The Perth Mint is renowned for producing some of the most interesting coins, and those in the Australian Lunar Series II are no exception. These coins feature the animals that represent each of the years in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Lunar or Zodiac calendar. 2018 was the Year of the Dog, and its represented on this coin with a beautifully designed and intricately detailed image. This proof has a polished mirrored surface and a frosted image that adds texture and character to this highly collectible coin. The coins contain 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure silver and are considered to be legal tender fully backed by the government of Australia.
The Chinese Lunar calendar features a new Zodiac sign each year, taking the form of an animal that holds great importance in the Chinese culture. 2018, the Year of the Dog, features two beautifully designed German shepherd dogs. This design was used on all released silver coins in the 2018 collection.
The obverse design of the 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1 oz Silver Coin features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by famed sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. This portrait is the fourth-generation depiction of Her Majesty to be featured on Australian coins. The portrait, completed in 1998, is featured on commonwealth coinage around the world.
The reverse design of the 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1 oz Silver Coin features a detailed image of two German shepherd dogs. An adult dog is shown resting behind a puppy. Pretty Chinese peony flowers are shown in the background field of the design. The P mint mark, the Chinese character for dog are also featured on the reverse.
The 2018 Proof Australian Lunar Dog 1 oz Silver Coin is delivered inside of the Perth Mint signature red-and-black clamshell display box. The box is shipped in a decorated Year of the Dog shipper, and of course, includes a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
These 2018 Australian Lunar Dog 1 oz Silver Coins are high-relief strike proofs. Coins that are struck under high relief are subjected to great pressure in the coining process. The end result is a great raised detail on the finished coin.
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|Mint Mark||P - Perth Mint|
|Condition||Proof High Relief|
|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 $99 Ship Free|