There seems to be no end to the variety of Lunar Series II coins from the Perth Mint. With each new release year, the Mint finds a new way to introduce investors and collectors to this brilliant coin series. Right now, the 2015 1 Kilo Silver Australian Goat Gemstone Eye Coin is available online at Silver.com.
- Arrives in a protective display box with a CoA.
- Mintage limited to 5,000 coins only.
- Eighth design for Lunar Series II.
- Commemorates the Year of the Goat.
- Consists of One Kilogram, or 32.15 Troy ounces, of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $30 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Reverse features a Year of the Goat design.
- Obverse includes the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.
Lunar Series II is a 12- coin program from the Perth Mint. It follows the successful Lunar Series I program, 1996-2007, and features brand-new designs for each of the animals on the Chinese Lunar Calendar.
In the 2015 release, the Year of the Goat is celebrated in many different ways. Beyond the standard gold and silver coins with bullion and proof versions, there are colorized proof silver coins. This 2015 1 Kilo Colorized Silver Australian Goat Gemstone Eye Coin includes an emerald in the eye of the male goal to the right in the Year of the Goat release.
The reverse of each 2015 1 Kilo Colorized Silver Australian Goat Gemstone Eye Coins features the silver Year of the Goat coin, with a family of three goats grazing in a mountaintop region. The male goat, on the right-hand side of the grouping, includes an emerald in its eye. Each goat has a colorized finish that brings their coat to life.
On the obverse of the Colorized Silver Australian Goat Gemstone Eye Coin is an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This right-profile portrait of Her Majesty was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley, and is used as the fourth-generation depiction of the Queen since she ascended to the throne of England in 1952.
Founded in 1899, the Perth Mint opened as part of the Royal Mint system in Australia under British control just three years before Australian federation. It served as one of the two primary mints until the Royal Australian Mint was opened in 1965 as the sovereign mint of the Australian government.
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