Perth Mint Releases 2016 Year of the Monkey Opal Lunar Series Silver Proof Coin


Today, January 5, the Perth Mint released the 2016 Australian Opal Lunar Series “Year of the Monkey” 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin, which costs $104.54 AUD ($75.43 USD) and has a mintage limited to 5,000 pieces. It measures 36.6 mm in diameter and is composed of an ounce of silver that is 99.9% pure. Natasha Muhl served as the designer.


The reverse design includes an image of a monkey rendered in pure Australian opal. A small peach, also depicted in the opal area of the design, symbolizes longevity and immortality. Surrounding the opal center are peach blossoms depicted in silver, with the inscriptions YEAR OF THE MONKEY, 2016, 1 oz 999 SILVER, and the Mint’s “P” mint mark curving inside the rim.


The obverse features Ian Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II, with ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and 1 DOLLAR inscribed along the rim. When opened, the coin’s display case shines a light on the reverse to highlight the colors of the opal inset. A certificate of authenticity is also included in the packaging.

Referencing Chinese astrology, 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 2016 Australian Opal Lunar Series “Year of the Monkey” 1 oz. Silver Proof Coin, please visit the Perth Mint’s Web site.

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  1. fmtransmitter says

    I love the gemstone opal, but only in non treated form. Gemstones have been my latest interest and from what I read, it can get really in depth and take much more research to find the best of the best. It would be interesting to know exactly how and what type of opal was used to incorporate in this coin…The opal “play of light” is the best of the best in gemstones…

  2. Samuel says

    just realized that the following coin is not a series, there was no 2015 one.


  3. Xena says

    fm – Agree with you on the “play of light” with opals. I don’t know much about gemstones, but I worked with Australians a bit and one of them had family in the opal business. I recommend you check out boulder opals. I’m not a big fan of mixing gems and coins though.

  4. Silver1320 says

    I believe this is going to be an ongoing series. This year, next month the 2017 Rooster Opal Lunar coin is coming out. I asked Perth Mint last year if this coin was a one off and they told me YES. I think they were just seeing if it would sell. Well it sold, and if you have any of the 2016 Monkeys hold onto them. If this is a full blown series, the first one is going to be worth a lot.

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