The Perth Mint has been issuing its annual Lunar Series of bullion and collectible coins since 1996. The program entered its second cycle in 2008. Each year, it features the animal sign of the Chinese Lunar calendar in its design. In addition to being popular for their fine precious metal content and universally recognized Chinese Lunar theme, these coins have also become sought-after collectibles all over the world!
One of the principal reasons this series is followed so closely is because each year it offers fresh reverse designs reflecting the year's Lunar sign that are renowned for their artistic craftsmanship and aesthetic beauty. The Lunar series designs are offered in a variety of sizes to match any collector or investor's preferences, ranging from a half-ounce (1/2 oz) to 10 kilos (10 kg) in silver! The mint also issues a parallel set of Gold Lunar coins every year since 1996. There are even special varieties of the Perth Mint Chinese Lunar coins made especially for collectors with limited mintages. These coins often use special devices like gilded relief, proof finishes, vibrant colorized designs, and more.
The Chinese Lunar calendar, or Chinese zodiac, follows a repeating 12-year cycle. Another key aspect of these coins' popularity is the custom of giving gold and silver as gifts in observance of the Chinese New Year, making the Perth Mint's Lunar series an option with broad appeal as either investment or gift.