The Perth Mint has now released the 2010 Gold Lunar Year of the Tiger Coin. The Gold Lunar Coin Series II began in 2008 with the Year of the Mouse and will continue through the 12 animals included in China’s ancient Lunar Calendar. The coins have a wide range of weights from 1/20 oz to 10 kilos and contain .9999 pure gold.
People born in the Year of the Tiger are considered to be courageous and natural leaders. This includes individuals born in the years 1938, 1950, 1974, 1986, 1998, and 2010.
The Perth Mint will produce coins in the following weights: 1/20 oz, 1/10 oz, 1/4 oz, 1/2 oz, 1 oz, 2 oz, 10 oz, 1 kilo, and 10 kilo. Production will be limited to a maximum of 100 10 kilo coins and 30,000 1 oz coins. The other weight coins do not have a mintage limit, however all production will close at the end of 2010.
The reverse of each coin features the image of a Tiger. The inscription reads “Year of the Tiger” with the Chinese symbol for Tiger. The “P” mint mark for the Perth Mint appears to the right of the design.
The obverse of the coin features Queen Elizabeth II. The inscriptions include “Elizabeth II”, “Australia”, the date “2010” , “9999 Gold”, and the weight and denomination of the coin. The 1 oz gold coin has a denomination of AU$100.
The coins come in protective acrylic capsules and are available worldwide from September 1, 2009.