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Celebrate the Lunar New Year with APMEX

Published on 02/26/2021 by APMEX

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with APMEX


The Lunar New Year begins with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends on the first full moon of the lunar calendar. Based on the cycles of the moon, the Lunar New Year is celebrated between January 21 and February 20 each year. Because the holiday is based on lunar cycles, the date of the celebration varies. The origins of the Lunar New Year festival are thousands of years old. APMEX carries a wide variety of Lunar products to help you celebrate the Lunar New Year. 


The Chinese zodiac is also based on the lunar calendar and follows a 12-year cycle, with a different animal being assigned to each year. Unlike the zodiac signs we often think of, the animals correspond to years rather than months. Based on your birth year, the animal you are assigned represents how others perceive you or how you present yourself. 

The 12 animals and their corresponding years are: 
Ox - 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Mouse - 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
Pig - 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Dog - 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
Rooster - 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Monkey - 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Goat - 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Horse - 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Snake - 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Dragon - 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Rabbit - 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
Tiger - 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022

The Perth Mint produces a unique series to celebrate each year of the Chinese zodiac with Gold and Silver Lunar Series coins. The Silver Lunar Series 1 began in 1999 with the Year of the Rabbit Silver coins and ended in 2010 with the Year of the Tiger Silver coins. Lunar Series 2 ran from 2008 through 2019, while Lunar Series 3 began in 2020 and is still ongoing. The Lunar bullion series have become some of the most widely collected worldwide, as demand originated in Asia but spread to Europe and America as investors became exposed to the design and quality. 

Silver Ox

Silver Lunar Ox Coins

The ox is diligent, dependable, strong and determined. They attach importance to family and work.

Gold Mouse

Gold Lunar Mouse Coins

The mouse, the first in the 12-year lunar cycle, is quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind and smart.

Silver Pig

Silver Lunar Pig Coins

The pig is diligent, compassionate and generous. They devote all their energy to achieving their goals.

Gold Dog

Gold Lunar Dog Coins

Dogs are loyal, kind, cautious and honest, and will do anything for someone they consider important.

Silver Rooster

Silver Lunar Rooster Coins

The rooster is observant, hardworking and resourceful. They love being the center of attention and are always active.

Gold Monkey

Gold Lunar Monkey Coins

Monkeys have magnetic personalities, as they are witty, intelligent and clever. They are masters of practical jokes.

Silver Goat

Silver Lunar Goat Coins

The goat is thought of as gentle, mild-mannered, shy and sympathetic. They are highly creative.

Gold Horse

Gold Lunar Horse Coins

Horses are active, energetic and love being part of a crowd, also possessing a quick sense of humor.

Silver Snake

Silver Lunar Snake Coins

Snakes are intelligent and intuitive. They are excellent communicators but tend to say little.

Gold Dragon

Gold Lunar Dragon Coins

The dragon symbolizes power, strength, nobility and success, and is considered the most powerful of the zodiac.

Silver Rabbit

Silver Lunar Rabbit Coins

Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, patient and elegant, but also quick and skillful.

Gold Tiger

Gold Lunar Tiger Coins

Tigers are brave, competitive and confident. They are charming and often well-liked by others.

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