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The 2007 Year of the Pig 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 standing pig on stones. Inscribed on the right is the Chinese character for “pig “,and on the left is the year of mintage, and below the animal is the weight and purity of the coin.
Australian Lunar gold coin - Year of the Pig
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 pig was last celebrated in 2007.
Those born in the year of the pig are considered to be optimistic by nature. They tend to be happy people with a cheerful attitude towards life. Their positive character attracts money and they tend to make a living quite effortlessly. People born in the year of the pig have a taste for all the good things in life; they are connoisseurs when it comes to food, wine, apparel and of course lovemaking. This can be perceived by others as snobbish, but this is most often a misconception. Although people born under the year of the pig like to indulge in all the very best offered by mankind, they certainly do not consider themselves superior. In fact, they make great friends and always try to make others happy; they feel best when everyone around them is smiling. Those born in the year of the pig have a heart of gold which makes them great companions, both on a personal level but also when it comes to more intimate relationships. It can therefore be seen that the Australian Gold Lunar Year of the Pig 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 Pig coins – as rare as gold
The Perth Mint introduced Australian Lunar Year of the Pig gold coins for the first time in 2007. The next issue of the Year of the Pig will only become available in 2019, when the pig, according to the Chinese lunar calendar, will once again seek out new friendships. In 2007 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 in 2007 was 18,149 gold coins. If the mintage of all Year of the Pig gold coins is included, then the total figure rises to 57,778 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 Pig Gold Series every 2.5 months. Australian Lunar Year of the Pig 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 Pig 2007 Gold Coin||Gold weight|
|Weight||Nominal||Diameter in mm||Sample||Weight in g||Grams||Ounces|
|1/4 oz||25 dollars||20.1||24 carats||7.777||7.775869||1/4|