Tavex is proud to present the second of commemorative coins from the the Perth Mint's 12-year Australian Lunar Series III - the Australian Lunar Year of the Ox 1-ounce silver coin. The most popular one-ounce version in the series has a limited annual mintage of 300,000 pieces, giving the coin a considerable collector’s premium in the secondary market. With a reputation for meticulous craftsmanship and outstanding artistry, the truly auspicious Lunar collection is inspired by the heritage of the Chinese community in Australia and across the globe. The second of the series features the hard-working Ox.
In celebration of the second release in the Australian Lunar Series III, these outstanding silver coins are a unique acquisition for those wishing to mark their affinity with this resourceful animal. A perfect keepsake and tribute for those born in 2021, 2009, 1997, 1985, 1973 and every 12th preceding year. This bullion coin is truly a piece of breathtaking silver art.
The Year of the Ox
The ox rules every second year in the 12-year lunar calendar, which reset again in 2020 with the mouse in control. According to Chinese mythology, the order of the animals in the ancient zodiac calendar was decided with a great race across a river. Traditional storytellers say the magnanimous ox offered to carry the mouse across the water – and thus it was that on the opposite bank the diminutive creature was able to leap from the ox’s head and claim first place! The ox’s return will be officially welcomed during 2021 Chinese New Year celebrations on 12 February.
For adherents to the lunar zodiac, it is fortuitous to be born during the Year of the Ox, an animal revered for its valuable role in agriculture and food production. Kind, intelligent, hardworking, honest, strong and determined, the ox has many outstanding characteristics to recommend it.
According to Chinese astrology, the ox’s cohort is born during 1949, 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009 and 2021. These people are likely to be reliable, trustworthy and gentle, while also being calm under pressure with the ability to show great leadership. They’re also said to be most compatible with those born under the mouse, snake and rooster zodiac signs.
The Perth Mint is a world distinguished mint and precious metals refiner that is located in the City of Perth, in Western Australia. The Perth Mint was founded in 1896 by Britain’s Royal Mint in response to the newly discovered gold deposits in Western Australia. Perth Mint’s task was to refine gold ore from the mines and to strike sovereign gold coins from the refined bullion. Between 1899 and 1931 the Pert Mint produced a considerable amount of gold sovereigns which were disturbed in Australia and throughout the British Empire to be used as circulating currency. British control over Perth Mint was relinquished in 1971 to the Government of Western Australia which then assumed ownership of the mint. Today, the Perth Mint is hailed for the exceptional quality of its world class investment bullion coins like the Kookaburra and Koala silver coins, and the Lunar Series. The Perth Mint has been a member of the London Gold Market (predecessor of the LBMA) since 1934. The swan design, which is the Mint’s official assay stamp registered with the LBMA, is recognised internationally and was inspired by the Mint’s location in Perth, where the main river, the Swan, runs through the city.
The obverse features the Jody Clark effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty is portrayed wearing the Royal Diamond Diadem, which was worn for The Coronation. In keeping with tradition, Her Majesty continues to face to the right. “ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA”, 1 dollar, and the weight and purity are also engraved on the obverse of each coin.
The reverse portrays an ox and its calf with a cherry blossom tree, a symbol of love and beauty. The design includes the inscription OX 2021, the Chinese character for ‘ox’ and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.
Each coin is individually packaged in a hard plastic capsule by the Perth Mint. For bulk purchases, multiples of 20 are available in original factory packaging.
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