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1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold
Bullion Coin
Series I, II, and III

2004 - Present


In 2004, the Perth Mint added another gold bullion coin to their popular Lunar Gold bullion coin series, the 1/2 oz. gold bullion coin.

The Australian Lunar Gold and Silver bullion coins are some of the most sought after bullion coins minted in the world.

Each series of bullion coins have raised images with proof-like finishes, which often yields a higher premium for the lunar gold coins.





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Design of the
1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold
Bullion Coin
Series I, II, and III





Series I : Obverse































The obverse of the 1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Coin - Bullion Series I displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II by designer Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's "IRB" is displayed directly below the Queen's neck.

"ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" are all displayed inside the upper perimeter of the gold bullion coin.

Displayed at the bottom of the gold bullion coin is the coins legal tender, face value of "50 DOLLARS"

Minted as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, makes the gold bullion coin is guaranteed by the Government of Australia.

Series I : Obverse Coin photo Courtesy of the Coin Page









Series I : Reverse

The reverse side of each Series I, Australian Lunar Gold bullion coin shows an image of the Lunar Animal-associated with its Chinese Lunar year.

The reverse side of the 2005 Lunar Gold bullion coin depicts a Rooster crowing as the sun rises behind it.

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On one side of the Lunar Animal is the Chinese Symbol that represents it and on the other is the bullion coins 'Year of Issue.'

Displayed directly below the lunar animal is the coin's weight of "1/2 OZ" and purity of "9999 GOLD."

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.

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Series II : Obverse

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































The design 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 gold bullion coin.

Along the bottom of the gold coin is the coin's weight of "1/2OZ" and purity "9999 GOLD."

The coin's Year of Issue and Face Value of "50 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the Series II coin.

Series II - Obverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint










Series II : Reverse

The center piece of the 2019 Series II Lunar Gold bullion coin is the Lunar Pig.

The gold bullion coin's reverse side depicts a Dappled Pig, standing in the outback, with a branch of flowers, above it.

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The Chinese Symbol inscribed on the upper half of the coin's field is the symbol that represents the lunar calendar animal.

Along the bottom of the Gold Lunar bullion coin are the words "Year of the Pig."

The "P" inscribed on the bullion coin is the 'Mint Mark' for The Perth Mint.

The edge of both Series I & II bullion coins are Reeded.

Series II - Reverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint













Series III : Obverse

The obverse side of every modern Australian coin has the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.

The design was created by Jody Clark, his initial's "JC" are inscribed on the Queen's shoulder.































"ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" are inscribed along the top of the bullion coin.

Along the bottom of the gold coin is the coin's weight "1/2OZ" (troy) and purity "9999 Au."

The coin's face value of "50 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom of the gold bullion coin.

Series III - Obverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint










Series III : Reverse

The 2023 Series III, Australian Lunar Gold bullion coin displays the fourth animal in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Rabbit.

The Chinese Symbol inscribed the coin's field is the symbol that represents the lunar calendar animal.

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In addition, the name of the lunar animal and the coin's Year of Issue are inscribed under the Chinese Symbol "RABBIT 2023."

The "P" inscribed on the bullion coin is the 'Mint Mark' for The Perth Mint.

The Edge on all three series of the Lunar Gold Bullion Coin are Reeded.

Series III - 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 Lunar Calendar is steeped in tradition, 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.












1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold
Series I, II, & III

Coin Information:




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

Series II:.................2008 - 2019

Series III:................2020 - Present

IRA Approved:.........Yes

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

Face Value:.............$50 AUD

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

Total Weight:..........15.554 grams

Purity:....................99.99% / .9999

Karat:.....................24 karat

Diameter:...............25.10 mm (Series I)

Diameter:...............30.60 mm (Series II)

Diameter:...............25.60 mm (Series III)

Thickness:..............2.00 mm (Series I)

Thickness:..............2.20 mm (Series II)

Thickness:..............2.19 mm (Series III)

Mint Mark...............Series I - No

Mint Mark...............Series II - Yes

Mint Mark...............Series III - Yes

Designer:...............Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse - Series I & II)

Designer:...............Jody Clark (obverse - Series III)

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









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1/2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Coin 
Bullion Series I, II, & III
Mintage Figures




Series I


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


2004....4,228......40,000...........Monkey


2005....4,506......40,000...........Rooster


2006....5,767......40,000...........Dog


2007....7,694......40,000...........Pig




Series II


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


2008....3,474......unlimited.........Mouse/Rat


2009....5,054......unlimited.........Ox


2010....9,781......unlimited.........Tiger


2011....8,885......unlimited.........Rabbit


2012....19,370....unlimited.........Dragon


2013....14,681....unlimited.........Snake


2014....17,839....unlimited.........Horse


2015....11,961....unlimited.........Goat


2016....11,947....unlimited..........Monkey


2017....12,283....unlimited..........Rooster


2018....12,405....unlimited..........Dog


2019....12,008....unlimited..........Pig




Series III


2020......10,059.....unlimited..........Mouse/Rat


2021.......13,109.....unlimited..........Ox


2022.......TBA.....unlimited..........Tiger


2023.......TBA.....unlimited..........Rabbit


TBA - to be announced

Mintage figures were last updated on 03/15/23



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