In 2009 the Royal Australian Mint continued with an on-going series of NCLT (non-circulating legal tender) one dollar coins depicting each Lunar year and their representative animals. Intended as a collectors coin this 2009 $1 marks the birth of a special little one or a birthday gift for those born in the Year of the Ox which occurred in 1973, 1985, 1997 or 2009. A dominant trait of those born into the year of the Ox is leadership, dependability, meticulousness and determination. The Chinese believe that each zodiac animal has a profound influence on the personality and destiny of each birth year.
The Year of the Ox one dollar design by Vladimir Gottwald features an Ox with authentic chinese symbols all in a symetrical design on the reverse. The coin was issued in a protective capsule housed in an informative card . This card features red and gold design, the traditional colours of good fortune in Chinese culture. The most unusual characteristic of this issue is that it features "2009 Year of the Ox" on the reverse and states the denomination on the obverse. It is a standard 25mm size, 9 gram, aluminium bronze one dollar coin with the standard Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. The legend on the obverse of the lunar series dollars differs from the normal $1 obverse adding the denomination "1 Dollar" below the portrait.
This year of the Ox one dollar was issued in uncirculated condition for $12.95. It was also issued as a 11.66g silver proof striking for $45 with a capped mintage of 10,000. The same design was also issued in a (1/10oz 17.53mm) $10 gold proof coin for $235 with a capped mintage of 2,500.
Posted by harrisk at January 2, 2010 12:02 PM
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