The Perth Mint has released a two new products which celebrate Chinese themes. A number of additional new products have also gone on sale, however these are not available for direct purchase for customers in the United States.
The Lunar Good Fortune 2015 Year of the Goat Silver Proof Two Coin Set includes two coins featuring depictions of goats against colored background to signify “wisdom” and “wealth”. The “wisdom” coin shows an older goat standing on a ridge in front of a tree of wisdom with the sun setting in the background. The “wealth” coin shows a goat standing on a statue against a background of gold coins.
The two 1 oz 99.9% silver proof coins are issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. The obverse design carries the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II with the “2015” date.
No more than 1,500 of the sets will be issued by the Perth Mint.
A 1 oz silver proof coin celebrates the Chinese lion dance, a traditional form of dance in Chinese culture dating back to the Han Dynasty (205 BCE to 220 CE). The dance is performed during the Chinese New Year and other traditional, cultural and religious festivals, and is thought to bring good luck and fortune.
The reverse design shows a colored representation of the Chinese lion dance with a firecracker and two lanterns in the background. The Chinese character for “Prosperity” also appears.
The coins are issued as Australian legal tender and feature the Ian Rank Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse with the “2015” date. The mintage is limited to 5,000 pieces.
Indicated as available in Australia only, the 2015 Year of the Goat 1 oz Gold Proof High Relief Coin presents this year’s design in stunning high relief. The design depicts an adult male goat standing on a ridge in a stylized mountain scene with the Chinese character for “Goat” and the inscription “Year of the Goat”. Both the obverse and reverse are minted on concave surfaces to ensure optimum metal flow from the strike of the die.
The Perth Mint will release no more than 388 of these coins.
New kilo sized gold and silver coins are available featuring the “Steamboat Willie” reverse design, which has been seen on previously released 1 oz size coins. The kilo coins carry the “2015” date and are individually numbered on the rim. The gold coins are limited to just 28 pieces, while the silver coins are limited to 1,928 pieces.
It appears that these coins are not available for direct purchase for customers in the United States, as the product pages say “Contact your local distributor for pricing”. This message has been shown on previous products where US distribution has been exclusive to a certain company.