Building on the popularity of the Lunar Series I series of coins, the Perth Mint released the Lunar Series II to offer collectors and investors fresh new designs and options. The 2016 Colorized Proof Australian Lunar Monkey 1 oz Silver Coin is a charming addition to the series, which features the animals depicted in the Chinese Lunar or Zodiac calendar. 2016 was the Year of the Monkey. Those who are born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be witty and wise. They are also said to have mischievous traits, curiosity and a penchant for practical jokes. The coins contain .999 pure silver.
The Chinese Lunar calendar is a 12-year cycle calendar that features 12 animals, each one representing a year in the calendar. The Year of the Monkey is the 9th year in the 12-year cycle and is beautifully represented on the 2016 Colorized Proof Australian Lunar Monkey 1 oz Silver Coin, with detailed and vibrantly-colored artwork.
The 2016 Colorized Proof Australian Lunar Monkey 1 oz Silver Coin was released both in a silver and a gold option. There are design differences between the silver and the gold options. The silver version features an adult and a young monkey, perched in a peach tree and poised to enjoy a bite of a juicy peach.
The obverse of the 2016 Colorized Proof Australian Lunar Monkey 1 oz Silver Coin design features the right-profile portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Engraved on the edge of the design field are the words Elizabeth II and Australia. The weight, metal content, year of mint and face value of the coin are also engraved on the coin.
The reverse of the 2016 Colorized Proof Australian Lunar Monkey 1 oz Silver Coin features the Year of the Monkey design. Depicted are two monkeys, an adult and a youth, perched on the branch of a peach tree. The younger monkey is shown holding a peach, as if getting ready to take a bite of the sweet fruit. Below the image of the monkeys are the words Year of the Monkey. Above the image is the Chinese symbol for monkey.
The 2016 Colorized Proof Australian Lunar Monkey 1 oz Silver Coin is considered to be in brilliant uncirculated (BU) condition. Coins with BU rating have no visible signs of having been handled but may have some minor production flaws.
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|Mint Mark||P - Perth Mint|
|Designer (Obverse)||Ian Rank-Broadley|
|Designer (Reverse)||Ing Ing Jong|
|Product Series||Lunar Series II|
|Certificate of Authenticity||Yes|
|Metal Content||1 Troy Ounce|
|Shipping||Orders over $199 Ship Free|