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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

Year1/2 Oz1 Oz2 Oz5 Oz10 Oz1/2 Kilo1 Kilo10 Kilo
200817,114300,0009,1263,0053,71873912,88135
200917,674300,00018,5704,7209,0201,53518,77846
201050,035300,00063,00514,55316,7275,05837,691173
2011124,488300,00099,4948,03012,563N/A47,209173
2012389,161300,000118,73831,66447,390N/A57,348234
2013160,616300,00056,13320,55228,213N/A32,983200
2014249,155300,000112,80131,23229,983N/A39,727194
2015188,442300,00061,84316,92026,932N/A26,164150
2016233,615300,00034,36823,48612,185N/A20,775150
2017177,793300,00051,68019,44320,869N/A17,377100
2018116,289300,00036,90012,77815,305N/A18,404100
201988,726300,00030,5849,75913,099N/A20,009N/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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