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

1999 - Present





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
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Series I : Obverse

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 - Obverse Coin photo provided courtesy of the Coin Page










Series I : Reverse

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

silver lunar rev

On one side of the silver lunar animal is the Chinese Symbol that represents it, and on the other side of the animal is the coin's 'Year of Issue.'

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 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


Like the Series I, bullion coin, the centerpiece on the obverse side of the Series II Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin 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 the coin's silver purity of "9999 Ag."

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

Note: 2018 is the first year the Silver Lunar Bullion Coins have the purity of .9999 silver.

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










Series II : Reverse


The reverse of the 2018's Series II Silver Lunar Bullion coin displays a German Shepherd dog and puppy lying down in the grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background.

silver lunar snake

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

Inscribed in the lowest cluster of Chinese peony flowers, above the larger German Shepard's tail, are the letters 'IJ,' they are the initial's 'Ing Ing Jong,' the designer of the 2018 Lunar Silver bullion coin's reverse side.

Displayed across the bottom of the coin is "Year of the Dog"

The "P" on the reverse side is the Mint Mark for The Perth Mint.

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

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













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.




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)








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 (1999 - 2017)

Purity:..................99.99% / .9999 (2018 - Present)

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

Thickness:............16.80mm

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......Lunar 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......Lunar 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


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


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






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