When it comes to popular Lunar Series coins, there are no products that compete with the beauty and demand for Perth Mint Lunar Series II coins. The latest coins in the mint’s successful Lunar Series II is the Year of the Monkey silver bullion coin. Right now, the 2016 ½ oz Australian Silver Monkey Coin is available from JM Bullion in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
- Ships to you in an acrylic capsule to protect the coin’s condition; orders of 100 coins ship in mint boxes.
- Contains ½ troy oz of .999 pure silver.
- Issued a face value of $.50 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Considered legal tender in Australia.
- Bears the all-new Year of the Monkey design.
- Available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
- Part of the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II program. Click here to see annual Perth Silver Lunar Series II mintages.
The Perth Mint introduced the first popular Lunar Series coin series in 1996, and it was so popular that the mint immediately released a second series in 2008 following the end of the 12-year Lunar Series. The Lunar Series II coins feature brand-new designs, with greater detail and brilliant finishes.
In 2016, the Chinese Lunar Calendar celebrates the Year of the Monkey. In Chinese culture, those born under the sign of a particular animal are said to share its character traits, such as intelligence, optimism, and ambition in the case of the monkey.
The Year of the Monkey coins are available in both gold and silver bullion. These 2016 ½ oz Australian Silver Monkey coins are the smallest in the series, with larger weights including 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo, and 10 kilo options. The ½ oz coin has an unlimited mintage.
On the reverse side of each coin is the image of an adult and baby monkey sitting in a peach tree. In the design, the baby monkey is holding a peach in its hand as the adult looks on. Engravings include “Year of the Monkey” below the design, the Perth Mint “P” mint mark, and the Chinese character for monkey.
The obverse side of the 2016 ½ oz Australian Silver Monkey coin features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998. Engravings on this side including Her Majesty’s name, the nation of issue, and the coin’s face value.
If you have any questions about these new Lunar Series II coins, please contact JM Bullion at 800-276-6508. You can also reach us online through live web chat and email services. If you are interested in similar products, be sure to check out our full selection of Perth Mint Silver Coins.