The Perth Mint is proud to be releasing the third set of commemorative coins from the 12 Year Australian Lunar Series III. With a reputation for meticulous craftsmanship and outstanding artistry, this truly auspicious collection is inspired by the heritage of the Chinese community in Australia and across the globe.
The third of the series features the brave and regal Tiger.
2022 – The Year of the Tiger
According to Chinese mythology, the order of the animals in the ancient lunar calendar was decided with a great race across a river. Traditional storytellers say that despite its fear of water, the Tiger used its strength and was the third to make it to shore.
Legend has it that each animal influences the personality of the people born under its ‘rule’. Those born in the Year of the Tiger are said to be courageous and active people who love a good challenge and adventure in life.
These expertly crafted gold and silver coins are now available in an extremely limited mintage.
Discover the design process
“We knew the tiger was coming, so you just go wild and get your concepts down on paper. When you go down the rabbit hole of all the [lunar] art and all the style, and the history of it, it’s super fascinating”
- Jennifer McKenna, designer at The Perth Mint
A new lunar year was coming. And with it, a new challenge for Jennifer. The next in The Perth Mint’s long running lunar series, for the Year of the Tiger.
She drew sketch after sketch of the mother and cub, standing together regally, gazing back at her. Her favourite part was drawing their faces and eyes, capturing their expression and power.
“As humans, that’s how we connect with imagery we see we look for the eyes.”
This little coin would bring together thousands of years of tradition, both in the lunar story it tells, and in its creation - the relief of her final design would be moulded in plaster, painstakingly by hand.
“This one was hand sculpted in a physical plaster which always exciting. I collaborate with the sculptor, and he translates my design onto the plaster. It’s pretty epic. You get to see all the shadows and it all come to life.”
A coin crafted to own the tradition, and continue the story.
A coin crafted to collect.
Own the tradition. Continue the story...
Races aren’t the only thing mice win. Those born in the Year of the Mouse are said to possess enterprising spirits and a willingness to work hard to achieve their goals. They are smart, adaptable and curious by nature. No wonder they lead the zodiac pack.
1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, 2020
It’s no accident that the industrious oxen are known as hard workers. Chances are, if you are patient, dependable, strong and determined, you were born in the Year of the Ox.
1925, 1937, 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009, 2021
Brave, competitive, impulsive and affectionate. These are all traits people born in the Year of the Tiger possess. Every bit the ‘king of the jungle’, tigers are always prepared to take risks, and with good reason – they always land on their feet.
1926, 1938, 1950, 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010, 2022
With its uncanny gift for choosing the best option, the rabbit has been held as an emblem of luck for centuries. Those born under this sign are said to be creative, vigilant and compassionate.
1927, 1939, 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011, 2023
The dragon is the most revered and powerful creature in the Chinese zodiac. It’s easy to see why when they can control the weather and soar through the skies. Instinctive bravery, persistence and intelligence combine to make those born in the Year of the Dragon ambitious, successful and charismatic.
1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012, 2024
A symbol of wisdom in Chinese culture, snakes are said to bring good luck and prosperity. People born in the Year of the Snake are analytical, independent and charming – which is why they are known to make such great leaders.
1929, 1941, 1953, 1965, 1977, 1989, 2001, 2013, 2025
People born in the Year of the Horse are active, energetic and love to be part of the crowd. Always the life of the party, horses’ geniality earns them the admiration of friends and partners alike.
1930, 1942, 1954, 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014, 2026
Calm, artistic and resilient. If you’re nodding in agreement, you could be born under the goat’s influence. Very empathetic and naturally creative, goats appreciate beauty in all its forms and have a tendency to be introspective.
1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015, 2027
Those born in the Year of the Monkey are intelligent, quick witted and adventurous – no surprises there! It’s these character traits that make monkeys hungry for knowledge and eager to seek out new experiences.
1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016, 2028
Surprisingly, not all those born in the Year of the Rooster love early mornings. They do, however, enjoy social gatherings and take great pride in their appearance. Roosters are also said to be stable and disciplined.
1933, 1945, 1957, 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017, 2029
Dogs are known for being loyal companions – and it’s no different for those born under the dog’s ‘rule’. Trustworthy and observant, dogs are honest, friendly and understanding, making them wonderful friends to have by your side.
1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, 2030
In Chinese culture pigs are considered easy going and intellectual. People born in the Year of the Pig generally have a thirst for knowledge, are fiercely loyal to those close to them and are among the most selfless in the zodiac.
1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031