1/2 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 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.

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


All of the coins on the guide are narrated in the first person point of view;

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Series I : Obverse

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The obverse displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's 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 : 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.

The Chinese Symbol to the left of the animal is the symbol representation for that animal. 

This side also displays the weight "1/2 OZ" and purity of the coin "999 SILVER".

To the right of the Lunar Animal is the coin's year of issue.

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.

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 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 purity of "999 SILVER."

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "50 CENTS" is displayed along the bottom half of the silver coin.

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








Series II : Reverse

silver lunar series tw

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 2013 lunar coin, is the Lunar Snake.


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


The Edge on both Series I & II silver bullion coins are Reeded.

Displayed directly below the Chinese Symbol are the words "Year of the Snake."

The Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint , is located to the left of the lunar animal on the 1/2 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.








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

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

Thickness:............2.30mm

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.......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


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


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





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