Australian Lunar Series III

The Perth Mint is proud to be releasing the first 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 first of the series, which coincides with the beginning of the new lunar cycle, features the intelligent and victorious mouse. 

 

Begins with the Year of the Mouse

According to Chinese mythology, the order of the animals in the ancient zodiac calendar was decided with a great race across a river. Traditional storytellers say it was the mouse who leapt onto the riverbank first by tricking his neighbour, the cat, before hitching a ride on the back of the ox. What a clever little mouse! 

Legend has it that each zodiac animal influences the personality of the people born under its ‘rule’. Those born in the Year of the Mouse are said to possess the same qualities that helped the mouse win the race across the river.

These remarkable gold, silver and platinum coins are available in an extremely limited mintage. So be like the mouse and get there first.

 

 

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The Mouse

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

  

The Ox

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

 

The Tiger

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

 

The Rabbit

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

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

 

The Snake

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

 

The Horse

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

 

The Goat

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

 

The Monkey

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

 

The Rooster

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 

 

The Dog

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

 

The Pig

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