The Perth Mint’s lunar juggernaut powers on with three new additions to the range. First up are coloured proof versions of the 2016 Year of the Monkey designs. Three sizes of gold ( one, one-quarter, one tenth ounce) and two of silver (1oz, ½oz), the coins as usual keep the standard lunar design and incorporate selective colouring, in this case to the animals, with the rest of the coin left clean. Th Ing Ing Jong designed coins are packaged as well as you’d expect, with the gold versions selling for $2’699, $699, and $299 AUD, and the silver pair for $99 and $65 AUD.
Of particular interest is the appearance of the popular typeset collection. This four-coin set contains one-ounce silver versions of the design in the various finishes. It includes a proof version, a bullion version, one that is gilded, and a coloured bullion coin. It’s the easiest and cheapest way to obtain one of each and for those that don’t want to go mad buying lunar variants every year, a nice way to scratch that lunar itch in one go. Limited to just 1,500 pieces, although the mintage of each of the constituent coins is far higher, the set will sell for $359.00 AUD. As with all the coins, international buyers don’t pay the 8% GST sales tax, so get them a bit cheaper.