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The 2009 Year of the Ox gold coin is part of the Perth Mint's Australian Lunar Series II 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, the year of mintage, weight and purity of the coin, and the designer’s initials “IRB” – Ian Rank-Broadley.
The reverse displays a peaceful ox lying in the grass. Inscribed under the ox is the text “Year of the Ox”, above it is the Chinese character for “ox”, and the letter “P” which stands for Perth Mint.
Australian Lunar gold coin - Year of the Ox
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 ox was last celebrated in 2009.
Those born in the year of the ox are considered to be steadfast and solid. They carefully consider what the ramifications of their actions are, but once a decision is made they tend to stand by their conviction. It is believed that those born in the year of the ox are of great spiritual strength, irrespective of their physical appearance. This makes them capable of achieving great things, and their step-by-step manner in tackling issues makes them never lose sight of their goal. They have an eye for detail and are hard-working people who can endure a great deal on account of their patient nature. Those born in the year of the ox tend to be stubborn as they sometimes do not know when to back down. On the other hand, their steadfastness always means they will provide a friend with honest, solid and unbiased advice. It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Ox 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 Ox coins – as rare as gold
The Perth Mint introduced Australian Lunar Year of the Ox gold coins for the first time in 1997 and subsequently issued the coins again in 2009. The next issue of the Year of the Ox will only become available in 2021, when the ox, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again make its move. In 1997 the gold coin was offered in 1 oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz weights, while the 2009 issue added four new weights: 10 kg, 1 kg, 10 oz, and 2 oz. The one-ounce mintage in 1997 was 13,709 gold coins, while the 2009 mintage was sold out, reaching the maximum mintage limit of 30,000 gold coins. If the mintage of all Year of the Ox gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 89,885 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 Ox Gold Series every 4 months. Australian Lunar Year of the Ox gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as gold.
|1/2 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Ox 2009 Gold Coin||Gold weight|
|Weight||Nominal||Diameter in mm||Sample||Weight in g||Grams||Ounces|
|1/2 oz||50 dollars||30.1||24 carats||15.554||15.5517||1/2|