The popular Lunar Series II coins from Perth Mint are winding down to their conclusion, with the release of the Year of the Dog coin marking the 11th coin design in the 12-coin series. Each animal from the Zodiac is represented in a different year, with the silver and gold bullion coins in the collection offering their own unique twist on the popular designs. Right now, 2018 1/20 oz Gold Australian Dog Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in an acrylic capsule.
- Eleventh coin issued in the Lunar Series II collection!
- Consists of One-Twentieth Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Bears a face value of $5 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Obverse features the image of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse includes the Year of the Dog design depicting a Labrador Retriever.
- Lunar Series designs from Ing Ing Jong.
Each 2018 1/20 oz Gold Australian Dog Coin is available in BU condition. Coins in BU condition exhibit no signs of wear and tear on the surfaces, but do often possess minor flaws. These minor flaws range from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from the coining process.
Since 2013, Ing Ing Jong has been the sole artist creating the Lunar Series II images for the gold and silver coins in the collection. Jong is a graduate of Perth’s Central TAFE School of Art and Design, finishing school in 2006. She was hired by the Perth Mint as a coin designer in 2011.
On the reverse of all 2018 1/20 oz Gold Australian Dog Coins you’ll find the image of a Labrador Retriever. The breed is known as a gun-retriever breed and was primarily used as a hunting companion until the modern era. The obedient and highly trainable nature of Labs makes them ideal for use as service dogs as well.
The obverse of all Gold Australian Dog Coins features Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile effigy. Her Majesty appears on all British and commonwealth coinage, with Australian coins still featuring the fourth-generation depiction of the Queen. This image was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley.
Located in Perth, Western Australia, the Perth Mint is the nation’s oldest operating mint facility. Opened in 1899 as part of the British Royal Mint system, today it is the only remaining mint from that era and predates the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
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