The Perth Mint is famous for the beautifully designed silver coin collections that it releases, including the Lunar Series of coins. The 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1/2 oz Silver Coin belongs to the Lunar Series II. This series sees a new design released each year, with the coins depicting one of the 12 animals that are featured on the Chinese Lunar, or Zodiac, calendar. The dog is the 11th animal in the 12-year-cycle of the Zodiac. These coins contain Troy oz of .9999 pure silver. They make a great addition to your collection, particularly if you are already collecting the coins in the Lunar Series II.
Your 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1/2 oz Silver Coin ships secured in a Perth Mint red clamshell. The clamshell boxes are shipped inside of themed packaging that reflects the Year of the Dog design. Also included with the coin is a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
The 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1/2 oz Silver Coin is the 11th design released in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac. The Lunar Calendar collections of coins from the Perth Mint are amongst the most collectible in the world. What began in 1996 with the modest Lunar Series is now expanded into a more robust series with the release of the Lunar Series II in 2013.
The obverse design of the 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1/2 oz Silver Coin features the 1998 fourth-generation effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as imagined by famed sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.
The reverse of the 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1/2 oz Silver Coin features the image of two German Shepherd dogs. An adult and a young puppy are depicted sitting in a field with a Chinese peony flower in the background. Year of the Dog and the Chinese symbol for the Year of the Dog are featured on the reverse of the coin.
Your 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1/2 oz Silver Coin has a beautiful proof quality, which includes highly mirrored background fields and matte finishes to the design sets. This leads to the proof coins offering a stunning contrast between the background field and design.
The Perth Mint is the oldest operating mint in Australia. The mint was first opened in 1899 and does not actually produce currency for the country. This is handled by the Royal Australian Mint, which opened in 1965 in the federal capital of Canberra.
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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|