As the ninth release in the Lunar Series II program, the Year of the Monkey coin from the Perth Mint is turning heads with its adorable design and now a colorized finish to bring the overall appearance to life. Today, the 2016 1 oz Colorized Silver Australian Lunar Monkey Coin is available online from Silver.com with a BU grade.
- Ships in a plastic capsule to protect the coin’s condition.
- Ninth design in the Lunar Series II coin program.
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $1 (AUD) is fully backed by the government of Australia.
- Obverse features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy.
- Reverse includes the Year of the Monkey coin design.
- Brilliant Uncirculated grade.
Part of the Lunar Series II program, the Year of the Monkey coin is the ninth in Perth Mint’s second popular lunar-themed series of silver and gold coins. The Perth Mint launched the first of its lunar-themed coins in 1996, and continued the success of that program in 2008.
Each of the coins in the Lunar Series II program has a different design featuring the representative creature of a particular year of the Chinese lunar calendar. The Zodiac, as it is known, contains a total of 12 animals.
These 2016 1 oz Colorized Silver Australian Lunar Monkey Coins have Brilliant Uncirculated grades. Each BU coin has no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice flaws such as breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks from the striking process.
On the reverse of every coin in this Silver.com listing is the image from the Year of the Monkey series, which includes an adult monkey sitting in the trees with a young monkey. The elder monkey has a hand outstretched to receive a peach from the younger monkey, and both are featured with full colorization that brings the overall design to life.
The obverse of the 2016 1 oz Colorized Silver Australian Lunar Monkey coin features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, created in 1996 by Ian Rank-Broadley. There are no colorized finishes on this side of the coin, which includes engravings of the coin’s year of issue, face value, and Her Majesty’s name.
Perth Mint opened in 1899 as the final of three British Royal Mint systems in Australia. Following the closure of the Sydney Mint and the Melbourne Mint, the Perth Mint stood as the oldest operating facility in the country. Following a brief stint as the nation’s official mint, the Perth Mint is now a state-owned entity of Western Australia and is independent of the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
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