The popular Chinese Lunar calendar is the theme of the .9999 fine gold coin from the Royal Australian Mint, the 2018 1/20 oz Lunar Gold Dog! They are Australian legal tender with a $5 face value, but collectors and investors are much more interested in the 0.05 troy ounce of actual gold weight (AGW) in each coin.
The reverse design depicts a pair of precocious labradors from a close-up view. They are set against a mountainous outdoor scene with clouds hanging low in the sky. The Chinese symbol for "Dog" (from the Lunar calendar, or Chinese zodiac) is placed above the head of the dog to the left. The specifications "1/20oz .9999 Au" are found at the bottom rim while the year of issue "2018" is placed at the top of the design.
On the obverse (front) design, the familiar Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of Queen Elizabeth II is encircled by a series of inscriptions: the issuing nation "AUSTRALIA," the denomination "5 DOLLARS," and "ELIZABETH II." The outer rim features the zodiac wheel of the 12 animal signs of the Chinese Lunar calendar. The edge design is reeded.
The new 2018 Year of the Dog 1/20 oz Gold Coin (Royal Australian Mint) makes a great collectible or gift for the Chinese New Year. The sign of the Dog always follows the Rooster in the Lunar cycle, and won't occur again until 2030. Take advantage of this opportunity to buy these fantastic and artistic 99.99% gold coins today!