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The 2003 Year of the Goat gold coin is part of the Perth Mint’s Australian Lunar Series I collection.
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 goat standing in grass. Inscribed to the right is the Chinese character for “goat”, to the left is the year of mintage, and below the goat is the weight and purity of the coin.
Australian Lunar gold coin - Year of the Goat
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, each of them being celebrated once every twelve years. The year of the goat was last celebrated in 2003.
Those born in the year of the goat are said to be gentle, compassionate and most often calm. This makes them particular good caregivers as they enjoy looking after others. They are a reserved type of people who cherish peace and quiet, and although they take pleasure in the company of others, they will most likely favour the sidelines instead of being at the centre of attention. Their soothing and easygoing nature stems from their ability to be comfortable in their own mind. Creative and artistic, a person born in the year of the goat is perceived to have a natural talent for craftsmanship, and usually needs an occupation that will allow plenty of freedom. On the other hand, they tend not to be very well-organised, as their time will be absorbed in their thoughts and imagination. People born in the year of the goat are most likely to be warm, loving and kind-hearted, and will usually easily forgive and rarely hold grudges. These qualities make them great individuals in social circles. It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Goat 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 Goat coins – as rare as gold
The Perth Mint introduced Australian Lunar Year of the Goat gold coins for the first time in 2003 and subsequently issued the coins again in 2015. The next issue of the Year of the Goat will only become available in 2015 when the goat, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again roam into view. In 2003 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 2003 was 16,775 gold coins. If the mintage of all Year of the Goat gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 59,729 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 Goat Gold Series every 3 months. Australian Lunar Year of the Goat gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as gold.
|1/10 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Goat 2003 Gold Coin||Gold weight|
|Weight||Nominal||Diameter in mm||Sample||Weight in g||Grams||Ounces|
|1/10 oz||15 dollars||18.1||24 carats||3.111||3.1103476||1/10|