The Perth, Australia Mint has mintage a beautiful series of lunar silver coins. The term Lunar refers to the Chinese years each of which is represented by a different animal. There are 12 in all and these are:
Boar or pig
The Perth mint have produced, so far Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Rooster, Monkey, and this year Dog.
So there are still several to go. Each coin is 99.9 percent purse fine silver with the animal gilded in pure 24 carat gold.. Each coin comes in a special plastic transparent capsule with a numbered certificate of authenticity. The mintage ranges with each coins with some being 50,000 but some down to only 1000 minted.
There are various selections and weights with some one kilo of silver coins also.
The Perth Mint has a great selection at lunar silver coins and these are available world wide from their site.
The lunar silver coins make a great collection for coin enthusiasts and it is most likely that the value of these, especially if a full set is collected, will only increase with the years provided they are kept in their original pristine state as issued by the mint.
There are some advantages by purchasing directly from the Mint, not the least of which is that you can guarantee you will get what is advertised and what you pay for and if the coin is not up to scratch (excuse the pun), then the mint will happily replace it for you.
You know with whom you are dealing and a mint is unlikely to run away with your heard earned cash.
Collecting the lunar silver coins series is a fun way of collecting coins and would make an ideal start to any new coin collector.