In 2016 we celebrate the ninth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac, the monkey.
The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar monkey include 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be intelligent, quick-witted, optimistic, ambitious, and adventurous.
Each coin is meticulously struck from 99.9% pure silver in proof quality. The 2016 silver releases are available as individual 1oz and 1/2oz coins.
The reverse of each coin depicts a coloured 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.
Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965, the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 2016 year-date, and the monetary denomination are shown on each coin’s obverse.
The Year of the Monkey 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Edition has an issue limit of 9,000 from a maximum mintage of 10,000, while the 1/2oz release has a maximum mintage of 10,000.
Each coin is housed in a stylish red and black display case and illustrated lunar-themed shipper, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.