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

The Year of the Mouse Gold Coin, Lunar Series I - from 1996
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Queensland Mint is proud to present the 1996 1oz Australian 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 1oz or 31.1g of 9999 Fine Gold
  • Australian Legal Tender with government backed purity guarantee and face value of $100
  • Protective plastic capsule.

The coin depicts a mouse climbing on rocks along with the Chinese character for 'mouse' and the inscription 'Year of the Mouse' also appear in the design, along with the Perth Mint's traditional 'P' mintmark.

The obverse shows the effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the 1996 year-date, the weight and the monetary denomination.


Queensland Mint would love to hear from you. Our customer service team is available by +617 3184 8300 or [email protected].

Products specifications

Product ID 1547
Metal Gold
Purity 9999
Weight 1oz
Grade Brilliant Uncirculated
Mint Perth Mint
Type Coin
Variant Mouse
Denomination $100
Series Lunar Series
Condition Sourced from Private Collection
Origin Australian
Monarch Elizabeth II
Year 1996
Theme Fauna
Packaging Capsule
Superfund Approved No
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