The Australian Year of the Dog is another gold coin of the Lunar II series minted by the Australian Perth Mint. The first series of mints began in 1999, which according to the Chinese calendar was Rabbit Year. It was the image that appeared on the first coin of the Lunar I series. The last coin in this series was Year of the Pig (2007). The popularity of the first series of Lunar coins prompted Perth Mint to release the Lunar II series, which began 2008 (Year of the Rat) and will end in 2019 (Pig Year). This coin, apart from the metal value (Au 0.9999), also has a collector's value because of limited release. The Year of the Rooster can be found in weights from 1/20 oz up to 1 kg.
This beautiful bullion coin on its obverse shows the likeness of Queen Elizabeth II and the weight, year and country of issue. The coin's reverse is decorated this year with the symbol of the current year in the Chinese Calendar - Dog. Below the image of the dog is the inscription "Year of the Dog".
The Australian Mint, well known also as Gold Corporation, is reputable mint for investors. Every year it recycles about 60% of Australia's gold. This mint is the oldest on the continent and has been running continuously since 1899.