2016 50c CuNi Unc Tetra-Decagon Coin - Year of the Monkey
As the Chinese Lunar Calendar ushers in the Year of the Monkey, the Mint’s lunar program celebrates its fifth annual release. Coin collectors, gift buyers and Chinese zodiac enthusiasts in Australia and overseas will covet this tribute to the mischievous and witty people born under this sign.
HISTORY AND SIGNIFICANCE
The Chinese Lunar Calendar is a twelve-year cycle, with each year represented by an animal with its own distinct personality. People born in each lunar year are believed to possess that animal’s qualities, using its traits to achieve success and happiness throughout life.
On 8 February 2016, the Chinese Lunar Calendar will be welcoming the Year of the Monkey. Those born under this sign can be cheeky and eccentric, they are also fun-loving, curious, intelligent and passionate. With an understanding nature and a sympathetic ear, they are ideal companions at times of fun, times of sorrow and times of confusion.
Chinese New Year celebrations are colourful reminders of how cherished coins are. They are traditional gifts at these events, and are beloved mementos of the festivities.
FEATURES AND DESIGN
• The fifth annual release in the popular lunar series
• High selling potential in both Australia and the Asia-Pacific region
• Unique shape used only in this series
• Coin’s reverse features a charming design of the year’s eponymous monkey
• Obverse features Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II effigy sculpted by Ian Rank-Broadley
• Australian legal tender
The passing of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act empowered the Government to make laws with respect to currency, coinage and legal tender. The Coinage Act 1909 put in place the first steps for an Australian coinage. Thus began the journey towards a mint owned by the Commonwealth and ind...Find Out More