There are few coin programs available around the world that are as popular as the Lunar Series II coins from Australia’s Perth Mint. Available with new designs each year to commemorate the animals of the Zodiac, the Perth Mint produces these coins in both silver and gold, with bullion, proof, gilded, and colorized versions available. Right now, the 2016 1 oz Proof Silver Australian Monkey Coin is available in High Relief on Silver.com.
- Mintage restricted to a low 8,500 coins!
- Consists of one troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Issued a face value of $1 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Features the unique 2016 Year of the Monkey silver design.
- Struck in brilliant High Relief Proof.
- Arrives in a black-and-red presentation box with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Year of the Monkey coins are available from the Perth Mint with two similar, but different, designs available. Both the silver and gold coins share a concept of monkeys in a peach tree, which is symbolic of longevity and immortality. However, these Proof Silver Australian Monkey Coins have a slightly different design from the gold version of the coin.
On the reverse face of the 2016 1 oz Proof Silver Australian Monkey Coin is the image of a pair of monkeys, one adult and one youth, sitting in a peach tree. The younger monkey holds a single peach in its palm, and engravings on this side include the Chinese symbol for monkey and the phrase “Year of the Monkey.
The obverse face of the coins features the now-outdated right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Ian Rank-Broadley designed this portrait in 1998, but Jody Clark’s new fifth-generation depiction of the Queen was made available in July 2015 by the Royal Mint in London. The Perth Mint has opted to continue using this design to provide continuity to all of its Lunar Series II coins.
Each of these Proof Silver Australian Monkey coins is a high-relief proof, which indicates the blanks were struck under greater pressure, with multiple strikings. This creates a coin with a stark contract between the design sets and the background field.
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