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





In 2004, The Perth Mint added two silver bullion coins to the Lunar Series, the coins were the $15 Dollars (1/2kg.) and the $8.00 Dollar (5 oz.) bullion coins.

The 1/2 kilogram silver bullion coin was discontinued in 2011, however the Perth Mint still produces the 5oz. Silver Lunar 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 coins and the coin's yearly limited mintage.

Since the silver lunar coin's release, the Series I and more recently the Series II Lunar bullion coins have become one of the most popular modern silver investment coins.





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Design of the
5 oz. 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

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The obverse side of the Australian Lunar 5 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 "8 DOLLARS" are 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.

(Note: the coins on every page are narrated in the first person point of view)








Series I : Reverse

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The reverse of the 5 oz. silver bullion coin shows an image of the animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year.

The Chinese Symbol to the left of the animal is the symbol representation for that animal.  (coin is narrated in the first person point of view).

The reverse side of the Series I, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin  displays the weight "5 OZ" and purity of the coin "999 SILVER" below the Lunar Animal.

The coin's "Year of Issue" is located 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 is inscribed on the Series II coins. (shown below)

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Series II : Obverse

The Obverse side of the 5 oz. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin has had some additional information added to it, from the previous series.

The center piece of the obverse side on all Australian bullion coins is the profile of Queen Elizabeth the II.

The design 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" are inscribed along the top half of the bullion coin.

Along the bottom half of the silver bullion coin is the coin's weight of "5OZ" and purity of "999 SILVER."

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "8 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the silver bullion coin.

(Note: the coins on every page are narrated in the first person point of view)








Series II : Reverse

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The center piece of the reverse side of the 2016 - 5 oz. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin, is the Lunar Monkey.


The Chinese symbol inscribed above of the lunar animal is the symbol that represents the Lunar Monkey.


Directly below the Lunar Animal's design are the words "Year of the Monkey."


The Edge on both the Series I & II Australian Silver Lunar Bullion Coins are Reeded.

The Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint, is located at the far left (in the first person point of view) of the 5 oz. Lunar Series II silver bullion coin.










The Chinese Calendar, a Brief History

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.











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


Series I:................2004 - 2007

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

IRA Approved:.......Yes

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

Face Value:...........$8 AUD (Series I; 2004 - 2007)

Face Value:...........$5 AUD (Series II; 2008 - Present)

Silver Content:......5 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:........156.673 grams

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

Diameter:.............65.600mm

Thickness:............5.800mm

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

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

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










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




Series I

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

2004.....3,592......Monkey

2005.....5,585......Rooster

2006.....5,080......Dog

2007.....3,229......Pig



Series II

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

2008.....3,005.....unlimited........Mouse

2009.....4,720.....unlimited........Ox

2010.....14,553...unlimited........Tiger

2011.....8,030.....unlimited........Rabbit

2012.....31,664....unlimited.......Dragon

2013.....20,552....unlimited.......Snake

2014.....31,232....unlimited.......Horse

2015.....16,920....unlimited.......Goat

2016.....11,678....unlimited.......Monkey

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




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