Australian Lunar Series I Silver 1/2oz coin set, 9 coins in presentation box. In 1996 The Perth Mint introduced the Series I Lunar gold coins to honor the 12 years of the Chinese Zodiac represented by the animals (in order).Rat, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. The Series I Lunar gold were created in mintage of 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz and 1/20oz. The release of the Lunar Gold coins was so successful that the Perth Mint created the Series I Lunar silver coins starting in 1999 with the year of the rabbit.
The silver coins were created in mintage of 1 Kilo, 10oz, 2oz, 1oz and 1/2oz. At the end of the Series I Lunar Gold in 2007 the Perth Mint decided to create a set of Series II Lunar coins both gold and silver starting with the year of the rat in 2008. The Series I Gold coins had completed the 12 years by 2007, but the Series I Silver coins were only 9 years into the 12 year cycle. The Perth Mint decided to complete a select number of the silver mintage, namely the 1 Kilo, 2oz and 1oz. Hence the Series I Silver 1/2oz coins did not get completed and so has 9 coins in the set.
The obverse of each coin displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II along with Ian Rank-Broadley, initials IRB, ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" and "50 CENTS. These coins are issued as legal tender of Australia. The reverse of the coin shows an image of the animal associated with each Chinese Lunar Calendar year and displays the'Year of Issue' and the Chinese Symbol of the animal. The reverse also displays the weight "1/2 OZ" and purity of the coin "999 SILVER".
The Perth Mint mark P is NOT shown on the coin as in later series, however, The 1999 Year of the Rabbit has a special P100 mint mark which represents The Perth Mint's 100th Anniversary. The item "Australia lunar silver series 1 coin set (9 1/2oz coins) and presentation box" is in sale since Thursday, January 2, 2020.
This item is in the category "Coins & Paper Money\Coins\ World\Australia & Oceania\Australia\Commemorative". The seller is "mhod" and is located in Keaau, Hawaii. This item can be shipped to United States.