The Lunar Series II collection of coins from the Perth Mint is one of the most highly anticipated annual releases among investors and collectors. Precious metal enthusiasts enjoy the quality of Perth Mint coinage, as well as the brilliant detail and variety of design emanating from the Lunar Series II collection in particular. Right now, 2018 ½ oz Gold Australian Dog Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you sealed in acrylic capsules.
- Eleventh coin release from Lunar Series II at Perth Mint!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Bears a face value $50 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy.
- Reverse includes the Labrador Retriever in the Year of the Dog design.
- Ing Ing Jong designed the reverse.
All 2018 ½ oz Gold Australian Dog Coins listed here today are in BU condition. Coins in this condition exhibit no signs of wear and tear, but are not considered perfect specimens. Minor flaws such as breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks from the coining process are possible.
The Year of the Dog arrives in 2018 and this coin marks the penultimate release for the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II program. Launched in 2008 upon completion of the original Lunar Series collection, the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac designs in this series will end next year with the 2019 coin release.
In total there are eight options to choose from in the Gold Australian Dog collection. Those interested in larger weight coins can choose from the 1 Kilo, 10 oz, 2 oz, and 1 oz gold options. For investors who favor smaller coins, the gold series offers 1/20, 1/10, ¼, and these ½ oz Gold Australian Dog Coins to choose between.
On the obverse of all Gold Australian coinage is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Britain’s longest reigning monarch, Elizabeth II has been on the throne since 1952 when her father passed away. This is the fourth-generation depiction of the Queen created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley.
The reverse of the 2018 ½ oz Gold Australian Dog Coin includes the unique gold-only image of a Labrador Retriever. These capable service and hunting dogs are represented on this coin on a rocky outcrop that has a small, stylized pine tree growing from its rough surface.
Perth Mint is the oldest operating mint in Australia. Opened in 1899, it has continually been in service since that time and outlasted the older Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint. It is older than the sovereign Royal Australian Mint, and exists outside federal purview as a state-owned entity of Western Australia’s government.
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