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Two of the world’s hottest annual semi-numismatic silver coin series are the the Silver Lunar series and Silver Kookaburra coins from the Perth Mint. With mintage limits of 300,000 for the 1 oz Silver Lunar coin, and 500,000 for the 1 oz Silver Kookaburra, these particular coins sell-out rather quickly every year due to continually strong collector demand.
Another big hit every year is the Silver Koala coins. These argent representations of Australia's cuddliest marsupial have an enthusiastic following of their own, and have no mintage limit year to year. Each of these silver coin series are back again for 2016, giving coin collectors an attractive precious metal option while also appealing to bullion investors looking for artistic flair in their investment.
The Kookaburra series from the Perth Mint celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015. It's back again for 2016 with another brand new reverse design that embodies the distinctive kookaburra, a bird that has long served as one of Australia's national symbols, as well as highlighting the Aussie landscape. The Perth Mint points out that the adorable kookaburra (or "kook") is virtually synonymous with Australian bush.
The reverse design of the Silver Kookaburra coin features the bird known for its childlike laughter, the kookaburra, nestled on the branch of a wooden post that is surrounded by scenery of the Australian Outback, the arid bush country. The kookaburra has its head cocked back, almost as if it's in the middle of laughing. The coin’s obverse uses an effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by acclaimed British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.
This year’s Silver Lunar coins commemorate the Year of the Monkey in the Chinese Lunar calendar, with a design showing a scene of a monkey and its baby high up in the tree branches. The younger monkey holds a fruit as it receives instruction from its elder. The Chinese symbol for "Monkey" hovers above the two primates in the center of the field. The last time the Year of the Monkey occurred was in 2004, and it won’t return in the Lunar cycle until 2028.
This year, the familiar Silver Koala series literally broadens its horizons with a design showing a koala crawling across the branch of a eucalyptus tree from a horizontal view. The koala carries a calm demeanor on its face, and its fur is rendered in great detail, down to its minute texture. The coins contain the same .999 fine silver as previous years, and feature Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.