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1 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger 1998 Gold coin

As a long-term partner of the Perth Mint, Tavex is pleased to offer one of world’s finest minted gold bullion coins, the 1998 Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger. The gold coin is part of Perth Mint’s praised chronological gold bullion collection, the Australian Lunar Series I, where each coin in the series is only minted once every twelve years in accordance with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. In addition, the most popular one-ounce version in the series has a limited annual mintage of only 30,000 pieces, giving the coin a considerable collector’s premium in the secondary market. The Year of the Tiger gold coin contains 99.99% pure gold and is produced with a special minting technique that ensures the coin is in proof-like condition, meaning it has exceptionally shiny and mat surfaces coupled with the richest of detail. This bullion coin is truly a piece of breathtaking gold art suitable for collectors with an eye for beauty and those who wish to give their loved ones something really memorable and special.  

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  • Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coins are money. The Gold Lunar Series was introduced for the first time in 1996 and every gold coin in the series, including the Year of the Tiger, is considered to be legal tender by the Australian Government.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coins are rare. Issued only once since the Lunar Series started, in 1998 and 2010, the one-ounce Year of the Tiger coin is one of the rarest 24 legal tender gold bullion coins to be issued in the 21st century with a mintage of only 46,907 gold pieces.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coins are based on the treasured Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in the year of the tiger are generally perceived to be born leaders, ambitious, authoritative, and they like to be in control, so a bit of caution is advised when being near a tiger!
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coins are great gifts for your loved ones. Give a tribute to the ones you appreciate by marking their virtues and year of birth in pure 24 karat gold, a gift that will stay with them forever.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coins are made in proof condition. Minted with such high quality, brilliance and rich detail, it becomes hard not to call it “my precious”.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coins are popular with astute collectors. Its motif of the tiger that varies every 12th year, its maximum mintage limit, and its quality, purity and legal tender status mean that the coin has a considerable premium over its melt value in the secondary market.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coins are internationally recognised. By being part of the Australian Gold Lunar Series which has been in continuous production for 18 years, and by portraying motifs of the famous Chinese zodiac and the effigy of the most powerful and longest serving queen in the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II, the Australian Lunar Year of the Tiger gold coin is recognised throughout the world by bullion dealers and collectors alike.

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. 

The Perth Mint

The Perth Mint is a world distinguished mint and precious metals refiner that is located in the City of Perth, in Western Australia. The Perth Mint was founded in 1896 by Britain’s Royal Mint in response to the newly discovered gold deposits in Western Australia. Perth Mint’s task was to refine gold ore from the mines and to strike sovereign gold coins from the refined bullion. Between 1899 and 1931 the Pert Mint produced  a considerable amount of gold sovereigns which were disturbed in Australia  and throughout the British Empire to be used as circulating currency. British control over Perth Mint was relinquished in 1971 to the Government of Western Australia which then assumed ownership of  the  mint.  Today,  the  Perth  Mint  is  hailed  for  the exceptional  quality  of  its  world  class investment bullion coins like the Kookaburra and Koala silver coins, and the Lunar Series. The Perth Mint has been a member of the London Gold Market (predecessor of the LBMA) since 1934. The swan design, which is the Mint’s official assay stamp registered with the LBMA, is recognised internationally and was inspired by the Mint’s location in Perth, where the main river, the Swan, runs through the city. 

Face value descriptionDiameterFinenessGold weight in gramsProduct weight in gramsGold weight in Troy ouncesProduction limitFinal mintageManufacturerManufacturer country
100 dollars32.1999.931.1034731.1065813000016907The Perth MintAustralia

The obverse portrays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reason for picturing Her Majesty the Queen stems from Australia’s membership of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth of Nations. By being a member of the Commonwealth, Australia has Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch. Above the Queen’s effigy is the text “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”. Inscribed below the effigy is the denomination of the coin, and the designer’s initials “IRB” – Ian Rank-Broadley.

The reverse displays a leaping tiger. Inscribed above it is the Chinese character for “tiger”. To the right is the year of mintage and below the tiger is the weight and purity of the coin.

Each coin is is individually packaged in a hard plastic capsule at the Perth Mint. For bulk purshases, multiples of 20 are available in original factory packaging.

Your order is fully insured and delivered by Posti. After we have received your payment, the products will be dispatched within 24 hours. Delivery time is within 2 or 3 working days. You will receive a delivery notification from Posti and after that you may pick up your order from the nearest post office. If you wish, you can also personally pick up your order at one of our offices in Helsinki the same day we receive your payment. In cases where we are unable to send your order right away, we will always inform you about the time delay.

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