1 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Coin
Bullion Series I & II





In 1996, the Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Coins were started by the Perth Mint, with the Year of the Mouse, and ended in 2007, with the Year of the Pig.

The Series II, Australian Lunar Gold Bullion coins were introduced in 2008, by the Perth Mint, with the Year of the Mouse and is scheduled to run through 2019.

The Australian Lunar Gold Coins - Bullion Series I & II, have raised and highly polished finishes, because of this the bullion coins often have higher premiums added to their sale price.





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Design of the
1 oz. Australian Lunar Gold
Series I & II - Bullion Coin


All of the coins on the guide are narrated in the first person point of view; click this link for an explanation.



Series I : Obverse

gold lunar

The obverse of the 1 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Coin - Bullion Series I displays the profile of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen's profile was designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initial's are inscribed directly below the her neck.

Inscribed inside the outer perimeter of the gold bullion coin are the words  "ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" and the face value of the coin "100 DOLLARS." 

The gold lunar coin is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965 and is guaranteed by the Government of Australia.








Series I : Reverse

gold lunar

The reverse of the bullion coin shows an image of the animal associated with each Chinese Lunar calendar year.

The Chinese Symbol found to the left or above the animal, is the symbol representation for that animal. (the coin is narrated in the first person point of view).

The reverse side also displays the weight and purity of the coin "1 OZ 9999 GOLD", and the year the coin was issued.

There is no Mint Mark on Series I Australian Lunar bullion coins.

Series I photos courtesy of The Coin Page












Series II : Obverse

seriestwo gold lunar

The Obverse side of the 1 oz. Australian Lunar Gold series 2 bullion coin has seen some changes from the previous series.

The center piece of the obverse side is the profile of Queen Elizabeth the II, designed by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

Her name "ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" is inscribed along the top of the bullion coin.

Along the bottom of the gold coin is the coin's weight "1OZ" and purity "9999 GOLD."

The coin's Year of Issue and the face value of "100 DOLLARS" is also displayed along the bottom of the coin.

(Note: the coins on every page are narrated in the first person point of view)








Series II : Reverse

gold lunar series two

The reverse side of the 1oz. Australian Lunar Gold series II bullion coin has the same design for each gold coin for each specific year.

The center piece of the 2012 lunar coin, is the Dragon.

Directly below the Lunar Dragon is the Chinese symbol that represents the calendar animal.

Displayed directly below the Chinese Symbol are the words "Year of the Dragon."

Both Series I & II gold bullion coins have Reeded Edges.

To the left of the Lunar Dragon is the Mint Mark of "P" representing the Perth Mint.










The Chinese Calendar, a Brief History

In 2637 B.C., a Chinese Emperor named Huangdi invented the Chinese Calendar.

The Chinese calendar is based on a twelve-year cycle of astronomical observations of the sun and the phases of the moon.

Each year in that twelve-year cycle has an animal sign.  These animal signs are: mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, sheep, monkey, rooster, dog and pig.

The Chinese believe each animal has a profound influence on those born under the year of its rule.




Year of the Dragon

According to the Chinese Calendar, the dragon represents Chinese Emperors, those who fall under this symbol are noble and born leaders.

Unlike the Zodiac calendar, where signs are categorized by different time periods, in a year.

The Chinese calendar is categorized by year, those born in these years; 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000 and 2012 share the dragon's characteristics.










1oz. Lunar Series I & II
Coin Information:


Series I :.................1996 - 2007

Series II:.................2008 - Present

IRA Approved:.........Yes

Coin Grade:.............Uncirculated

Face Value:.............$100 AUD

Gold Content:..........1 troy oz. (
ozt.)

Total Weight:..........31.112 grams

Purity:....................99.99% / .9999

Karat:.....................24 karat

Diameter:...............39.340mm

Thickness:..............2.5mm

Mint Mark...............Series I - No

Mint Mark...............Series II - Yes

Designer:...............Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse)

Edge:.....................Reeded










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1 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Coin
Bullion Series I & II - Mintage Figures






Gold Lunar Series I


Year                                  Mintage                                  Lunar Animal

















1996.............................16.593..................................Mouse/Rat



series 1 1997 gold lunar















1997.............................13,709..................................Ox



series 1 1998 gold lunar















1998.............................16,607..................................Tiger



series 1 1999 gold lunar















1999.............................18,261..................................Rabbit



series 1 2000 gold lunar















2000.............................30,000..................................Dragon



series 1 2001 gold lunar















2001.............................30,000..................................Snake



series 1 2002 gold lunar















2002.............................30,000..................................Horse



series 1 2003 gold lunar















2003..............................16,775..................................Goat



series 1 2004 gold lunar















2004................................16,868................................Monkey



series 1 2005 gold lunar















2005.............................19,729..................................Rooster



series 1 2006 gold lunar















2006.............................26,334..................................Dog



series 1 2007 gold lunar















2007.............................18,149..................................Pig




Series I photos courtesy of

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Gold Lunar Series II


Year                   Sales                      Mintage                Lunar Animal


series 2 2008 gold lunar















2008...............30,000....................30,000....................Mouse/Rat



series 2 2009 gold lunar















2009...............30,000....................30,000....................Ox



series 2 2010 gold lunar















2010...............30,000....................30,000....................Tiger



series 2 2011 gold lunar















2011...............30,000....................30,000....................Rabbit



series 2 2012 gold lunar

















2012................30,000....................30,000...................Dragon



series 2 2013 gold lunar















2013...............30,000....................30,000....................Snake



series 2 2014 gold lunar















2014...............30,000....................30,000....................Horse



series 2 2015 gold lunar















2015...............30,000....................30,000....................Goat



series 2 2016 gold lunar















2016...............30,000....................30,000....................Monkey






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