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Year of the Ox



The Chinese Year of the Ox is the third animal in a twelve year cycle of the Chinese calendar and to commemorate this the Royal Australian Mint issued this stunning edition. The Chinese Zodiac is composed of 12 animals arranged in order from the rat through to the pig. The order was established by a race between the animals, thousands of years ago orchestrated by the Jade Emperor of China. Chinese astrology and the Chinese zodiac are commemorated by The Australian Lunar Coin sequence. The 12-year sequence features coin releases marking the Year of the Rat, Year of the Mouse, Year of the Ox, Year of the Tiger, Year of the Rabbit, Year of the Dragon, Year of the Snake, Year of the Horse, Year of the Goat, Year of the Monkey, Year of the Rooster, Year of the Dog and Year of the Pig.

The 2009 Chinese Year of the Ox began on the 26th January but the real Chinese year is 4707. It is normally the darkest day of the month that the Chinese year will start and Chinese people celebrate up until the brightest day of the month around two weeks later. Some famous people born in the rat year are Napoleon Bonaparte, Adolf Hitler, Barack Obama, Vincent Van Gogh and Walt Disney (Travel China Guide, 2014).Since 1996, the Royal Australian Mint has been producing commemorative coins celebrating the famous Chinese Calendar with lunar designs. The designs of each animal varies year to year.

This 2009 Year of the Ox is the 3rd year of the lunar series. The reverse was designed by Vladimir Gottwald and shows the head of an ox in the centre and surrounded by Chinese decorations. It shows the year 2009 and the inscription YEAR OF THE OX . The obverse features an Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of HM Queen Elizabeth II along with the legend ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2009 .The Year of the Ox for 2009 is mixed with the element of Earth (Chinese Astrology, 2005). If you are born in the year of the ox you are considered to be hard-working and persistent but tend to see things as black or white with no shades of grey. They are also very observant, intelligent, stubborn, dogmatic, patient and caring. In the compatibility department, ox people are best off with rooster, monkey, snake or rat whereas they are thought to be totally incompatible with tiger people.

The tails side of the coinThe heads side of the coinThe inscription around the inner edge of the coin(Travel China Guide, 2014)(Chinese Astrology, 2005)
 MintageAU50AU55AU58MS64MS65MS66MS67MS68MS692009 17,642          MintagePR65DCAMPR66DCAMPR67DCAMPR68DCAMPR69DCAMPR70DCAM2009 Silver Proof5,000      Values 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.