The Perth Mint continues to release more of its Year of the Monkey issues, which allude to 2016’s place in a twelve-year lunar cycle according to Chinese astrology. Included in the Mint’s December releases are the 2016 Monkey King 1 oz. Silver Colored Coin and the 2016 Year of the Monkey 1 oz. Gold Proof High Relief Coin.
The 2015 Monkey King coin is composed of 99.9% silver, measures 45.6 mm in diameter, and costs $68.18 AUD ($49.16 USD). The coin has a mintage limit of 100,000 pieces, but this product, presented in this presentation case, etc., has an issue restriction of 5,000 pieces. A numbered certificate of authenticity is included in the packaging.
The reverse features an color image of the Monkey King standing over a throne, with clouds and mountains rising beneath him. Two smaller monkeys appear on each side of the king, with the inscriptions YEAR OF THE MONKEY, the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark, and the Chinese character for “monkey” placed around the rim of the design.
The obverse includes Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 1 DOLLAR, 1 oz 999 SILVER, and 2016 inscribed along the rim. The coin was designed by Song Jian.
The Year of the Monkey 1 oz. Gold Proof High Relief Coin is composed of 99.99% gold, measures 27.30 mm in diameter, and is available for purchase from authorized bullion dealers, such as APMEX in the U.S. Only 388 of these coins have been struck.
The reverse shows a monkey perched on a peach tree, which is symbolic of longevity and immortality, according to a press release. Inscribed around the image is YEAR OF THE MONKEY, the Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark, and the Chinese character for “monkey.” The obverse includes Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, 100 DOLLARS, 1 oz 9999 GOLD, and 2016 inscribed along the rim. This coin was designed by Ing Ing Jong.
The Year of the Monkey pertains to those whose year of birth forms part of a twelve-year cycle that includes 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and, of course, 2016. People born in the Year of the Monkey are said to be intelligent, optimistic, and ambitious, according to a Mint press release.
For more information on the Perth Mint’s Year of the Monkey releases, please visit the Mint’s Web site.