Australian Lunar Year of the Horse Silver Proof Coins for 2014

September 10, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Available from the Perth Mint of Australia are 2014 Year of the Horse Silver Proof Coins in four different sizes with three sold individually and one appearing right now only in a three-coin set.

Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Australian Lunar Series II 2014 Year of the Horse 1oz Silver Proof Coin

Each of these silvers coins for collectors bears a reverse design with two horses in a traditional Chinese landscape. The coins are composed of 99.9% pure silver and are available in very limited mintages.

This series continues an annual Lunar program from the Perth Mint emblematic of the twelve creatures found in the Chinese zodiac. They are struck as collector versions of the Perth’s popular Australian Lunar Bullion Coin Program with new 2014-dated issues also debuting this month.

The new silver coins include 1 kilo, 1 ounce and 1/2 ounce sizes that are sold individually. Of those strikes, individual mintages are limited to 500, 5,000 and 8,000, respectively. A three-coin set is also available which has the smaller 1 ounce and 1/2 ounce coins along with a 2 ounce version. Maximum mintage for the three-coin set is listed at just 1,000 units.

Designs, Specifications and Ordering Silver Coins

All four different sized silver coins contain the same basic reverse image. Inscribed below two horses is "Year of the Horse." The Chinese symbol for horse is located above. Also found on the reverse is the Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mint mark.

These coins for collectors are struck as legal tender of Australia under the Australian Currency Act of 1965. As legal tender, obverses feature a likeness of Queen Elizabeth II by Ian Rank-Broadley. Inscriptions read "ELIZABETH II," AUSTRALIA," "2014" along with the face value, size and composition of each coin.

Specifications for 2014 Year of the Horse Silver Coins

  1 kilo 2 oz 1 oz 1/2 oz
Silver Content (Troy oz) 32.151 2 1 0.5
Face Value (AUS) $30 $2 $1 $0.50
Fineness (% purity) 99.9 99.9 99.9 99.9
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 1003.002 62.270 31.135 15.573
Maximum Diameter (mm) 100.60 55.60 45.60 36.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 14.60 3.60 2.60 2.30
Maximum Mintages 500 2,000 8,500 9,000


Individual silver coins are displayed in a Perth Mint presentation case. The three-coin set features all three coins within in a single case. A numbered certificate of authenticity is also included with each purchase along with an illustrated shipper.

Prices and Ordering

The price for the 1/2 ounce silver coin is listed as AUS $54.55 (US $50.30), the 1 ounce silver coin is selling for AUS $84.09 ($77.54) and the 1 kilo silver coin is AUS $1,450.00 ($1,337.02). The three-coin set is at a price point of AUS $309.09 ($285.01). All pricing is subject to change.

Collectors may order the 2014 Year of the Horse Silver Coins directly from The Perth Mint website at

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