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

1999 - Present

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 sale price due to the polished look of the silver lunar bullion coins and the coin's yearly limited mintage.

The 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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2 oz. Silver Lunar

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

Series I : Obverse

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" is 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 - Obverse Coin photo provided courtesy of The Coin page

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.

The reverse side of the Series I silver lunar bullion coin also displays the weight of "2OZ" and purity of the silver contained within the coin of "999 SILVER" and its "Year of Issue."

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." It was the only Series I silver lunar coin with a Mint Mark.

Series I - Reverse coin photo provided courtesy of The Coin Page

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" 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 of "2 OZ" and the coin's silver purity of "9999 Ag."

"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.

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 each 2018 Australian Silver Lunar bullion coin depicts a German Shepherd dog and pup lying 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.

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 lunar silver 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;
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.

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)

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 (1999 - 2017)

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

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

Thickness:..............3.42 mm

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

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


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