Chinese Lunar Series Gold Coins

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About the Chinese Lunar Gold Coin

Following the success of its first commemorative coin issued in 1979, the Chinese Mint decided to release a special Chinese Gold Coins series to celebrate the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Lunar Coins program started in 1982 with the issue of the first Rooster Gold Coin. Chinese Gold Lunar Series one of the most sought-after gold bullion products on the market among their competitor series, like the Australian Gold Lunar coins produced by the Perth Mint.

Main Sizes of the Chinese Lunar Gold Coins

The Chinese Gold Lunar series is one of the largest gold coin collections offering various weight options. Starting with the first 8-gram lunar gold coin series and continuing with the 1 oz., 5 oz. and 12 oz. gold coins added during the next release of the series. The coins are also available in fractional sizes of 1/10 oz.,1/4 oz. and ½ oz. coins and in larger sizes of 1 kilo.

The Design of the Chinese Lunar Gold Coin

The Chinese lunar calendar is one of the most well-known symbols of popular Chinese culture. Every year of the twelve-year calendar cycle is associated with a specific animal. These twelve lunar animals inspired the Chinese Mint to commemorate them by striking Chinese Lunar coins. The reverse side of each of the Lunar Gold Coins depicts one of the animals from the Chinese calendar that has its own attribute:

  • Dragon – the only mythical creature of the calendar – symbol of strength
  • Snake – flexibility
  • Horse –forging ahead
  • Goat – unityMonkey – changeability
  • Rooster – being constant
  • Dog – fidelity
  • Pig – amiability
  • Mouse – wisdom
  • Ox – industriousness
  • Tiger – valorRabbit – caution

The obverse side of the coins differs for each edition, yet they mostly depict important and iconic architectural or natural pieces of China’s rich history and culture.

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