Feb 082016
 

Today is Chinese New Year. Ever since we launched the Australian Lunar coin series back in 1996, it has been traditional for The Perth Mint to wish customers and friends Gong Xi Fa Cai.

This year, Chinese and other Asian communities throughout the world welcome back the Monkey. Laden with significance, the ninth animal of the ancient lunar calendar is said to bestow intelligence, wisdom, optimism, ambition and a sense of adventure on those born under its influence.

Befitting the significance of the monkey in Chinese folklore, The Perth Mint has released an extensive coin program marking the Chinese New Year. For your ease, here we present a complete guide to the wide-ranging choice of coins from which you can choose a personal keepsake, or a fitting gift for anyone born under the sign of the Monkey in either of these years – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.

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2016 1kg, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coloured Editions
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
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1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coloured Editions
11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Typeset-1oz-InCase-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Typeset Collection
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-HighRelief-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-Gilded-StraightOn-LowRes Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Silver Gilded Edition Coin
YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-1oz-HighRelief-Proof Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1kilo-GemEye Australian Lunar Series II
2016 1Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition
2016-MonkeyKing-Silver-1oz-Coloured Monkey King
2016 1oz Silver Coloured Coin
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2016 1oz Silver Proof Coin
2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Wealth&Wisdom-Silver-1oz-2CoinSet Lunar Good Fortune Series – Wealth and Wisdom
2016 1oz Silver Two-Coin Set
Fu-Lu-Shou-In-Case Chinese Astrological Series –
‘Prosperity’, ‘Longevity’ and ‘Success’
2016 1/5oz Gold Three-Coin Set
Prosperity-1_5oz-Gold-Coin Chinese Astrological Series – ‘Prosperity’
2016 1/5oz Gold Coin
 2016LunarCalendarSeries_100 Lunar Calendar Series
2016 1oz Silver Proof Four-Coin Set
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2016 Stamp & Coin Cover

 

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Dec 022015
 

Sun Wu Kong, also known as the Monkey King, is a major character in Journey to the West, one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. It recounts the legendary pilgrimage of the Tang dynasty Buddhist monk Xuanzang, who travelled westwards with three protectors, one of whom was Sun Wu Kong. Published in the 16th century, the popular tale combined comic adventure and profound insight as the group journeyed towards enlightenment aided by the power and virtue of cooperation.

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Struck from 1oz of 99.9% pure silver, this new Monkey King coin celebrates one of China’s most enduring literary characters.

Sun Wu Kong was born on Flower Fruit Mountain from a stone egg that was created by the coupling of Heaven and Earth. He was given the title Monkey King after distinguishing himself by fearlessly leaping through a waterfall and discovering blissful Water Curtain Cave for the other monkeys. Endowed with supernatural powers and hard to control, however, he caused trouble in Heaven and was imprisoned by Buddha. Five centuries later, in exchange for his freedom, he offered to serve as a disciple of the pilgrim Xuanzang who was on his way to retrieve Buddhist scriptures from India.

The Monkey King’s primary weapon was his staff, the ‘Ruyi Jingu Bang’, which he could shrink down to the size of a needle and keep in his ear, or expand to gigantic proportions. Able to leap vast distances and transform his appearance, he was the most powerful member of the pilgrimage and best at combatting the demons who threatened their journey. Having kept Xuanzang safe, Sun Wu Kong was granted Buddhahood for his service and strength on their return to China.

Monkey King 2016 1oz Silver Coloured Coin

Struck from 99.9% pure silver, this coin features a vivid portrayal of the Monkey King, Sun Wu Kong during his adventures. An ideal release with which to celebrate the Year of the Monkey, just 5,000 of these colourful coins will be released in presentation packaging.

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Dec 012015
 

The year’s final bulletin is a retrospective of many delightful coins from the past year or two. As you’d expect from The Perth Mint, however, we’ve got some exciting new additions with which to mark the year’s closure. Unsurprisingly, each of this month’s four releases look forward to the 2016 Year of the Monkey.

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Nov 092015
 

Who was born in the year of the monkey; what are their likely personality traits; when does the monkey year officially start? Check out our quick guide for answers and then see how the Australian Lunar – 2016 Year of the Monkey gold and silver coin program is progressing.

THE LUNAR YEAR OF THE MONKEY

  • Chinese character for monkey: hóu 猴
  • The monkey ranks as the ninth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
  • People ruled by the Chinese lunar monkey are born in 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 and 2016.
  • The next year of the monkey starts on 8 February 2016 and ends on 27 January 2017.
  • Monkey personalities are said to be intelligent, quick-witted, optimistic, ambitious and adventurous.
  • Lucky colours associated with those born in the year of the monkey are blue, white and gold.
  • Lucky numbers for monkeys are considered to be 1, 7 and 8.
  • Famous people born in the Year of the Monkey include Leonardo da Vinci (1452), Elizabeth Taylor (1932), Tom Hanks (1956), and Will Smith (1968).

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2016 YEAR OF THE MONKEY COIN GUIDE

The Australian Lunar was the world’s first major coin program depicting animal characters from the ancient Chinese Lunar calendar. Currently in their second series, the internationally renowned coins offer a comprehensive line up of gold and silver releases for collectors, gift buyers and investors.

11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1 kg, 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coins
(see the bullion versions here)
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coins
(see the bullion versions here)
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/2oz Silver Proof Coloured Editions
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Gold-Coloured-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz Gold Proof Coloured Editions
11-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Typeset-1oz-InCase-LowRes 1oz Silver Typeset Collection
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-HighRelief-Proof-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin
02-2016-YearOfTheMonkey-Silver-1oz-Gilded-StraightOn-LowRes 1oz Silver Gilded Edition Coin
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1oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin
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1 Kilo Silver Gemstone Edition
Coming
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2oz Silver Proof Coloured Coin

 

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Sep 032015
 

Get ready for Chinese New Year with the ever popular proof issues from the Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series!


Occupying 9th position on the Chinese Zodiac, the Monkey is said to bestow intelligence, optimism, ambition and adventurousness on the character of people born under its influence.

Celebrating the 2016 Year of the Monkey, the latest proof issues from the annual Australian Lunar gold and silver coin series pay tribute to these cheeky and resourceful animals.

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Buy these gold and silver proof coins while stock last.

Monkey Years

If you were born under the sign of the Monkey in any of these years – 1920, 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004 – then each of these stunning releases would make a wonderful personal keepsake.

Or if you’ll be rejoicing at the birth of a newborn on or after Chinese New Year (8 February 2016), the coins represent a beautiful gift!

Symbolic Designs

In Chinese culture, the peach is symbolic of longevity and immortality. In the gold coin design, the monkey is portrayed contemplating the fruit of a peach tree. In the silver coin design, an adult is sitting with a baby monkey who is holding a peach. The Chinese character for ‘monkey’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Monkey’ also appear in the designs.

Weights & Mintage

Adding to the exclusivity of these coins are their extremely limited availability.

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Struck to perfection with flawless, mirror-like tables, there’s little doubt Australian Lunar 2016 Year of the Monkey gold and silver proof coins will appeal to the monkey in everyone!

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