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2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Coin Series I & II

In 2000, four years after the Perth Mint started to mint the Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Series of Coins, the mint added 3 more bullion coins to their popular bullion series.

That year, they introduced the 2 oz., 10 oz., and 1 kilo. Gold bullion coins to investors.

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1 oz. Gold Lunar

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2 oz. Australian Lunar Gold
Series I & II - Bullion Coin

Series I : Obverse

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

His initial's "IRB," although hard to see in the photo above, are engraved directly below the Queen's neck.

"ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" are all displayed inside the outer perimeter of the gold bullion coin.

Displayed at the bottom of the 2 oz. gold bullion coin is its legal tender Face Value of "200 DOLLARS."

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

Series I : Obverse Coin photo courtesy of Dreamstime

Series I : Reverse

2006 - 2oz. Australian Gold Lunar Dog Bullion Coin - Series I - reverse side

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

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 below the Lunar Animal is the gold bullion coin's weight "2 OZ" and the bullion coin's purity of "9999 GOLD."

Series I : Reverse Coin photo Courtesy of the Coin Page

Series II : Obverse

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

The design of the Queen on the Australian Lunar Gold bullion coin was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initials "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

The Queen's 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 "2OZ" and purity of "9999 GOLD."

The coin's Year of Issue and Face Value of "200 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom half of the Series II coin.

Obverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint

Series II : Reverse

The centerpiece of the 2018 Series II Australian Lunar Gold bullion coin is the Lunar Dog, the reverse side depicts a Labrador Retriever standing on rocks along with a stylized pine tree in the background.

2018 - 2oz. Australian Gold Lunar Dog - Obverse

The symbol inscribed near the Lunar Dog's head is the Chinese symbol that represents the lunar calendar animal.

Along the bottom of the 2018 Gold Bullion coin are the words "Year of the Dog."

Next to the raised right paw of the Lunar Dog are the letters 'IJ' they are the initial's 'Ing Ing Jong,' the designer of the 2018 Lunar Gold bullion coin's reverse side.

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.

Reverse side photo provided courtesy of The Perth Mint

Brief History of the
Chinese Calendar

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 a 12 year cycle.

These animal signs are: mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

Those who follow the Chinese Calendar believe each animal has a profound influence on the personality of those born under the year of its rule.

2018 - Year of the Dog

The birth years for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018.

Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.   (The Perth Mint)

2 oz. Gold Lunar Series I & II
Coin Information:

Series I:................2000 - 2007

Series II:...............2008 - Present

IRA Approved:.......Yes

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

Face Value:...........$200 AUD

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

Total Weight:.........62.215 grams

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

Diameter:..............41.10 mm

Thickness:.............3.40 mm

Mint Mark:.............Series I - No / Series II - Yes ("P" = Perth Mint)

Designer:..............Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse)


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Mintage figures were last updated on 03/20/18, by the Perth Mint

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