The Lunar Series II coin program from the Perth Mint is arguably the world’s most popular lunar-themed collection. The current program is, however, built on the strength of the original Lunar Series (1996-2007). From that original collection, the 2002 1 oz Gold Australian Lunar Horse Coin is available to you today online at Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule.
- Seventh release from the original Lunar Series collection!
- Consists of One Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of $100 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
- Year of the Horse design on the reverse.
Perth’s original Lunar Series of silver and gold coins took the numismatic world by storm. These coins represented the first major lunar-themed collection. With each new release there was a different design representing one of the animals from the 12-year cycle of the Chinese Lunar Calendar, or Zodiac.
Each animal on the Zodiac earned its position there, in Chinese cultural lore, based upon their arrival to a meeting with the Jade Emperor. A Great Race ensued as the creatures of the world responded to the Emperor’s call, with the Horse finishing that race 7th and featuring in the 7th year of the cycle.
On the obverse of the 2002 1 oz Gold Australian Lunar Horse Coin is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty has been the ruling monarch of Britain and the United Kingdom since 1952, and her effigy has appeared on all commonwealth coinage since that date. This design is the fourth-generation one created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley.
The reverse of the Gold Australian Lunar Horse Coin includes the image of a powerful mustang as it trots in an open space. Engravings included a beaded circle around the design field, the year of issue to the left, weight, purity, and metal content below, and the Chinese symbol for “Horse” to the right.
All of the 2002 1 oz Gold Australian Lunar Horse Coins in this product listing are available in BU condition. Coins in BU condition show no signs of wear and tear, though you may notice minor flaws such as breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks from the process of striking blanks at the mint.
The Perth Mint is Australia’s oldest operating facility. Originally opened in 1899 by the Royal Mint as its third and final facility on the continent, the Perth Mint outlasted the Sydney and Melbourne Mints, and predates the current federal sovereign mint at the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra.
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