For 2015, the Perth Mint's internationally renowned Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II celebrated the Year of the Goat, the eighth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac.
These superb quality releases are perfect for people born in "goat" years - 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and in 2015 - who are regarded as mild mannered, pessimistic, shy and sympathetic. Personality traits like creativity, dependability, calmness and intelligence help to make them very charming to be with.
The reverse of each coin depicts three goats in a field, one grazing. There is foliage in the background and foreground and tufts of grass to lend a pastoral atmosphere to the scene. The Chinese character for "goat" and the inscription "Year of the Goat" also appear in the design along with The Perth Mint's traditional "P" mintmark, the year and weight. As well as appealing to silver coin collectors, these outstanding releases also make great gifts for people born in any year "ruled" by the Chinese lunar goat.
With a worldwide mintage of only 300,000 they are sure to be an early favourite.
|Ian Rank-Broadley (obverse), Natasha Muhl (reverse)|
|Effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the words "Elizabeth II Australia 1 Dollar 1 oz 999 Silver 2015"|
|Three goats, grazing, with a tree and vegetation visible in the background and the words "Year of the Goat" and the Chinese symbol for "goat"|