Australian Lunar gold coin - Year of the Tiger
The Chinese lunar calendar is today used by many for Taoist cosmology. It is believed that, depending on the year of the zodiac when a person is born, a special relationship exists between the person’s personality and the animal that constitutes part of the Chinese zodiac. The animals in the zodiac are supposed to be of symbolic nature, where each animal is a representation of a specific group of characteristics and traits that can be found in every human being. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, and each of them is celebrated once every twelve years. The year of the tiger was last celebrated in 2010.
Those born in the year of the tiger are considered to embody the spirit of life, have a constant drive to achieve, and always pursue their ambitions. They are confident and natural-born leaders with a stature of authority, prompting others to quickly agree with them. Courageous and bold, people born in the year of the tiger are to be taken seriously since they will not back down, and if drawn into a disagreement or a fight they will most often come out on top, and that is exactly how they like it. Their gracious and raw appeal makes them extremely alluring and magnetic, but their wild nature and low tolerance to stress will often manifest itself in volatile mood swings and occasional emotional outbursts. Sensitive by nature, they can easily become agitated, but their kind heart, open mind and optimistic stance towards life will make them a favourite of many. It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Tiger coin is an ideal gift for whoever you love or respect, since giving a Gold Lunar coin means that you are showing affection by immortalising the person’s year of birth and particular virtues in pure and precious golden artwork.
Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger coins – as rare as gold
The Perth Mint introduced Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coins for the first time in 1998 and subsequently issued the coins again in 2010. The next issue of the Year of the Tiger will only become available in 2022, when the tiger, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again roar back into control. In 1998 the gold coin was offered in 1 oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz weights, while the 2010 issue added four new weights: 10 kg, 1 kg, 10 oz, and 2 oz. The one-ounce mintage in 1998 was 16,907 gold coins, while the 2010 mintage was sold out, reaching the maximum mintage limit of 30,000 gold coins. If the mintage of all Year of the Tiger gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 139,624 gold pieces. This is an extremely low figure compared with the mintage of other well-known investment bullion coins. For example, the Australian Kangaroo one-ounce gold coin reaches the corresponding cumulative mintage figure of the Year of the Tiger Gold Series every 6.5 months. Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as gold.