Ironically, first out of the gate is fellow Perth inhabitant Treasures of Oz, with the third addition to their excellent Tokelau Lunar range. First launched two years ago with the low key Lunar Snake coin in a reverse-proof finish, Treasures of Oz decided to really go for it with the horse and released a greatly enhanced range of variants and complementary coins that were attractive and as a result, have proven very popular. Eventually becoming available in standard bullion, proof, reverse-proof, coloured, antiqued, gilded and gold versions, with mintages from 1,000 to 300,000, it’s clearly a sucessful endeavour for the Australian coin producer.
The Year of the Goat kicks off in eight months time and the animal is meant to represent people that are wise, gentle, compassionate, charming, elegant, slightly materialistic, quick to complain, shy and pessimistic, should you believe in such things.
Running a standard troy ounce in weight and struck in 0.999 silver, the goat carries on the series trademark of uncluttered reverse side artwork, with only the date being incorporated into the design. A difficult animal to design for, Treasures of Oz have done a fine job in our opinion and the finished coin, for which we should have actual images in the next few days, maintains the high standards of the series as a whole.
Finished in a reverse-proof style reminiscent of the Perth Mints bullion lunars, there’s a mintage limit of 50,000 pieces which, if the pattern of horse variants is followed, will be the second most populous type after a straight brilliant-uncirculated coin with a 300k limit.
Released on the 01 July will also be a full proof finish coin with a mintage of 2,500. In addition, on 30 July there’ll be antique, gilded and coloured silver coins, as well as a tiny 0.5g gold coin. Apart from the antique finish, which has a 2,000 mintage, all of these variants will top out at 1,000 strikes.
The horse range diversified out into Creatures of Myth & Legend with Pegasus and a Unicorn and the goat will follow suit later in the year. In this case the subjects of the coins will be Aries and Capricornus (the Year of the Goat is also known as the Year of the Sheep) and they’ll both be released in the same range of six variations, only the straight bullion version not being available. We’ll post up details closer to the release date at the end of September.
The obverse design will follow the same layout as in previous years, carrying the Ian Rank Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II over the symbol for Tokelau, and surrounded by an inscription carrying the Monarchs name, country of issue, date, denomination, weight, purity and metal.
|DENOMINATION||$5 DOLLARS TOKELAU|
|FINISH||REVERSE PROOF (+ PROOF, COLOURED, GILDED, ANTIQUED)|
|MINTAGE||50,000 (+ 2,500, 1,000, 1,000, 2,000)|
|REVERSE ARTIST||UNKNOWN IN-HOUSE|
|OBVERSE ARTIST||IN-HOUSE, IAN RANK BROADLEY|
|C.O.A.||YES (SERIALISED EXCEPT REVERSE PROOF)|