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 […]

1997 Year of the Ox Gold Coin

The Perth Mint continued the Australian Lunar Gold Coin Series in 1997, celebrating the Year of the Ox. A range of bullion options were available, along with three numismatic products. The reverse design of the coin features a mature ox standing in a field of grass and peering over his shoulder. The Chinese character for […]

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 […]

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 […]

2000 Year of the Dragon Gold Coin

One of the most popular issues of the Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Gold Coin series occurs for the Year of the Dragon. The dragon is the only mythological creature within the Chinese zodiac and has a rich mythology which lends to popularity with coin collector, precious metals investors, and the general public. To coincide with […]

2001 Year of the Snake Gold Coin

The Australian Lunar Gold Coin Series reached its sixth annual release with the 2001 Year of the Snake Gold Coins. By this point, the popularity of the 99.99% pure gold offerings had increased, lending towards higher sales levels and an expansion of the range of bullion offerings. The reverse design for this year depicted a […]

2002 Year of the Horse Gold Coin

The 2002 Year of the Horse Gold Coin was the seventh release within the Australian Lunar Series offered by the Perth Mint. Buoyed by a strong gold market, the one ounce size bullion coin for this year reached a full sell out of the maximum authorized mintage, representing one of only three times this has […]

2003 Year of the Goat Gold Coin

The eighth year of the Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series I celebrates the Year of the Goat. Sometimes this year is referred to as the Sheep or the Ram in the ancient Chinese zodiac, but the Perth Mint chose the Goat after thorough research and consideration. Depicted on the reverse design is a goat walking […]

2004 Year of the Monkey Gold Coin

Starting with the 2004 Year of the Monkey Gold Coins, the Perth Mint expanded the range of bullion offerings available. There would now be three different larger sizes offered without a mintage limit, and five different smaller sizes each carrying a defined maximum mintage. This would represent the ninth release within the Australian Lunar Series […]

2005 Year of the Rooster Gold Coin

The 2005 Year of the Rooster Gold Coin represented the tenth release within the Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series I. These coins depict the animals of the Chinese zodiac on annual releases of bullion and collector coins. The reverse design for this year features a depiction of a rooster standing proudly and crowing at the […]

2006 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 […]

2007 Year of the Pig Gold Coin

The 2007 Year of the Pig Gold Coin represented the twelfth and final release within the Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series. The success of this first series of coins would lead to the offering of a second series new depictions of each animal. The reverse design for the current release features the image of a […]