Lunar II Dog 1oz Silver Coin 2018
|Purity:||999.9 / 1000|
|Mint:||The Perth Mint|
|Grading:||Mint State - Uncirculated|
|Packing:||Single in plastic capsule|
|Tax:||Taxfree accord. to article 17(1)3 Est. VAT Act|
On September 11th 2017, the the Perth Mint introduced the penultimate silver coin of the well-known Lunar II series. The new 2018 Silver Lunar II Dog coin is the 11th coin in the series and has a purity of 999.9/1000. These coins are brilliantly designed and some of the most popular silver bullion products in the world.
The 1oz coins of the Lunar II silver series are minted with a maximum circulation of 300,000, which makes them a good option for both coin collectors and investors.
Size, Weight & Alloy
The fine weight of the coin is 31.103 g which translates to 1 oz. Like its predecessor, the Lunar II Dog 1oz 2018 silver coin has a thickness of 2.6 mm and a diameter of 45.6 mm. The nominal value is 1 AUD.
The appearance of the Lunar II dog silver coin show the typical edge bar and rippled edge. The edge bar protects the motif which results in improved stackability. The rippled edge serves as counterfeit protection, because weight changes (by filing or similar) can be recognized directly with the naked eye.
The motif on the front shows a German shepherd with a puppy lying in the grass. The view of both dogs is attentive and to the right. Left of the dogs are Chinese peonies. The puppy is below the adult dog, and pictured in the background are grass and stones.
On the right, above the left front paw of the large dog, is the Mintmark "P", which stands for the Perth Mint. The Chinese character for "dog" is located at the center. Smooth uneven lines are imprinted around the outer edge, but only on the motif side of the coin. The motif was designed by the artist Ing Ing Jong.
As with all Commonwealth gold and silver coins, the current regent of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, is shown in profile with diadem and earring. The initials "IRB" are embossed under the motif, which are the initials of the Queen motif artist Ian Rank Broadley.
The following inscription can be seen on the back:
1oz 9999 Ag
History of the Lunar II Silver Coins
The Lunar coin series of the Perth Mint was first introduced in 1996 and because of it’s popularity the Perth Mint launched the Lunar II series in 2008. Each lunar coin series consists of 12 coins and is based on the Lunisolar Calendar of 12 Chinese zodiac signs.
Each year the design of the coin changes to reflect the corresponding animal in the Lunar cycle.
The following zodiac signs can be seen on the silver coins.
The Perth Mint
The Perth Mint is one of the most prestigious mints and was founded in 1896 as a branch of Royal Mint London. The Perth Mint is famous for its huge portfolio of products and is the manufacturer of the world's largest gold coin. The Perth Mint is headquarters in Perth, Western Australia.
Benefits of Lunar II Silver Coins
Contains 1oz of .9999 fine silver
Has name brand recognition around the world
The annually changing designs are appealing to collectors and investors
Comes in a protective capsule. Multiples of 20 are usually sold in a sealed tube.
Lunar II silver coins should be handled with care and kept in their protective packaging.
Name: Lunar II Dog
Year of mintage: 2018
Country of origin: Australia
Manufacturer: Perth Mint
Fine content: 999.9/1000
Fine weight: 31.103 g
Scratch resistance: poor
Denomination: 1 AUD
Coin edge: rippled