Thanks to the tremendous popularity of gold and silver gifts in observance of the Chinese Lunar New Year, the Royal Australian Mint has joined the holiday party with its own Lunar gold coins for the Year of the Dog! These new 2018 1/2 oz Lunar Gold Dog coins are struck from .9999 fine gold, meaning they are 99.99% pure, for a total of 0.5 troy ounce of gold by weight. They are designated with legal tender status -- making them eligible for your IRA -- and a face value of $50 AUD.
Ian Rank-Broadley's classic engraving of HRM Queen Elizabeth II facing right appears on the obverse. She is surrounded by inscriptions that include the Queen's name, the issuing nation "AUSTRALIA," as well as the denomination "50 DOLLARS." The various animals of the Lunar calendar fill the outer rim. A reeded pattern is used for the edge design.
The reverse design bears a brand new designs of two adorable puppies admiring the clouds and cliffs of a mountainous setting. The Chinese character representing the Dog sign of the Lunar calendar is placed above the head of the dog on the left. The bottom rim includes inscriptions for the weight and purity while the year-date "2018" is inscribed at the top rim.
Previous occurrences of the Year of the Dog in the past century came in 1922, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, and 2006. According to the Chinese zodiac, people born in the Year of the Dog are said to exhibit courage, loyalty, and vibrant energy. Celebrate the season in extra-pure .9999 fine gold with the 2018 Royal Australian Mint 1/2 oz Year of the Dog Gold Coin!