2018 YEAR OF THE DOG: A GUIDE TO THE GOLD & SILVER LUNAR COINS

Without question the most widespread theme in modern numismatics, the Lunar Calendar has drawn in mints and producers from all regions of the globe. The choice of designs and sizes is quite incredible, going from 0.5 grams up to coins 40,000 times that size, with ranges encompassing both gold and silver. Colouring, gilding, high-relief or with embedded gems, there’s usually something for every taste.This is the fourth guide we’ve produced. After the 2014 Horse and 2015 Goat, we passed over the 2016 Monkey before coming back with a much improved format for the 2017 Rooster. Rather than wait for most of the coins to be released before producing a 2018 Dog guide, we’ve decided to start early and add as the year progresses. We’ll notify through our occasional site update posts when new coins have been added.

Starting on 16th February 2018 and running until 5 February 2019, the Year of the Brown Earth Dog is said to represent people that are honest, faithful, loyal, trust-worthy, worrisome & sharp-tongued. Famous roosters have included Cher, Winston Churchill, Bill Clinton, Benjamin Franklin,  Jane Goodall, & Socrates. Whatever the background, it’s clearly a canvas broad enough to inspire designers to try something different.

Many major mints issue lunar coins, the most famous being the Perth Mints seminal Lunar Series II, their second, almost complete run through the lunar cycle. Several bullion series are running in competition, the most notable being the Royal Mint’s Shengxiao Collection. A favourite of ours, the Treasures of Oz Tokelau range had stopped its run last year, but is now back in a more limited form. The commemorative market remains open to variation and despite coins being released ridiculously early every year, new ones appear over a long period.

CHANGELOG

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT LUNAR DOG

To celebrate the Year of the Dog in 2018, the Royal Australian Mint has released the last set of coins from its highly-regarded Lunar Series. Reflecting many of the original Lunar Series design elements this $1 1oz fine silver proof coin is a stunning representation of this Chinese zodiac sign.

The Chinese Zodiac, Sheng Xiao, has its basis in a twelve-year cycle. Each year is represented by one of twelve animals with unique personality traits, with these characteristics being passed on to people born in that year. In 2018, the Lunar Year of the Dog will see the births of many people who are said to be faithful, courageous, agile, smart and warm-hearted.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 11.66 g 25.00 mm PROOF 10,000
$1 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.00 mm PROOF 3,000
$10 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.10 mm PROOF 500
$30 AUSTRALIAN 0.999 SILVER 1000 g 99.95 mm PROOF 500

ROYAL AUSTRALIAN MINT LUNAR DOG GOLD

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$10 AUSTRALIAN 0.9999 GOLD 3.11 g 17.53 mm PROOF 10,000

PERTH MINT LUNAR SERIES II SILVER PROOF

In 2018, we celebrate the 11th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.

The 2018 silver releases are available as individual 1 kilo, 1oz, and 1/2oz coins, or in a stunning three-coin set comprising a 1/2oz, a 1oz, and an exclusive 2oz issue.

REVERSE: depicts a German shepherd dog and pup lying in grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each individual silver coin and three-coin set is housed in a stylish red and black presentation case and themed shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
1 KG $30 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 1000.1 g 100.60 mm PROOF 500
2 OZ $2 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 62.213 g 55.60 mm PROOF 2,000*
1 OZ $1 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 45.60 mm PROOF 8,500**
1/2 OZ $0.5 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 15.553 g 36.60 mm PROOF 9,000***

* 1,000 in the three coin set
** 5,000 in this individual packaging, 1,000 in the three coin set
*** 8,000 in this individual packaging, 1,000 in the three coin set

PERTH MINT LUNAR SERIES II GOLD PROOF

In 2018, we celebrate the 11th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.

Meticulously struck from 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, no more than 3,000 individual 1oz coins, 5,000 1/4oz coins, 4,000 1/10oz coins and 1,500 three-coin sets will be released in this packaging.

GOLD REVERSE: depicts a chocolate labrador retriever standing on rocks and featuring a stylised pine tree in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Gold Proof Lunar coins from The Perth Mint are housed in elegant oval-shaped display cases, featuring a glossy timber-effect lid and presented in a coloured themed shipper.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
1 OZ $100 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 31.112 g 39.34 mm PROOF 6,000*
1/4 OZ $25 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 7.777 g 22.60 mm PROOF 8,000**
1/10 OZ $15 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 3.111 g 18.60 mm PROOF 8,000***

* 3,000 in this individual packaging, 1,500 in the three coin set
** 5,000 in this individual packaging, 1,500 in the three coin set
*** 4,000 in this individual packaging, 1,500 in the three coin set

PERTH MINT LUNAR SERIES II SILVER BULLION

In 2018, we celebrate the 11th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.

REVERSE: depicts a German shepherd dog and pup lying in grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 KG $300 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 10,001 g 221.0 mm B/UNC 100
1 KG $30 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 1,000 g 100.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
10 OZ $10 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 311.1 g 85.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
5 OZ $8 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
2 OZ $2 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 62.2 g 55.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1 OZ $1 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 31.1 g 45.60 mm B/UNC 300,000
1/2 OZ $0.5 AUD 0.9999 SILVER 15.5 g 36.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD

PERTH MINT LUNAR SERIES II GOLD BULLION

In 2018, we celebrate the 11th animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.

Meticulously struck from 99.99% pure gold in proof quality, no more than 3,000 individual 1oz coins, 5,000 1/4oz coins, 4,000 1/10oz coins and 1,500 three-coin sets will be released in this packaging.

REVERSE: depicts a chocolate labrador retriever standing on rocks and featuring a stylised pine tree in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

COIN DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
1 KG $3,000 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 1000.1 g 100.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
10 OZ $1,000 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 311.1 g 75.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
2 OZ $200 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 62.2 g 41.10 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1 OZ $100 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 31.1 g 39.34 mm B/UNC 30,000
1/2 OZ $50 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 15.55 g 30.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1/4 OZ $25 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 22.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1/10 OZ $15 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 3.11 g 18.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD
1/20 OZ $5 AUD 0.9999 GOLD 1.55 g 14.60 mm B/UNC UNLTD

PERTH MINT COLOURED SILVER BULLION AND GEMEYE

A regular bullion coin but with colour highlights, this has always been a popular variant, and the one-kilo ‘GemEye’ edition of the standard silver design is at heart just a larger version of the coloured silver lunar. The main difference is the inset gemstone, in this case citrine. It’s placed in the eye of the animal, hence the series name.

REVERSE: depicts a coloured German shepherd dog and pup lying in grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background. The dog has a blue sapphire set into its eye. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each individual silver coin and three-coin set is housed in a stylish red and black presentation case and themed shipper, accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$30 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 1000.1 g 100.60 mm UNCIRCULATED 500
$30 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 45.60 mm UNCIRCULATED 170,000

PERTH MINT SILVER GILDED

Available in a one-ounce format, the coin is a standard uncirculated version with the rooster picked out in fine gold. These have been popular over the years and there is a collectors box that will hold a twelve-coin set.

REVERSE: The reverse of the coin depicts a German shepherd dog, gilded in 24 carat gold, and a pup lying in grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a classic black and red display case and illustrated shipper and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

The Year of the Dog Gilded Edition can also be purchased in a capsule only with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Cases are still available for collectors of the complete twelve-coin set.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 45.60 mm UNCIRCULATED 50,000

PERTH MINT SILVER COLOURED PROOF

Available in a one-ounce format usually, last year saw the 2017 Perth ANDA Money Expo get a limited two-ounce variant with a tiny mintage of just 1,000 units. It’s yet to be seen if this will be repeated.

REVERSE: The reverse of the coin depicts a coloured German Shepherd dog and pup lying in grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a stylish red and black display case and illustrated lunar-themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 45.60 mm PROOF COLOURED 10,000

PERTH MINT SILVER HIGH RELIEF

Often considered the most beautiful of the Lunar Series II range, the high-relief range takes the standard artwork and strikes it deeply into a smaller but thicker coin. Slightly convex on both sides, the result is a crisp, attractive coin.

REVERSE: The reverse of the coin depicts a German shepherd dog and pup lying in grass with Chinese peony flowers in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a stylish red and black display case and illustrated lunar-themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 SILVER 31.107 g 32.60 mm PROOF 7,500

PERTH GOLDHIGH RELIEF

Often considered the most beautiful of the Lunar Series II range, the high-relief range takes the standard artwork and strikes it deeply into a smaller but thicker coin. Slightly convex on both sides, the result is a crisp, attractive coin.

REVERSE: depicts a chocolate labrador retriever standing on rocks and featuring a stylised pine tree in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2017 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in a classic wooden lid display case and themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$100 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 GOLD 31.107 g 27.30 mm PROOF 388

PERTH MINT GOLD PROOF COLOURED

The standard proof gold design with selective colouring. Available only in a one-ounce version.

REVERSE: The reverse of the coin depicts a chocolate Labrador Retriever standing on rocks and featuring a stylised pine tree in the background. The Chinese character for ‘dog’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Dog’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

OBVERSE: The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2018 year date, and the monetary denomination are depicted on each coin’s obverse.

PRESENTATION: Each coin is housed in an oval-shaped, glossy black and timber-inspired display case within a lunar-themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$100 AUSTRALIA 0.9999 GOLD 31.107 g 39.34 mm PROOF 3,000

SINGAPORE MINT HIGH-RELIEF SILVER DOG

The Kingdom of Bhutan proudly issues the Happiest Lunar Coin – Bhutan Lunar Dog, exclusively minted and marketed by The Singapore Mint.

Not only known as one of the happiest country, the Kingdom of Bhutan is also popularly known as the Last Shangri-La of the world.

The 2018 Bhutan Lunar Dog Coin features an energetic dog tastefully depicted with florals, leaves and clouds. Its agile limbs are accentuated with swirls and clouds to resemble swift-like movement and exude its jovial nature. The paws are shaped like an auspicious ‘Ruyi’, symbolizing blessings of good fortune.

The reverse features the picturesque Haa Valley, one of the Kingdom of Bhutan’s well-kept secret. Only opened to tourism in 2002, it is untouched by modernization.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
Nu. 1000 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF 1,000
Nu. 500 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.7 mm PROOF 10,000

SINGAPORE MINT GOLD DOG

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
Nu. 1000 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 21.96 mm PROOF 2,000

MONEDA NUEVA YEAR OF THE DOG

Producer of probably our favourite lunar snake coin, Moneda Nueva didn’t follow it up in following years but are now back with a new entrant into what is the most varied theme in modern numismatics. Issued for the Republic of Cameroon instead of Samoa, it retains the high-relief strike and the highlighted eyes that made the original such a stand-out piece.

Featuring a close-in portrait of a dog, there looks to be a great level of detail in the depiction of the hair. Just the inscription ‘YEAR OF THE DOG’ is present on the reverse face and it’s well-placed and non-intrusive. The eyes of the dog are brightly coloured and contrast well without appearing cartoonish. The obverse, also antique-finished, carries the emblem of Cameroon surrounded by the inscribed issuer, date and denomination.

Presented in a latex-skin floating frame and with a certificate of authenticity, each of the 500 coins is supplied in a themed shipper.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
3,000 FRANCS CFA 0.925 SILVER 93.3 g 55.0 mm ANTIQUE / COLOUR 500

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT LOTUS LUNAR GOLD

Viewed in side profile, the dog is the very image of a faithful protector and courageous companion as it looks beyond the coin’s scalloped rim. Beneath its muzzle, the engraved Chinese character for “dog” is engraved within a red-enamelled box that adds a colourful element of good luck. Branches of magnolia blossoms provide a breathtaking ornamental flourish on the left side of the coin; they too are symbolic, for the blooms represent purity and nobility—it’s a fitting floral tribute to a sign associated with some of humanity’s more virtuous qualities.

The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.  Your coin is encapsulated and housed in a gold satin-like covered case with a custom red sleeve.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2,500 CANADIAN 0.9999 GOLD 1,000 g 120.0 mm PROOF 10

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT LOTUS LUNARS

The reverse commemorates 2018 as the Year of the Dog with a design that emphasizes the noble character of its animal representative. Viewed in side profile, the dog is the very image of a faithful protector and courageous companion as it looks beyond the coin’s scalloped rim. Beneath its muzzle lies the engraved Chinese character for “dog,” while the timeless beauty of magnolia blossoms adds an ornamental flourish to the left side of the coin.

These ancient blooms are far more symbolic, however, for they represent nobility and purity, and are a fitting floral tribute to a sign associated with some of humanity’s more virtuous qualities. The obverse features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by Susanna Blunt.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$15 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 26.7 g 38.0 mm PROOF 18,888

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT YEAR OF THE DOG

Your favourite dog personality will be your best friend forever when you honour them with either of these exquisite coins celebrating the Year of the Dog. Their authentic Chinese design captures the dog’s warmth, loyalty and loving care, complete with auspicious clouds whose swirls are echoed in the dog’s fur to ensure good luck always rains down upon the most likeable sign of the Chinese zodiac—a treasure in 18-karat gold!

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$150 CANADIAN 0.750 GOLD 11.84 g 28.0 mm PROOF 1,500

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT ONE-OUNCE DOG

Canadian artist Aries Cheung has created a stylized depiction of a dog leaping with playful energy over its Chinese character. Behind the Dog is a rainbow and auspicious clouds, their swirling contours echoed in the dog’s fur to bestow good fortune upon this zodiac sign.

Your coin is encapsulated and housed in a silver satin-like covered case with a custom red sleeve.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$15 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 31.39 g 38.0 mm PROOF 10,888

ROYAL CANADIAN MINT HALF-OUNCE DOG

Canadian artist Simon Ng has created a stylized depiction of a dog standing above a traditional Chinese latticework that incorporates a rose, one of the dog’s lucky flowers. A rose also appears on the dog’s chest, while onciduim and cymbidium orchids, the dog’s other floral charms, fill the remainder of its silhouette. The Chinese character for dog appears to the right. Beautiful engraving captures the energy of the loyal dog personality that is always poised and ready to play—or protect

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$10 CANADIAN 0.9999 SILVER 15.87 g 34.0 mm SPECIMEN 15,888

ARTISAN COIN PRODUCTIONS OMINOUS LUNAR

Artisan Coin Productions, a California-based coin design studio, has teamed up with the Mint of Poland to create a new 12-coin Lunar series to be issued in the name of the Republic of Chad, an African nation.

Called “Ominous Lunar Calendar”, the new series will feature a one-ounce coin made of .999 fine silver for each lunar year. Each piece will be struck in ultra-high relief with a depth of four millimeters and an antique finish.

REVERSE: This series debuts with a 2018 Year of the Dog coin that is inspired by the Hound of Baskervilles, a supernatural and diabolical beast from the novel of the same name by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, his third book that features the legend of Sherlock Holmes. The coin has two traditional Asian buildings plus clouds and a moon with craters will be in the background.

OBVERSE: Will be the same for all 12 Lunar coins showing 12 claws of the fictional character on its two paws (6 claws on each paw) with each claw symbolizing one of the Lunar animals, whose name will appear above the claw. Knowing the current or any other animal/year, collectors can use this design to figure out by counting what their own Lunar year is and will know what other coins they need to complete the series.

At the top of the common obverse will be a moon, while in the center will appear the coat of arms of the Republic of Chad that holds by two paws.

And under the coat of arms will be the logo of the Mint of Poland. Surrounding this design will be inscriptions for the purity, weight, name of the series, and face value.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
5,000 Francs CFA (Republic of Chad) 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 38.61 mm ANTIQUE 999

BANK OF CHINA LOTUS DOG

There are five basic sets of designs again this year with four different shapes as there were last year, for a total of seventeen different coins spread across gold and silver.

SInce the Bank of China decided to eschew the standard weights used by all other mints for a decimalised system, coin sizes have changed slightly but not in any dramatic way. Sizes range from 3 grams to a staggering 10,000 grams (10kg) in gold and from 30 grams to a kilo in silver. A surprising thing we’ve noticed in previous years is the lack of a one-ounce (or now 30g) gold coin in any of the designs.

The coins were minted at multiple locations; Shenzhen Guobao Mint, Shenyang Mint and Shanghai Mint Co. They’re distributed by China Gold Coin Corporation.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 30.0 g 40.00 mm PROOF 60,000
200 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 15.0 g 27.00 mm PROOF 8,000
10,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 1,000 g 100.00 mm PROOF 118

BANK OF CHINA COLOURED DOG

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 30.0 g 40.00 mm PROOF 300,000
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 150.0 g 70.00 mm PROOF 30,000
50 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 3.0 g 18.00 mm PROOF 180,000
2,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 1,000 g 60.00 mm PROOF 3,000

BANK OF CHINA DOG

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 30.0 g 40.00 mm PROOF 300,000
300 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 1,000.0 g 100.00 mm PROOF 10,000
50 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 3.0 g 18.00 mm PROOF 180,000
5,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 500.0 g 80.00 mm PROOF 2,000
20,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 2,000.0 g 110.00 mm PROOF 100
100,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 10,000 g 180.00 mm PROOF 18

BANK OF CHINA FAN-SHAPED DOG

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 30.0 g 85 mm outer radius PROOF 80,000
150 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 10.0 g 51 mm outer radius PROOF 30,000

BANK OF CHINA RECTANGULAR DOG

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
50 YUAN 0.999 SILVER 150.0 g 80.0 x 50.0 mm PROOF 20,000
2,000 YUAN 0.999 GOLD 150.0 g 64.0 x 40.0 mm PROOF 2,000

MDM DEUTSCHE PEARL DOG

Another series from German dealer MDM that’s entering it’s seventh year, this series is distinguished by a small central pearl, in the case of the 2018 coin, a black freshwater one. Like previous years the animals, in this case a pair of sprinting dogs, are highlighted with 24kt gold. They come in a box with a certificate. In our view, a fine coin and a major improvement on the 2017 rooster issue.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$10 FIJI 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.00 mm PROOF / INSERT 8,888

MONNAIE DE PARIS HIGH RELIEF SILVER DOG

The 2018 collection has three 10 and 20 euro currencies in silver, 50 euro in gold. The reliefs of that of 20 euro have a height of 1.50 mm (usually the reliefs of a currency do not exceed 0.15 mm).

REVERSE: Overflowing through two circular friezes with traditional Chinese motifs, a Chow-chow; 2018 vintage above his head; On his body the kanji meaning dog (狗 [gou]). Legend YEAR OF THE DOG

OBVERSE: Coming to surround the two gates of a temple on which are inscribed the initials RF of French Republic, a screen, decorated with the twelve signs of the Chinese zodiac, represented several times each; At the ends, along the listel, the years 2018 to 2029; Face value 10 EURO top left, on two lines. Legend CHINESE CALENDAR

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
20€ EURO 0.999 SILVER 31.104 g 22.00 mm PROOF 5,000

MONNAIE DE PARIS SILVER DOG

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
10€ EURO 0.900 SILVER 22.2 g 37.00 mm PROOF 5,000

MONNAIE DE PARIS GOLD DOG

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
50€ EURO 0.999 GOLD 7.78 g 22.0 mm PROOF 500

THE KAZAKHSTAN MINT LUNAR CALENDAR

The eighth coin in Kazakhstan’s lunar coin sequence. Previous issues have been available in gold as well and although we’ve yet to see sign of it, it may yet appear.

On the reverse in the center thereof, there is an image of the dog – a symbol of the year 2018 according to the Oriental Calendar, and a trademark of Kazakhstan Mint. A wide satin-finished edge runs along the perimeter of the coin, on the full-circle of which there are: a plate with a depressed legend “2018”, depressed legend “ШЫҒЫС КҮНТІЗБЕСІ” (SHYGYS KUNTIZBESI) in the state language, “ВОСТОЧНЫЙ КАЛЕНДАРЬ” (VOSTOCHNY KALENDAR”) in the Russian language and “ORIENTAL CALENDAR” in the English language. Other eleven symbols of the Oriental Calendar are arranged on the inside of the satin-finished edge.

In the center of the obverse there are mythological symbols of constellations of the celestial map of the Arch and legend (“Ag 925 31.1g” ), which denotes the metal a coin is made of, its fineness and weight. A wide satin-finished edge runs along the perimeter of the coin, on the full-circle of which there are: a plate with a depressed legend “500 ТЕҢГЕ” (“500 TENGE), which denotes the coin’s nominal value; the depressed legend “ҚАЗАҚСТАН RESPUBLIKASY” (Republic of Kazakhstan) in the state language and REPUBLIC OF KAZAKHSTAN in the English language and a stylized image of the Sun.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
500 Tenge 0.925 SILVER 31.1 g 38.61 mm PROOF 3,000

MDM DEUTSCHE JADE DOG

This is now the seventh year that this attractive series, again from MDM, has been released. The highlight feature of this range is a Burmese jade ring carrying gilded lettering in English and Chinese. In the centre sits a gilded representation of the lunar animal. The border carries a struck pattern of dogs and paw prints. The coin is two ounces in weight and has the nicely detailed emblem of the The Lao People’s Democratic Republic on the obverse.

Burmese Jade, called Jadeite, is considered the finest in the world and believed precious in China back as far as the 13th century. It was used for hardstone carving as far back as 6,000B.C. The various varieties of Jade have had a great cultural significance for thousands of years.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
2,000 KIP 0.999 SILVER 62.2 g 55.00 mm PROOF / INSERT 2,888

SINGAPORE MINT SILVER LUNAR DOG

The Monetary Authority of Macau proudly presents the Macau Lunar Coin Collection (2008 – 2019), which is exclusively minted and marketed by The Singapore Mint. The Macau Lunar Dog Coin, the eleventh in this collection is issued in conjunction with the arrival of the 2018 Year of the Dog.

The obverse side of the coin features a jovial dog accompanied by flourishing chrysanthemums. Known as one of the “Four Gentlemen among Flowers”, chrysanthemums are known for the beauty and virtues they represent – they symbolize resilience and the capacity to withstand adversities as they brave the frost to bloom in the cold autumn air.

The reverse side features the ‘Leal Senado’ Building built in 1784. It is located within the Historic Centre of Macao, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The ‘Leal Senado’ Building was Macao’s first municipal chamber, a function it maintains till today.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
20 PATACAS 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.7 mm PROOF / COLOUR 8,000
100 PATACAS 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 2,000

SINGAPORE MINT GOLD LUNAR ROOSTER

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
250 PATACAS 0.9999 GOLD 7.78 g 21.96 mm PROOF / COLOUR 5,000

INTERNATIONAL COIN HOUSE SAFE YEAR OF THE DOG

The Chinese zodiac is a twelve-year cycle in which each year is associated with a specific animal. Those born during the year of a certain animal were thought to share some of the qualities of that animal. The twelve animals in order are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig. 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

REVERSE: In the centre of the coin tehere is a dog presenting as a house defender. On the background stylised stars, Sun and Moon. Around the coin inscription: “SAFE YEAR OF THE DOG”.

OBVERSE: In the center of the coin coat of arms of the Republic of Macedonia, below year of the issue 2018. Around the coin inscriptions: “Republic of Macedonia” and “100 Denars” (in Macedonian).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
100 DENARS 0.925 SILVER 28.28 g 38.61 mm PROOF / COLOUR 5,000

INTERNATIONAL COIN HOUSE WEALTHY YEAR OF THE DOG

The Chinese zodiac is a twelve-year cycle in which each year is associated with a specific animal. Those born during the year of a certain animal were thought to share some of the qualities of that animal. The twelve animals in order are: rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig. 2018 is the Year of the Dog.

REVERSE: In the centre of the coin there is a dog pulling a the two-wheel carriage fulfilled with gold coins. On the background four-leaf clovers making wishes come true. Around the coin inscription: “WEALTHY YEAR OF THE DOG”.

OBVERSE: In the center of the coin coat of arms of the Republic of Macedonia, below year of the issue 2018. Around the coin inscriptions: “Republic of Macedonia” and “100 Denars” (in Macedonian).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
100 DENARS 0.925 SILVER 28.28 g 38.61 mm PROOF / COLOUR 5,000

COIN INVEST TRUST SILVER NOTE AND MINIGOLD

In February 2017, CIT presented the first legal tender silver notes series «Skyline Dollars». Now already on its eigth issue, the silver note technology is ready to expand into lunar topics starting with the 2018 Year of the Dog. Issued by Mongolia, the new silver note depicts the Mongol Bankhar, a landrace once commonly kept by nomadic herders and perfectly adapted to the harsh climate and landscape.

The first Mongolian lunar silver note is kept in the same specifications as the popular Skyline Dollar series with 5 grams of fine silver spread over 150×70 mm. A traditional small gold coin with a similar design is also available.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
100 TOGROG 0.999 SILVER 5.0 g 150 x 70 mm PROOFLIKE 5,000
1,000 TOGROG 0.9999 GOLD 0.5 g 11.0 mm PROOF 15,000

NEW ZEALAND MINT DISNEY FOIL

This stunning 5g pure silver foil celebrates the 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog with Disney’s Mickey Mouse. The engraved foil includes the image for Year of the Dog from Disney’s Chinese Zodiac Animals collection, along with the Chinese character for Dog, highlighted in red. The number in the mintage is printed on the reverse of each foil. The obverse features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
$0.2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 5.0 g 150.0 x 70.0 mm BU / COLOUR 50,000

NEW ZEALAND MINT DISNEY DOG

This is the first coin in a Lunar coin collection licensed by Disney. Celebrating the 2018 Lunar Year of the Dog, the coin design features an engraving of a smiling Mickey Mouse with a stylized dog, direct from Disney’s Chinese Zodiac Animals collection. The Chinese character for Dog is highlighted in red.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 10,000

NEW ZEALAND MINT COLOURED DOG

This coin shows a coloured image of powerful German Shepherd Dogs. The polished background features an engraved Chinese pine tree and rockery, signifying a steady foundation and long life. “Year of the Dog” is engraved in English along with the Chinese character for Dog.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 10,000

NEW ZEALAND MINT BULLION DOGS

The 1 oz Year of the Dog Bullion Coin – Niue 2018 features 3 dogs in polished relief. The obverse of the coin features the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$2 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 40.0 mm BULLION TBD
$250 NEW ZEALAND 0.9999 GOLD 31.1 g 40.0 mm BULLION TBD

DOWNIES GILDED FIVE-OUNCE

A fine design from Downies for the latest in their much sought after series of gilded five-ounce silver lunars. Each is struck to a high relief with plenty of detail and realism. Prices on early issues rose very quickly, but they seem to have settled down over the last couple of years.

The serial number on the certificate is reproduced on the edge of the coin. The obverse, as you’d expect from Niue, is the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Nicely packaged and limited to 500 pieces, we think these are amongst the best of this years crop of coins, although at $525.00 AUD, not for everyone.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIMENSIONS FINISH MINTAGE
$8 New Zealand 0.999 SILVER 155.5 g 65.0 mm PROOF GILDED 500

MINT OF POLAND LUCKY LUNAR

The latest in the lucky lunar range from the Mennica Polksa carries on with the previous theme and design. On the border are a ‘lucky’ seven paw prints in place of last years rooster feathers. A well realised dog portrait is framed by an inscription filled border.

The coin is nicely boxed with a certificate of authenticity, all in an attractive outer shipper. Price around $75. Thanks to APMEX for the images.

REVERSE: In the central part of the coin – relief image of a dog. In the upper part of the coin, along the rim – inscription: YEAR OF THE DOG 2018 (name of the coin and year of issue). In the bottom part of the coin, along the rim – decorative elements: seven golden paw prints. In the centre –Chinese logogram standing for the Year of the Dog

OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin – effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Below it – mint mark: m/w, hallmark: Ag 999. Along the rim – inscriptions separated by decorative dots: ELIZABETH II, NIUE ISLAND (issuer), 1 DOLLAR (face value), 2018 (year of issue).

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 NEW ZEALAND 0.999 SILVER 17.50 g 38.61 mm PROOF / GILDING 999

MINT OF POLAND CRYSTAL PENDANT

The SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystal pendant is a great gift idea for Dogs of the Year. But not just for them! The coin worn as a jewelery will discreetly emphasize your style and personality and will bring you happiness in the coming Dog Year . The pendant has been made with great attention to detail and will surely become a gem of your collection. Let yourself be a touch of luxury!

OBVERSE: In the central part of the coin – effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Inscriptions: ELIZABETH II, 1 DOLLAR (face value), NIUE (issuer), 2018 (year of issue). In the upper part of the obverse – two round cut-outs. Next to the right cut-out – hallmark: Ag 999. In the background – textured surface. Right-hand, above the effigy of the Queen mint mark – m/w.

REVERSE: In the central part of the coin – relief image of a dog adorned with platinum coloured SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS. In the background – diagonal chequerboard pattern. In the upper part of the coin – two round cut-outs.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 New Zealand 0.999 SILVER 10.0 g 13.0 x 30.0 mm PROOF 1,000

MINT OF POLAND CHRISTENING DOG

This beautiful Silver coin is dedicated to those born under the Chinese lunar year of the Dog and is thought to be a baby Christening Gift. The coin has a beautiful design, has a wonderful coloration, has a Proof quality and comes in a specially designed presentation case, along with the Certificate of Authenticity. Limited mintage to 999 pieces worldwide.

OBVERSE: features the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the inscriptions: “ELIZABETH II” – the name of the Queen, “2018” – the year of issue, “1 DOLLAR” – the face value and “NIUE” – the issuing country.

REVERSE: commemorates 2018 as the Year of the Dog with a design that was created with children in mind. The design features a lovely children petting a dog. On the left of the reverse, the inscription: “YEAR OF THE DOG” – the name of the coin.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 New Zealand 0.999 SILVER 16.81 g 41.0 mm PROOF 999

HELVETIC MINT SPLASHING DOG

The tiny dog splashs full of joy through the puddles and leaves wet and colorful footprints. Look at his face, he is proud of his doing and not guilty for the dirt he does … We love our dogs, they are part of the family, no matter what they do!

Watercolor splashing is a famous technology. This design is both, colorful and unique. The lack of a black outline makes each watercolor design look just like a painting with the splashs of color, rather than a stylized picture.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$1 New Zealand 0.999 SILVER 8.5 g 30.0 mm PROOFLIKE 500

NEW ZEALAND MINT CHINA EXCLUSIVE ISSUES

In order to greet the lunar year of the dog, and to carry forward the zodiac culture, the great artist Mr. Zhou Ling Zhao who is nearly 100 years old, has produced and exclusively authorized the zodiac dog works.

The much-anticipated Golden Dog Blessing: WuXu Year of Dog Chinese Zodiac Commemorative Silver Coin has been issued and blesses everyone with best wishes.

The Golden Dog Blessing: Wu Xu Year of Dog Chinese Zodiac Commemorative Silver Coin is issued by New Zealand Mint. The silver coin with heavy weight has two specifications, 500g and 1000g.

The Golden Dog Blessing: Wu Xu Year of Dog Chinese Zodiac Commemorative Silver Coin Set is issued by New Zealand Mint. The silver coin set consists of three 1oz 999 fine silver coins and 3oz in total.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$50 New Zealand 0.999 SILVER 500 g 120.0 mm PROOF 5,000
$100 New Zealand 0.999 SILVER 1,000 g 120.0 mm PROOF 3,000
$2 New Zealand x 3 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g x 3 40.0 mm PROOF 20,000

BH MAYER ULTRA HIGH RELIEF DOGS

This was one of last years standout lunars last year and this one looks to be of a similar quality.. Struck in High Relief, the design is a simple, but crisp looking dogs head around which is a patterned border. The inscription ‘YEAR OF THE DOG’ and the date are present. Issued for Palau, the obverse carries the excellent looking emblem of that state.

Three versions of the coin are available, all using the same base coin, just with differing finishes. One has a coloured dog head and in another the head is gilded. The third has a gilded border instead of the head and is my favourite of the trio. All are well packaged in a black box with a certificate of authenticity.

DENOMINATION COMPOSITION WEIGHT DIAMETER FINISH MINTAGE
$5 PALAU 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 35.0 mm PROOF / GILDED 1,000
$5 PALAU 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 35.0 mm PROOF / COLOUR 500
$5 PALAU 0.999 SILVER 31.1 g 35.0 mm PROOF / GILDED HEAD 500

AFRICAN LUNAR OUNCE