1999 Year of the Rabbit Gold Coin

1999 Year of the Rabbit Gold Coin

The 1999 Year of the Rabbit Gold Coin represented the fourth year of release for the Australian Lunar Coin Series produced by the Perth Mint. Starting this year, a new obverse portrait of Queen Elizabeth II was adopted. The Perth Mint would also begin a corresponding silver coin series.

Pictured on the reverse of the coin is a rabbit, calmly sitting in the grass. The Chinese character for “Rabbit” appears in the upper right field. Inscriptions include the “1999” date in the left field and the precious metal weight and purity shown below. The obverse carries an updated effigy of Queen Elizabeth II designed by Ian Rank-Broadley. In the previous year, this new effigy had been adopted as the Queen’s official likeness.

Those born within the date range of February 16, 1999 to February 4, 2000 are said to have been born in the Year of the Rabbit. People born under the influence of this sign are believed to be articulate, talented, and ambitious. They are believed to have the uncanny knack for choosing the right thing.

Gold bullion coin options for this year included one ounce, one-quarter ounce, one-tenth ounce, and one-twentieth ounce coins. Maximum mintages were established for each option, but the final declared mintages remained well below these levels. Numismatic offerings consisted of three different options including proof versions of the coin.

Bullion Mintages

Denomination Weight Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
$100 1 oz 30,000 18,261
$25 1/4 oz 60,000 5,893
$15 1/10 oz 80,000 8,799
$5 1/20 oz 100,000 9,642

Numismatic Mintages

Product Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
Three Coin Set (1 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz) 3,800 1,634
Individual 1/4 oz Proof Coin 3,000 747
Individual 1/10 oz Proof Coin 3,000 1,443