We don’t cover the lunar coin market as deeply as we have in the past, mainly because variety has tapered off and interest seems to be lower than before, but it is still a big market and there are still some very nice products being released within the genre. Case in point is the Royal Australian Mints bullion coin series.
Launching last year with a very pretty Year of the Rat design, the RAM has embarked on a new journey through the lunar calendar. This second issue is obviously the 2021 Year of the Ox and the Bronwyn King design is another good one. It isn’t as good as her rat coin last year, in my opinion, but the reality is, a rat is easier to depict with a bit of flair on a coin than a bull is. A simple reality.
The 2020 coin came in 1oz silver and 1oz gold variants, but the Ox has added 1/4oz and 1/2oz gold to the mix – a very sensible decision given the rise in the gold price. All carry, bar the obvious inscription changes, the same basic artwork on both faces. That obverse returns from last year and is a terrific one, neatly and elegantly encapsulating the series. The animal on the reverse sits at the top, the ‘wheel’ of animals turning each year to make this so. A great touch.
Available from today, this looks to be fine addition to a series well worth keeping an eye on. It joins the Royal Mint and the Perth Mint in having much improved lunar bullion coin offerings. The silver is limited to 50,000 pieces, with the gold variants all capped at 5,000.