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1/2 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 coins and the coin's yearly limited mintage.

The mirror-like features of the bullion coins can cause some bullion investors to mistake the bullion coins for collector's proof coins.

Since the silver bullion 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
1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Silver
Series I & II - Bullion Coin




Series I : Obverse

The obverse displays the profile of 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 "50 CENTS" are displayed inside the outer perimeter of the 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

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The reverse of the lunar 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.

This side also displays the weight "1/2 OZ" and purity of the coin "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." 1999 was the only year a Series I silver lunar coin had 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 of the 1/2 oz. Lunar silver bullion coin features Queen Elizabeth the II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's 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 "1/2OZ" and the coin's silver purity of "9999 Ag."

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "50 CENTS" is displayed along the bottom half of the silver 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 side of the series 2, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin has a universal design for each different sized coin, for a specific year.

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.

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Inscribed inside the design of the Silver Lunar Dog bullion coin is the Chinese symbol that represents the calendar 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's coin-field 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 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)








1/2 oz. Lunar Series I & II
Coin Information:




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

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

IRA Approved:.......Yes

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

Face Value:...........50¢ AUD

Silver Content:......1/2 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:........15.573 grams

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

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

Diameter:.............36.60 mm

Thickness:.............1.97 mm

Mint Mark:.............Series I - No / Series II - Yes

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

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











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1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Silver Coin
Bullion Series I & II
Mintage Figures:




Series I


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


1999....16,913.....500,000........Rabbit


2000....52,956.....500,000........Dragon


2001....30,904.....500,000........Snake


2002....42,824.....500,000........Horse


2003....51,776.....500,000........Goat


2004....52,792.....500,000........Monkey


2005....37,994.....500,000........Rooster


2006....39,361.....500,000........Dog


2007....32,495.....500,000........Pig



Series II


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


2008....17,114.....unlimited.......Mouse


2009....17,674.....unlimited.......Ox


2010....50,035.....unlimited.......Tiger


2011....124,488...unlimited.......Rabbit


2012....389,161...unlimited.......Dragon


2013....160,616...unlimited.......Snake


2014....249,155...unlimited.......Horse


2015....188,442...unlimited.......Goat


2016....233,615...unlimited.......Monkey


2017....114,537...unlimited.......Rooster


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


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





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