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The 2006 Year of the Dog 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 nominal face value of 25 Australian dollars, and the designer’s initials “IRB” – Ian Rank-Broadley.
The reverse displays a watchful dog standing in grass. Inscribed to the left is the Chinese character for “dog”, on the left is the year of mintage, and below the dog is the weight and purity of the coin.
Australian Lunar gold coin - Year of the Dog
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 dog was last celebrated in 2006.
Those born in the year of the dog are considered to be persons who bear a strong sense of loyalty towards others and will do anything for the person they cherish the most. Likewise, they are ready to help others and tend to put the interest of others before their own. People born in the year of the dog are said to be people who cherish a quiet life in the companionship of the family. They are also considered to be honest and sincere, disapproving of evil acts and dishonest gain. Because of their truthfulness, they will sometimes have issues coping with other people’s bad behaviour. Other people tend to have a harder time establishing a relationship with people born under the sign of the dog as they tend to be more conservative and cautious. But once friendship is established, they become excellent companions as they will remain faithful in maintaining the relationship. It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Dog 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 Dog coins – as rare as gold
The Perth Mint introduced Australian Lunar Year of the Dog gold coins for the first time in 2006. The next issue of the Year of the Dog will only become available in 2018, when the dog, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again watchfully guard its premises. In 2006 the gold coin was offered in 10 kg, 1 kg, 10 oz, 2 oz, 1 oz, ¼ oz, 1/10 oz and 1/20 oz weights. The one-ounce mintage was 26,334 gold coins reaching almost the maximum mintage limit of 30,000 pieces. If the mintage of all Year of the Dog gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 68,666 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 Dog Gold Series every three months. Australian Lunar Year of the Dog gold bullion coins are thus well suited for collectors since they are naturally as rare as gold.
|1/4 oz Australian Lunar Year of the Dog 2006 Gold Coin||Gold weight|
|Weight||Nominal||Diameter in mm||Sample||Weight in g||Grams||Ounces|
|1/2 oz||50 dollars||25.1||24 carats||15.554||15.5517||1/2|
|1 oz||100 dollars||32.1||24 carats||31.10659||31.10348||1|
|1/4 oz||25 dollars||20.1||24 karats||7.77664||7.77586||1/4|