1996 1/10th oz Lunar Series I - Year of the Mouse Gold Coin

The 1996 Year of the Mouse gold coin.
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Queensland Mint is proud to present the 1996 1/10th oz Lunar Series Mouse Gold Coin from The Perth Mint.

 

Reputedly the oldest chronological record in history, the ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar dates back beyond 2,600 BC. Based on the appearance of the new moon, it associates a different animal with each year in the 12-year lunar cycle. According to legend, the order of the animals in Chinese astrology was determined by their race across a river. Unknown to the ox, the mouse hitched a ride on its back, leaping to victory at the very last second. The tiger, rabbit, dragon, snake, horse, goat, monkey, rooster, dog and pig followed the quick-thinking mouse and the flabbergasted ox to dry land.

 

In Chinese culture, each animal is believed to influence the personality of the people born under its ‘rule’. The mouse is the first animal in the 12 year-cycle of the Chinese zodiac. People born under the influence of this sign are said to be highly spirited with sharp wit and the ability to adapt to any circumstances.

 

Coin Highlights:

  • Contains 1/10th oz of 9999 Fine Gold
  • Australian Legal Tender with government backed purity guarantee and face value of $0.50
  • Supplied in hard plastic protective capsule 
  • Limited mintage gold investment coin

 Condition: Brilliant Uncirculated

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Products specifications

Product ID 1286
Metal Gold
Purity 9999
Weight 1/10th oz
Form Minted
Grade Brilliant Uncirculated
Mint Perth Mint
Type Coin
Denomination $0.50, $15
Variant Mouse
Series Lunar Series
Condition Sourced from Private Collection
Origin Australian
Monarch Elizabeth II
Year 1996
Theme Occasion
Karat 24
Superfund Approved No