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Australia Lunar Series 2
Australia Lunar Series 2 government issued silver bullion coins

Australia Lunar Series 2

Following the success of the first lunar series, Perth mint issued a second one running from 2008-2019.  Like the first series, it started in 2008 with the mouse and was completed in 2019 with the Pig.  The first 3 issues in 2008-2010 were minted along with the last 3 issues of the Lunar Series 1.

The coins in the Silver Lunar Series 2 were issued in a variety of sizes for each year.  Coins for all years can be found in the following sizes:  10 Kg($300), 1 Kg($30), 10 Oz($10), 5 Oz($8), 2 Oz($5), 1 Oz($1), and 1/2 Oz(50c). For the first 3 years (2008-2010), a 1/2 Kg($15) coin was also minted. The purity of the coins changed towards the end of the series.  Lunar Series 2 from 2008-2017 were minted with .999 pure silver.  Beginning in 2018, the coins were minted with .9999 pure silver.  The change in purity is reflected on the reverse.  Throughout the series, only the 10 Kg and the 1 Oz coin had maximum mintages set.  The rest of the sizes were issues as "unlimited".  The 1 Oz coin had a maximum mintage of 300,000. Although the obverse and reverse designs changed between Series  1 and Series 2, they are somewhat similar.

 

Silver Bullion Mintage

Year 1/2 Oz 1 Oz 2 Oz 5 Oz 10 Oz 1/2 Kilo 1 Kilo 10 Kilo
2008 17,114 300,000 9,126 3,005 3,718 739 12,881 35
2009 17,674 300,000 18,570 4,720 9,020 1,535 18,778 46
2010 50,035 300,000 63,005 14,553 16,727 5,058 37,691 173
2011 124,488 300,000 99,494 8,030 12,563 N/A 47,209 173
2012 389,161 300,000 118,738 31,664 47,390 N/A 57,348 234
2013 160,616 300,000 56,133 20,552 28,213 N/A 32,983 200
2014 249,155 300,000 112,801 31,232 29,983 N/A 39,727 194
2015 188,442 300,000 61,843 16,920 26,932 N/A 26,164 150
2016 233,615 300,000 34,368 23,486 12,185 N/A 20,775 150
2017 177,793 300,000 51,680 19,443 20,869 N/A 17,377 100
2018 116,289 300,000 36,900 12,778 15,305 N/A 18,404 100
2019 88,726 300,000 30,584 9,759 13,099 N/A 20,009 N/A

 

Design

Obverse:  The obverse contains Queen Elizabeth II is at the center surrounded by an inscription bearing her name, the name of the issuing country "Australia", the year, the purity, and the face value of the coin "1 Dollar."

Reverse: The motif is the lunar animal of that particular year. A Chinese symbol representing the lunar year is placed at different locations around the central motif.  Below the motif is an inscription which reads "Year of the" and the animal of that lunar year.

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