The largest version of Perth's famous Lunar Series coin for this year is the 2018 Lunar Dog 1 Kilo Silver Coin, which contains a staggering 1 kilogram (32.15 troy ounces) of pure silver content! Each coin is struck from extra-pure .9999 fine silver and bears a legal tender face value of $30 (AUD).
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. (There is a separate Chinese character when referring to 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 most recent Year of the Dog was in 2006. Those born under this sign are said to be loyal, responsible, and courageous -- making the dog a fitting symbol. In addition, it is seen as an auspicious year in the Chinese zodiac for all sorts of new ventures such as opening a business, making new investments, or the birth of a child.