular, modern investment coins.




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


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Series I : Obverse

one kilo silver lunar

The obverse side of the Series I, one kilogram, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.

The design was created by Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

The Queen's name "ELIZABETH II" is inscribed along the outer perimeter of the silver bullion coin.

"AUSTRALIA" and the coin's Face Value of "30 DOLLARS" are also displayed along the outer perimeter of the silver bullion coin.








Series I : Reverse

silver lunar rev

The reverse of the 1 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver Coin shows an image of the Lunar Animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year.

The symbol to the left of the animal is the Chinese symbol representation for that animal.

Located below the Lunar Animal, on the reverse side, is the silver bullion coin's weight of "1 KILO" and purity of " 999 SILVER." 

The silver coin's "Year of Issue" is inscribed to the right of the Lunar Animal.

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.

The Australian Lunar Silver Coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, which means the coin is guaranteed by the Government of Australia.

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Series II : Obverse


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

The design of the Queen was created by Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

Her name "ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" is inscribed along the top half of the bullion coin.

Along the bottom of the silver bullion coin is the coin's weight of "1KG" and purity of "999 SILVER."

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "30 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the silver lunar coin.








Series II : Reverse


silver lunar snake

The Chinese Lunar Animal on the reverse side of the Series II - 2016, 1 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin, is the Lunar Monkey.

Inscribed inside the design of the Lunar bullion coin is the Chinese symbol that represents the Lunar animal.

Displayed directly below the Monkey are the words "Year of the Monkey."

Series I & II Australian Silver Lunar bullion coins have Reeded Edges.

The Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint, is located at the far left (in the first person point of view) of the 1 kilo. Lunar Series II silver bullion coin.













A Very Brief History of the
Chinese Calendar




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

The Chinese calendar is based on a twelve-year cycle of astronomical observations of the sun and the phases of the moon.

Each year in that twelve-year cycle has an animal sign.

The Chinese believe each animal has a profound influence on those born under the year of its rule.








1 kilo. Lunar Silver Series I & II
Coin Information:




Series I:................1999 - 2007

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

IRA Approved:.......Yes

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

Face Value:...........$30 AUD

Silver Content:......1 troy kilo.

Total Weight:........2.2 lbs / 32.151 troy oz. / 1001.002 grams

Purity:..................99.90% / .999

Diameter:.............100.600mm

Thickness:............14.60mm

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

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

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










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




Series I


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


1999.....1,983......Rabbit


2000.....7,805......Dragon


2001.....3,013......Snake


2002.....4,338......Horse


2003.....6,931......Goat


2004.....5,095......Monkey


2005.....3,818......Rooster


2006.....4,145......Dog


2007.....4,838......Pig


2008.....3,344......Mouse


2009.....1,877......Ox


2010.....1,888......Tiger



Series II


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


2008....10,130......unlimited.........Mouse


2009....17,157......unlimited.........Ox


2010....35,226......unlimited.........Tiger


2011....47,029......unlimited.........Rabbit


2012....54,590......unlimited.........Dragon


2013....31,933......unlimited.........Snake


2014....38,681......unlimited.........Horse


2015....25,332......unlimited.........Goat


2016....20,446......unlimited.........Monkey


2017....8,989.......unlimited.........Rooster


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






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