1998 Year of the Tiger Gold Coin

1998 Year of the Tiger Gold Coin

The Perth Mint experienced a boost in popularity for the Australian Lunar Series with the release of the Year of the Tiger coins in 1998. Bullion sales and corresponding mintages exceeded the levels of the previous two releases across all sizes.

The reverse design features a dramatic depiction of a tiger poised for a leap with its teeth bared in a grassy field. The Chinese character for “Tiger” appears above with the date to the left field and the precious metal weight and purity shown below. The obverse design of the coin featured the Raphael Maklouf effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, which was the official portrait in use at the time.

People born within the date range of January 28, 1998 to February 15, 1999 are said to have been born in the Year of the Tiger. Those born under the influence of this sign are believed to have a calm exterior which gives way to the courageous and competitive personality of a leader.

The 1998 Year of the Tiger Gold Coins were available in bullion format as well as several numismatic options. The bullion coins were offered in the same line up as previous years, which included one ounce, one-quarter ounce, one-tenth ounce, and one-twentieth ounce versions. Numismatic products included proof versions of the coin in three different sizes.

Bullion Mintages

Denomination Weight Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
$100 1 oz 30,000 16,907
$25 1/4 oz 60,000 5,683
$15 1/10 oz 80,000 9,085
$5 1/20 oz 100,000 10,427

Numismatic Mintages

Product Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
Three Coin Set (1 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz) 3,800 1,918
Individual 1/4 oz Proof Coin  3,000  1,123
Individual 1/10 oz Proof Coin  3,000 916