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2 oz. Australian Lunar Silver Bullion Coin
Series I, II, & III

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 Series.

The Australian lunar series of bullion coins often have higher premiums added to their sale price due to the polished look of the silver lunar bullion coins, and the coin's yearly limited mintage.







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Design of the
2 oz. Australian Lunar Silver
Series I, II, & III - Bullion Coin




Series I : Obverse































The obverse side of the 2 oz. Australian Lunar silver bullion coin displays the profile of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

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

The words "ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" and "2 DOLLARS" are inscribed inside the outer perimeter of dots on the Series I 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.

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Series I : Reverse

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

The Chinese Symbol found above the lunar animal, on the Series I bullion coin, is the symbol representation for that animal.

The reverse side of the Series I silver lunar bullion coin also displays the weight of "2OZ" and purity of the silver contained within the coin of "999 SILVER" and its "Year of Issue."

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." It was the only Series I silver lunar coin with a Mint Mark.

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Series II : Obverse































As with all Australian bullion coins, the obverse side features Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley.

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

"The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "2 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the silver bullion coin.

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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 each 2019 Australian Silver Lunar bullion coin depicts 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 coin is the Chinese symbol that represents the Lunar animal.

Across the bottom of the 2019 lunar silver coin are the words "Year of the Pig"

The "P" on the reverse side 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











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 "2OZ" (troy) and purity "9999 Ag"

The coin's face value of "2 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom of the silver bullion coin.

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

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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 - "RABBIT 2023."

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













The Chinese Calendar;
a Brief History




In 2637 B.C., a Chinese Emperor named Huangdi invented the Chinese Calendar.

The calendar is 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.











Australian Lunar Silver - 2 oz.
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:...........$2 AUD

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

Total Weight:.........62.270 grams

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

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

Diameter:.............50.30mm (Series I)

Diameter:.............55.60mm (Series II)

Diameter:.............50.60mm (Series III)

Thickness:............4.50mm (Series I)

Thickness:............3.60mm (Series II)

Thickness:............4.13mm (Series III)

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

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

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

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

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











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2 oz. Australian Lunar Silver
Bullion Coin - Series I, II, & III
Mintage Figures





Series I


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


1999....12,869......Rabbit


2000....29,110......Dragon


2001....14,062......Snake


2002....19,359......Horse


2003....20,466......Goat


2004....18,124......Monkey


2005....16,292......Rooster


2006....17,106......Dog


2007....14,180......Pig


2008....7,221.......Mouse


2009....6,465.......Ox


2010....6,520.......Tiger




Series II


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


2008.....9,126.....unlimited........Mouse


2009....18,570....unlimited.........Ox


2010....63,005....unlimited.........Tiger


2011....99,494....unlimited.........Rabbit


2012....118,738..unlimited.........Dragon


2013....56,133....unlimited.........Snake


2014....112,801..unlimited.........Horse


2015....61,843....unlimited.........Goat


2016....34,368....unlimited.........Monkey


2017....51,680....unlimited.........Rooster


2018....36,900....unlimited.........Dog


2019....30,584....unlimited.........Pig




Series III


2020....28,422....unlimited.........Mouse/Rat


2021......37,503....unlimited.........Ox


2022......48,926....unlimited.........Tiger


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


TBA - to be announced

Mintage figures were last updated on 03/06/23




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