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

2004 - Present


In 2004, The Perth Mint added two silver bullion coins to the Lunar Series, the coins were the $15 Dollars (1/2kg.) and the $8.00 Dollar (5 oz.) bullion coins.

The 1/2 kilogram silver bullion coin was discontinued in 2011, however the Perth Mint still produces the 5 oz. Silver Lunar Bullion Coin.

The Australian lunar silver 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.










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Design of the
5 oz. Australian Lunar Silver
Bullion Coin
Series I, II, and III




Series I : Obverse































The obverse side of the Australian Lunar 5 oz. 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 "8 DOLLARS" are displayed inside the outer perimeter of the bullion coin.

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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Series I : Reverse

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The reverse of the 5 oz. silver bullion coin shows an image of the animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year.

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.'

The reverse side of the Series I, Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin  displays the weight "5 OZ" and the purity of the silver coin "999 SILVER" below the Lunar Animal.

The Series I silver bullion coin has no Mint Mark.

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Series II : Obverse































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

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

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

Along the bottom half of the silver bullion coin is the coin's weight of "5OZ" and the coin's silver purity of "9999 Ag."

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "8 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the silver bullion coin.

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

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










Series II : Reverse

The center piece of the reverse side of the 2019, 5 oz. Australian Lunar Silver bullion coin, is the Lunar Pig.

The silver bullion coin displays a mother pig surrounded by her piglets in the grass with foliage above them.

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The Chinese symbol inscribed above the Lunar Pig represents the Lunar animal.

Across the bottom of the 2018 coin are the words "Year of the Pig"

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

Both the Series I & II silver bullion coins have Reeded Edges

Lastly, on the first leaf of the tree branch, above the pigs, are the initials of 'AH' for Aleysha Howarthon, the designer of the 2019 Silver bullion coin's reverse side.

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 "5OZ" (troy) and purity "9999 Ag"

The coin's face value of "8 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 Lunar Silver bullion coins have Reeded Edges.

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













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 - 5 oz.
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:...........$8 AUD (Series I; 2004 - 2007)

Face Value:...........$5 AUD (Series II; 2008 - Present)

Silver Content:......5 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:........156.673 grams

Purity:..................99.90% / .999 (2004 - 2017)

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

Diameter:.............60.30mm (Series I)

Diameter:.............65.60mm (Series II)

Diameter:.............60.60mm (Series III)

Thickness:............7.90mm (Series I)

Thickness:............5.80mm (Series II)

Thickness:............7.20mm (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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5 oz. Australian Lunar Silver
Bullion Coin - Series I, II, & III
Mintage Figures




Series I


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


2004.....3,592......Monkey


2005.....5,585......Rooster


2006.....5,080......Dog


2007.....3,229......Pig




Series II


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


2008.....3,005.....unlimited........Mouse/Rat


2009.....4,720.....unlimited........Ox


2010.....14,553...unlimited........Tiger


2011.....8,030.....unlimited........Rabbit


2012.....31,664....unlimited.......Dragon


2013.....20,552....unlimited.......Snake


2014.....31,232....unlimited.......Horse


2015.....16,920....unlimited.......Goat


2016.....23,486....unlimited.......Monkey


2017.....19,443....unlimited.......Rooster


2018.......12,778....unlimited......Dog


2019.......9,759....unlimited.......Pig




Series III


2020.......10,393.....unlimited.......Mouse/Rat


2021 .......5,838.....unlimited.......Ox


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


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


TBA - to be announced

Mintage figures were last updated on 03/06/23




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