Monday, August 18, 2014

Royal Australian Mint 2015 Lunar Series Year of the Goat Gold and Silver Coins

The Royal Australian Mint has put their 2015 Lunar Goat Series Coins on the site for pre-order, the official release date is a couple of weeks from now on September 1st.

The Gold and Silver proof coins share the same design and come with the following description on the website:
2015 Proof Coin Lunar Series Year of the Goat

The Chinese Zodiac, Sheng Xiao, is a twelve-year cycle, with each year represented by an animal with a unique personality. If you were born under this sign, you are likely to possess elegance, charm and kindness. Packaged in a stunning presentation case, this coin features a design of three goats surrounding plum blossoms, which symbolise hope, prosperity, purity and renewal in spring.
And the images:

It's a pretty nice design actually. The Silver coins come in various sizes, 11.66 grams (mintage 10,000), 1 ounce (mintage 5,000), 5 ounces (mintage 500) and 1 kilogram (mintage 500). Last year they changed up the design between the different sizes, but appear to have standardised them this year, using the same design across all sizes. A mintage of 500 coins for the 5oz coin is quite low (it was 5,000 last year) and the price point of A$320 for the coin is much better than the Perth Mint's circa $480-500 price tag for their coins this size. May be worth giving this RAM coin some consideration.

There is also the 1/10oz Gold coin available which has a mintage of 1,500. It doesn't appear they are doing a 1oz Gold coin (at least one hasn't been listed on the website yet).

Along with the standard proof coins above they also do the Tetra-decagon Goat Coin which comes in both Silver (1/2oz) and CuNi. Both have unlimited mintage. I really liked the Tetra-decagon Horse & Snake Lunar Coins so it was a little disappointing to see the goat design which I am not as fond of:

If you are interested in pre-ordering the Royal Australian Mint Lunar Goat Coins you can do so at the Mint e-shop.

Tokelau 2015 Lunar Goat 1oz Silver Coins (Year of the Goat)

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Bullion Baron.
The Perth Mint Australia


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