1/4 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Coin Series I & II





The first series of Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Coins was started by the The Perth Mint, with the Year of the Rat in 1996 and ended in 2007, with the Year of the Pig.

The Series II Lunar Gold Bullion coins began in 2008 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
1/4 oz. Australian Lunar Gold
Series I & II - Bullion Coin


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



Series I : Obverse

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The obverse side of the 1/4 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Bullion Series I coin displays the profile of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II by designer Ian Rank-Broadley.

His initial's "IRB" are engraved directly below the Queen's neck.

The words "ELIZABETH II", "AUSTRALIA" are displayed along the upper perimeter of the gold bullion coin.

Displayed along the bottom of the 1/4 oz. gold bullion coin is the face value of "25 DOLLARS."

Issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965, the bullion coin is guaranteed by the Government of Australia








Series I : Reverse

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

The Chinese Symbol found to the left, is the symbol representation for that lunar animal.

Below the Lunar animal is the gold bullion coin's weight of "1/4 OZ" and purity of "9999 GOLD."

The Year of Issue is inscribed to the right of the lunar animal.

The Mint Mark of "P" representing The Perth Mint , is not inscribed on the Series I Gold Lunar bullion coins, but is inscribed on the Series II coins.

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Series II : Obverse

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The center piece of the obverse side on all Australian bullion coins is the profile of Queen Elizabeth the II.

The design was created by Ian Rank-Broadley, his initial's "IRB" are inscribed directly below the Queen's neck.

Her name "ELIZABETH II" and "AUSTRALIA" are inscribed along the top half of the gold bullion coin.

Along the bottom of the gold coin is the coin's weight of "1/4OZ" and purity of "9999 GOLD."

The coin's Year of Issue and Face Value of "25 DOLLARS" are also displayed along the bottom of the coin.

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








Series II : Reverse

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The reverse side of the Australian Lunar Gold series II bullion coin has the same design for each different sized gold coin, for each individual year.

The center piece of the 2016, Series II lunar gold bullion coin, is the Monkey.

The Chinese Symbol inscribed on the upper half of the coin's field is the symbol that represents the lunar calendar animal.

Along the bottom of the gold bullion coin are the words "Year of the Monkey."

To the right of the Lunar Monkey is the Mint Mark of "P" representing the Perth Mint. (in the first person point of view)

The edge of both Series I & II bullion coins are Reeded.








The Chinese Calendar, a Brief History

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

The Lunar Calendar is steeped in tradition, based on the appearance of the new moon, the calendar associates a different animal with each year in a 12 year cycle.

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




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1/4 oz. Silver Lunar Series I & II
Coin Information:


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

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

IRA Approved:......Yes

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

Face Value:..........$25 AUD

Gold Content:.......1/4 troy oz. (ozt.)

Total Weight:........7.777 grams

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

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

Diameter:............22.60mm

Thickness:............2.2mm

Mint Mark:............Series I - No / Series II - Yes ("P" - Perth Mint)

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

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








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1/4 oz. Australian Lunar Gold Coin 
Bullion Series I & II 
Mintage Figures


Series I

Year.....Sales......Mintage......Animal

1996....1,390......60,000........Mouse

1997....2,904......60,000........Ox

1998....5,683......60,000........Tiger

1999....5,893......60,000........Rabbit

2000....20,148.....60,000........Dragon

2001....8,436......60,000........Snake

2002....10,187.....60,000........Horse

2003....8,479......60,000........Goat

2004....7,284......60,000........Monkey

2005....6,450......60,000........Rooster

2006....6,009......60,000........Dog

2007....6,486......60,000........Pig


Series II

Year.....Sales......Mintage......Animal

2008....5,541......unlimited.......Mouse

2009....7,750......unlimited.......Ox

2010....11,771....unlimited.......Tiger

2011....11,101....unlimited.......Rabbit

2012....18,620....unlimited.......Dragon

2013....16,159....unlimited.......Snake

2014....18,621....unlimited.......Horse

2015....13,650....unlimited.......Goat

2016....7,503.....unlimited.......Monkey


Mintage figures were last updated on 03/14/16, by the Perth Mint




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