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Perth Mint 1 oz Gold Lunar

The Perth Mint’s Gold Lunar coin series features low mintages and unique designs, which provide the series with added value over time. These coins are popular around the world, as they were the original Lunar series, but have limited mintages, giving them high secondary market value. The yearly changing designs combined with high Gold content make this series ideal for both investors and collectors.

Investor Advantages:

  • The original lunar coin series that kicked off lunar collections from mints around the world.
  • Limited maximum mintages of 30,000 coins that often sell out from the mint at even lower numbers. By comparison, the 1 oz Gold American Eagle saw a final 2016 mintage of 817,500 coins.
  • Every Perth Mint Gold Lunar coin comes in a durable plastic capsule to protect the design.

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Perth Mint Gold Lunar obverse

Gain from the Long-Lasting Value of Gold Lunar Coins

Perth Mint Lunar coins come from a long tradition of Gold coins that commemorate the signs of the Chinese zodiac. The Australian Lunar Series 2 began in 2008 and will last until 2019. This follows the popular Lunar Series 1, which dates back to 1996. The design on the reverse of the Lunar Series changes, depending on the year and its correspondence with the Chinese zodiac. No matter the year and design, there are consistent elements on each release. For instance, the Chinese character for that animal is always present, along with the .9999 fine Gold content. The "P" mintmark on the right side of the coin represents The Perth Mint and reflects the backing of the Australian government.

With limited mintages, long-standing issues and historical appeal, Gold Lunars are popular year after year. The relatively low price of these Gold coins upon initial release makes them smart investments and their role as an integral part of a series ensures their enduring collectibility.

No matter the year, the obverse remains the same throughout the series, depicting Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. The obverse also lists other specifications of the coin, varying from Series 1 to Series 2. Gold Lunar coins have lasting value due to their worldwide availability and consistent popularity. Their unique designs also provide an aspect of collectibility that can be enjoyed for years to come.

The Perth Mint issues this sovereign coin, meaning it is backed by the Australian government. The Perth Mint is the oldest currently operating mint in Australia, adding another layer of history to this coin. The mint dates back to 1899, when it was authorized by Great Britain's Royal Mint, and today it produces coins in Gold and other Precious Metals for collectors and investors alike.


Premium Appreciation Over Time

This Premium Appreciation Over Time matrix gives you a better idea of how the Perth Mint 1 oz Gold Lunar coins are trending with approximate value increases.* The percentage of change is an indicator of increased value over time.

All premiums are dollars over the spot price.


The additional cost of a coin or bullion item, over and above the spot or metal price of the Precious Metal contained in the coin. The premium includes the costs of fabrication, distribution and a minimal dealer fee. Rare coins carry an additional premium representing numismatic value, which is based on scarcity, quality, demand and intangible factors.

Coin Premium Appreciation

Over time (usually at least 3-5 years after release), the premium of a particular coin may increase due to limited availability or other factors such as demand and quality of the coin.

Introductory Premium

APMEX’s initial premium above the spot or melt price at the time of a coin’s release.

Current Premium

The premium or additional cost of a bullion coin above and beyond the metal value of the Precious Metal it contains.

Buy Back Premium

The premium above spot or metal price that APMEX is currently paying to buy back a given item. These premiums are subject to change based on market conditions, inventory position, and quantity to be bought back.


Refers to the number of coins struck by a mint per release of a particular coin. This will vary by mint, year, design and size.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.


The total number of coins graded by a specific grading service for a particular coin, grade, and label combinations.

Grading and Warranties

Our company uses the numerical Mint State (MS) grading system, which rates uncirculated coins from MS-60 to MS-70.

Typically, the higher the grade, the better the quality of the coin and in turn, the higher the value. The grade assigned to a coin reflects its strike, luster, marks, scratches and overall eye appeal. Grading is a subjective art and depends on the opinion of the person grading the coin or currency. Thus, grading can and does vary from numismatic coin firm to numismatic coin firm, from grading service to grading service, and from expert to expert. A difference of one grade (e.g., MS-64 to MS-65) can result in a significant change in the valuation of a numismatic coin or currency. Grades and descriptions of numismatic coins and currency are opinions, not statements of fact or guarantees, and are based on standards and interpretations in place at the time of grading.

When you acquire a coin or currency from APMEX that is independently graded by a third-party grading service such as Professional Coin Grading Service (PCGS) or Numismatic Guaranty Corporation (NGC), APMEX relies entirely on the expertise/determination of the grading service. In addition, we rely upon definitions provided by these independent grading services, including definitions of such terms as PCGS' "First Strike®" which refers to coins packaged and delivered by the U.S. Mint in the thirty (30)-day period following the initial sales date of a new product. We do not re-grade or independently evaluate the product's grade in its sealed holder. APMEX reserves the right to deliver independently graded coins that have been graded by an independent grading service of APMEX's choice such as PCGS or NGC. APMEX guarantees that the numismatic coins and Precious Metals it sells are genuine. APMEX expressly disclaims any other warranties with respect to coins or Precious Metals, express or implied, including the implied warranties of merchantability and fitness for a particular purpose. See our User Agreement for a full disclaimer of warranties.

Premium Appreciation

You should know that different market factors may influence the price of a specific Precious Metal or the associated premium. For example, the price of a numismatic coin may be affected by such factors as grade, scarcity and marketplace demand, while the price of a bullion coin is closely tied to the spot price for the metal content of the coin as well as year-specific mintages. Past performance and growth projections for one type of Precious Metal may not apply to other types of Precious Metals that APMEX may offer.

Holding Period

Our experience suggests coins of specific quality or scarcity that have demonstrated historical premium appreciation tend to do so at least 3 to 5 years after the coin was produced. Market conditions and other factors will always impact the future value for coins, and therefore premium appreciation should never be considered to be guaranteed.

Our Prices

Our prices are set internally based upon our analysis of a variety of factors and are not necessarily tied to the prices quoted by any other organization. Prices are subject to change based on market conditions.
  APMEX acts as a dealer and generally owns the Precious Metals it buys and sells.


All investments involve risk and Precious Metals are no exception. The Precious Metals market is speculative, unregulated and volatile, and prices for these items may rise or fall over time.

APMEX generally classifies coins as bullion, semi-numismatic and numismatic. Some coins may fall within more than one category, depending on their specific grade or condition. Other dealers and organizations may define these terms or classify these coins differently.

Precious Metals generally have a premium above their melt value. Premiums may increase or decrease based upon current market conditions such as supply and demand. Changes in premiums may affect a Precious Metal’s pricing beyond changes in spot prices.

Precious Metals can go down as well as up in value. These items may not be suitable for everyone. APMEX does not determine the suitability of any specific person to purchase Precious Metals. You should consult with your independent financial advisor regarding whether such an investment is right for you. You should not acquire any products from APMEX if you are not competent or qualified to make your own financial decisions. You should obtain a thorough understanding of the Precious Metals products before you acquire these products as a collector or investor.

The investment value of Precious Metals depends in large part on the price you pay. If you are acquiring any of APMEX's products as an investment, you should evaluate its current market value, potential for appreciation and liquidity, and consult independent sources regarding these factors. APMEX does not guarantee that any client will be able to sell Precious Metals at the original purchase price or a higher price in the future.

APMEX is not responsible for any changes in tax laws or other statutes which may affect any profit or salability of your coins or currency.


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What People Are Saying

I purchased this a few years ago when gold was $400+ per oz. Regardless the price, this coin is an impressive specimen. The Lunar series (gold, silver, platinum), Round, Fan shaped, Flower shaped are definitely ones to collect! Serious collectors will go back to the first year and get them all. Like me!
Anonymous from Connecticut
Absolutely stunning coin. Just the perfect size. I kick myself for not buying two, because I will never be able to sell the only one I have
Anonymous from Singapore

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