Australian Dollar Coins 2010 Year of the Tiger Dollar Lunar Series

January 16, 2010

2010 Unc Year of the Tiger

In 2010 the Royal Australian Mint continues their lunar series following the Year of the Ox release last year with the 4th in an ongoing series of NCLT (non-circulating legal tender) one dollar coins depicting each lunar year and their representative animals. Intended as a collectors coin this 2010 $1 marks the birth of a loved one or a birthday gift for those born in the year of the tiger which begins on February 14th 2010. Those born in 1998, 1986, 1974, 1962, 1950, 1938 or 1926 were also born into the year of the tiger. A dominant trait of those born into the year of the tiger is enthusiasm, courage, resilience and friendliness. The Chinese believe that each zodiac animal has a profound influence on the personality and destiny of each person born into that zodiac year. Faults of those born into this lunar year are suspiciousness, selfishness and indecision.

The Year of the Tiger one dollar design by Vladimir Gottwald features a Tiger with authentic chinese symbols all in a symetrical design on the reverse. It also features Gottwald's initial as the designer of the reverse. The coin is issued in a protective capsule housed in an informative card. This card features a red and gold design, the traditional colours of good fortune in Chinese culture. The coin features "2010 Year of the Tiger" on the reverse and, different to other standard dollar issues, states the denomination "1 Dollar" on the obverse below the portrait. It is the standard 25mm size, 9 gram, aluminium bronze one dollar coin with the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Queen Elizabeth II.

This year of the Tiger one dollar is issued in uncirculated condition for $12.95. The design is also issued also in a 99.9% silver proof (11.66g) with a mintage of not more than 10,000 for $45 and (1/10oz 17.53mm) $10 gold proof coin for $260 with a capped mintage of 2,500. See the dollar mintages in the 2010 $1 mintage table.

Posted by harrisk at January 16, 2010 12:08 PM
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