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1 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin
Series I, II, & III

1999 - Present


In 1999, The Perth Mint introduced the Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin Series, since the bullion coin's release, they have become one of the most popular modern investment coins series in the world.




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Design of the
1 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver
Bullion Coin
Series I, II, and III





Series I : Obverse

The obverse side of the Series I, one kilogram, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.

The design was created by Ian Rank-Broadley his initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.































The Queen's name "ELIZABETH II" is inscribed along the outer perimeter of the silver bullion coin.

"AUSTRALIA" and the coin's Face Value of "30 DOLLARS" are also displayed along the outer perimeter of the silver bullion coin.

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Series I : Reverse

The reverse of the 1 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver Coin shows an image of the Lunar Animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year.

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On one side of the silver lunar animal is the Chinese Symbol that represents it, and on the other side of the animal is the coin's 'Year of Issue.'

Located below the Lunar Animal, on the reverse side, is the silver bullion coin's weight of "1 KILO" and purity of " 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.

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.

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Like the Series I, bullion coin, the centerpiece on the obverse side of the Series II Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin is Queen Elizabeth 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" is inscribed along the top half of the bullion coin.

Along the bottom of the silver bullion coin is the coin's weight of "1KG" and the coin's silver purity of "9999 Ag."

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "30 DOLLARS" are also displayed along the bottom half of the silver lunar 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 the 2019's Series II, Australian Lunar Silver Bullion coin displays a mother pig surrounded by her piglets in the grass with foliage above them.

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

Along the Bottom of the coin is "Year of the Pig."

The Mint Mark for the Perth Mint, "P," can be seen behind the Lunar Pig.

In addition, on the first leaf of the tree branch, above the pigs, are the initials of 'AH' for Aleysha Howarthon, Perth Mint artist and designer of the 2019 Silver bullion coin's reverse side.

Series I & II Australian Silver Lunar bullion coins have Reeded Edges.

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Series III : Obverse


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

In the design, the Queen is wearing the Royal Diadem crown, earrings, and the Victorian coronation necklace.

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































The Queen's name "ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" are inscribed along the top of the bullion coin.

Along the bottom of the silver coin is the coin's weight "1KILO" (troy) and purity "9999 Ag"

The coin's face value of "30 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom of the silver bullion coin.

Note: 2018 is the first year the Silver Lunar Bullion Coins have the purity of .9999 silver.

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










Series III : Reverse


The 2021 Series III, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin displays the second animal in the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Ox.

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

In addition, inscribed under the Chinese Symbol is the name of the Lunar animal and the coin's Year of Issue - "OX 2021."

The "P' on the field of the silver bullion coin is the Perth Mint's Mint Mark.

The Australian Silver Lunar bullion coins have Reeded Edges.

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













A Very Brief History of the
Chinese Calendar




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.










Australian Lunar Silver - 1 kilo.
Series I, II, & III

Coin Information:




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

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

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

IRA Approved:.......Yes

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

Face Value:...........$30 AUD

Silver Content:......1 troy kilo.

Total Weight:........2.2 lbs / 32.151 troy oz. / 1001.002 grams

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

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

Diameter:.............101.00mm (Series I)

Diameter:.............100.60mm (Series II)

Diameter:.............100.60mm (Series III)

Thickness:............14.60mm (Series I)

Thickness:............14.60mm (Series II)

Thickness:............16.80mm (Series III)

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

Mint Mark:.............Series II & III - Yes ("P" = Perth Mint

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

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

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












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1 kilo. Australian Lunar Silver
Bullion Coin - Series I, II, & III
Mintage Figures




Series I


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


1999.....1,983......Rabbit


2000.....7,805......Dragon


2001.....3,013......Snake


2002.....4,338......Horse


2003.....6,931......Goat


2004.....5,095......Monkey


2005.....3,818......Rooster


2006.....4,145......Dog


2007.....4,838......Pig


2008.....3,344......Mouse


2009.....1,877......Ox


2010.....1,888......Tiger



Series II


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


2008....11,292......unlimited.........Mouse/Rat


2009....17,336......unlimited.........Ox


2010....36,274......unlimited.........Tiger


2011....47,210......unlimited.........Rabbit


2012....55,492......unlimited.........Dragon


2013....32,083......unlimited.........Snake


2014....39,100......unlimited.........Horse


2015....25,536......unlimited.........Goat


2016....20,775......unlimited.........Monkey


2017....15,757.......unlimited.........Rooster


2018.....17,797.......unlimited.........Dog


2019.....20,009.......unlimited.........Pig




Series III


2020.....8,218.......unlimited.........Mouse/Rat


2021.............0.......unlimited.........Ox


Mintage figures were last updated on 12/01/20, by the Perth Mint




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