2006 Year of the Dog Gold Coin

2005 Year of the Dog Gold Coin

The Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series entered its eleventh annual release to celebrate the Year of the Dog. A new 10 kilogram sized coin was introduced this year with a mintage limit of just 20 pieces. The typical lower weight coins continued to be available.

The reverse design for the coins featured a depiction of a beagle standing in a field of grass. The inscriptions included the date “2006” to the left, the Chinese character for dog to the right, and the precious metal weight and purity below. On the obverse was the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II that had been used for the series since 1999. Prior to this date, a younger portrait of the Queen by Raphael Maklouf was used. The obverse inscriptions included “Elizabeth II”, “Australia”, and the legal tender denomination.

Those born within the date range of January 29, 2006 to February 17, 2007 are said to have been born in the Year of the Dog. Characteristics associated with this sign include likeability, honesty, and intelligence. These people are also believed to carry a deep sense of loyalty and a passion for justice.

The 2006 Year of the Dog Gold Coins were offered in bullion format as well as a limited range of numismatic products. Sales would see increases for most options compared to recent prior years due to the popularity of dogs. The larger bullion products included a 10 kilogram coin with a mintage limit of just 20 pieces, as well as 1 kilogram, 10 ounce, and 2 ounce sizes with unlimited mintages. The smaller bullion products included 1 ounce, 1/2 ounce, 1/4 ounce, 1/10 ounce, and 1/20 ounces with separately established maximum mintage levels. Numismatic products included a three coin proof set and two individual proof coins.

Bullion Mintages

Denomination Weight Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
$30,000 10 kg 20 10
$3,000 1 kg Unlimited 137
$1,000 10 oz Unlimited 195
$200 2 oz Unlimited 2,460
$100 1 oz 30,000 26,334
$50 1/2 oz 40,000 5,767
$25 1/4 oz 60,000 6,009
$15 1/10 oz 80,000 12,017
$5 1/20 oz 100,000 15,737

Numismatic Mintages

Product Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
Three Coin Set (1 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz) 3,000 1,274
Individual 1/4 oz Proof Coin 7,000 777
Individual 1/10 oz Proof Coin 7,000 1,620