The Year of the Goat is coming up next on the Chinese Zodiac, and the Perth Mint is celebrating with the release of a number of commemorative gold and silver coins. Among the unique coins minted and released for 2015 is the 1/2 oz Gold Australian Goat. These coins weigh 1/2 troy ounce and have been struck in 99.99% pure gold. The goat has not been featured on an Australian commemorative coin since 2003, the last time the goat appeared on the Chinese Zodiac.
- Contains 1/2 oz of .9999 pure gold.
- Minted at the Perth Mint in Australia.
- Carries a face value of $50 AUD.
- Features a unique 2015 goat lunar series design.
- Available in Brilliant Uncirculated condition.
The Perth Mint has celebrated the characters of the Chinese Zodiac for years; and following the popularity of the Year of the Horse series, the mint has prepared unique designs for the 2015 Year of the Goat gold and silver coins. The gold coins feature a different design than their silver counterparts. The primary image for the gold coins includes a lone, adult goat on a rocky cliff as opposed to the silver version which features a family of goats. Behind the goat is the outline of a mountainous terrain, while the goat itself stands with its head raised in vigilance. Included in the image of the goat is the Chinese character for goat, the Perth Mint mark (“P”), and the phrase “Year of the Goat.”
On the opposite side of every coin, Ian Rank-Broadley’s image of Queen Elizabeth II is memorialized in pure gold. Rank-Broadley’s portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is surrounded by the words “Elizabeth II, Australia” on top and the weight, purity, mint year, and face value of the coin on the bottom.
The goat is the eighth animal in the Chinese Zodiac, and it represents those people with birthdates in 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, and 2015. Worth noting, however, is that unlike the traditional calendar, the Chinese zodiac begins on a different date each year which usually takes place in February or late January.
When Great Britain discovered gold in the Australian colony during the 19th century, the Royal Mint of London began expanding the mint facilities in Australia. Following the opening of the Sydney Mint and Melbourne Mint, the Perth Mint was the final facility to open when it was finished in 1899. Today, only the Perth Mint remains in operation. Although Perth is the oldest mint standing in Australia, they have certainly kept up with new minting techniques and technologies. For these reasons, the Perth Mint’s gold and silver coins are regarded as top notch by investors throughout the world today.
Each of these coins will be shipped out to you discreetly in brilliant uncirculated condition. Should you require assistance or if you would like to learn more about the 2015 1/2 oz Gold Australian Goat Coins, you can reach one of our customer support members toll-free at 1-888-989-7223. Our staff is also available to help through live chat and email.