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Back date gold coins range in weight from fractional ounces to a full kilogram. A few series' back date coins are still available.
With the popularity of the Chinese New Year and zodiac, the previous years of the Lunar series are always a good addition to any collection. While, it may take a little more than a decade to reach the same cycle in the Chinese zodiac again, the Lunar series designs are always being reimagined.
The Chinese Lunar Calendar consists of a twelve-year cycle. There are specified yin animals and specified yang animals. The rat, which marks a new cycle in the lunar calendar can be considered either yin or yang, although it is predominantly considered to be a yang animal because of its odd number of toes. It is no coincidence that the rat, a both yin and yang animal, was chosen as the start of the lunar cycle. Each animal in the lunar cycle corresponds to the balance of yin and yang. So, the lunar calendar follows a yin, yang, yin pattern.
Kangaroos, Koalas, and Gold: All Australian-Made
Unlike some mints, the Perth Mint has its own supply of naturally occurring gold in Australia. The same can be said of kangaroos and koalas. While gold may not be unique to Australia, kangaroos and koalas, to name just a few animals, are unique to Australia. There are a few differences between these Australian animals, however.
Of course, many can distinguish a kangaroo from a koala, but did you know that there are more than 50 species of marsupials that are all similar to kangaroos in Australia? These similar-looking marsupials can be classified as wallabies, wallaroos, quokkas, pademelons, potoroos, rat-kangaroos, honey possums, and tree-kangaroos. Wallabies, the more closely-related of them all, are only slightly smaller than kangaroos. Actual kangaroos are considered to be the four groups of the largest of all marsupials. These include the red kangaroo, the eastern gray kangaroo, the western gray kangaroo, and the antilopine kangaroo. Kangaroos are considered to be the Australian equivalent of the American bison. Both bison and kangaroos have chambered stomachs which help them to digest the grasses that they graze on. However, kangaroos are not ruminants as cows and bison are. Instead, they have differently shaped stomachs which help them to digest the fibrous grasses that they eat.
Australia’s symbolic kangaroo, the red kangaroo, is showcased on the Australian Kangaroo series. The red kangaroo is the largest of the kangaroos. Red kangaroos live throughout Australia, but are typically found in the more arid areas of Australia and don’t venture north of the 14th latitude, as that climate is very wet. Males are generally larger than females, ranging from 48 to 187 pounds. Females range from 37 to 77 pounds. Red kangaroos have a distinguishing white belly and white patches at the base of the ear and the corner of the mouth. Red kangaroos also differ from other kangaroos in that males and females have different coloration. All other kangaroos have the same coloring amongst males and females, but red kangaroos' coloration can be present even in kangaroos that haven't reached sexual maturity!
Koalas, another Australian marsupial featured on a gold coin, are one of only three animals that can survive solely on eucalyptus leaves. Koalas like a variety of habitats and can be found in the low woodlands, tall eucalyptus forests, and coastal areas of Australia. an exceedingly social animal, the koala can normally be found living with several other koalas. Because koalas are usually in large groups, they must be in an environment with an abundance of the right kind of eucalyptus leaves in order to survive (koalas are particularly choosy about the type of eucalyptus they eat, eating only about 40 to 50 types out of 600 types). Abundance of eucalyptus leaves is also important because koalas get about 90% of their hydration from their eucalyptus-leaf diet. The peculiarity of these animals is most likely the reason they appear on Australian coins.
Australia has an established history of producing a number of high-quality and diverse gold bullion coins. The previous year releases are no exception. Gold Koalas, Kookaburras, Kangaroos and Lunar Series gold coins are available in various sizes.