2008 Australian Year of the Rat Coloured Gold Coins
In Stock Now For Immediate Delivery
We now have Australian year 2008 coloured gold " Year of the Rat" 1oz bullion coins in stock for immediate delivery. The coin depicts a brightly coloured monkey and tree branch on a frosted gold background.
If you are looking for an interesting and unusual gift, then this year's new coins take some beating!
Coloured Lunar Calendar Gold Coins
In recent years, a number of world mints have added colour printing to a number of their coins. Although at first we thought this was rather gimmicky, in many cases it does make for aesthetically attractive collectors coins, which are also great gift items.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is based on a 12 year cycle, each year in the cycle is associated with a different animal. The Perth Mint in Australia started issuing series of Chinese Lunar Calendar Coins, in gold and silver, in 1996, which was the Year of the Rat. The 12 year cycle of this first series ran from 1996 to 2007 inclusive, and all designs proved to be very popular. We rarely manage to buy any of the older years, which tend to be very hard to source.
In view of the success of and demand for the first series, the Perth Mint are to produce a second series, starting with the 2008 "Year of the Rat or Mouse", which we also expect to be very popular. We just hope the next twelve years don't fly past as quickly as the last twelve!
We recommend that you buy this year's coins while we still have them available.
We are now taking orders.
New Series II Design Feature
Larger Coin Diameters
A prestigious new feature of all series II gold lunar coins is the larger diameter of each coin, which provides extra space for the enchanting artistry of Series II.
For series II lunar gold coins, the reverse of all sizes and weights is to be identical, while the obverse will show both the monetary denomination, and the size (weight of gold content). This is a change from the first series, on which the weight was always shown on the reverse.
The second series also features the Chinese character for the animal the year represents, so the 2008 coins feature the Chinese character for mouse.
Year of the Mouse Design
The reverse of each coin depicts a mouse crouching on a bed of stones with chilli peppers clustered in the background. As well as the inscription 'Year of the Mouse' and the Chinese character for 'mouse', the design also incorporates The Perth Mint's 'P' mintmark.
We Sell 2008 "Year of the Rat" Coloured One Ounce Gold Bullion Coins as Follows:-
These are sample prices based on gold at £600 per ounce. Please telephone for current prices and availability.
The $ prices are subject to exchange rate fluctuations.
Weight||Availability||Premium||Price £||Price $
One Ounce||Yes||12% + £25||£697||$Ask
2008 Australian Gold Rats / Mice
Please check our Standard Terms for Bullion Coins.
You may wish to use our Order Form UK
Order Form USA.
Postage & Packing
UK Registered Post (Special Delivery) £9 per order
EU Insured Post £10 per order
USA Airmail $10, Insured Shipping $20
Canada Airmail $15, Insured Shipping via Fedex $60
Reverse of 2008 One Ounce Year of the Rat Gold Coin
Australian Chinese Lunar Calendar Gold Coins
Obverse of 2008 Australian Year of the Rat or Mouse One Ounce Gold Bullion Coin