The Lunar Series II coin program from the Perth Mint features new design themes each year to represent the 12 animals of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, otherwise known as the Zodiac. The 2016 release of the Year of the Monkey coins features a truly unique option bearing the image of the Monkey King. Today, the 2016 1 oz Silver Australian Lunar Monkey King Coin is available in BU condition on Silver.com.
- Individual coins ship in plastic capsules.
- Offered in the Year of the Monkey release!
- Part of Lunar Series II’s eighth coin release!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .999 fine silver.
- Face value of $1 (AUD) is fully backed by the government of Australia.
- Reverse includes the Monkey King’s colorized image.
- Obverse bears the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- BU specimen.
The Monkey King’s tale is one of the most legendary in Chinese culture. He appears in the classic novel Journey to the West, and is said to be indestructible. The story goes that the Monkey King cannot be cut by a knife, chopped by an axe, or harmed in any way by lightning and fire.
On the reverse face of the 2016 1 oz Silver Australian Lunar Monkey King Coin you’ll find the image of the Monkey King himself. Captured in beautiful, real-life colors, the Monkey King is depicted alongside two other monkeys and includes engravings “Year of the Monkey,” the Chinese symbol for monkey, and the “P” mint mark of Perth Mint.
The obverse of all Silver Australian Lunar Monkey King coins features the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Captured in right-profile relief, Her Majesty’s image is surrounded by the engravings of “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” “1 oz 999 Silver,” “2016,” and “1 Dollar.”
All 2016 1 oz Silver Australian Lunar Monkey King Coins in this listing have a BU grade. Coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition exhibit no signs of wear and tear, though minor imperfections imparted from the coining process include breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks.
Perth Mint is located in the state of Western Australia. Formerly part of the British Royal Mint System, today the Perth Mint is the oldest operating facility in Australia. It operates separate of the Royal Australian Mint, but under the Currency Act of 1965 its products enjoy legal tender status in the country.