The Perth Mint has its latest Lunar Series II coins, and the mint doesn’t disappoint as it unveils another series of stunning designs. Each coin released in the 12-year cycle features an all-new design, with each representing the animal whose sign appears on the Chinese Lunar Calendar for a given year. Right now you’ll find the 2016 2 oz Silver Australian Monkey Coin available on Silver.com.
- Each coin ships in an individual Perth Mint acrylic capsule.
- Consists of two troy ounces of .999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $2 (AUD) backed by Australia’s federal government.
- All-new Year of the Monkey design for 2016.
- Part of the Lunar Series II. View annual Perth Silver Lunar Series II mintages.
- Ships in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
Lunar coin designs were popularized by the Perth Mint in 1996 when its original Lunar Series coins were first unveiled. The original 12-year program enjoyed such high demand that a Lunar Series II program was launched in 2008 to capitalize on the investor and collector demand for these coins.
All coins in the series feature new designs each year, with the particular animal represented on the Chinese Lunar Calendar featured in the reverse design. 2016 is the Year of the Monkey on the Zodiac, and those born under its sign are said to be confident, intelligent, and ambitious, if not a little egotistical and mischievous.
On the reverse side of each 2016 2 oz Silver Australian Monkey coin you’ll find the image of two monkeys in a peach tree. An adult and young monkey are depicted sitting on a branch together, with the young monkey holding a peach in its palm. Engravings include the phrase “Year of the Monkey” and the Chinese character for monkey.
The obverse features the ever-present right-profile portrait of England’s Queen Elizabeth II. Featured on the obverse of Perth Mint coins since 1998, Her Majesty’s effigy was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley and is accompanied by engravings that include her name, the nation of issue, and the coin’s weight, purity, metal content, year of issue, and face value.
Perth Mint is located in the city of Perth, Western Australia. It is a state-owned entity of the local government and is not affiliated with the Royal Australian Mint.
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