Oct 202017
 

The original and most enduring precious metal coin program celebrating the ancient Chinese lunar calendar has retained an ardent following since a mouse appeared on the very first Australian Lunar proof coin back in 1995.

As the saying goes, ‘imitation is the sincerest form of flattery’, and while other lunar coin series have appeared on the market, the Australian Lunar has maintained its premier position over two Series since the program’s inception.

According to Neil Vance, the Mint’s Group Manager – Minted Products, there are several key reasons for the popularity of Lunar coins.

“There’s a natural fascination with something as unique as the Chinese lunar calendar which dates back for thousands of years,” he said. “It’s based on a 12-year cycle of the moon with each year named after a different animal. Having 12 coins to collect is a very realistic objective for many collectors who enjoy building a complete collection over time.”

People are also intrigued by their personal animal and the alleged personality traits that defines it. “So we also see many collectors purchasing individual year coins because the animal portrayed is special to them,” he added.

As well as being the world’s first major coin program to tap into this interest, the Australian Lunar has long been renowned for the quality of its designs and finishes. Ahead of their time, proof coins from Series I were a revelation to collectors of popular themes when they appeared in the 1990s. Today, the Mint continues to lead the field with a range of special finishes, including beautifully coloured mini-masterpieces.

Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II 2018 Year of the Dog Gold and Silver Proof Coloured Edition

Launched this month, these Series II coloured proofs celebrate the Year of the Dog with lifelike representations of German shepherds and a labrador retriever. The penultimate design in the current lunar cycle, they will be followed by the concluding Year of the Pig coins in 2019 – when many collectors will reap the satisfaction of completing a cherished 12-coin set.

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Oct 132017
 

One of the benefits for coin collectors attending the Australasian Numismatic Dealers Association’s Money Expo is the opportunity to pick up interesting coin show specials.

At the forthcoming Sydney event, taking place at Lower Sydney Town Hall between 14 and 15 October, attendees will have an exclusive opportunity to secure a unique release from our Australian Lunar – 2018 Year of the Dog Silver Coin Series.

Struck from 1/4oz of 99.99% pure silver, this petite show special portrays a meticulously coloured image of a German shepherd and its pup. The design also includes the Chinese character for ‘dog’.

With an issue limit of just 1,500, the Australian legal tender special offers astute collectors the essential combination of exclusivity, quality and popularity.

How to buy

To secure your coin, which is housed in presentation packaging including a distinctive box shipper featuring Sydney Money Expo branding, it will be necessary to visit ANDA’s own booth at the event.

With a recommended retail price of just $29, it’s a great and affordable way to mark your attendance.

For those unable to get to the Expo, any remaining stock will be available from The Perth Mint and Downies on 16 October.

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Oct 032017
 

This month’s bulletin is a bonanza for those inspired by Chinese mythology and symbolism.

Always popular among collectors and gift buyers, coloured edition coins from the Australian Lunar Series feature vivid reverse depictions. This year’s additions portray the labrador retriever and German shepherd – two of the world’s favourite dogs.

Adding to the prestigious options available for everyone celebrating the Year of the Dog, the latest Typeset Collection showcases four superb finishes meticulously created by our craftspeople.

The new Dragon and Pearl antiqued silver coin is a shining example of creativity and innovation. Portraying two mythical dragons surrounding a rotating pearl-like bead, it brings together two of the most auspicious symbols in Chinese culture.

The dragon is also one of the symbols depicted on our colourful new Blessing coin. Eagle-eyed collectors will spot that together with other coloured design elements it represents the lucky Chinese character ‘Fu’.

For more details of these and other new releases including the fifth and final coin from our popular Polar Babies series, browse through the electronic bulletin above or visit Recent Releases.

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Sep 062017
 

The Perth Mint is excited to present its new collection of Australian Lunar proof coins celebrating the Year of the Dog.

Immaculately struck in 99.99% pure gold and 99.99% pure silver, these 2018 releases feature magnificent representations of “man’s best friend”.

Lunar coins draw inspiration from the Chinese zodiac which associates a different animal with each year of the 12-year lunar cycle. According to legend, Lord Buddha summoned all the animals of the Earth to come to him before he departed to his next life – but only 12 arrived. In recognition of their devotion, Buddha rewarded each of the 12 with a year named after it in the lunar calendar – including the dog.

These loyal and dependable creatures are represented on our new Lunar silver proof coins by a German shepherd, and on the gold proof coins by a labrador retriever.

German shepherd

Consistently ranked as one of the most popular breeds in the world, the German shepherd, also known as the Alsatian, was originally developed for herding sheep. Intelligent, obedient and highly trainable, it is now most strongly associated with police and military work. Tireless in its efforts to assist in search and rescue, narcotics detection and host of other challenging roles, it is undoubtedly one of mankind’s most invaluable animal companions.

Labrador retriever

Beloved by millions of owners who have made it the world’s most popular pet dog, the labrador retriever is an attractive, gentle, yet highly capable breed. Naturally gifted in many ways of assistance to humans, it is perhaps best known for its skill as a guide dog for the blind. Its obedience, even temper, love of company, outgoing nature, and tenderness, have all combined to make it the ideal family dog too.

Year of the Dog

The year dates for people ruled by the Chinese lunar dog include 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006 and 2018. According to Chinese mythology, those born under the influence of this sign are said to be loyal, amiable, kind and friendly.

Presented in special themed packaging, these strictly limited collectables are ideal for dog lovers and anyone born in the Year of the Dog.

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Jan 102017
 

Citrine has been advocated by various groups over time for a variety of alleged powers and benefits.

For instance, it’s known as the ‘success stone’ by those who believe in its ability to promote prosperity and abundance, especially in business, where it’s also earned the nickname the ‘merchant’s stone’.

Said to radiate positive energy, citrine is worn next to the skin by people who credit it with healing properties – particularly in the case of stomach disorders.

On an emotional and spiritual level, others avow its ability to inspire optimism, generosity and enlightenment.

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This 2017 Gemstone Edition includes a yellow citrine in the rooster’s eye.

A rare form of crystal

Naturally occurring citrine quartz crystal is extremely rare. Of translucent tawny appearance, it’s known to have been prized in jewellery since the time of ancient Greece.

Because of its scarcity, most citrine available today is actually processed amethyst. Under heat treatment, its purple hues turn to citrine’s characteristic yellow and gold.

Strongly associated with Virgo, and seen as an alternative birthstone for November, citrine also enjoys the unusual quality of being regarded as the most appropriate gemstone for a 13th wedding anniversary!

Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II – 2017 Year of the Rooster
1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition

A small piece of this fascinating gemstone has been incorporated into the latest addition to the 2017 Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series.

Struck from 1 kilo of 99.99% pure silver, this spectacular Gemstone Edition holds special relevance to people born in the Year of the Rooster.

Extending its undoubted appeal, the rooster’s left eye incorporates a yellow citrine – which is also significant in China where it is regarded as a stone of wisdom!

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Dec 062016
 

Buddha and the 12 lunar animals

The ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar, which dates back beyond 2600BC, is reputedly the longest chronological record in history. According to a popular version of its founding legend, Buddha called on every animal to attend on him prior to departing to the next life. Only 12 animals arrived to honour the sage and in recognition of their allegiance he rewarded each one with a place in the famous lunar zodiac.

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Click image to discover your lunar animal

In some versions of the story, Buddha asked the animals to race across a river. Not the greatest swimmer, the rooster finished in the antepenultimate position (third last). For this reason, the rooster is the tenth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac after the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat and monkey – but ahead of the dog and the pig.

The influence of the lunar rooster

rooste_2107Each animal is said to have a profound impact on the personality of those born under its influence. As a result, if your year of birth is 1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, or 2017, your lunar animal is the rooster. Highly motivated, hardworking and multi-talented, ‘roosters’ are regarded as talkative, rather social, and enjoy being in a group setting or crowd. It’s believed their creative and artistic powers often make them great performers.

Famous entertainers born in the Year of the Rooster include Beyoncé Knowles (1981), Steffi Graf (1969), Goldie Hawn (1945), Eric Clapton (1945), and Groucho Marx (1890).

Celebrating Lunar Chinese New Year

redenvelope-with-coinsThe beginning of the new lunar year is celebrated by Chinese and many other people worldwide. In 2017, Chinese New Year falls on 28 January, when the rooster officially begins its new reign. It’s also the beginning of the Spring Festival, an extended public holiday in China which sees families come together, enjoy special feasts, and exchange many gifts – including red envelopes containing coins.

Year of the rooster gold and silver coins

The Perth Mint produced the world’s first major precious metal coin program to draw inspiration from these age-old customs.

Commencing in 1996, the Australian Lunar Series I established the coins’ reputation internationally for superb quality and design. Introduced in 2008, Series II continues in the same vein, providing buyers with an outstanding range of collectables and gifts.

With our 117 year reputation for minting excellence, we bring supreme skills to the meticulous production of the Lunar series in flawless proof quality, stunning high relief, delicately gilded and gorgeously coloured coins struck from 99.99% pure gold and silver.

Scrupulously complying with strict limited mintages and housed in prestigious display packaging, our Australian Lunar coins provide rare and exclusive opportunities to celebrate your personal, family and friends’ association with the lunar zodiac.

Coin Guide: Australian Lunar – 2017  Year of the Rooster

silverproofroostercoin 1 kilo, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
 goldproofroostercoin 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
 colouredsilverroostercoin 1oz Silver Proof Coloured Edition
 colouredgoldroostercoin 1oz Gold Proof Coloured Edition
gildedroostercoin 1oz Silver Gilded Edition
silverroostertypeset 1oz Silver Typeset
silverrooster1ozhrcoin 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
 goldrooster1ozhrcoin 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
gemstonerooster_january-release 1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition (with golden citrine insert)

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Previous releases

The last few Australian Lunar collector coins celebrating the 2016 Year of the Monkey, 2015 Year of the Goat, 2014 Year of the Horse, 2013 Year of the Snake, 2012 Year of the Dragon, and 2009 Year of the Ox are available here.

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