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Gold Lunar Coin Series from The Perth Mint

Celebrate each year of the Chinese zodiac with Gold Lunar Series coins. Each contains .9999 fine gold and is perfect for any collection. These beautiful coins represent The Perth Mint Gold Lunar Series, which features animals from the 12 years of the Chinese lunar calendar. According to the lunar calendar, each of these 12 animals has a profound influence over those born under its year of rule.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar is an ancient system of reckoning time based on the cycles of the moon. It has been used for over 4000 years and remains one of the most important aspects of Chinese culture today. The lunar calendar follows twelve different animals that correspond with each month, beginning with the Rat and ending with the Pig. Each year is also assigned an element, such as water or fire, which further divides each cycle into five distinct parts. This calendar was originally used to determine seasonal and agricultural activities but remains a source of fascination for many to this day due to its intricate connection with nature and mythological symbolism.

The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series experienced high popularity and high collectibility, leading to the creation of the Lunar Series 1, 2, and 3 which is currently ongoing.

Gold Lunar Series 1, 2, and 3

Produced by The Perth Mint, the Gold Lunar Series began in 1999 with the Year of the Rabbit coins and ended in 2010 with the Year of the Tiger coins. Following the popularity, Series 2 began in 2008 and ended in 2019. Struck from .9999 fine Gold, these coins can be a great way to acquire and invest in Precious Metals. Not only are the coins commemorative items that appeal to collectors worldwide, but they are also legal tender in Australia.

APMEX carries the following Australian Lunar coin sizes, varying between Series 1, 2, and 3:

  • 1/10 oz
  • 1/4 oz
  • 1/2 oz
  • 1 oz
  • 2 oz
  • 10 oz
  • 1 kilo

History of The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint was founded in 1899 and is Australia's oldest operational mint. It was originally established by the Royal Mint of England to turn gold mined from the newly discovered gold fields of Western Australia into coins. From its beginnings, the mint has gone on to produce an incredible variety of coins including circulation and commemorative coins, as well as medals, tokens, and bullion products.

Throughout the years, the Perth Mint has gained renown around the world for its innovative designs and impeccable craftsmanship. Today, it is one of the most sought-after producers of collectible coins and its Gold Kangaroo has become one of the top ten gold coins for investments.

Unique Coins from The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint has created many unique and popular coins over the years, each of which has made a lasting impression on the world of coin collecting. The Australian Kookaburra coin is one example, featuring a detailed design of a kookaburra perched atop its branch from 1990 to 2020. Another popular coin from the mint is the Australian Wedge Tailed Eagle series, which began in 2014 and features iconic images of an eagle in flight. Finally, the mint also produces several exquisite gold coin collections like the Lunar Coin Series that celebrates Chinese zodiac animals as well as other limited-edition designs such as the flagship Kangaroo coin series.

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