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Answer To Customer Questions About Silver Lunar Series

Topics [ Year of the Mouse Year of the Ox Year of the Rabbit Year of the Tiger Australian Lunar silver coins ]

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Sir, I was recently introduced to the Perth Mint 1oz. silver lunar coin series. I would like to collect the entire series but I am confused in that I have seen different images for the same year. Standing tiger, sitting tiger, one mouse, two mice, one ox, ox with calf. Is there a web page or web site where I can see the real, or official, image of all of the Perth 1oz. silver lunar series?
Also, I have seen here on the Perth Mint website that the 2008 mouse is listed at 45.15 US $. Is this price wholesale only or can I buy them at this price by calling the telephone number shown? Can I be alerted when each future mintage becomes available?
Thank you.
Brian Kuryn


In response to these questions, the following clarifications are for everyone who would like to start collecting Australian Lunar coins.

The original silver Series was introduced by The Perth Mint in 1999. Series I is complete and we do not make those coins any more.

As a result of the worldwide success of Series I, it was decided to introduce a second Lunar Series in 2008, commencing with new designs celebrating the Year of the Mouse. Subsequently we have issued Ox, Tiger and Rabbit coins. During the remainder of Series II we’ll be issuing coins celebrating the Years of Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and Pig.



The first four designs from Series II celebrate the Years of the Mouse, Ox, Tiger and Rabbit.

For collectors, we offer extremely limited proof quality versions. Additionally, the Coloured Edition and Gilded Edition are popular collectables. These issues come in presentation packaging with numbered Certificates of Authenticity. (Check our numismatic website for details of all these annual releases).

For investors, we offer bullion quality versions in capsules. These coins are made in much larger quantities, enabling us to keep the sales premium to a minimum. Even though Lunar bullion coins are made for investors, we do acknowledge that they attract significant collector interest in many quarters.

1oz Lunar silver bullion coins have a maximum mintage of 300,000 each. Series II Ox, Tiger and Rabbit releases are sold out at the Mint, so you’d have to check with our distributors or explore the secondary market if you do not already own these designs.

In answer to the specific points raised above:

• Series II has completely different designs to Series I. Don’t forget that gold Lunar coins have different designs yet again!

• I have included ‘official’ images of the first four Series II silver bullion coins in this post. All remaining designs are submitted to Australian Treasury annually for approval and we are therefore unable to show these until much closer to their release dates.

• Prices on the bullion website are retail and are updated throughout the trading day to reflect changes in the spot value of silver.

• You can access the latest price for all 1oz silver bullion coins here.  The 2008 1oz silver Mouse is the same price as the 2011 1oz Kookaburra and Koala.

• The Australian Lunar Coin Series is issued annually each September. You can stay informed about forthcoming issues by signing up for our monthly e-newsletter when you ‘Register to Buy’ or simply use the ‘Subscribe to Email Newsletter’ form on our home page.

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Year Of The Rabbit 1oz Coins Sold Out

Topics [ silver bullion coins Year of the Rabbit bullion coins gold bullion coins ]

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Chinese New Year celebrations had barely begun when we signed wholesale distribution agreements for the last 1oz gold and final 1oz silver Australian Lunar – 2011 Year of the Rabbit bullion coins.

Within a day or two we will have shipped all 30,000 gold coins and 300,000 silver coins from the Mint, allowing us to declare official sell out of both sizes.

As a result, 1oz gold and silver Rabbits have already been removed from sale on www.perthmintbullion.com.

This is a great result for the Australian Lunar program reflecting not only strong demand for gold and silver from around the world, but also the attractive design and superb strike quality of The Perth Mint’s bullion coins.

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Bumper Demand For Rabbits In Advance Of Chinese New Year

Topics [ silver bullion coins Year of the Rabbit Australian Lunar gold bullion coins ]

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Bullion buyers are wasting no time acquiring 1oz coins from the 2011 Australian Lunar Series II.

With just over three weeks to go before Chinese New Year celebrations kick-off on 3 February, 230,000 1oz silver bullion coins marking the Year of the Rabbit have left or are awaiting shipment from the Mint.

With a full mintage of 300,000, that means 76% of these coins are now accounted for. Sales are looking strong and as I write this post the factory is in the process of manufacturing the remaining 70,000 1oz silver coins.

The possibility of a sell-out is now looking extremely likely.

I can also announce that very nearly 50% of the 2011 1oz gold bullion Rabbits have also been sold. Combined with the previously reported intense interest in 1 kilo silver Rabbits, it’s shaping as another bumper year for the second Australian Lunar Series following the Tiger success in 2010.

99.99% pure gold and 99.9% pure silver bullion coins celebrating the 2011 Year of the Rabbit.

Next year, the Series celebrates the Year of the Dragon. During Series 1, the 2000 year-dated Dragon was our most successful design. A portent of what to expect?

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More Than 1,250,000 Ounces Sold

Topics [ silver bullion coins Year of the Rabbit Australian Lunar silver coins ]

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Since the launch of the 2011 Australian Bullion Coin Program in September, investors have acquired almost 40,000 kilo silver bullion coins from The Perth Mint.

With some significant price increases affecting a number of 1oz silver bullion coins in the international market, our kilo coins are now looking very economical on a per ounce basis.

With 32.151oz of 99.9% pure silver in each kilo coin, you can see that buyers have snapped up well over 1.25 million ounces in the past two and a half months.

The Perth Mint is one of only two mints worldwide currently making kilo bullion coins from 99.9% pure silver.  Our extensive range offers buyers a choice of three designs from the well-known Australian Kookaburra, Koala and Lunar series.

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We’re On YouTube!

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo silver bullion coins gold coins Year of the Rabbit Australian Lunar Australian Koala bullion coins silver coins gold bullion coins Australian Kookaburra ]

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We’re starting a YouTube channel!  It’s early days yet but already the promotional video for the 2011 Australian Bullion Coin program has received plenty of hits.

If you’ve not had a chance, click below to see our brilliant video production skills!

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2011 Kangaroo, Kookaburra and Lunar Coins Available Now

Topics [ Australian Kangaroo silver bullion coins Year of the Rabbit Australian Lunar bullion coins gold bullion coins Australian Kookaburra ]

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We’re celebrating the launch of the 2011 Australian Kangaroo, Australian Kookaburra and Australian Lunar coins this week.

The new releases became officially available on Tuesday.  On 4 October, they’ll be joined by the 2011 Australian Koala issue.

Here are the new designs, sizes and mintages.

Australian Kangaroo Gold Bullion Coins

The series comprises a 1 kilo coin featuring Stuart Devlin’s classic kangaroo design and four smaller coins with a superb image of a kangaroo superimposed on the rays of the rising sun by Aleysha Howarth.  Mintage of 1 kilo coin is unlimited. No more than 350,000 1oz coins, 100,000 1/2oz coins, 150,000 1/4oz coins and 200,000 1/10oz coins will be produced in 2011.

2011Australian Kangaroo

Australian Kookaburra Silver Bullion Coin Series

I think this is one of the most striking Kookaburra designs we’ve ever released.  The three silver coins portray a kookaburra about to launch from a tree stump.  Congratulations to designer Elise Martinson, who was also responsible for the amazing Australian Bush Babies series of collector coins.   Only 500,000 1oz coins will be released.  No mintage limit applies to 1 kilo and 10oz coins.

2011 Australian Kookaburra

Australian Lunar Gold and Silver Bullion Coins

Always popular, the latest Australian Lunar coins celebrate the Year of the Rabbit (3 February 2011 – 22 January 2012).  In Chinese culture, people born in the Year of the Rabbit - 1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011 - are reputedly intelligent, articulate, compassionate and loyal.

There are nine gold coins.  A maximum of 100 10 kilo coins will be produced on a mint-to-order basis in 2011.  No more than 30,000 1oz coins will be produced.  Although no mintage limits apply to the 1 kilo, 10oz, 2oz, 1/2oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz coins, their official mintages will be declared when production ceases at the end of 2011.

2011 AustralianLunar Gold Coins

There are seven silver coins.  A maximum of 500 10 kilo coins will be produced on a mint-to-order basis in 2011.  No more than 300,000 1oz coins will be produced.  No mintage limit applies to 1 kilo, 1/2 kilo, 10oz, 5oz, 2oz and 1/2oz coins.  Except for the 1 kilo release, production of these coins will close at the end of 2011 and we will declare each coin’s official mintage.  Production of 1 kilo coins will cease at the end of the series.

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