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.


Brief History of the Chinese Calender

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 the 12 year cycle.

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


Design of Series I & II

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.

Series I : Coin photos courtesy of The Coin Page




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" is inscribed along the top half of the gold bullion coin.

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

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




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 gold coin, for each individual year.


The center piece of the 2013, Series II lunar gold bullion coin, is the Snake.

Inscribed near the Lunar Snake's head is the Chinese symbol that represents the lunar calender animal.


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

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

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

Series II photos Courtesy of: The Precious Metal House



Year of the Snake

According to the Chinese Calender, those who are born under the Snake's sign aren't easily ignored, they are born charming and popular, they like to be in the spotlight.

Individuals who fall under the sign of the Lunar Snake are also said to be endowed with wisdom and are born thinkers. They are calm, philosophical and understanding.

Those born in these years; 1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001 and 2013 share the Snake's characteristics.



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

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

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

IRA Approved:......Yes

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

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

Gold Content:.......1/4 troy oz.

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:

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....8,208*....unlimited.......Horse

*2014 mintage figures last updated 02/17/14 by the Perth Mint




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