This month sees the newest release from the Perth Mint, the 2021 Australian Lunar Ox. Here we will take a look at the Australian Lunar series of gold and silver bullion coins, with focus on the newest addition to this ever-popular range.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar
The Perth Mint’s Lunar series of bullion coins is based upon the Chinese lunar calendar.Based on the phases of the moon, the lunar calendar has been an influence on the beliefs and behaviour of millions of people since around the 14th century BCE. Each lunar cycle lasts for twelve years, with each year represented by a different animal, each with its own personality traits which are said to reflect in those who are born under each sign’s influence.
Although the lunar calendar has been around for many thousands of years, it still remains popular among many Chinese people today due to its relation to astrology and horoscopes.
Perth Mint’s Lunar Series
The Australian lunar series began in 1996, and the coins have remained popular with investors and collectors all over the world due to their fineness and beautiful designs. Each Australian Lunar coin is struck in 999.9 fine gold or silver, with the 1oz coins remaining the most popular. The image on the obverse side of each coin bears a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
A new design is released annually to correspond with the animal associated with that year. Series one began in 1996 with the year of the mouse and ended in 2007 with the year of the pig. Due to the popularity of this initial series, the Perth Mint decided to release a second series starting in 2008. 2020’s release was the year of the mouse, the first of the 12 animals in the 12-year cycle, which kicked off series three of the series which is now due to run until 2031.
The 2021 Coin
The story continues with the newest release: The 2021 Australian Lunar Ox.
The ox is the second of the 12 animals associated with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. The reverse design of the new gold coin features a beautifully detailed design showing an Ox among bamboo stalks, along with the Chinese character for ox, and the inscription ‘Ox 2021’. The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark also appears. The obverse design bears a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Details of the coins weight, fineness and monetary denomination also appear.
The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar Ox include 1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, and 2021. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be kind, honest, and earnest people who think logically, work hard, and make great leaders.
Available in limited mintages, this stunning new addition to the Australian Lunar range will no doubt be as popular as all of the previous year’s designs!
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