LUNAR SERIES I by the Perth Mint 2017-04-23T18:49:37+00:00

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LUNAR SERIES I by the Perth Mint

First hitting the market back in 1996, the Perth Mints flaghip Lunar coins had more humble beginnings and started out as a limited range of gold bullion coins in four sizes with just a single numismatic release. Fast forward to today and the Lunars are a huge part of the Perth Mints business and it’s fair to say, their flagship range.

Starting in 1996 with the Mouse, each year brought a new animal spread across a wide range of formats, eventually in 1999 making the leap over to silver where it proliferated until in 2004 the range hit a ridiculous 36 different variant releases. The artwork on the gold coins has always differed from the silvers and remained untainted by colouring or inserts. In contrast, the silver range has been subject to a wide range of experimentation from colouring and gilding, to jewel inserts and even a 24-frame lenticular.

Regardless of the difficulty in getting a set of any of the variants of these, it remains an attractive and ground-breaking series that has led us to the massive success story of current times, the Lunar Series II. The days when the one-ounce coins struggled to hit a third of their 300k mintage are long gone and the coins fly off the shelf. The numismatic range shines and is still the subject of experimentation. Just one thing though. Can we have the 1/2 kg coin back please?

LUNAR CALENDAR

The Shēngxiào (Chinese: 生肖, literally “birth likeness”), also known in English as the Chinese zodiac (“zodiac” derives from the similar concept in Western Astrology and means “circle of animals”), is a scheme and systematic plan of future action, that relates each year to an animal and its reputed attributes, according to a 12-year cycle. It remains popular in several East Asian countries, such as China, Vietnam, Korea and Japan. We have a full breakdown of the cycles on our Chinese Lunar Calendar page, with all the attributes associated with each animal broken down.

BULLION RANGE

The gold range started out in 1996 as just 1oz and 1/4, 1/10, & 1/20oz fractionals. In 2000, three larger sizes were added, being 2oz, 10oz & 1kg in weight. In 2004 a 1/2oz coin was added to the range which was finally rounded out in the penultimate year, 2006, with a monstrous 10kg giant. All the coins are 99.99% pure.

The silver range underwent a similar evolution, starting out in 1999 with 1kg, 10oz, 2oz, 1oz and 1/2oz sizes. In 2004, 1/2kg and 5oz versions were added. While there were no silver coins minted for the first three lunar animals, demand from collectors led the Perth Mint to strike new designs in the Lunar I style at the same time as they were striking new coins for Lunar II. Thus there are no silver coins dated 1996-1998, but there are dated 2008-2010. This excellent addition gave silver collectors a full set, although they were only minted in 1kg, 2oz and 1oz sizes. All the coins are 99.9% pure.

NUMISMATIC RANGE

For gold there were only ever three numismatic releases, a 1/4oz proof, a 1/10oz proof and a three-coin proof set containing those two sizes partnered up with a 1oz. Clean, simple and unchanging, they were a refreshing change from the variety released today.

By contrast the silver range has, to put it bluntly, been a scene of chaos. Changing sizes, fluctuating maximum mintages and experimentation with colour, gilding and inserts led to in 2004 there being eighteen different numismatic releases. Adding in some more variants only available in other years, like the Year of the Pig Lenticular below, and you have a series in need of guidance.

2007 LUNAR PIG LENT

This particular coin was never repeated for another year and contained an image made up of 24 frames that showed motion when moved.

While the bullion coins are attractive with their reverse finish, the proof coins are the way to show off the artwork, being really beautiful and collectable pieces.

OBVERSE

For the first three years when only gold coins were available, the obverse depicted the excellent portrait of Queen Elizabeth II by Ralph Maklouf (centre). In 1999 it was changed to the later portrait by Ian Rank Broadley that shows the Queen in an older light and was also used on the silver coins.

SILVER I.R.BROADLEY, GOLD MAKLOUF, GOLD I.R.BROADLEY

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1996 YEAR OF THE MOUSE GOLD LUNAR SERIES 1

The first year the Perth Mint started it’s series, there were only gold coins available and only in four sizes with a single numismatic release, nothing like the coin tsunami we get today!

REVERSE: The design depicts a Mouse climbing over rocky ground with the Chinese character for mouse at the top. The remaining inscriptions include the “1996″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Tony Dean.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ralph Maklouf portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: Just a quick glance at the mintage tables below will tell you all you need to know. People liked the one-ounce coin, but every other bullion size dramatically underperformed. In their first year, the Lunars were clearly not the subject of a mad rush to purchase. The proof set sold quite well.

No silver coins were issued in 1996 but due to the rising popularity of the series, the Perth Mint issued both a Lunar Series II and a Lunar Series I coin in 2008. Taking design elements that characterised Series I, such as the pimpled border, and mixed with the date and obverse from Series II. A decision to be applauded, especially as we think this is a superior design.

REVERSE: The design depicts a Mouse rearing on its hind legs with the Chinese character for mouse to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2008″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The bullion coins, despite an unlimited mintage, were not great sellers but the numismatic sales were very poor. Now they’re highly sought after on the secondary market and for good reason. The 3-coin proof set is perhaps the most highly sought after Lunar numismatic released every year and this one has an actual mintage of just 75 pieces! Good luck finding one of those…

2008 YEAR OF THE MOUSE SILVER LUNAR SERIES 1

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg
10 oz
2 oz
1 oz 30,000 16,593
1/2 oz
1/4 oz 60,000 1,390
1/10 oz 80,000 3,792
1/20 oz 100,000 7,405
3 PROOF SET 3,888 2,886
1/4 oz PROOF
1/10 oz PROOF

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 3,344
1/2 kg
10 oz
5 oz
2 oz unltd 7,221
1 oz unltd 59,623
1/2 oz
1 kg PROOF
2 oz PROOF 1,000 136
1 oz PROOF 2,500 324
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 201
3 PROOF SET 1,000 75
1 kg COLOUR
1/2 kg COLOUR
10 oz COLOUR
5 oz COLOUR
2 oz COLOUR
1 oz COLOUR
1/2 oz COLOUR
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 309
1 oz GILDED 50,000 13,538
1 oz LENTICULAR

1997 YEAR OF THE OX GOLD LUNAR SERIES 1

This year saw the introduction of proof versions of the 1/4 oz and 1/10 oz coins. The bullion choices were unchanged over 1996.

REVERSE: The design depicts a Bull standing on sloping ground with the Chinese character for ox on the left. The remaining inscriptions include the “1997″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Jovan Radanovich.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ralph Maklouf portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: Sales dropped on the one-ounce coin and didn’t break 50% of the maximum allotted mintage. In their first year, the Lunars were clearly not the subject of a mad rush to purchase. That didn’t change for the second coin. The proof set sold better and the individual prrof coins were quite popular.

No silver coins were issued in 1997 but due to the rising popularity of the series, the Perth Mint issued both a Lunar Series II and a Lunar Series I coin in 2009. Taking design elements that characterised Series I, such as the pimpled border, and mixed with the date and obverse from Series II.

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REVERSE: The design depicts a Bull, head down with the Chinese character for ox to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2009″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

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OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The bullion coins, despite an unlimited mintage, were not great sellers but the numismatic sales were very poor. Now they’re highly sought after on the secondary market and for good reason. The 3-coin proof set is perhaps the most highly sought after Lunar numismatic released every year and this one has an actual mintage of just 87 pieces and rarely comes up for sale.

2009 YEAR OF THE OX SILVER LUNAR SERIES 1

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg
10 oz
2 oz
1 oz 30,000 13,709
1/2 oz
1/4 oz 60,000 2,904
1/10 oz 80,000 4,960
1/20 oz 100,000 7,131
3 PROOF SET 3,888 3,146
1/4 oz PROOF 5,000 842
1/10 oz PROOF 5,000 1,067

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 1,877
1/2 kg
10 oz
5 oz
2 oz unltd 6,465
1 oz unltd 52,267
1/2 oz
1 kg PROOF
2 oz PROOF 1,000 171
1 oz PROOF 2,500 534
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 474
3 PROOF SET 1,000 87
1 kg COLOUR
1/2 kg COLOUR
10 oz COLOUR
5 oz COLOUR
2 oz COLOUR
1 oz COLOUR
1/2 oz COLOUR
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 288
1 oz GILDED 50,000 18,470
1 oz LENTICULAR

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1998 YEAR OF THE TIGER GOLD SERIES 1

No changes to the line-up of either bullion or numismatic ranges for 1998.

REVERSE: The design depicts a Tiger leaping from the grass with the Chinese character for tiger at the top. The remaining inscriptions include the “1998″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ralph Maklouf portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

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NOTES: Sales beginning to pick up, although the Tiger being one of the more popular lunar animals will have had a bearing on that.

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No silver coins were issued in 1998 but due to the rising popularity of the series, the Perth Mint issued both a Lunar Series II and a Lunar Series I coin in 2010. Taking design elements that characterised Series I, such as the pimpled border, and mixed with the date and obverse from Series II.

REVERSE: The design depicts a full Tiger gazing outwards with the Chinese character for tiger to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2010″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The bullion coin sales were in line with earlier years and numismatic sales remained poor. The 3-coin proof set is again the most highly sought after Lunar numismatic released and with an actual mintage of just 83 pieces a real gem to own.

2010 YEAR OF THE TIGER SILVER SERIES 1

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg
10 oz
2 oz
1 oz 30,000 16,907
1/2 oz
1/4 oz 60,000 5,683
1/10 oz 80,000 9,085
1/20 oz 100,000 10,427
3 PROOF SET 3,800 1,918
1/4 oz PROOF 3,000 1,123
1/10 oz PROOF 3,000 916

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 1,888
1/2 kg
10 oz
5 oz
2 oz unltd 6,520
1 oz unltd 56,077
1/2 oz
1 kg PROOF
2 oz PROOF 1,000 287
1 oz PROOF 2,500 541
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 396
3 PROOF SET 1,000 83
1 kg COLOUR
1/2 kg COLOUR
10 oz COLOUR
5 oz COLOUR
2 oz COLOUR
1 oz COLOUR
1/2 oz COLOUR
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 300
1 oz GILDED 50,000 17,218
1 oz LENTICULAR

1999 YEAR OF THE RABBIT GOLD SERIES 1

No changes to the line-up of either bullion or numismatic ranges for 1999, with the same four bullion sizes and three numismatic products as previously. The only major change was the switch from the elegant Ralph Maklouf profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, to the newer Ian Rank Broadley version that adorns all Perth Mint coins today.

REVERSE: The design depicts a Rabbit/Hare sitting calmly with the Chinese character for rabbit at the top. The remaining inscriptions include the “1999″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Louise Pinder

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: Sales in line with those of the Tiger coins, although the numismatic sales drifted towards the lower end with the more expensive offerings losing ground.

The first year that there was a concurrent release with the gold coins and thus the debut of the silver lunar range. It’s quite remarkable that in light of huge silver sales today, it comes over as an afterthought in the 90’s. Debuting with a range of five sizes from 1/2 oz up to 1 kg.

REVERSE: The design depicts a rabbit gazing upwards with the Chinese character for rabbit to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “1999″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Jovan Radanovich.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: Sales were a fraction of what they are today, perhaps reflecting the relative immaturety of the silver market at the time. The one ounce and half ounce coins both had restricted mintages and neither came remotely close to selling out, a far cry from Series II coins in the same sizes.

1999 YEAR OF THE RABBIT SILVER SERIES 1

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg
10 oz
2 oz
1 oz 30,000 18,261
1/2 oz
1/4 oz 60,000 5,893
1/10 oz 80,000 8,799
1/20 oz 100,000 9,642
3 PROOF SET 3,800 1,634
1/4 oz PROOF 3,000 747
1/10 oz PROOF 3,000 1,443

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 1,983
1/2 kg
10 oz unltd 2,486
5 oz
2 oz unltd 12,869
1 oz 300,000 63,644
1/2 oz 500,000 16,913
1 kg PROOF 250 111
2 oz PROOF 1,000 424
1 oz PROOF 2,500 1,490
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 1,081
3 PROOF SET 1,000 487
5 PROOF SET 500 129
1/2 kg COLOUR
10 oz COLOUR
5 oz COLOUR
2 oz COLOUR
1 oz COLOUR
1/2 oz COLOUR
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 318
1 oz GILDED 50,000 15,482
1 oz LENTICULAR

2000 YEAR OF THE DRAGON GOLD LUNAR SERIES I

A big expansion to the range of gold bullion coins available for the landmark millenial Dragon year. Unlimited mintage versions were released in 1 kg, 10 oz and 2 oz sizes. There were no changes on the numismatics front.

REVERSE: The design depicts a traditional Chinese dragon in a dynamic pose surrounded by flames and a pearl of wisdom with the Chinese character for dragon at the top. The remaining inscriptions include the “2000″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Tony Dean.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: For the first time ever, the one-ounce coin maxed out its mintage limit, a feat that would be maintained for three years. Sales of the other limited mintage sizes were also up greatly on previous years.

Still early days for the range and although sales were up, the silver coins were nowhere near as popular as they are today

REVERSE: The design depicts a traditional Chinese Dragon with a pearl of wisdom with the Chinese character for dragon to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2000″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: Equally huge jumps in silver sales from 1999 point more to the popularity of the Dragon as a symbol of Chinese culture than any inherent rise in the popularity of the Lunars because of movements in the silver market. An additional 1,000 one ounce coins were minted for inclusion in a special ’21st Century’ set with three other coins to celebrate the millenium.

2000 YEAR OF THE DRAGON SILVER LUNAR SERIES I

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 227
10 oz unltd 214
2 oz unltd 2,342
1 oz 30,000 30,000
1/2 oz
1/4 oz 60,000 20,148
1/10 oz 80,000 23,706
1/20 oz 100,000 29,325
3 PROOF SET 3,000 2,886
1/4 oz PROOF 5,000 2,008
1/10 oz PROOF 5,000 3,841

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 7,805
1/2 kg
10 oz unltd 7,926
5 oz
2 oz unltd 29,110
1 oz 300,000 118,697
1/2 oz 500,000 52,956
1 kg PROOF 250 220
2 oz PROOF 1,000 838
1 oz PROOF 2,500 2,500
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 1,750
3 PROOF SET 1,000 982
5 PROOF SET 500 266
1/2 kg COLOUR
10 oz COLOUR
5 oz COLOUR
2 oz COLOUR
1 oz COLOUR
1/2 oz COLOUR
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 3,404
1 oz GILDED 50,000 20,447
1 oz LENTICULAR

2001 YEAR OF THE SNAKE GOLD LUNAR SERIES I

The expansion of the range for the 2000 Dragon coins has remained for 2001

REVERSE: The design depicts a semi-coiled snake hanging from a branch with the Chinese character for snake to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2001″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The one-ounce coin sold out completely and the maximum mintages of the numismatic coins were all increased by 2,000 each despite never selling out at the lower maximums. Ironically, sales dropped heavily anyway.

An excellent design adorns the silver coin, arguably far better than the 2013 artwork for Series II.

REVERSE: The design depicts a snake protecting a clutch of eggs, one of which is hatching, with the Chinese character for snake to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2001″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: A big drop in sales from the previous year, much like the one that happened for series II. An inherent statement on the lesser popularity of the Snake compared to the Dragon. There were also an additional 5,000 one ounce coins earmarked for inclusion in a second, special ’21st Century’ set with three other coins, but sales reached only 942 units. Of particular note were sales of the one-kilo Gemstone Edition which crashed almost 90% from 2000.

2001 YEAR OF THE SNAKE SILVER LUNAR SERIES I

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 156
10 oz unltd 153
2 oz unltd 1,295
1 oz 30,000 30,000
1/2 oz
1/4 oz 60,000 8,436
1/10 oz 80,000 19,281
1/20 oz 100,000 19,738
3 PROOF SET 5,000 1,223
1/4 oz PROOF 7,000 1,487
1/10 oz PROOF 7,000 1,860

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 7,805
1/2 kg
10 oz unltd 7,926
5 oz
2 oz unltd 29,110
1 oz 300,000 118,697
1/2 oz 500,000 52,956
1 kg PROOF 250 201
2 oz PROOF 1,000 939
1 oz PROOF 2,500 2,466
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 1,135
3 PROOF SET 1,000 599
5 PROOF SET 500 289
1/2 kg COLOUR
10 oz COLOUR
5 oz COLOUR
2 oz COLOUR
1 oz COLOUR
1/2 oz COLOUR
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 349
1 oz GILDED 50,000 16,335
1 oz LENTICULAR

2002 YEAR OF THE HORSE GOLD LUNAR SERIES I

No changes to the range for 2002.

REVERSE: The design depicts a horse galloping forward with the Chinese character for horse to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2002″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Travis Farley.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The one-ounce coin sold out completely again, but none of the numismatic coins sold spectacularly well making finding them today more difficult.

Business as usual with no changes to the sizes of either the bullion or the numismatic ranges.

REVERSE: The design depicts a horse in full gallop, with the Chinese character for horse at the top. The remaining inscriptions include the “2002″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Travis Farley.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: There was no special ’21st Century’ set and the concept was never revisited.

2002 YEAR OF THE HORSE SILVER LUNAR SERIES I

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 163
10 oz unltd 191
2 oz unltd 1,291
1 oz 30,000 30,000
1/2 oz
1/4 oz 60,000 10,187
1/10 oz 80,000 18,434
1/20 oz 100,000 27,338
3 PROOF SET 5,000 1,471
1/4 oz PROOF 7,000 1,341
1/10 oz PROOF 7,000 724

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 4,338
1/2 kg
10 oz unltd 5,537
5 oz
2 oz unltd 19,359
1 oz 300,000 99,632
1/2 oz 500,000 42,824
1 kg PROOF 250 71
2 oz PROOF 1,000 772
1 oz PROOF 2,500 1,665
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 1,464
3 PROOF SET 1,000 278
5 PROOF SET 500 68
1/2 kg COLOUR
10 oz COLOUR
5 oz COLOUR
2 oz COLOUR
1 oz COLOUR
1/2 oz COLOUR
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 883
1 oz GILDED 50,000 16,859
1 oz LENTICULAR

2003 YEAR OF THE GOAT GOLD LUNAR SERIES I

A great design for an undramatic animal and certainly raises hopes for the 2015 Series II coins.

REVERSE: The design depicts a goat looking around attentively with the Chinese character for goat to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2003″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Travis Farley.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The one-ounce coin failed by a large margin to reach the sell-out levels of the previous three years and none of the numismatics were remotely close to maxing out their mintages. The 3-coin set had it’s maximum mintage lowered back to 3,000.

Equally a fine piece of artwork. Here’s hoping the 2015 coin is as well done.

REVERSE: The design depicts a female goat and a kid with the Chinese character for goat to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2003″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Sarah Anderson.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The five-coin proof set is the stand-out purchase, with a miniscule mintage of just 48 sets meaning it’s one of the very rarest of the numismatic silver offerings.

2003 YEAR OF THE GOAT SILVER LUNAR SERIES I

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 109
10 oz unltd 153
2 oz unltd 1,355
1 oz 30,000 16,775
1/2 oz
1/4 oz 60,000 8,479
1/10 oz 80,000 14,966
1/20 oz 100,000 17,892
3 PROOF SET 3,000 1,187
1/4 oz PROOF 7,000 782
1/10 oz PROOF 7,000 1,816

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 4,338
1/2 kg
10 oz unltd 5,537
5 oz
2 oz unltd 19,359
1 oz 300,000 99,632
1/2 oz 500,000 42,824
1 kg PROOF 250 57
2 oz PROOF 1,000 417
1 oz PROOF 2,500 1,237
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 776
3 PROOF SET 1,000 204
5 PROOF SET 500 48
1/2 kg COLOUR
10 oz COLOUR
5 oz COLOUR
2 oz COLOUR
1 oz COLOUR
1/2 oz COLOUR
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 492
1 oz GILDED 50,000 15,842
1 oz LENTICULAR
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2004 YEAR OF THE MONKEY GOLD LUNAR SERIES I

It’s hard to make a monkey look bad and this is a great looking design and one of the most popular lunar animals. This year a half-ounce coin with a 40k mintage was added to the range. No numismatic versions of it were produced, however.

REVERSE: The design depicts a determined looking monkey walking along a branch with the Chinese character for monkey at the top. The remaining inscriptions include the “2004″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity. Art by Jovan Radanovich.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: Sales of the numismatic coins were pretty low and even though the maximum mintage of the 3-coin set remained at the lower 3,000, it barely scraped a third of that in sales. A set to watch out for given the low 999 sets produced and the great design.

A weaker piece of artwork than the super gold one, but nice enough. The big news this year was the explosion in numismatic choice from the 8 in 2003, to a ridiculous 18 offerings, an amount never to be repeated.

REVERSE: The design depicts a monkey sitting on a branch surrounded by leaves with the Chinese character for monkey to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2004″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The debut of a range of coloured coins this year, as well as an expansion of the gilded range and a first appearance of a new favourite, the Silver Typeset Collection. It looks like the Perth Mint was experimenting and the gilded coins proved popular. Also added were 1/2 kg and 5 oz bullion coins.

2004 YEAR OF THE MONKEY SILVER LUNAR SERIES I

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 195
10 oz unltd 265
2 oz unltd 1,470
1 oz 30,000 16,868
1/2 oz 40,000 4,228
1/4 oz 60,000 7,284
1/10 oz 80,000 14,060
1/20 oz 100,000 15,898
3 PROOF SET 3,000 999
1/4 oz PROOF 7,000 402
1/10 oz PROOF 7,000 967

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 5,095
1/2 kg unltd 1,287
10 oz unltd 3,735
5 oz unltd 3,592
2 oz unltd 18,124
1 oz 300,000 105,680
1/2 oz 500,000 52,792
1 kg PROOF 250 39
2 oz PROOF 1,000 264
1 oz PROOF 2,500 931
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 674
3 PROOF SET 1,000 172
5 PROOF SET 500 84
1 kg COLOUR 6,800 1,927
1/2 kg COLOUR 3,800 2,180
10 oz COLOUR 5,000 2,329
5 oz COLOUR 8,800 4,670
2 oz COLOUR 28,000 6,399
1 oz COLOUR 38,000 31,406
1/2 oz COLOUR 38,000 26,192
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 466
1 kg GILDED 1,000 1,000
5 oz GILDED/COL 6,000 6,000
1 oz GILDED 50,000 25,599
4 COIN TYPESET 800 509

2005 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER GOLD LUNAR SERIES I

The half-ounce coin stays in the range

REVERSE: The design depicts a rooster sitting on a rock crowing to the rising sun with the Chinese character for rooster to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2005″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The quarter-ounce gold coin is the low mintage numismatic to watch.

A packed-in design starting to show signs of what was to come with series II.

REVERSE: The design depicts an alert rooster with the rising sun in the background and the Chinese character for rooster to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2005″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The coloured coins continued to be super sellers with the gilded not far behind. The 5-coin set and the 4-coin Typeset have disappeared from the line-up leaving just the three coin set to hold the fort. The 1 kg proof is also strangely absent.

2005 YEAR OF THE ROOSTER SILVER LUNAR SERIES I

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 230
10 oz unltd 240
2 oz unltd 2,129
1 oz 30,000 19,729
1/2 oz 40,000 4,506
1/4 oz 60,000 6,450
1/10 oz 80,000 15,109
1/20 oz 100,000 18,220
3 PROOF SET 3,000 1,388
1/4 oz PROOF 7,000 573
1/10 oz PROOF 7,000 1,152

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 3,818
1/2 kg unltd 1,307
10 oz unltd 2,775
5 oz unltd 5,585
2 oz unltd 16,292
1 oz 300,000 92,691
1/2 oz 500,000 37,994
1 kg PROOF
2 oz PROOF 1,000 262
1 oz PROOF 2,500 1,441
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 607
3 PROOF SET 1,000 293
5 PROOF SET
1 kg COLOUR 6,800 2,124
1/2 kg COLOUR 3,800 3,800
10 oz COLOUR 5,000 1,280
5 oz COLOUR 8,800 8,800
2 oz COLOUR 28,000 6,868
1 oz COLOUR 38,000 38,000
1/2 oz COLOUR 38,000 38,000
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 588
1 oz GILDED 50,000 28,960
5 oz GILDED/COL 10,000 4,665
1 oz GILDED/COL 15,000 8,832
4 COIN TYPESET

2006 YEAR OF THE DOG GOLD LUNAR SERIES I

The only change to the line-up for this year was the appearance of a monster ten kilo coin with a maximum mintage of just 20 pieces. Amazingly, the Perth Mint sold 10 of them and along with just 6 Year of the Pig coins, remain the crowning glory of the entire Lunar Series I range.

REVERSE: The design depicts a labrador type dog standing on grass, gazing forward with the Chinese character for dog to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2006″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The one-ounce gold coin came very close to selling out for the first time since 2002.

Yet again there are changes to the silver line-up. The 1 kg proof is back and the gilded range is pared back to a single coin. Most disappointingly, the 1/2 kg bullion coin has gone, never to return. It’s a personal favourite, being the same diameter as the full one-kilo coin but at half the price.

REVERSE: The design depicts an alsatian sitting and staring, and the Chinese character for dog to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2006″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The 1 kg proof is back and managed to sell-out, as did the 1 oz. The coloured coins continue to do really well but the gilded/coloured coins have gone altogether.

2006 YEAR OF THE DOG SILVER LUNAR SERIES I

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg 20 10
1 kg unltd 137
10 oz unltd 195
2 oz unltd 2,460
1 oz 30,000 26,334
1/2 oz 40,000 5,767
1/4 oz 60,000 6,009
1/10 oz 80,000 12,017
1/20 oz 100,000 15,737
3 PROOF SET 3,000 1,274
1/4 oz PROOF 7,000 777
1/10 oz PROOF 7,000 1,620

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 3,818
1/2 kg unltd 1,307
10 oz unltd 2,775
5 oz unltd 5,585
2 oz unltd 16,292
1 oz 300,000 92,691
1/2 oz 500,000 37,994
1 kg PROOF 100 100
2 oz PROOF 1,000 688
1 oz PROOF 2,500 2,500
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 1,281
3 PROOF SET 1,000 387
5 PROOF SET
1 kg COLOUR 7,000 2,004
1/2 kg COLOUR 7,000 3,406
10 oz COLOUR 5,000 1,014
5 oz COLOUR 20,000 20,000
2 oz COLOUR 40,000 3,240
1 oz COLOUR 70,000 58,373
1/2 oz COLOUR 70,000 29,158
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 504
1 oz GILDED 50,000 30,156
5 oz GILDED/COL
1 oz GILDED/COL
4 COIN TYPESET

2007 YEAR OF THE PIG GOLD LUNAR SERIES I

The 12th and final year in the Lunar Series I sequence features the Pig. The full range of sizes was up for sale.

REVERSE: The design depicts a standing in mud with the Chinese character for pig to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2007″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The one-ounce gold coin came very close to selling out for the first time since 2002.

The special this year was a special lenticular coin with a high mintage and a full sell-out.

REVERSE: The design depicts a pig standing on a bed of leaves, and the Chinese character for pig to the right. The remaining inscriptions include the “2007″ year date and the precious metal weight and purity.

OBVERSE: This carries the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II.

NOTES: The big seller was the one-ounce coloured coin which sold out and had a mintage not far off the bullion coin, a far cry from current release.

2007 YEAR OF THE PIG SILVER LUNAR SERIES I

GOLD MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg 20 6
1 kg unltd 114
10 oz unltd 192
2 oz unltd 3,613
1 oz 30,000 18,149
1/2 oz 40,000 7,694
1/4 oz 60,000 6,486
1/10 oz 80,000 11,216
1/20 oz 100,000 10,308
3 PROOF SET 3,000 1,556
1/4 oz PROOF 7,000 650
1/10 oz PROOF 7,000 1,474

SILVER MINTAGE

SIZE MAX ACTUAL
10 kg
1 kg unltd 3,818
1/2 kg unltd 1,307
10 oz unltd 2,775
5 oz unltd 5,585
2 oz unltd 16,292
1 oz 300,000 92,691
1/2 oz 500,000 37,994
1 kg PROOF 100 100
2 oz PROOF 1,000 369
1 oz PROOF 2,500 2,500
1/2 oz PROOF 5,000 1,006
3 PROOF SET 1,000 333
5 PROOF SET
1 kg COLOUR 7,000 1,695
1/2 kg COLOUR 7,000 2,524
10 oz COLOUR 5,000 1,064
5 oz COLOUR 20,000 13,201
2 oz COLOUR 40,000 2,144
1 oz COLOUR 70,000 70,000
1/2 oz COLOUR 70,000 63,224
1 kg GEMSTONE 5,000 525
1 oz GILDED 50,000 29,251
5 oz GILDED/COL
1 oz GILDED/COL
1 oz LENTICULAR 31,227 31,227

BULLION MINTAGES

SPECIFICATION

GOLD

COIN DENOMINATION WEIGHT DIAMETER
10kg $30,000 AUD 10,001g 180mm
1kg $3,000 AUD 1,001.1g 75.3mm
10oz $1,000 AUD 311.067g 60.3mm
2oz $200 AUD 62.215g 40.6mm
1oz $100 AUD 31.112g 32.1mm
1/2oz $50 AUD 15.554g 25.1mm
1/4oz $25 AUD 7.777g 20.1mm
1/10oz $15 AUD 3.111g 16.1mm
1/20oz $5 AUD 1.556g 14.1mm

SILVER

COIN DENOMINATION WEIGHT DIAMETER
10kg $300 AUD 10,001g 221mm
1kg $30 AUD 1,001.1g 101mm
1/2kg $15 AUD 500.55g 101mm
10oz $10 AUD 311.1g 75.5mm
5oz $8 AUD 155.54g 60.3mm
2oz $2 AUD 62.22g 50.3mm
1oz $1 AUD 31.11g 40.6mm
1/2oz $0.5 AUD 15.55g 32.1mm

THE PERTH MINT

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