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1997 Australian Lunar Ox 1 oz Gold Coin

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In the realm of Chinese astrology, the ox holds a distinguished place as one of the twelve animal signs of the Chinese zodiac. Those born in the Year of the Ox are attributed with qualities such as diligence, determination, and reliability. In the fascinating tapestry of the zodiac, each animal symbolizes unique personality traits, and the ox represents the virtues of hard work and prosperity. Presently, you have the opportunity to acquire 1997 Australian Lunar Ox 1 oz Gold Coins online from Provident Metals.


  • Arrives securely encased in a protective capsule!
  • Part of the second installment in the Lunar Series I gold collection!
  • Limited mintage of just 13,709 gold coins!
  • Contains 1 Troy oz of 9999 pure gold.
  • Carries a face value of $100 (AUD), backed by the federal government of Australia.
  • Features the esteemed Queen Elizabeth II on the obverse.
  • Showcases a majestic ox on the reverse.

Each 1997 Australian Lunar Ox 1 oz Gold Coin offered here is meticulously protected by a sturdy capsule. The Gold Lunar Ox stands as the second release within the Lunar Series I collection, marking the inception of a collection that has garnered global acclaim. Initially capped at a maximum mintage of 30,000 coins, Perth Mint eventually sold a mere 13,709, rendering it one of the scarcer 1 oz gold coins in Lunar Series I.


The obverse side of the 1997 Australian Lunar Ox Gold Coins boasts a regal portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Designed by Raphael Maklouf in 1985, this portrayal represents the third rendition of Her Majesty during her reign. In this rendition, she dons the George IV State Diadem, a design revered for its timeless portrayal of the Queen. Inscriptions read ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and 100 DOLLARS.


The reverse design of the 1997 Lunar Ox 1 oz Gold Coin captures the grandeur of the ox. In this design, the majestic ox is depicted in left-profile relief, casting a contemplative gaze back over its figure. The ox is poised upon a lush field of grass, encircled by an elegant beaded border. The inscriptions include 1997, 1 OZ 9999 GOLD, and the Chinese symbol for the ox.


In the rich tapestry of Chinese mythology, a captivating narrative unfolds, involving the ox. According to one version, the goddess Nuwa utilized mud from the Yellow River to craft humans. Yet, wearied by her endeavor, she sought the assistance of an ox. She directed the ox to drag a rope across the land, thereby fashioning a trail of humans in its wake. This myth eloquently illustrates the ox’s pivotal role in the creation of humanity in Chinese folklore.


For any queries or clarifications about these 1 oz gold coins, do not hesitate to reach out to Provident Metals customer service at 1-800-313-3315. Our team is dedicated to assisting you and can be reached through online chat or email as well.

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Product Details

Year 1997
Mint Mark P - Perth Mint
Metals Purity .9999
Producer Perth Mint
Thickness 2.80 mm
Diameter 32.1 mm
Condition Uncirculated
Denomination 100 AUD
Country Australia
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Perth Lunar Series 1
Certificate of Authenticity No
Mintage 13,709
Packaging Plastic Flip
Metal Content 1 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Provident ID 4031798