The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II coin program is the most popular Zodiac-inspired bullion program in the world right now. The follow up to the popular Lunar Series I coins struck from 1996 to 2007, these coins are famous for their intricate designs and pure silver content. Right now on Silver.com you’ll find the 2016 1 oz Silver Australian Monkey Coin in perfect condition.
- You’ll only find 235 coins with this grade from the NGC!
- All coins ship in individual protective slabs courtesy of the NGC.
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $1 (AUD) is fully backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Issued a grade of Mint State 70 by the Numismatic Guaranty Corporation.
- Part of the Perth Mint’s Early Release schedule.
- Bears the image of the 2016 Year of the Monkey design.
Each 2016 1 oz Silver Australian Monkey Coin available to you today is in perfect Mint State 70 condition according to the NGC. Coins that earn this grade have their full, original mint luster and no signs of wear and tear visible on the surface. As an Early Release coin, these bullion products arrived at an NGC approved depository within 30 days of issue, and shipped inside sealed packaging from the Mint.
On the obverse side of all Lunar Series II coins is the 1998 image of Queen Elizabeth II. This right-profile portrait was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, and is now outdated by the introduction of the fifth-generation image of the Queen in July 2015. However, the Perth Mint stuck with this design to lend continuity of design to its Lunar Series II coins.
The reverse features the all-new Year of the Monkey design for 2016. In the depiction, an adult monkey sits on the branch of a peach tree with a young monkey. The younger monkey is depicted clutching a peach in its palm. The design is representative of immortality and longevity in Chinese culture.
Perth Mint was first founded in 1898 by the British during Australia’s colonial period. Following the closure of the Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint, the Perth Mint remains as the nation’s oldest operating facility.
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