2010 Year of the Tiger Gold Coin

2010 Year of the Tiger Gold Coin

The Perth Mint continued the Australian Lunar Series II with the 2010 Year of the Tiger Gold Coin. This represented the third issue within the new series. For the third year in a row, the one ounce bullion coin sold out of its entire authorized mintage.

Depicted on the reverse of the coin is a detailed image of a tiger’s head. This was a change from previous releases of the series which have featured the animals in full. The design is completed with the Chinese character for Tiger above, and the inscription “Year of the Tiger” and the “P” mint mark below. As customary, the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II appeared on the obverse of the coin along with the date and legal tender face value.

People born within the date range of February 14, 2010 to February 2, 2011 are said to have been born in the Year of the Tiger. They are believed to have a calm exterior which gives way to the courageous and competitive personality of a natural leader.

There were nine different bullion options available for this issue, ranging in size from a massive 10 kilograms to a tiny 1/20 troy ounce. There were maximum mintages assigned of 30,000 of the 1 ounce coins and 100 of the 10 kilogram coins. The remaining sizes carried unlimited mintages, although production closed at the end of the year.

Collector offerings remained similar to the previous years of the second Lunar series. Proof versions were available in three different weights, which were sold individually or within a three coin set. The individual 1/10 oz proof coins sold out of the maximum mintage of 5,000 pieces. Additionally, colored versions were available across a range of five different weights. Declared mintages were quite low for the 1 ounce and 1/2 ounce colored gold coins.

Bullion Mintages

Denomination Weight Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
$30,000 10 kg 100 2
$3,000 1 kg Unlimited 110
$1,000 10 oz Unlimited 267
$200 2 oz Unlimited 5,340
$100 1 oz 30,000 30,000
$50 1/2 oz Unlimited 9,781
$25 1/4 oz Unlimited 11,771
$15 1/10 oz Unlimited 22,699
$5 1/20 oz Unlimited 17,552

Numismatic Mintages

Product Maximum Mintage Declared Mintage
Three Coin Proof Set (1 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/10 oz) 3,000 1,071
Individual 1 oz Proof Coin 3,000 826
Individual 1/4 oz Proof Coin 5,000 4,752
Individual 1/10 oz Proof Coin 5,000 5,000
1 oz Colored Coin 6,000 316
1/2 oz Colored Coin 8,000 306
1/4 oz Colored Coin 8,000 1,783
1/10 oz Colored Coin 50,000 14,067
1/20 oz Colored Coin 50,000 20,302