Australian Gold Year of the Goat
- Year of Mint: 2015 (Series II)
- Gold Content: 24-carat .9999
- Denominations: AU$5, AU$15, AU$25, AU$50, AU$100, AU$200, AU$1,000, AU$3,000 and AU$30,000
- Mint: Perth Mint
In keeping with its approach of honoring the ancient Chinese tradition of the 12-cycle Lunar Calendar, Australia produced the second series of the Lunar coinage with the eight coin being the Australian Gold Year of the Goat coin in 2015. The demand for the first series, which had debuted in 1996 and concluded in 2007, informed the decision to mint the second Lunar series’ coins. In Chinese legendary tradition, 8 is considered a very lucky number and the goat embodies growth and harmony.
Designed and minted by the Perth Mint based in Western Australia and based in Western Australia, the Australian Gold Year of the Goat coin is available in 9 denominations. These include the AU$5, AU$15, AU$25, AU$50, AU$100, AU$200, AU$1,000, AU$3,000 and AU$30,000. They had respective bullion weights of 1/20 t/oz, 1/10 t/oz. ¼ t/oz, ½ t/oz, 1 t/oz, 2 t/oz, 10 t/oz, 1kg and 10kg respectively. Save for the AU$100 and AU$30,000 denominations, which had mintage maximums of 30,000 and 10 respectively, all the others had unlimited maximum mintages. All the coins are Australian legal tender comprising .9999 pure 24-carat gold.
All the denominations of the Australian Gold Year of the Goat coin have similar main features on the obverse and the reverse with slight variations in terms of inscription content e.g. 1oz and 100 DOLLARS or 1KG and 3000 DOLLARS for the one-ounce and one-kilo coins respectively. Their obverse contains Ian Rank-Broadley’s fourth version of the image of Queen Elizabeth II facing to the right and wearing a crown. The texts, “ELIZABETH II” and, “AUSTRALIA” commonly feature to the left and right above the coin respectively. The text at the bottom contains the gold content, mint year, and denomination.
The reverse features an adult, big-horned male goat with its body facing left, but the head turned right and standing on a rocky mountain ridge. The Chinese symbol of the goat appears to the left of the coin away from the goat and above the rocky ridge. Being legal tender, trading in the Australian Gold Year of the Goat coin is free from sales tax or VAT.
The Perth Mint
|Country of Origin||
3.111 gm, 31.11 gm, 7.777 gm
|Pure Gold Content||
0.10 Troy oz, 0.25 Troy oz, 1 Troy oz
18.60 mm, 22.60 mm, 39.34 mm
999.9 fine gold / 24 carat gold
$100 AUD, $15 AUD, $25 AUD