Lunar II Series

Golden Lunar II Series

After the great success of the Lunar Series I, the Australian Perth Mint has decided to release a new series of investment coins. The Lunar II Series starts in 2008 with the Year of the Rat and ends in 2019 with the Year of the Pig. Like the Lunar I Series, this series of gold investment coins is also linked to the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. Due to the great success of Lunar I and Lunar II, the Lunar III Series will also be released.

Investing in gold coins: the Australian Lunar II Series

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Buy the Lunar II Gold Series as a form of investment


Lunar II gold coins have a 999.9/1000 pure gold content and are legal tender backed by the Australian Government. Pure 24-carat gold, the coins in this successful series come in a wide variety of sizes including 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz and 1 kg.

The Lunar II Series coins can be found in the Orovilla shop in the best editions. The value engraved on the coins is expressed in Australian dollars, but this is just the face value, which is quite different from the real value, which is based on the gold price at the time of purchase.

All Lunar Series II gold coins are an important and safe investment, a true safe haven asset for any investment portfolio.

The history of the Lunar Series II gold investment coins


The gold coins of the Lunar II Series are particularly popular with collectors and investors. Their appeal stems from the symbolism they represent. Moreover, the Australian Perth Mint is among the finest and most valuable mints.

The Lunar I Series ends in 2007 with the Year of the Pig. Given the great success of this series, the Perth Mint decided to start another series of investment coins, again linked to the Chinese lunar calendar.

The first issue of the Lunar II Series dates back to 2008: Year of the Rat. This was followed with the 2009 Ox; the 2010 Tiger; the 2011 Rabbit; the 2012 Dragon; the 2013 Snake; the 2014 Horse; the 2015 Sheep; the 2016 Monkey and the 2017 Rooster; followed by the 2018 Dog and closing the series with the 2019 Pig.

The animals are not chosen at random, they are in fact six domestic and six wild animals linked to Chinese tradition. The succession of these animals is based on the philosophical principle of yin and yang. All animals are ordered in alternating sequence according to odd and even numbers of their claws. The purpose of this succession is to bring balance and unity through the specific characteristics of each animal.

The characteristics of the Lunar Series II gold coins

The successful Lunar II Series of gold coins is one of the Perth Mint's most beautiful. The intricate and detailed designs in every detail make it a popular collection for investors and collectors. In addition, limited mintage, exceptional purity and quality of workmanship ensure its continued demand.

On the obverse, below the design of the animal linked to that year, we find for example Year of the Dog for 2018, Year of the Goat for 2015. This is one of the differences with the Lunar Series I, which did not have this inscription.

The obverse of the coins shows the effigy of Elizabeth II, Queen of the United Kingdom and Commonwealth, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. Around the image of the sovereign is the inscription ELIZABETH II - AUSTRALIA, together with the face value of the coin and the year of issue. Queen Elizabeth also appears on the Australian Kangaroo, another famous and popular investment coin minted by the Perth Mint.

Interesting facts about the Perth Mint

The Perth Mint was established in 1899, two years before the Australian Federation itself. It was initially established to refine the large quantity of gold from Western Australian deposits including Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie and Murchison, but later began to mint Gold Pounds for Britain as well.

Although Australia became an independent nation in 1901, the mint remained under the jurisdiction of the British Crown until 1970 and, following a 1987 State Act, was established for the sole purpose of marketing Australian coins (produced in gold, silver and platinum) overseas. The Perth Mint is also known for its exceptional quality and cutting-edge creations; we mention a couple:

  • in 1957, it produced a 13 oz plate (equivalent to 404.3455 grams) of gold with a purity of 99.9999%, the highest purity ever achieved;
  • in 2011, he created the largest and heaviest gold coin (and also the most valuable in the world) in pure 24-carat gold which, at the time of minting, was worth about AUD 53.5 million.


Why buy an Australian Lunar Series II gold coin


Gold has always been one of the safest precious metals for investment and has proven to perform well even in times of conflict or economic instability.

Lunar Series II coins are an excellent purchase, not only financially but also symbolically, to add to a collection, an investment portfolio or to give as a gift.

The gold coin actually represents a reserve of cash to be used in case of need.

The Lunar Series II coins are particularly beautiful and valuable:

  • 24 carats of pure 999/1000 gold;
  • variety in designs and symbolism linked to the age-old Chinese tradition;
  • the Australian Mint is among the most valuable and important in the world;
  • with Orovilla, shipping is safe, confidential and insured.


Given the great success of this series of gold coins linked to the Chinese lunar calendar, the Perth Mint has also released the Lunar III Series.

In addition to the Lunar Series, the fine Perth Mint produces popular gold coins and bars such as the Lunar Dragon, the James Bond 007 and the Gold Dragon and Gold Tiger series. Gold coins remain an original gift and always a safe investment with a truly important story to tell and pass on.

Gifting a Gold Coin: The Oriental Charm of the Lunar II Series


Gifting a gold coin is a rapidly growing trend. In addition to being a very precious gift

In addition to being a very precious gift, it represents a form of investment in the future. In fact, physical gold has always been the safe haven asset par excellence.

How to choose the right Lunar Series gold coin when you need to make an important gift? The meaning of the animals and related years in the Chinese horoscope are crucial for making a thoughtful choice.

For a christening, it is certainly a good idea to give the coin that represents the year of the baby's birth. In the Chinese calendar, for example, a baby born in 2018 is of the sign of the dog, a faithful and loving animal, loyal and selfless. The wish is for a happy, healthy and peaceful life.

On the other hand, it is possible to choose the sign to give to a person we care about in a special way based on the characteristics of the animal represented, as a good luck wish for an anniversary or a particularly important event, such as retirement or graduation.

Lunar II coins traverse the thousand-year history of oriental philosophy and tell something about each of us. That is why they are a personal and precious gift, a timeless gift that turns time itself into wealth.

Not to be underestimated is the convenience of buying the coin, which is exempt from VAT as it is investment gold.

How to resell your Lunar Series II coins

You can disinvest your Lunar Series II coins at any time. Orovilla buys investment gold coins: all common gold coins, coin collections, and rare and collector gold coins.

At the time of purchase we appraise the coins, check them carefully for gold content, authenticity and condition.

The possibility of selling physical gold in any form and state of preservation, at any time and place, is its advantage over other forms of investment.

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