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





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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Series I & II - 10 kilo Silver Lunar


Series I

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Chinese Calendar

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


All of the coins on the guide are narrated in the first person point of view; click this link for an explanation.



Series I : Obverse

silver lunar

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 : Reverse

silver lunar series one

The reverse of the 10 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin shows an image of the animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year.

The symbol to the left of the Lunar animal is the Chinese symbol that represents that animal. 

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

The 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, 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 purity of "999 SILVER."

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.








Series II : Reverse

silver lunar

The center piece of the reverse side of the Series II - 2012, 10 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin, is the Lunar Dragon.


The Chinese symbol inscribed inside the design of the Silver Dragon represents the Lunar animal.


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


The Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint, is located at the far left of the 10 kilo. Lunar Series II silver bullion coin.










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.




Year of the Dragon

According to the Chinese Calendar, the Dragon represent the Chinese Emperor, those who fall under this symbol are believed to be natural born leaders.

Individuals who fall under the Lunar Dragon are also expected to be gifted, tenacious, willing, intelligent and generous.

The Chinese calendar is categorized by the whole year, those born in these years; 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012 share the Dragon's characteristics.











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. / 10009.000 grams

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

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

Thickness:.............33.00mm

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

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

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










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




Series I

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


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


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



Series II

Year.....Sales......Mintage.......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.......200.........200..............Goat


2016.......nil...........200..............Monkey


Mintage figures were last updated on 03/14/16, by the Perth Mint





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