2 oz. Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin Series I & II





In 1999, three years after the successful release of the Gold Lunar Bullion Coin, the Perth Mint introduced the Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin.

The Australian lunar series of bullion coins often have higher premiums added to their sell price due to the polished look of the silver lunar bullion coins and the coin's yearly limited mintage.

The shiny proof look to the bullion coins can cause some bullion investors to mistake the bullion coins for collector's proof coins.





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Series I & II - 2 oz. Silver Lunar


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


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Series I : Obverse

two oz silver lunar

The obverse side of the Australian Lunar 2 oz. silver bullion coin displays the profile of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

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

The words "ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" and "2 DOLLARS" are inscribed inside the outer perimeter of dots on the Series I silver bullion coin.

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








Series I : Reverse

silver lunar series one

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

The Chinese Symbol found above the lunar animal, on the Series I bullion coin, is the symbol representation for that animal.

This side also displays the weight of "2OZ" and purity of the silver contained within the coin 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.

Note: The Lunar Series I, Year of the Rabbit bullion coin issued in 1999 displayed a special ‘P100’ mint mark. It represents The Perth Mint's "100th Anniversary."

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Series II : Obverse

As with all Australian bullion coins, the obverse side features Queen Elizabeth the II, designed 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 "2 OZ" and purity of "999 SILVER.

"The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "2 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the silver bullion coin.








Series II : Reverse

silver lunar snake

The reverse side of the series 2, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin has a universal design for each different sized coin, for a specific year.

The center piece of the reverse side of the 2016 - 2oz. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin, is the Lunar Monkey.

Inscribed inside the field of the silver coin, above the Monkey, is the Chinese symbol that represents the lunar calendar animal.

Displayed along the bottom of the silver bullion coin are the words "Year of the Monkey."

The Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint, is located to the far left of the Lunar Monkey.

The edge of the Series I and II, 2 oz. silver bullion coins is Reeded.

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The Chinese Calendar, a Brief History

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

The calendar is based on the appearance of the new moon, the calendar associates a different animal with each year, in the 12 year cycle.

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











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


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

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

IRA Approved:.......Yes

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

Face Value:...........$2 AUD

Silver Content:.......2 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:.........62.270 grams

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

Diameter:..............55.60mm

Thickness:.............3.60mm

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

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

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










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2 oz. Australian Lunar Silver Coin -
Bullion Series I & II
Mintage Figures




Series I

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

1999....12,869......Rabbit

2000....29,110......Dragon

2001....14,062......Snake

2002....19,359......Horse

2003....20,466......Goat

2004....18,124......Monkey

2005....16,292......Rooster

2006....17,106......Dog

2007....14,180......Pig

2008....7,221.......Mouse

2009....6,465.......Ox

2010....6,520.......Tiger



Series II

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

2008.....9,126.....unlimited........Mouse

2009....18,570....unlimited.........Ox

2010....63,005....unlimited.........Tiger

2011....99,494....unlimited.........Rabbit

2012....118,738..unlimited.........Dragon

2013....56,133....unlimited.........Snake

2014....112,801..unlimited.........Horse

2015....61,843....unlimited.........Goat

2016....10,414....unlimited.........Monkey

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




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