There are few coin programs in the world more popular than the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II coins. Building upon the success of its original Lunar Series coins, the Perth Mint has released newly designed lunar coins annually since 2008. Perth Mint celebrates the Year of the Monkey with the 2016 ½ oz Silver Australian Monkey Coins, available now on Silver.com.
- Each coin ships in an individual acrylic mint capsule to protect its condition; orders of 100 coins ship in mint boxes.
- Consists of one-half troy ounce of .999 pure silver.
- Issued a face value of $.50 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Features an all-new 2016 design, honoring the Year of the Monkey.
- Part of the Lunar Series II program. View annual Perth Silver Lunar Series II mintages.
- Ships in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Silver Australian Monkey Coins are part of the larger Lunar Series II coin program. Launched in 2008, these coins are the 9th in the series, indicative of the monkey’s place as the 9th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac.
The Silver Australian Monkey is available in a total of seven different weights. These 2016 ½ oz Silver Australian Monkey coins are the smallest in the series, with the 10 Kilo representing the largest available weight in the series. Only the 10 Kilo coin and 1 oz. coin have mintage limits from Perth Mint, while the rest will be struck to meet demand from investors and collectors.
On the reverse side of each coin is the Year of the Monkey design for 2016. In the image, an adult monkey and young monkey are featured sitting in a peach tree, with the younger holding a peach in its palm. Engravings include the Chinese symbol for monkey above and the phrase “Year of the Monkey” below.
The obverse side of the coin features the fourth-generation right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Although a new design was revealed for a fifth-generation image of the Queen for currency from the Royal Mint, the Perth Mint is sticking with Ian Rank-Broadley’s 1998 design to provide continuity to Lunar Series obverse designs.
Perth Mint is located in the state of Western Australia, and is controlled by the state government. The facility is not associated with the federal Royal Australian Mint, but its currency is considered legal tender under the Currency Act of 1965.
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