Australian Gold Lunar Goat 1 oz Series 1 – 2003
2003 Year of the Goat
The Australian Gold Lunar Goat 1 oz Series 1 are the eighth coins in The Perth Mint Australian 12-coin Lunar Series. Some Chinese Lunar Calendars call it the Year of the Sheep, but The Perth Mint, after having thoroughly researching the issue, chose to go with the Year of the Goat. (Still, other sources call it the Year of the Ram, but that, logically, is incorrect as a ram is a male sheep.)
The Australian Gold Lunar Goat 1 oz Series 1 are .9999 fine, which means the gold coins are 24-karat. While the silver coins are .9999 fine, “karat” is a measure of fineness for gold, not silver. Therefore, the .9999 fine silver coins are not given a “karat” purity. All Lunar Series coins come individually encapsulated in plastic protective capsules.
The Lunar Series gold coins come in eight sizes. The Lunar Series silver coins are minted in seven sizes. See specifications and dimensions table for sizes.
People born in the Year of Goat are elegant and highly accomplished in the arts. But Goat people are often shy, pessimistic, puzzled about life, and usually deeply religious. Although sometimes clumsy in speech, they are always passionate about what they do and what they believe in. Goat people also are wise, gentle, and compassionate.
Goat people never have to worry about having the best in life because of their abilities to make money. They thoroughly enjoy the creature comforts they earn. People born in the Year of the Goat are compatible with Rabbits, Pigs, and Horses.
Other Goat Years include 2015, 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, and 1907.
The Australian Gold Lunar Goat 1 oz Series 1 Is A Limited Production Coin
Another reason for the Australian Gold Lunar Goat 1 oz Series 1 popularity is that they are limited production coins. In contrast, Gold Eagles, which are the world’s best-selling 22-karat gold coins, and Gold Maple Leafs, the world’s best-selling 24-karat gold coins, are unlimited production coins. The Australian Gold Lunar Goat 1 oz Series 1 is limited to 30,000 coins for each year and clearly have become collector favorites.
The Year 2000 1-ounce Gold Dragons, the 2001 Gold Snake and the 2002 1-ounce Gold Horses have reached their productions caps and are no longer being produced, so availability is limited to the secondary market and these coins carry premiums over the coins within the series that have not reached the 30,000-coin production cap.
Another feature that makes the Australian Gold Lunar Goat 1 oz Series 1 so popular is that The Perth Mint can produce back-dated coins until the production cap is met. This means that the earlier coins are still available and can be purchased near bullion coin prices, permitting collectors who learn of the series late to acquire the earlier coins at bullion coin prices. The policy of minting coins from earlier years is unique to The Perth Mint and for only the Lunar Series coins.
Somehow, 30,000 became a magical number for the Australian Gold Lunar Goat 1 oz Series 1. The number is large enough for broad investor interest but small enough that at attainment of production caps, they pick up premiums.
Shortly after the year 2000 1-ounce Dragons reached their production cap in the summer of 2001, they picked up premiums in the secondary market. The year 2002 1-ounce Gold Horses reached the production cap in the spring of 2005 and also picked up premiums in the secondary market. However, the 1-ounce Gold Dragon carries the highest premium, the dragon essentially being China’s icon. The year 2001 1-ounce Gold Snakes has also hit the production cap and may experience a likewise increase in premium.
Queen Elizabeth II Matures
By law, the Lunar Series coins have to display the image of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse. When the series started in 1996, the official likeness of the Queen was younger. In 1999, however, Buckingham Palace changed the official likeness to a mature Queen, which is carried forward into the Lunar II series.
The change resulted in the first three years’ coins (1996, 1997, and 1998) having the image of the younger Queen Elizabeth and with the later coins having the mature image. In years to come, after the Series has closed, this uniqueness could stimulate greater interest in the Series in Great Britain and those countries that used to be part of the British Empire.
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