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Year of the Goat


The Chinese Zodiac is an astrological system that rotates through a twelve year lunar cycle. Each of these years is associated with an animal arranged in order from the rat through to the pig. An ancient folk story states that the order was established by a race between the animals that was orchestrated by the Jade Emperor of China. It is believed that each of these animals is associated with a set of characteristics that may serve as an astrological guide to understand the events that occur in the year as well as the personalities of those born in the year. The Royal Australian Mint regularly produces coins celebrating the beginning of a new Chinese Lunar Year.

This dollar piece was issued in 2015 to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Snake. It is part of the annual Lunar Series. The reverse depicts three goats, a symbol of good fortune, surrounding a plum blossom which is emblematic of purity and hope. The Chinese lunar character for goat is located on the right, the year of issue "2015" is located at the top and the caption "YEAR OF THE GOAT" is positioned on the bottom of the reverse. The obverse has the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015" and the denomination "1 DOLLAR".

The tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coin

 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692015 Unknown34373943442109403,70013,000 MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2015 Proof SilverUnknown889092949698Values are in AUD and are retail price estimations based on past sales of coins certified by PCGS or NGC and as such values only related to such graded coins. Uncertified coins or coins graded by other services would likely be worth significantly less. For wholesale pricing please refer to the Red Sheet. While all attempts to ensure accurate pricing, data entry errors can occur and as such no warranty is expressed or implied as to the accuracy of any information published on this website. It is important to verify all published sales to ensure the accuracy of the pricing when making any purchase decision. Any personal information provided to us is protected by the Privacy Act 1988.