The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II coins for the 2016 Chinese calendar year have been released, and a brilliant new design honors the Year of the Monkey. Part of a long-running coin series from the mint, these coins feature impressive designs and stunning finishes. Available in a bullion version with seven different weights, the all-new 2016 10 oz Australian Silver Monkey is currently available through JM Bullion.
- Each coin ships in an individual mint capsule and multiples of 5 ship in rolls.
- Contains 10 troy oz of .999 pure silver.
- Issued a face value of $10 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Features the Year of the Monkey design.
- Struck at the Perth Mint.
- 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 Australian Silver Monkey coin honors the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Known as Shengxiao in Chinese, and translated into English as Zodiac, the term literally means “birth likeness.” In Chinese culture, individuals born under the sign of a particular animal share traits and characteristics with those creatures.
Individuals born under the sign of the monkey, which falls 9th in the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac, are said to be optimistic, confident, and quick-witted. On the downside, these individuals are often considered over confident, egotistical, and harmful with their jokes.
The reverse side of the 2016 10 oz Australian Silver Monkey Coin features a design that consists of two monkeys sitting in a peach tree. The adult monkey is sitting beside a young monkey, which is shown holding a peach in its palm. Engravings include “Year of the Monkey,” the “P” mint mark, and the Chinese symbol for monkey.
On the obverse is the familiar right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy is surrounded by engravings that include “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the face value of the coin.
Perth Mint was the third and final mint facility opened under the British Royal Mint during Australia’s colonial period. The longest operating facility in Australia, the Perth Mint is owned by the state government of Western Australia and is not associated with the national Royal Australian Mint. All of its coins are considered legal tender under the Currency Act of 1965.
If you have questions about these Brilliant Uncirculated coins, please feel free to call JM Bullion at 800-276-6508. You can also contact us through our live web chat or email services. If yoiu are interested in similar coins, be sure to check out our full selection of Perth Mint Silver Coins.