The Perth Mint of Australia has started accepting orders for the Australian Lunar Series II 2015 Year of the Goat 1 oz Silver Proof High Relief Coin. The popular format features both the obverse and reverse designs of the coin rendered in stunning high relief.
Those born within the date range of February 19, 2015 to February 7, 2016 are said to be born in the Year of the Goat. People born under the influence of this sign are said to be elegant, charming, artistic, gifted, and calm. Previous birth dates for the Chinese Lunar Goat include 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, and 2003.
The reverse design of the coin features a depiction of a family of three goats within a stylized rural scene. The Chinese character for “Goat” appears along with the inscription “Year of the Goat”. The Perth Mint’s “P” mint mark also appears within the field.
The obverse of the coin carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The inscriptions include “Elizabeth II”, “Australia”, the precious metal weight and purity “1 oz 999 Silver”, the date “2015”, and the denomination “1 Dollar”.
Both the obverse and reverse of the coin are minted on concave surfaces to ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die and accentuate the high relief design.
Each coin is struck in struck in 1 troy ounce of 99.9% pure silver and has a diameter of 32.60 mm and maximum thickness of 6.00 mm. The maximum mintage has been established at 7,500 pieces with no more than 6,500 released in individual packaging.
The coins for this release are packaged in a red and black presentation case with themed shipper and accompanied by a numbered certificate of authenticity.
This month the Perth Mint has also started accepting orders for other Year of the Goat products including the 1 oz silver coin gilded edition, 1 kilo sized gemstone edition, a four coin set of 1 oz silver rectangular coins, and the 1/2 oz Baby Goat coin. For additional information or to place an order, please go to the recent releases section of the Perth Mint website.