The most popular lunar-themed coins in the world today come from the Perth Mint of Australia. The Lunar Series II collection ran from 2008 to 2019 and followed the same cycle of animals on the Chinese Lunar Calendar as its original Lunar Series (1996-2007). Right now, 2009 1/2 oz Gold Australian Ox Coins are available to purchase online at Silver.com.
- Coins ship to you inside of protective plastic packaging!
- Second design issued in the Lunar Series II program!
- Mintage limited to 5,054 coins only!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Bears a face value of $50 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Queen Elizabeth II is featured on the obverse of the coin.
- An adult ox lying in the grass is depicted on the reverse of the coin.
Each of the 2009 1/2 oz Gold Australian Ox Coins available to you in this Silver.com listing comes with a protective plastic packaging. The Perth Mint issues many of the Lunar Series II coins with unlimited mintage figures. By this, the Perth Mint means it will strike coins as long as there is demand, but only through the end of the calendar year of issue marked on the coin.
The result of the unlimited mintage approach for the 2009 1/2 oz Gold Ox Coin was a total mintage of just 5,054 coins. For a bullion release, it is rare to find such a low mintage figure and the addition of this gold coin is great for any investment portfolio or even personal collection.
2009 was the Year of the Ox on the lunar calendar, and the Perth Mint rolled out unique designs for each of its silver and gold coins available in the collection. The ox is second in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Those born under the sign of the ox are hard-working, honest, creative, and ambitious, yet cautious and patient.
On the reverse of 2009 1/2 oz Gold Australian Ox Coins is the image of a large adult ox lying in a field of grass. The design elements around the ox include branches of bamboo, the Chinese symbol for ox, and the phrase “Year of the Ox.”
The obverse of 2009 Gold Australian Ox Coins features the famed fourth-generation effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is depicted in this design in right-profile relief. It was created in 1998 by Ian Rank-Broadley and was used on Australian coinage through 2019 when the Perth Mint began to replace it with the 2015, fifth-generation design by Jody Clark.
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