The celebrated Perth Mint Lunar silver coin series continues with the 2018 entry honoring The Year of the Dog. These spectacular coins have been well-liked with the stacking community and bullion collectors on every continent. Each of these remarkable silver coins depicts Man’s Best Friend, the dog. The series is struck in .9999 pure silver. Each coin features the world-leading craftsmanship of the artisans at Australia’s Perth Mint.
The Perth Mint is one of the premier producers of popular Numismatic products, bullion issues and circulating coins in the world. These proofs are not only extremely satisfying works of art, they are also Legal Tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965.
In addition to the mammoth 1 kilo issue, we have the 2 oz., 1oz. and ½ oz. issues. The kilo release will have a strict mintage limit of 500 coins.
The Perth Mint has long been known as an innovator in the numismatic world. They produce some of the most widely collected series that exist today. Collector favorites include the Kookaburra, Koala and Kangaroo series. Among their most popular is the Lunar II series. This astounding achievement began in 2008 with a release honoring the Year of the Mouse. The series has a reverse design change every year that depicts an animal from the Chinese Zodiac calendar. The spectacular designs keep enthusiasts coming back year after year. People born in a year are said to share characteristics with their corresponding animals. The series is widely given as a gift to mark a wedding or anniversary, birth or other auspicious events.
These classic coins have a broad collector base like their Perth Mint Silver Kookaburra, Kangaroo and Koala stablemates.
The reverse of the coin was sculpted and engraved by Perth Mint designer Ing Ing Jong. The timeless image features a German Shepherd laying in the grass with her young pup. Over her head appears a floral flourish and the Chinese character for "dog." Below the image appears the legend "Year of the Dog." People born in the Year of the Dog are known to help others, are loyal and are sincere, respectful, kind and have pleasant personalities. The iconic “P” Perth Mint mark appears at the right of the image.
The obverse portrait used on the series was designed by British artist and sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley. It features the effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II with the legend “Elizabeth II Australia,” “2018” and the weight, denomination and “.9999 Ag.”