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Australian Gold Lunar Coins

1996 Year of the Mouse

1/20 Troy Oz Unc

99.99% Gold

The 1/20th oz Perth Lunar Gold Case
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The Perth Mint’s extremely popular gold Lunar coins depict the Chinese Lunar Calendar, offering 12 fascinating designs corresponding to each sign in the calendar’s 12-year cycle and are housed in an attractive display case.
For the Chinese, the Lord Buddha summoned all the animals of the earth to come to him before he departed to his next life. Only twelve arrived to bid him farewell, and they were rewarded with a year named after them in the order that they arrived.
Those born in the year of the Mouse – 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984 and 1996– are charming and welcome anywhere, but, generally have few close friends.
Intelligent, quick-witted and hardworking, they are ambitious, with a tendency to be frivolous with material possessions. Strongly family oriented, they enjoys thrills but are easily bored.
A little insecure and can lack boldness, the mouse is an opportunist who lives for the moment and rarely plans for the future
The Chinese Year of the Mouse, commemorated by The Perth Mint in the Australian Lunar gold uncirculated coins, begins on 28 January and covers the period to 15 February

1996 Year of the Mouse Reverse

1996 Year of the Mouse Obverse
Mintage - (Issue Limit)
The design is of a mouse that is said to bring a successful year to the coin owner. The Chinese character for mouse is featured in the central frosted design area.
These coins are the only major legal tender, pure gold coins to change their design each year. This feature and their limited annual mintages give them potential for numismatic appreciation over time.
All coins are legal tender under the Australian Currency Act 1965 and bear an effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the monetary denomination on the obverse .



Composition: 99.99% Gold
Gold Content: 0.050 oz
Denomination: $5
Edge: Reeded
Weight: 1.571 grams
Size: 16.10 mm
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