Thursday, January 23, 2020

2020 lunar year of the rat

The perth mint has recently brought out their new series 3 lunar coins. And you guessed it it's starts all over again with the rat. But things are a little different this time around. Read on to learn more.


This year's (although at time of writing it's still the Chinese year of the pig) year of the rat coin bot only comes in the usual gold and silver but also .9995 platinum, these new platinum coins are limited to only 5000. That's a considerable difference between the 300,000 silver and 30,000 gold, thats a ratio of 1 to 60 and 1 to 6 respectively. 

The series 3 coins return to the traditional Chinese depictions similar to the series 1 coins 21 years ago now.* The lunar rat has the always top notch minting that goes on in their furnaces. As well as the continued montage limits and beautiful designs for which perth mint is worldly renowned for.

The traditionalistic design for the lunar Rat is of two mice foraging on corn husks on the reverse (drawn by Chinese artist Ing Ing Jong), as well as a special security feature - A micro-laser engraved letter. On the obverse is the brand new effigy of her majesty queen Elizabeth the 2nd by Jody clark.

The silver coin comes in the ever popular 1oz size with a montage of 300,000 that always sells out faster than a Bunnings BBQ. If you're too late to get the 1oz coin there's always the option to get the 1/2 oz, 2oz, 5oz, 1Kg and the 10Kg. 

The gold coin, also drawn by Ing Ing Jong, depicts a rat among stalks of wheat. it's  issued in 1oz that's limited to 30,000, there's also 1/20oz, 1/10oz, 1/4oz, 1/2oz, 2oz and 10oz. Both the gold and silver coins are struck to perth mints highest standard .9999.


The platinum coin only comes in the 1oz at 9995 purity, although this coin is not as refined it is just as beautiful. 

an added bonus for those who purchase this from perth mint, is the issued black geometric clear lid, cases that come with the sale, in my opinion it would look great on a shelf.


If you're spewing that you've missed out on a coin in your collection or you're looking to start, head on over to this website innus-store.com.au to find things below premium.

* series 1 started part way through the lunar cycle. So series 1 and 2 overlapped by a few years.

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