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

2006 - Present





In 2006, the Perth Mint added another bullion coin to the Australian Lunar Silver Coin series, a 10 kilogram silver bullion coin, which became the largest coin in the silver series.

Since the gold and silver lunar series bullion coins were released, they have become one of the most popular modern investment coins.









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




Series I : Obverse

The obverse displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

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

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

The words "AUSTRALIA" and the face value of "300 DOLLARS" are also displayed inside the outer perimeter of the silver bullion coin.

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








Series I : Reverse

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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.'

The silver bullion coin's weight "10 KILO" and purity "999 SILVER" is inscribed directly below the lunar animal.

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.

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












Series II : Obverse

The centerpiece, on the obverse side, of all Australian bullion coins is Queen Elizabeth the II.

The profile 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 "10 KG" and the coin's silver purity of "9999 Ag."

The coin's Year of Issue and its face value of "300 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the silver bullion 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 side's centerpiece of the Series II - 2018 10 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin is the Lunar Dog.

The 2018 coin depicts a German Shepherd dog and pup lying in the grass in front of Chinese peony flowers.

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The Chinese symbol inscribed inside the design of the Silver Dog 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 directly below the German Shepards are the words "Year of the Dog."

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









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)









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




Series I:.................2006 - 2007

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

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

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

Face Value:...........$300 AUD

Silver Content:.......10 troy kilo.

Total Weight:.........321.510 t oz. / 10,001.00 grams

Purity:...................99.90% / .999 (2006 - 2017)

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

Diameter:..............221.00mm

Thickness:.............34.81mm

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
10 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver 
Bullion Coin




Series I


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



2006......78..........1,000...........Dog


2007......105........1,000...........Pig



Series II


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


2008......35..........1,000...........Mouse


2009......46..........1,000...........Ox


2010......173.........500.............Tiger


2011......173.........500.............Rabbit


2012......234.........500.............Dragon


2013......200.........200.............Snake


2014......194.........200.............Horse


2015......150.........150.............Goat


2016.......150........150.............Monkey


2017.......0...........100.............Rooster


2018.......0...........100.............Dog


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





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