Queensland Mint is proud to present the 2004 1oz Australian Lunar Series Monkey 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 Monkey ranks as the ninth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The Monkey is a symbol of health and wealth and those born under the influence of this sign are said to be intelligent, quick-witted and adventurous. People born in the Year of the Monkey are always interested in learning and new experiences. They are ambitious, optimistic and can be seen as impulsive. Monkeys are smart with their money and opportunities, pictures of monkeys are often placed on doors and walls to bring good fortune and wealth.
- 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 monkey balanced in a tree branch. The Chinese character for 'monkey' and the inscription 'Year of the monkey' also appear in the design, along with the Perth Mint's traditional 'P' mintmark.
The obverse shows the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the year-date, the weight and the monetary denomination.
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