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    2020 1/20 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coin (BU)

    There’s no reason to stop a powerful and popular gold bullion coin series, which is why the Perth Mint is ready to go with the first coins in its Lunar Series III collection. Immediately following the 2019 conclusion of Lunar Series II, the Perth Mint launches the Year of the Mouse coin with a brand-new design to start the Lunar Series III collection. Right now, 2020 1/2... Read More

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    2021 1/20 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coin (BU)

    The Lunar Series III collection from the Perth Mint picks up where other series at the Western Australia-based mint left off. Debuting in 2020, the Lunar Series III collection starts once again with the first year of 12 in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Following the popular first release of the collection, the new Lunar Series III program now moves on to the Year of the Ox. Today, 2021 1/20 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coins are available to you onl... Read More

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    2020 1/10 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coin (BU)

    If you’ve been buying gold from the Perth Mint’s lunar collections and were disappointed to see the Lunar Series II collection end, we’ve got good news for you. The Perth Mint is ready with all-new designs for the Lunar Series III collection that launches with the 2020 Year of the Mouse design. For the third collection in a row, new designs appear on the reverse of g... Read More

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    2021 1/10 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coin (BU)

    The Lunar Series III collection of gold for sale includes four fractional-ounce coins and two larger coins of 1 oz and 2 oz gold. The second release of the Lunar Series III collection features the Year of the Ox release with a new design from Perth Mint artist Ing Ing Jong. Now, 2021 1/10 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coins are available to you for purchase online from JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Coins arrive in an individual acrylic capsu... Read More

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    2022 1/10 oz Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (BU)

    The gold for sale in the Lunar Series III range at Perth Mint includes both BU and proof options. The coins are offered in the BU range with a total of seven weights that include fractional-ounce coins offering affordability in...... Read More

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    2022 1/10 oz Proof Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (Box + CoA)

    The gold bullion coins in the Lunar Series III program come with options for both investors and collectors. While investors have a total of seven coin weights to purchase, collectors have just three options and each one comes with a limited issue. Now, 2022 1/10 oz Proof Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coins are available to you for purchase online from JM Bullion. Coin Hig... Read More

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    2020 1/4 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coin (BU)

    The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series collections are among the most popular bullion series ever introduced. The first series ran from 1996 to 2007 and was immediately followed by the second series from 2008 to 2019. With the recent conclusion of that second series, and amid continued demand for such designs, the Perth Mint now introduces the Lunar Series III coins with a 2020 M... Read More

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    2022 1/4 oz Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (BU)

    The gold coins for sale in the Australian Lunar Tiger Series include various fractional-ounce coins and weights of 1 oz or greater. The latest Year of the Tiger issue comes in the Lunar Series III collection and offers separate visuals...... Read More

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    2021 1/4 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coin (BU)

    The 12 animals featured in the Zodiac have been brilliantly captured on Australian coins from the Perth Mint since 1996. The images of the animals are distinct and unique between the silver and gold issues, with new designs introduced for each animal in each respective collection. In 2021, the Year of the Ox arrives with two new designs for the third appearance of the ox in Perth Mint collections. Right now, 2021 1/4 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox C... Read More

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    2022 1/4 oz Proof Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (Box + CoA)

    The Australian Lunar Series III program is back in 2022 with the third release of the 12-coin collection. As with previous issues in the series, Perth Mint is offering the coins in both BU and proof versions. Right now, 2022 1/4 oz Proof Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Arrives in a capsule with a ... Read More

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    2020 1/2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coin (BU)

    The Perth Mint’s lunar-themed designs are back for 2020 with an all-new series of bullion coins. The Lunar Series III collection delivers new designs for each of the 12 animals of the Zodiac and also features the first-ever platinum bullion coin in its lunar lineups. Right now, 2020 1/2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullion... Read More

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    2021 1/2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coin (BU)

    The largest fractional-ounce gold coin for sale in the Lunar Series III collection is the 1/2 oz gold coin. The other options are 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, and 1/4 oz gold, with all of the fractional-ounce coins boasting an unlimited mintage from the Perth Mint. The brilliant new Lunar Series III collection has now reached its second design with the Year of the Ox. Today, 2021 1/2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coins are available to you online from JM Bull... Read More

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    2022 1/2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (BU)

    The third release of the Lunar Series III collection at Perth Mint is available now and honors the Year of the Tiger on the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The tiger is third in the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac and the...... Read More

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    2022 1 oz Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (BU)

    One of the best-selling 1 oz gold coins at Perth Mint is the Australian Lunar Series III collection. The 2022 release in the series is now available and celebrates the Year of the Tiger with a distinctive design that will...... Read More

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    2020 1 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coin (BU)

    The Lunar Series III collection from the Perth Mint debuts with the Year of the Mouse, marking the third consecutive lunar-themed collection from the mint. Lunar Series III gold coins for sale come with 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, and 10 oz gold coins. Today, 2020 1 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coins are available to you online from JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Available to you inside of acrylic capsules, rolls of 20 c... Read More

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    2021 1 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coin (BU)

    The gold bullion coins of the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series III program come with six options for investors to buy. The only one of these coins that has a mintage cap is the 1 oz gold coin. Available in every release dating back to the 1996 debut of the Lunar Series I program, 1 oz gold coins in this series are often the most popular and typically have the highest recorded mintages. Now, 2021 1 oz Australian Lunar Ox Gold Coins are available to you... Read More

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    2022 1 oz Proof Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (Box + CoA)

    The Perth Mint’s Lunar Series III collection is underway in 2022 with the Year of the Tiger designs. In the latest issue of the series, silver and gold bullion coins are available in BU and proof versions, with limited options and mintages across both proof collections. Today, 2022 1 oz Proof Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coins are available to you online at JM Bullion. ... Read More

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    2022 2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (BU)

    The gold bullion coins in the Lunar Series III program at Perth Mint are some of the finest gold coins in the precious metals market. Struck with .9999 pure gold and offering exceptional design quality, the Lunar Series III gold...... Read More

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    2021 2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coin (BU)

    The largest bullion version of the Australian Gold Lunar Series III coins is the 2 oz gold coin. Issued alongside the 1 oz and four fractional-ounce coins, the 2 oz coin forms the investment-grade range of gold coins for each of the 12 designs available in the Lunar Series III collection. Right now, 2021 2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Ox Coins are available to purchase online from JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Arrives inside of an individual a... Read More

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    2020 2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coin (BU)

    The Perth Mint launches its Lunar Series III coin program with a new 2020 Year of the Mouse design. Based on the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Zodiac and its 12 animals. The cycle starts with the Year of the Mouse each time and the Perth Mint always times its lunar collections to directly follow the Zodiac. Now, 2020 2 oz Australian Gold Lunar Mouse Coins are available to you for purchase online from JM Bullion. Coin Highlights: Available ... Read More

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    2022 10 oz Australian Gold Lunar Tiger Coin (BU)

    The largest gold coin for sale in the Australian Lunar Series III program is the 10 oz gold coin. Offered with an unlimited mintage through 2022, the new 10 oz Lunar Tiger Gold Coin provides the largest design field for...... Read More

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    Perth Mint Gold Lunar Series Coins from JM Bullion

    With the rising prominence of China’s economy and the spread of Chinese culture by immigrants moving to all corners of the globe, the impact has been felt in industries that include precious metal coins and bars. The Perth Mint of Australia was the first to capitalize on the popularity of Chinese culture, developing a Lunar Series coin program in 1996 that honored the 12-year cycle of the Zodiac. Following the massive success of the original program, the Perth Mint launched a Lunar Series II in 2008, with equal success.

    Introduction to Perth Mint Lunar Series

    The Perth Mint put lunar coins on the map for investors and collectors alike when it introduced the Lunar Series I collection. This program ran from 1996 to 2008. Immediately following the conclusion of the Lunar Series I collection, the Perth Mint introduced the Lunar Series II program. There was one unique release that occurred in this overlap period that has not been duplicated since. 2008 marks the restart of the official Zodiac cycle with the Year of the Mouse. The Perth Mint introduced two separate Year of the Mouse designs for 2008, one to conclude the Lunar Series I program (giving it 13 coin designs in all) and one to launch the new Lunar Series II collection.

    In 2020, the Perth Mint launched its definitive Lunar Series III collection with an all-new Year of the Mouse design. The collection will follow the same cycle as its predecessors by starting with the Year of the Mouse and concluding with the Year of the Pig. The designs, in total, will always include (in order):

    • Year of the Mouse
    • Yea of the Ox
    • Year of the Tiger
    • Year of the Rabbit
    • Year of the Dragon
    • Year of the Snake
    • Year of the Horse
    • Year of the Goat
    • Year of the Monkey
    • Year of the Rooster
    • Year of the Dog
    • Year of the Pig

    Design Comparisons

    The design of Perth Mint Gold Lunar series coins has advanced significantly between Lunar Series I coins and the latest Lunar Series II coins. For example, the original 1996 1 oz Gold Year of the Mouse (Rat) coin from the Perth Mint featured a blank, matte background on the reverse with a central image of a rat. Engravings were simplistic, and the outside of the coin was surrounded by a beaded design that completed a full circle.

    By contrast, the 2008 1 oz Gold Year of the Mouse (Rat) coin featured an all-new design that focused on the mouse in the middle of the design, with elements of its natural habitat visible behind it. The beaded circle around the edge was gone, and an engraving of “Year of the Mouse” was added along the bottom. Additionally, inside each of the engravings was a deeply-mirrored, clear background field that contrasted nicely with the matte-like background of the rest of the coin.

    To be clear, none of the Lunar Series II coins have featured the same design elements of the Lunar Series I coins. Each of the animals is represented with a refreshed design on the reverse, as well as an applicable engraving identifying the specific animal (such as “Year of the Horse”).

    When it comes to the obverse design elements of Lunar Series coins from the Perth Mint. Three different effigies of Queen Elizabeth II have featured in the series, though one has been far more dominant than the other two through the debut of the Lunar Series III collection. These include:

    • Raphael Maklouf relief: The third-generation British design and fourth used on Australian coins, the Raphael Maklouf effigy of the Queen captures Elizabeth II in the middle decades of her reign with the George IV State Diadem Crown on her head in a right-profile relief portrait. This design was used on Lunar Series I coins only and only for those coins issued 1996-1998.
    • Ian Rank-Broadley relief: By far the most populous effigy of the Queen on Australian coins, and in the Lunar Series collections, this right-profile relief captures the Queen in the latter decades of her reign wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara. This right-profile design was present on Lunar Series I coins issued from 1999 to 2008 and featured on all releases of the Lunar Series II collection through the 2019 Year of the Pig. Interestingly, this design remained in use on the 2019 Lunar Series II coin despite being replaced on the vast majority of Perth Mint coins that year.
    • Jody Clark relief: The definitive sixth-generation effigy of the Queen is that from Jody Clark. Created in 2015 for the Royal Mint of England, it began to feature on Australian coins in 2019 and first appeared on Lunar Series III coins with the 2020 Year of the Mouse debut. This bust captures the Queen at the age of 89 with the George IV State Diadem Crown again upon her head. This is, notably, the first portrait of the Queen on an Australian coin since 1966 to include her neckline and shoulders.

    Diversity of Perth Mint Gold Lunar Series Coins

    Regardless of the series that your Perth Mint Gold Lunar Coin comes from, there are a number of similarities that exist across the versions and series. First and foremost, all coins are struck using .9999 pure gold and carry status as legal tender coins in the nation of Australia. When it comes to the bullion version of these coins, the Perth Mint has always struck the Lunar Series I and Lunar Series II in the following weights:

    • 1 oz
    • ½ oz
    • ¼ oz
    • 1/10 oz
    • 1/20 oz

    On occasion, the Perth Mint has struck higher weight coins in 2 oz, 10 oz, and 1 Kilogram. Generally speaking though, this is reserved for special-edition coins and/or proof coins. Production of these higher weight coins does not take place regularly.

    The face value of each of the coins is listed in Australian Dollars (AUD), and starts at $100 for the 1 oz coin. Each of the fractional-weight coins has a face value representative of its fractional value. As such, the values for the fractional weights are $50 (½ oz), $25 (¼ oz), $10 (1/10 oz), and $5 (1/20 oz).

    The Perth Mint Gold Lunar coins in proof were restricted in production to a much greater degree than the bullion version. Beginning with the Lunar Series II, the mint expanded the program to include proof coins. The proof coins are only struck in 1 oz, ¼ oz, and 1/10 oz weights. Mintage was typically limited on the proof coins in each year to 3,000 1 oz coins, 5,000 ¼ oz coins, and 5,000 1/10 oz coins. An additional 1,000 coins were struck in each weight for use in a 3-coin set released only in proof.

    Finally, starting in 2012 with the Year of the Dragon, the Perth Mint introduced a gold proof coin in Lunar Series II with a colorized design set on the reverse side. Now the specific animal represented in a given year was colorized to match real-world expectations for that creatures color. These coins were not available in a 3-coin set like the standard proof coins, but did feature the same weights (1 oz, ¼ oz, and 1/10 oz) and same mintage limitations.

    Origins of the Zodiac

    The origins of the Zodiac in ancient Chinese culture are similar to those of the ten heavenly stems and twelve earthly branches. Legend has it that the gods ordered that animals be used as representatives of the signs of each year. In response to this order, the Jade Emperor called a meeting of the animals of the world. A so-called Great Race ensued in which all of the animals of the world raced to answer the call.

    In the end, the first 12 animals to arrive where selected to represent different years on the lunar calendar. The order in which the animals arrived following the Jade Emperor’s call for a meeting determined their placement on the Zodiac. For example, the mouse finished first and represents the first year in the 12-year cycle.

    About the Perth Mint

    During British colonial rule of Australia, vast resources of gold and silver were discovered on the continent, particularly in the Outback and western stretches of the continent. In order to profit from this discovery and export the precious metals around the globe, the Royal Mint of London established a mint system in the country to process, refine, and distribute the gold and silver throughout the empire.

    The Sydney Mint was the first facility in the system to open, in 1855, and the first to close in 1926. The Melbourne Mint was the second to open, in 1872, and closed in 1967. The Perth Mint was the third and final Royal Mint facility to open in Australia, commencing operations in 1899. Today it enjoys status as the oldest operating facility in Australia and the South Pacific.

    During its time as a Royal Mint facility, the Perth Mint produced gold and sovereigns and half-sovereigns for use as currency inside of Australia and throughout the British Empire. Among its many feats, as of 2000, the Perth Mint has refined and produced 3.25% of mankind’s total gold production. As of 1970, the facility is a state-owned entity of the government in Western Australia. While it is not affiliated with the Royal Australian Mint, the federal government’s official facility, its coins are considered legal tender under the Currency Act of 1965.

    Many of these coins were limited to strict mintages by the Perth Mint, just adding to their collectability.

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