2008 Year of the Mouse Gold Proof Coin Issue

The Perth Mint have just issued the Australian Lunar Series II 2008 Year of the Mouse Gold Proof Coin Issue from Series II.

These first proof Issue gold coins celebrate the Chinese Lunar Year of the Mouse.

The proof quality is 99.99 percent and the 2008 dated coins are stuck in one ounce, one quarter ounce and one tenth ounce gold coins of 99.99 percent proof quality.

The Mouse Design is on the reverse of each coin and 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.

A prestigious new feature is the larger diameter of each coin, providing extra space for the enchanting artistry of Series II.

As with all the Perth Mint gold coins, this one is issued as legal tender under the Australian Currency Act of 1965 with each coin featuring the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.

There is a limited mintage with only:

3,000 individual 1oz coins
5,000 individual 1/4oz coins
5,000 individual 1/10oz coins
3,000 Three-Coin Sets (1oz, 1/4oz, 1/10oz)

A numbered Certificate of Authenticity accompanies each individual coin and Three-Coin Set.

The Gold Proof Lunar Series II coins are housed in elegant oval-shaped display cases with each case featuring a granite-like base and a glossy timber-effect lid. It comes in an illustrated coloured shipper depicting two mice.

As well as being a great collectors item to proof quality gold coin collectors, the 2008 Year of the Mouse Gold Proof Coin Issue will make great gifts for people born in any year 'ruled' by the Chinese Lunar

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