Perth Mint Coins Celebrate Ancient Lunar Calendar

06 Sep 2019  Fri

Perth Mint is going to release its third series of bullion coins to celebrate the ancient lunar calendar. In 1995, it became the first world-famous mint to release coins dedicated to the animals of the Asian zodiac. It’s now gearing up to issue its Australian Lunar Series III in 2020.

As per Chinese mythology, 12 animals tried to win Jade Emperor’s heart by racing against each other across a river. The contest was won by the mouse that rode an ox and jumped on the other side first. The mouse was hence considered as the guardian of the first year according to the Chinese calendar. The first coin in the third series is dedicated to Year of the Mouse. This time, a limited edition 1oz platinum coin will be released every year along with gold and silver coins. Their versions will weigh between 1/20oz and 10 kilograms.

Coins from the Australian Kangaroo, Koala and Kookaburra series will also be released in 2020. The Australian Kookaburra series will be celebrating its 30th anniversary next year. To celebrate this occasion, a special obverse design has been created, featuring the first 1oz Kookaburra bullion coin design illustrated by Stuart Devlin AO CMG. The obverse side of all other coins will depict the common effigy of Queen Elizabeth II, designed by Jody Clark.

Perth Mint bullion coins are known for their beautiful designs, reliability and value. Mint officials are expecting a high demand for the coins, and are hence going to increase production in the coming five months.

Image Courtesy: The Perth Mint

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