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 Australian Gold Lunar Series II Coins

Australian Gold Lunar Series II Coins

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The Perth Mint sports the distinction of being the oldest and most well-known Royal Mint facility in the South Pacific. This facility is known for minting widely recognized bullion such as the Australian Gold Nugget (or Gold Kangaroo), but one of its most successful lines to date is its modern Gold Lunar Series II Coins. The Gold Lunar Series II features coin sizes of 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz, and 1 kg. Each of these coins is struck using .9999 fine gold and bears the image of an animal from the Chinese lunar calendar.

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2019 1 oz Australian Gold Lunar Pig Coin

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Perth Mint Gold Lunar Series II Designs

The Perth Mint Gold Lunar Series II is a delight to collectors for both the beauty and meaning of each design. The obverse of the coin sports the traditional image of Queen Elizabeth II, the monarch of the British Commonwealth, as designed by British sculptor Ian Rank-Broadley.

But the reverse side of each Gold Lunar Series II coin features an animal from the Chinese zodiac and handsomely minted Chinese characters. From the order they appear in the Chinese lunar calendar, and the characteristics they are associated with, the animals are: the rat (resourcefulness), the ox (industry), the tiger (passion), the rabbit (peace), the dragon (charisma), the snake (intellect), the horse (cooperation), the sheep (earthiness), the monkey (inventiveness), the rooster (self-confidence), the dog (companionship), and the pig (sincerity).

History of Perth Mint Gold Lunar Series II Coins

Perth Mint’s Gold Lunar Series was first launched in 1996, the Year of the Mouse. Thus, the first image in the Gold Lunar Series I was that of the mouse, and for 12 subsequent years the Perth Mint released a new coin for the year’s corresponding zodiac animal. In 2008, the cycle began again, and the sovereign mint began producing the coins of its Gold Lunar Series II.

The series may be a nod to the influence of Chinese culture. Notably, Chinese Australians are one of the largest groups to constitute the Australian diaspora, with over 1,000,000 citizens registering as Chinese-Australian in the country’s 2016 census. Australia is also noted to host the largest number of citizens of Chinese ancestry per capita outside of another Asian country. In the release of the Gold Lunar Series, the Perth Mint has cultivated renewed interest in Chinese history and customs.

Perth Mint Gold Lunar Series II at Present

The Perth Mint’s Gold Lunar Series II is nearing the culmination of another 12-year cycle. 2018 saw the release of a bullion coin for the Year of the Dog. This 2019, the Perth Mint released its latest offering— and likely the last before a potential Series III: the Gold Lunar Pig.

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Of course, serious numismatists can round off their collection of Chinese zodiac animals in this 12-part series. But we also feel that these coins could be uniquely personalized and memorable gifts. Gift givers can bequeath coins that correspond to the zodiac animal of the recipient’s birth year. This will be a wonderful gesture of wishing them good luck and prosperity. To close your collection, or to buy a particular coin from the Perth Mint Gold Lunar Series II, contact Goldmart today.

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