10 oz. 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 release of the gold and silver lunar series bullion coins, they have become one of the most popular modern investment coins.







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


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Series I : Obverse

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The obverse side of the 10oz. silver lunar coin displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II, inscribed by designer Ian Rank-Broadley.

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

The words "ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" and the coin's face value of "10 DOLLARS" is displayed inside the outer perimeter of the bullion coin.

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 I : Reverse

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The reverse of the 10 oz. silver bullion coin shows an image of the animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year.

Inside the design, on one side of the lunar animal is the 'Year of Issue' and on the other side is the Chinese Symbol that represents it.

The reverse side also displays the bullion coin's weight "10 OZ" and purity "999 SILVER."

Series I - silver lunar bullion coins do not have a Mint Mark.

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












Series II : Obverse

The Obverse side of the 10 oz. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin has had some additional information added to it, from the previous series.

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

The design of the Queen was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initial's "IRB" is 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 "10 OZ" and the coin's silver purity of "9999 Ag."

The coin's Year of Issue and face value of "10 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 center piece of the reverse side of the 2018, 10 oz. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin, is the Lunar Dog.

The reverse of each 2018 silver lunar coin depicts a German Shepherd dog and pup lying in grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background.

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

Displayed 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.

Across the bottom of the 2018 coin are the words "Year of the Dog"

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

Both the Series I & II silver bullion coins have Reeded Edges

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













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)










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




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

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

IRA Approved:.......Yes

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

Face Value:...........$10 AUD

Silver Content:......10 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:........311.066 grams

Purity:..................99.90% / .999 (1999 - 2017)

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

Diameter:.............85.60 mm

Thickness:.............7.22 mm

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 oz. Australian Lunar Silver 
Bullion Coin




Series I


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


1999.....2,486......Rabbit


2000.....7,926......Dragon


2001.....3,962......Snake


2002.....5,537......Horse


2003.....6,974......Goat


2004.....6,735......Monkey


2005.....2,775......Rooster


2006.....2,813......Dog


2007.....3,061......Pig



Series II


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


2008....3,718......unlimited........Mouse


2009....9,020......unlimited........Ox


2010....16,727....unlimited........Tiger


2011....12,563....unlimited........Rabbit


2012....47,390....unlimited........Dragon


2013....28,213....unlimited........Snake


2014....29,983....unlimited........Horse


2015....26,932....unlimited........Goat


2016....12,185....unlimited.......Monkey


2017....14,019....unlimited.......Rooster


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


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





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