The popular Lunar Series II collection from the Perth Mint in Australia is winding to a close, and the 11th design in this amazing collection is now available for the 2018 release year. The 11th animal in the Zodiac is the dog, and the Year of the Dog kicks off with various silver coins for sale from Perth Mint. Right now, the 2018 1 oz Australian Silver Dog Coin is available to purchase online from JM Bullion.
- Arrives in an individual acrylic capsule.
- Multiples of 20 will arrive in sealed rolls, with 100 arriving in a sealed cardboard box.
- 11th design in Lunar Series II!
- Limited mintage of only 300,000 coins!
- Contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver.
- Bears a face value of $1 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy.
- Reverse includes the Year of the Dog design featuring a German Shepherd.
- Designed by Ing Ing Jong.
The Lunar Series II collection from Perth Mint is its second 12-year lunar-calendar themed coin series. The program launched in 2008 with the Year of the Rat, and reaches its penultimate stage with the Year of the Dog release. Ing Ing Jong again designs both the gold and silver coin images for the series this year.
On the reverse of the 2018 1 oz Australian Silver Dog Coin you’ll find the image of an adult German Shepherd sitting in a field with a young pup in front of it. Chinese peony flowers hang in the background, and the Chinese character for dog is included on this side along with the “P” mint mark of Perth.
German Shepherds are working dogs, and their easy trainability has made them popular as service dogs, police dogs, and military dogs. The German Shepherd, officially known as the German Shepherd Dog (GSD), is the second most registered dog with the American Kennel Club.
The obverse of all Australian Silver Dog coins includes the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s effigy on this coin was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley and is the fourth-generation portrait of the Queen to feature during her reign.
Perth Mint is a state-owned entity of Western Australia. Originally opened in 1899 as a British Royal Mint facility, today it is the oldest operating Australian mint.
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