1999-2010 Australia 12-Coin 1 oz Silver Lunar Set (SI, Wood Box)

1999-2010 Australia 12-Coin 1 oz Silver Lunar Set (SI, Wood Box)

Contains all 12 coins from the Lunar Series I 1999-2010 with a wood display box.


Set Highlights:

  • Contains 12 oz of .999 fine Silver.
  • Attractively housed in a custom wood box.
  • Reverse: Features the animal for each year throughout the 12 year series.
  • Obverse: Displays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination.
  • Sovereign coins backed by Australian government.


This exceptional set would be a great addition to any coin collection. Add this beautiful 12-Coin Silver Lunar set to your cart today!

The Silver Perth Mint Lunar Series I is a beautiful collection featuring every animal from the Chinese Lunar Calendar and was in production from 1999 until 2010. The coins were minted in a wide array of sizes, including 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 5 oz, 10 oz, 1/2 kilo and 1 kilo and contain .999 fine Silver. The Lunar series was first struck only in Gold, but it proved so popular that three years after its introduction, the Silver series was introduced.

The Silver Perth Lunar Series I features a different animal every year, starting with the rabbit coin in 1999 followed by the dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog, pig, mouse, ox and tiger. The obverse features the profile of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as captured by Raphael Maklouf. The Perth Mint also produced a Gold Lunar series featuring the same animal as the Silver coins, however, the 2006 Silver Year of the Dog coin is unique from its Gold counterpart: the Silver features a German shepherd whereas the Gold coin depicts a beagle.

The Lunar Series is based on the ancient 12-year Chinese lunar calendar, which dates back to 2,600 B.C. The Lunar Calendar is steeped in tradition and symbolism. Based on the appearance of the moon, the Lunar Calendar associates a different animal with each year in the 12-year cycle. These animals are said to have a profound influence on the personalities of people born under their rule.

Established in 1899, the Perth Mint predates the federation of Australia by two years. The mint was initially established for two reasons: to refine the vast amounts of Gold flooding in from various areas of Western Australia and to produce Gold sovereigns and half sovereigns to be used throughout Great Britain. Although Australia became an independent nation in 1901, the Perth Mint remained under the authority of the British crown until 1970. Following a 1987 State Act of Parliament, Gold Corporation, a company entirely owned by the Government of Western Australia, was established and mandated to operate the Perth Mint to market their Gold, Silver and Platinum Australian coins overseas.

The Perth Mint is also known for its outstanding quality and industry-leading creations. In 1957, the mint produced a 13 oz proof “plate” of .999999 fine Gold, the highest purity ever achieved. In 2011, they created the world’s largest, heaviest and most valuable Gold coin, containing .9999 fine Gold and weighing 2,231 pounds, that was worth $53.5 million (AUD) at the time of minting.
Customer Reviews of 1999-2010 Australia 12-Coin 1 oz Silver Lunar Set (SI, Wood Box)
1999-2010 Australia 12-Coin 1 oz Silver Lunar Set (SI, Wood Box)
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On the outside, the box itself is quite nice. It is far sturdier than the original red cardboard box. My only complaint is with how it retains the coins. The only thing you get is a loose piece of limp, felt lined foam with holes cut in it, and it's not even glued in place. It can be pulled right out. The black felt allows for nicer contrast. However, after stuffing a complete collection into the inserts, the foam bunches up a bit, but not nearly enough to keep the coins secure. In other words, don't drop it unless you want to chase a dozen coins rolling around on the floor. If you prefer presentation over function, this box is fantastic. If you want display box that will hold your collection snugly, then I'd stick with the old red one.

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