Wednesday, February 1, 2012

1oz Proof Gold Lunars (Snake/Ox/Mouse) - eBay

Some interesting coins I spotted on eBay tonight (always eBay Australia unless I mention otherwise). A selection of 3 Perth Mint 1oz Proof Gold Lunar coins (Series 1), the Snake, Ox and Mouse.

Perth Mint Proof 1oz Gold Coins - 1996 Mouse, 2001 Snake, 1997 Ox
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When I went to check the mintages out of interest I realised that there were no 1oz Gold proofs released individually so from what I can gather these coins must have been separated out of the 3 coins sets that were issued (containing 1oz, 1/4oz and 1/10oz) meaning the number available is quite low. It seems there was some interest in the 3 coin sets initially with the Mouse and Ox sets achieving the highest number of sales, but with numbers soon dropping later:

YearDenominationDescriptionMintageSales
1996$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Mouse3,8882,886
1997$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Ox3,8883,146
1998$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Tiger3,8001,918
1999$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Rabbit3,8001,634
2000$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Dragon3,0002,886
2001$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Snake3,0001,223
2002$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Horse3,0001,471
2003$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Goat3,0001,187
2004$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Monkey3,000999
2005$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Rooster3,0001,388
2006$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Dog3,0001,274
2007$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Pig3,0001,556
Still with mintages of 2,886 for the Proof Mouse, 3,146 for the Proof Ox and 1,223 (3rd lowest mintage of the sets) for the Proof Snake they wouldn't be easy to come by. However Series 2 is shaping up to have an even lower sales number even though the 1oz Gold Proof is now sold both individually and in the 3 coin set:

YearDenominationDescriptionMintageSales
2008$1001oz Proof Lunar Mouse Coin 20083,000141
2008$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Mouse3,0001,036
2009$1001oz Proof Lunar Ox Coin 20093,000131
2009$100, $25, $15(1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz) Three-coin set Year of the Ox3,000942
When added together there are 1177 1oz Proof Gold Mouse coins, under half of the 1996 release and 1073 1oz Proof Ox coins, almost a third of the 1997 release. So these are perhaps better coins to be on the look out for (although as I've already pointed out on the blog I think the cost of 1oz Gold coins will lower their ability to achieve large premiums like the Silver coins often manage).

While I don't think the Series 1 Proof Gold Mouse, Snake and Ox on eBay are expensive at the price point asked, I do think they would have limited appeal to the collector with the resources to collect coins this expensive as they would probably be looking to complete a set in their original form (in the 3 coin set).

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