1 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey 2004 Gold Coin

Australia · Purity: 24 carats · ⌀ 32.1 мм

The 2004 Year of the Monkey gold coin is part of the Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series I collection.

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  • Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coins are money. The Gold Lunar Series was introduced for the first time in 1996 and every gold coin in the series, including the Year of the Monkey, is considered to be legal tender by the Australian Government.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coins are rare. Issued only once since the Lunar Series started, in 2004, the one-ounce Year of the Monkey coin is one of the rarest 24 legal tender gold bullion coins to be issued in the 21st century with a mintage of only 16,868 gold pieces.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coins are based on the treasured Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in the year of the monkey are generally perceived to be exceptionally smart and witty, energetic and in need of plenty of stimulation.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coins are great gifts for your loved ones. Give a tribute to the ones you appreciate by marking their virtues and year of birth in pure 24 karat gold, a gift that will stay with them forever.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coins are made in proof condition. Minted with such high quality, brilliance and rich detail, it becomes hard not to call it “my precious”.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coins are popular with astute collectors. Its motif of the monkey that varies every 12th year, its maximum mintage limit, and its quality, purity and legal tender status mean that the coin has a considerable premium over its melt value in the secondary market.
  • Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coins are internationally recognised. By being part of the Australian Gold Lunar Series which has been in continuous production for 18 years, and by portraying motifs of the famous Chinese zodiac and the effigy of the most powerful and longest serving queen in the 20th century, Queen Elizabeth II, the Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coin is recognised throughout the world by bullion dealers and collectors alike.

The obverse portrays the effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The reason for picturing Her Majesty the Queen stems from Australia’s membership of the United Kingdom’s Commonwealth of Nations. By being a member of the Commonwealth, Australia has Queen Elizabeth II as its reigning constitutional monarch. Above the Queen’s effigy is the text “ELIZABETH II” and “AUSTRALIA”. Inscribed below the effigy is the denomination of the coin, and the designer’s initials “IRB” – Ian Rank-Broadley.

The reverse displays a monkey balancing on a tree branch. Inscribed above is the Chinese character for “monkey”, to the right is the year of mintage, and below the monkey is the weight and purity of the coin.

Australian Lunar gold coin – Year of the Monkey

The Chinese lunar calendar is today used by many for Taoist cosmology. It is believed that, depending on the year of the zodiac when a person is born, a special relationship exists between the person’s personality and the animal that constitutes part of the Chinese zodiac. The animals in the zodiac are supposed to be of symbolic nature, where each animal is a representation of a specific group of characteristics and traits that can be found in every human being. There are twelve animals in the Chinese zodiac, and each of them is celebrated once every twelve years. The year of the monkey was last celebrated in 2004.

Those born in the year of the monkey are considered brilliant, witty and remarkably ingenious. Their quick mind coupled with their creativity is able to resolve most problems. They are curious by nature, with a great thirst for knowledge, and as such they will have an insight into a broad range of topics. Persons born in the year of the monkey have the ability to extract themselves confidently and safely from difficult situations by applying their knowledge and sharpness. These qualities make them wonderful individuals at parties and in closer social circles. Their creative minds, wit, and cheerful and playful attitude will light up any conversation or festivity. Energetic and sometimes demanding, people born in the year of the monkey crave activity, and if not sufficiently stimulated can become unreasonable and self-centred. This is why most often they have a broad circle of friends and colleagues who provide them with the mental stimulation that is so essential for their well-being.

It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Monkey coin is an ideal gift for whoever you love or respect, since giving a Gold Lunar coin means that you are showing affection by immortalising the person’s year of birth and particular virtues in pure and precious golden artwork.

Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey coins – as rare as gold

The Perth Mint introduced the Lunar Year of the Monkey gold coins for the first time in 2004. The next issue of the Year of the Monkey will only become available in 2016, when the monkey, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again take centre stage. In 2004 the gold coin was offered in 1 kg, 10 oz, 2oz, 1 oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz weights. The one-ounce mintage in 2004 was 16,775 gold coins. If the mintage of all Year of the Monkey gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 60,268 gold pieces. This is an extremely low figure compared with the mintage of other well-known investment bullion coins. For example, the Australian Kangaroo one-ounce gold coin reaches the corresponding cumulative mintage figure of the Year of the Monkey Gold Series every 3 months. Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as gold.

1 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey 2004 Gold Coin Gold weight
Weight Nominal Diameter in mm Sample Weight in g Grams Ounces
1 oz 100 dollars 32.1 24 carats 31.10658 31.10347 1

1 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Monkey 2004 Gold Coin

Australia · Purity: 24 carats · ⌀ 32.1 мм

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