Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II collection of gold and silver coins go well beyond the bullion offering. With each new design release in the series there is also a limited-issue release of proof coins in the collection. Aimed at collectors, these coins are highly coveted for the fact that a new design is available each year. Right now, the 2018 1/2 oz Proof Silver Australian Dog Coin is available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of a Perth Mint clamshell and presentation-themed packaging.
- Eleventh coin release in Lunar Series II’s proof range!
- Mintage limited to 8,000 coins only!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $.50 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Queen Elizabeth II appears on the obverse.
- The all-new Year of the Dog design is on the reverse.
- Lunar design from Ing Ing Jong.
All 2018 1/2 oz Proof Silver Australian Dog Coins are presented to you inside of the Perth Mint’s beautiful red-and-black clamshell case for easy display. Each clamshell containing your coin is shipped inside of a Lunar Series II-themed presentation box and includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The Lunar Series II Proof Silver Australian Dog coin features a design from Ing Ing Jong, the leading designer in the series. Hired by the Perth Mint as a coin designer in 2011, Jong was elevated to designing the silver and gold imagery used in the Lunar Series II collection starting in 2013. Her designs for the silver and gold series are different with each release, for each metal.
For the 2018 Silver Year of the Dog Coins, Jong developed imagery that depicted the German Shepherd. One of the most popular breeds in the United States and the United Kingdom, the German Shepherd was only conceived at the end of the 19th century and popularized as a working breed dog.
The reverse of all 2018 1/2 oz Proof Silver Australian Dog Coins includes Jong’s image of two German Shepherds. The pair are featured lying in a field with a Chinese peony flower in the background, and include an adult in the back and a young puppy in the front.
On the obverse of all 2018 Proof Silver Australian Dog Coins is the design of Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy. Her Majesty appears on the obverse of all Australian coinage, with this particular design reflecting the fourth-generation image of the Queen to appear since 1952. It is a 1998 creation from Ian Rank-Broadley.
Perth Mint is the oldest mint in Australia, and opened as a Royal Mint facility in 1899. Owned by the state of Western Australia since 1970, it is independent of the federal government’s Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
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