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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 III coins will be produced in the same dimensions as Lunar Series I.

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 III. 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.

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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 II

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.

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Lunar Series I

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.

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To celebrate the long history of The Perth Mint, APMEX is giving one lucky winner a trip of a lifetime to Perth, Australia. One winner and a guest of their choice will receive round-trip tickets to Perth, seven nights' hotel accommodations, a VIP tour of the mint and $1,000 (USD) spending money! Simply buy any 2019 or 2020-dated Perth Mint product from September 8 through October 7 at Midnight (EST) and be automatically entered to win. No purchase necessary. See official rules for details.

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