When investors, collectors, and even other mints look to compare Lunar Series coins, they look first to the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II program. The popular successor to the original Lunar Series program, these coins are highly anticipated each year. Today, you’ll find the 2016 1 oz Silver Australian Monkey coin available in near-perfect condition on Silver.com.
- Your coin arrives in a protective slab provided by the NGC.
- Coins consist of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Each bears a face value of $1 (AUD) backed by the Australian government.
- Earned a Mint State 69 grade from the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- From the Early Release Series at the Perth Mint.
- Bears the latest Lunar Series II design for the Year of the Monkey.
Each of the 1 oz Silver Australian Monkey coins available today on Silver.com is in near-perfect condition. According to the NGC, an MS69 grade identifies a coin with its full, original mint luster, and the presence of no more than two minor detracting flaws. As part of the Early Release series, these coins arrived at an NGC approved depository within 30 days of issue inside sealed mint packaging.
On the reverse side of each Silver Australian Monkey is the latest Lunar Series II coin design. Celebrating the Year of the Monkey on the Zodiac, this design features two monkeys perched in a peach tree. The symbolism of the design is meant to reflect immortality and longevity, and is signified by the young monkey passing its peach to the elder.
The obverse bears the familiar image of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s right-profile portrait was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, and remains in use on Lunar Series II coins despite the availability of a recently updated design. The Perth Mint stuck with this depiction for continuity in the obverse appearance of its Lunar Series II coins.
Australia’s Perth Mint was founded as the final mint in the Royal Mint system during British colonial rule. Long after the Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint closed, the Perth Mint stands as the oldest operating facility in the country today.
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