These magnificent silver coins celebrate the Year of the Monkey, the ninth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
In Chinese culture, people born in the Year of the Monkey – 1908, 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016 are regarded as intelligent, quick-witted, optimistic, ambitious, and adventurous.
No mintage limit applies to 1 kilo, 10oz, 5oz, 2oz and 1/2oz coins. Except for the 1 kilo release, production of these coins will close at the end of 2016 when The Perth Mint will declare each coin’s official mintage.
A maximum of 150 10 kilo coins will also be produced on a mint-to-order basis. Similarly, production will close at the end of 2016, when the coin’s mintage will be declared.
The Perth Mint will produce up to 300,000 1oz coins. Production will cease when the mintage is fully sold or at the end of the series, whichever comes first. Due to the low mintage of the 1oz size it is highly collectable and is sure to sell out fast.
Meticulously struck from 99.9% pure silver in bullion quality, the coins are issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965.
Each coin’s reverse depicts an adult monkey and a baby monkey sitting in a peach tree. The
baby is holding a peach, which is symbolic of longevity and immortality. The Chinese character
for ‘monkey’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Monkey’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
The Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2016 year-date and the monetary denomination are shown on the obverse of each coin.