Australian Gold Lunar Coins.
Australian Gold Lunar coins are a set that can add a great deal of interest and value to any collection. This set is based on the Chinese zodiac.
The Chinese Zodiac is based on the year of birth, rather than the month and date of birth. There are twelve different animals in this zodiac, and Australian gold lunar bullion coins feature these animals on the reverse of the coins. This set offers several features that make it a desirable addition to any collection.
The production of the coins is limited to only 30,000 pieces of each issue year and animal. Keeping the production low helps keep the value of the coins high. The different designs that are minted each year work with each other to create a complete, definable set.
This makes it more attractive to collectors, another feature that will help keep the value of these coins high. Finally, these coins have a superstition aspect, as some believers in the zodiac view these coins to be good luck.
The animals featured in the zodiac, and on these coins, are the Rat, Ox, Tiger, Rabbit, Dragon, Snake, Horse, Goat, Monkey, Rooster, Dog and the Pig. The artwork on these coins is magnificent. Each animal looks realistic, crafted with fine detail.
The issue years for the first set run from 1996 to 2007. There is a second set being issued starting in the year 2008 and running until 2019. This second set features a two tone appearance on the coins. The animals in the second series appear to be a darker tone than the rest of the coin.
Another unique feature of this set is that the Royal Majesty Queen likeness that is displayed on the obverse of the coin changed over the course of the collection. The early issue years from 1996 to 1998 feature a younger Queen Elizabeth.
However, the later coins feature an image of a more mature Queen Elizabeth. This aspect also contributes to the overall value of the collection, as it makes it more unique and more desirable to collectors.
All coins issued in this set contain one troy ounce of gold. To date, the Horse and the Dragon are the most popular, and carry the highest secondary market price. It is expected that the Snake will soon reach a similar level of popularity.
As well as being highly valuable, gold bullion coins like the Australian Gold Lunar series can be very enjoyable to collect.
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