1996 Year of the Mouse Gold Coin

1996 Year of the Mouse Gold Coin

The Perth Mint began the Australian Lunar Gold Coin Series in 1996 with the Year of the Mouse. This represented a good starting point as the first year in the repeating Chinese Zodiac.

The reverse design depicts a Mouse climbing over rocky ground with the corresponding Chinese character in the field above. The remaining inscriptions include the “1996” year date and the precious metal weight and purity. The obverse design features the younger portrait of Queen Elizabeth II wearing a tiara that was in use as the official portrait at the time.

Those born within the date range of February 19, 1996 to February 6, 1997 are said to have been born in the Year of the Mouse (or Rat). These people are known for their charm, innovation, and intelligence.

1996 Year of the Mouse Gold Bullion Coins were offered with limited mintages in one ounce, one-quarter ounce, one-tenth ounce, and one-twentieth ounce sizes. The one-quarter ounce and one-tenth ounce sizes boast the lowest mintages of the series.

Numismatic product offerings consisted of a limited mintage three coin proof set including one ounce, one-quarter ounce, and one-tenth ounce sized coins.

Bullion Mintages

Denomination Weight Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
$100 1 oz 30,000 16,593
$25 1/4 oz 60,000 1,390
$15 1/10 oz 80,000 3,792
$5 1/20 oz 100,000 7,405

Numismatic Mintages

Product Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
Three Coin Proof Set (1 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz) 3,888 2,886