First up is a small leaked image of the follow-on to the hugely popular gilded horse coin sold by Downies in Australia last year. One of those coins that’s appreciated quite healthily, it was an excellent design, struck by PAMP, that sold out extremely quickly. This second piece looks like it could follow that trend, but we’re yet to confirm mintage or release date yet. Thanks to Bullion Baron over at SilverLunar for the heads-up.

Still very early, so still picking up steam, coins for the 2015 Lunar Year of the Goat, (also Ram or Sheep) are putting in an appearance with a little more regularity. We’re still a couple of months away from the Perth Mint floodgates being opened, so it makes sense to offer lower-profile coins either now, or in January when attention on the theme isn’t elsewhere.

The coin we have here is from Zurich-based producer, International Coin House, whose recent output has included the well-recieved Aureus trio of coins. It’s the second coin in the series after the Lunar Horse coin released last year, and shares its predecessors trait of being shaped like the jead of the animal depicted. The goat has offered them the opportunity to do something a little less extreme and a little more coin-like than the 2014 piece. One of those coins you’ll love or hate, but people definitely warmed up to last years coin.

REVERSE: depicts the head of a ram with a golden horn around which is the inscription ‘PLENTY YEAR OF THE GOAT’

OBVERSE: carries a profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II surrounded by the inscriptions Elizabeth II, Niue Island, Ag 925 and 2015. To the far right is the denomination of 1 dollar. An image of the legendary ‘horn of plenty’ filled with fruit covers the rest of this side.

SPECIFICATION
DENOMINATION $1 DOLLARS (NIUE/NZ)
COMPOSITION 0.925 SILVER
WEIGHT 28.28 g
DIAMETER IRREGULAR
FINISH PROOF WITH PAD PRINTING
MINTAGE 5,000 MAXIMUM
REVERSE ARTIST UNKNOWN
OBVERSE ARTIST UNKNOWN
PACKAGING BLISTER PACK
C.O.A. YES