The Lunar Series II collection of gold and silver coins from Perth Mint is one of the most exciting annual releases for investors and collectors. The coin program has some of the greatest variety available, featuring not just a new design for each year on the Lunar Calendar, but separate designs in each given year for the gold and silver bullion versions. Today, 2018 1 Kilo Silver Australian Dog Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of an acrylic capsule.
- Eleventh coin release from the Lunar Series II collection!
- Consists of One Kilo, or 32.15 Troy ounces, of .9999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Face value $30 (AUD) is fully backed by Australia’s government.
- Obverse includes the portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse features German Shepherds as Year of the Dog representatives.
- Designs on reverse from Ing Ing Jong.
Each release year of the Lunar Series II collection features a different animal from the 12-character cycle of the Zodiac. The 11th position is held by the dog, and the Perth Mint has two different designs available from the Year of the Dog release. While these 2018 1 Kilo Silver Australian Dog Coins have the German Shepherd, Jong’s Gold Dog design includes the Labrador Retriever.
All 2018 1 Kilo Silver Australian Dog Coins listed here today are in BU condition. Coins in this condition have no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws as a result of the production process. These minor issues range from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks.
On the obverse of all Australian coinage is Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait. The Queen ascended to the throne of England in 1952, and today is both the longest reigning British monarch and the current longest reigning monarch alive. This design is the fourth-generation effigy of Her Majesty to appear on Australian coins, having been designed in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley.
The reverse of the 2018 1 Kilo Silver Australian Dog Coin includes the Year of the Dog design from illustrator Ing Ing Jong. Her creation features an adult German Shepherd lying in a field with a young puppy, and includes a background adorned by Chinese peony flowers. Engravings also include the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark, the phrase “Year of the Dog,” and the Chinese character for dog.
Perth Mint is the oldest operating mint in Australia. It was founded in 1899 as the third and final British Royal Mint facility, joining the Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint. Today it is the only one of those three remaining and operates independently of the younger Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
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