Australian Lunar gold coin - Year of the Mouse
The Chinese lunar calendar is today used bymany for Taoist cosmology. It is believed that, depending on the year of thezodiac when a person is born, a special relationship exists between theperson’s personality and the animal that constitutes part of the Chinesezodiac. The animals in the zodiac are supposed to be of symbolic nature, whereeach animal is a representation of a specific group of characteristics andtraits that can be found in every human being. There are twelve animals in theChinese zodiac, each of them being celebrated once every twelve years. The yearof the mouse was last celebrated in 2008. Year of the Mouse coin is an ideal gift forwhoever you love or respect, since giving a Gold Lunar coin means that you areshowing affection by immortalising the person’s year of birth and particularvirtues in pure and precious golden artwork.
AustralianLunar Year of the Mouse coins – as rare as gold
The Perth Mint introduced Australian Lunar Yearof the Mouse gold coins for the first time in 1996 and subsequentlyissued the coins again in 2008. The next issue of the Year of the Mousewill only become available in 2020, when the mouse, according to the Chineselunar calendar, will once again seek out new opportunities. In 1996 the goldcoin was offered in 1 oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz weights, while the 2008issue added four new weights: 10 kg, 1 kg, 10 oz, and 2 oz. The one-ouncemintage in 1996 was 16,593 gold coins while in 2008 the issue was sold out,reaching the maximum mintage limit of 30,000 gold coins. If the mintage of allYear of the Mouse gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 80,252gold pieces. This is an extremely low figure compared with the mintage of otherwell-known investment bullion coins. For example, the Australian Kangarooone-ounce gold coin reaches the corresponding cumulative mintage figure of theYear of the Mouse Gold Series every four months. Australian Lunar Year of theMouse gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they arenaturally as rare as gold.