There are few bullion coin programs available today that are more sought after than Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II coins. The original series of coins from Perth, available from 1996 to 2007, started a craze among collectors for lunar-themed pieces. The bullion quality of these coins and collectability of each new design makes it a must-have for investors and collectors alike. Today, 2018 5 oz Silver Australian Dog Coins are available to you online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you inside of acrylic capsules.
- Eleventh coin release in the Lunar Series II collection!
- Consists of Five Troy ounces of .9999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Face value of $8 (AUD) is fully backed by Australia’s government.
- Obverse includes a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse has a unique Year of the Dog design featuring German Shepherds.
- Designs created by Ing Ing Jong.
When you’re looking to buy silver, the Lunar Series II collection should be the first place you start. Available in both proof and bullion versions, these coins have a new design on the reverse each year reflecting the specific animal on the Zodiac for that given year. Ing Jong has been the designer for the reverse face in this series since 2013, taking over for the second-half of the collection’s 12-coin release.
One of the most unique facets of the Lunar Series II collection may not be its new yearly designs as much as it is the fact that the silver and gold coins in each year have different designs. While the German Shepherd anchors the silver coins, the Labrador Retriever is the Year of the Dog representative for the gold coins.
All 2018 5 oz Silver Australian Dog Coins listed here are in BU condition. Coins in BU condition have no signs of wear and tear, but may feature minor production related flaws. These include possible breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, and contact marks.
On the obverse of all Silver Australian Dog Coins is Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile portrait. The longest reigning British monarch and current longest reigning monarch in the world, Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait on these coins comes from Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998.
The reverse of the 2018 5 oz Silver Australian Dog Coin features two German Shepherds, one adult, and one pup. The two are lying in a field, relaxed, with Chinese peony flowers in the background and inscriptions of “Year of the Dog,” the “P” mint mark of the Perth Mint, and the Chinese character for dog.
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