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Australian Gold Lunar Coins
1998 Year of the Tiger
1/20 Troy Oz Unc
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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.
It is believed that the tiger will protect against the three great disasters: fire, theft and evil spirits.
Those born in the year of the Tiger – 1914, 1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986 and 1998 – are said to be adventurous, confident and enthusiastic and often successful. However, tigers often rush in without sufficient consideration.
The Tiger is the sign of courage and their strong sense of independence means that they hate to take orders. They usually go to extraordinary lengths to prove themselves and hate to be ignored, and as such tend to rise to prominent positions.
Romantically, tigers are somewhat reckless, and can risk everything in pursuit of their heart's desires.
The Chinese Year of the Tiger, commemorated by The Perth Mint in the Australian Lunar gold uncirculated coins, begins on 28 January and covers the period to 15 February
|Mintage - (Issue Limit)
|The design is of a tiger that is said to bring a successful year
to the coin owner. The Chinese character for tiger is featured in the central frosted
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 .