2018 marks the Year of the Dog on the Chinese Lunar calendar, and Perth Mint is celebrating with its newest addition to the Lunar Series, the Year of the Dog 2 oz Silver Coin. Containing a full 2 troy ounces of pure silver, these coins are also legal tender with a nominal $2 face value. Like all silver coins in the Lunar series, they are struck from .9999 fine silver.
The reverse design depicts a two dogs, an adult and a puppy, laying down. Both dogs are of the German Shephard breed. The legend "Year of the Dog" is inscribed near the bottom rim. To the left of the adult dog, the character for "Dog" in the Chinese Lunar calendar is shown, which is distinct from the Chinese character for the actual animal of a dog.
The obverse features an image of HM Queen Elizabeth II facing left. Around the outer rim, the coin's weight and purity, the year of issue "2018," the denomination, and issuing country "AUSTRALIA" are inscribed.
The Year of the Dog last came in 2006, and every 12 years previous (1994, 1982, 1970, and so on). It is considered rather auspicious within the Chinese zodiac, and those born under the sign of the Dog are ascribed various characteristics, such as stubbornness, valor, and loyalty.