First issued in 1995 and now in its third round, the long-running Australian Lunar Coin Series celebrates the animals of the Chinese zodiac with a sequence of annual designs portraying the mouse, ox, tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig. This 2021 coin celebrates the Year of the Ox, whose rule over every second year in the 12-year lunar cycle is said to influence people born during 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021.
Coloured Ox With Gold Privy Mark Design
The coin’s reverse portrays an appealing image of an ox and its calf in colour. As well as a representation of a cherry tree, a symbol of love and beauty, the reverse includes a special 1 gram privy mark insert inscribed with the Chinese character for ‘ox’. Additional inscriptions included in the design comprise ‘OX 2021’ and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity, the coin comes in a classic display case with a clear lid. The case is housed in an illustrated shipper which aligns with the previous Year of the Mouse shipper and future shippers from the series to create a diorama depicting all 12 animals in the lunar calendar.