Year of The Mouse
After the global success of the Lunar Series I and Lunar Series II, The Perth Mint introduced a new series for the first time in 12 years. The Lunar Series III series kicks off with the rat, also known as the mouse, which has not been seen from The Perth Mint since 2008. Explore the new series, in Gold, Silver and now Platinum, and see how it continues the legacy of excellence set by previous Australian Lunar Series releases. The mint has released three exclusive presentation boxes specifically designed to feature the entire 12 coin set.Shop Now
Paying Homage to The Original
In 1996, The Perth Mint launched their first-ever Lunar Series, drawing its inspiration from China’s ancient lunar calendar, one of the most popular themes for products around the world. Paying homage to that first series, often considered the original lunar series, the Lunar Series 3 coins will be produced in the same dimensions as Lunar Series 1.
High Relief, Proof Finish
This beautiful APMEXclusive® High Relief Gold Lunar coin celebrates the Year of the Mouse and has an extremely limited mintage of 288. This stunning .9999 fine Gold coin comes in a prestigious red display case with a magnetic lid. Adorned with Gold lettering and a geometric design, the case is packaged in a beautifully illustrated shipper portraying the story of how the mouse became the first animal in the zodiac. Each coin is also accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. When displayed together, the shipper boxes on all future Lunar Series 3 Proof Gold releases will form a diorama depicting the ancient myth of The Great Race, which explains how the zodiac calendar came into being. To further solidify the unique appeal of these stunning Silver coins, PCGS created custom labels specifically for the Lunar Series 3.Shop Now
5 oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
This stunning APMEXclusive® 5 oz Silver coin has been enhanced with a high relief design and proof finish. This release has an extremely limited mintage of 388 coins. Each coin is presented in a classic display case with a clear lid decorated with a Silver geometric design. The case is packaged in a beautifully illustrated shipper portraying the story of how the mouse became an animal of the zodiac and is accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity. To further solidify the unique appeal of these stunning Silver coins, PCGS created custom labels specifically for the Lunar Series 3. Each label features a Gold Lunar New Year design with a dark red background. The Perth Mint's Australian Lunar Series 3 collection continues the rich tradition of minting spectacular bullion coins by portraying animal themes from the Chinese Lunar calendar.Shop Now
Exclusive PCGS Label
To add even more unique appeal and keeping in line with the iconic and beloved Lunar Series, PCGS created custom labels specifically for the Lunar Series 3. Each label features a Gold Lunar New Year design with a dark red background. Both of these colors hold importance in China, especially in regard to lunar celebrations. While the coins themselves will be widely popular around the world, these custom PCGS labels create another opportunity for collectors of a certain animal, Perth Mint products or the entire Lunar Series line.Shop Now
Animals of the Chinese Zodiac
Central to the stories in the Chinese Lunar Calendar are 12 animals, each said to have a profound influence over those born under its "rule." Unlike the zodiac signs we often think of, the animals correspond to years rather than months. The animal you are assigned, based on your birth year, represents how others perceive you or how you present yourself.
The mouse, the first in the 12-year lunar cycle, is quick-witted, resourceful, versatile, kind and smart.
1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
The ox is diligent, dependable, strong and determined. They attach importance to family and work.
1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Tigers are brave, competitive and confident. They are charming and often well-liked by others.
1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
Rabbits tend to be gentle, quiet, patient and elegant, but also quick and skillful.
1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
The dragon symbolizes power, strength, nobility and success, and is considered the most powerful of the zodiac.
1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
Snakes are intelligent and intuitive. They are excellent communicators but tend to say little.
1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
Horses are active, energetic and love being part of a crowd, also possessing a quick sense of humor.
1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
The goat is thought of as gentle, mild-mannered, shy and sympathetic. They are highly creative.
1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Monkeys have magnetic personalities, as they are witty, intelligent and clever. They are masters of practical jokes.
1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
The rooster is observant, hardworking and resourceful. They love being the center of attention and are always active.
1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dogs are loyal, kind, cautious and honest, and will do anything for someone they consider important.
1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
The pig is diligent, compassionate and generous. They devote all their energy to achieving their goals.
1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031
Lunar Series 2
From 2008 through 2019, customers around the world enjoyed The Perth Mint’s second Lunar Series. Available in multiple sizes of Gold and multiple sizes of Silver, this series expanded on the quality that had already come to be expected from not only the mint, but also the Lunar Series.
The Silver Lunar coins started being produced in .9999 fine Silver beginning in 2017, making these similar to many other investment Silver coins. The mint also introduced a 10 kilogram Silver coin, offering beautiful detail to the already beloved designs.Shop Now
Lunar Series 1
After the global success of the Lunar Series 1 and Lunar Series 2, The Perth Mint introduced a new series for the first time in 12 years. The Lunar Series 3 series kicks off with the rat, also known as the mouse, which has not been seen from The Perth Mint since 2008. Explore the new series, in Gold, Silver and now Platinum, and see how it continues the legacy of excellence set by previous Australian Lunar Series releases.Shop Now