- Australian Lunar Year of the Ox 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 Ox, is considered to be legal tender by the Australian Government.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Ox gold coins are rare. Issued only twice since the Lunar Series started, in 1997 and 2009, the one-ounce Year of the Ox coin is one of the rarest 24 legal tender gold bullion coins to be issued in the 21st century with a mintage of only 43,709 pieces.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Ox gold coins are based on the treasured Chinese lunar calendar. Those born in the year of the ox are generally perceived to be cautious and sure-footed, have great endurance, and will always stand by their convictions.
- Australian Lunar Year of the Ox 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 Ox 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 Ox gold coins are popular with astute collectors. Its motif of the ox 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 Ox 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 Ox 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, 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.