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1998 Australian Lunar Tiger 1 oz Gold Coin

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In the rich tapestry of Chinese mythology, the tiger emerges as one of the four sacred animals representing the cardinal directions. It holds a special place associated with the western direction and the season of autumn. Joining the ranks of the other revered guardiansthe Azure Dragon in the east, the Vermilion Bird in the south, and the Black Tortoise in the norththe tiger is believed to be a protector and guardian of the land. This symbolism is deeply embedded in various cultural and religious contexts. Today, we proudly present the 1998 Australian Lunar Tiger 1 oz Gold Coins, available for you to acquire at Provident Metals.


  • Each coin is thoughtfully encased in protective acrylic capsules!
  • This coin proudly carries the distinction of being the third design in the Lunar Series I program!
  • Limited final mintage, with only 16,907 coins in existence!
  • Contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure gold.
  • Backed by the Australian government, this coin holds a face value of $100 (AUD).
  • The obverse showcases a regal bust of Queen Elizabeth II.
  • On the reverse, you’ll find a dynamic portrayal of a leaping tiger.

In Chinese astrology, the tiger holds a prominent place as one of the twelve animal signs, each representing a year in a twelve-year cycle. Those born in the Year of the Tiger are believed to inherit remarkable qualities such as leadership, competitiveness, and a strong sense of justice. It is considered an auspicious sign in the Chinese zodiac, embodying strength and vigor.


On the obverse side of the 1998 Lunar Tiger 1 oz Gold Coin, you’ll find a right-profile bust of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This iconic design by Raphael Maklouf, introduced in 1985, graces the coin for the final time in 1998. The Queen is depicted wearing the George IV State Diadem, a timeless representation. Inscriptions include ELIZABETH II, AUSTRALIA, and 100 DOLLARS.


The reverse of the 1998 Australian Lunar Tiger Gold Coin features a striking image of a tiger in mid-leap. In Chinese culture, the tiger symbolizes strength, courage, and bravery. It serves as an enduring emblem inspiring individuals to conquer obstacles with determination and fearlessness. This dynamic design portrays the tiger’s fearless spirit. The inscriptions read 1998, 1 OZ 9999 GOLD, and the Chinese symbol for the tiger.


Chinese folklore is replete with stories featuring tigers. Some stories portray tigers as mythical creatures with the ability to shape-shift into human form. Tigers are also sometimes depicted as protectors against evil spirits. There are tales of heroes and heroines defeating tigers as a symbol of their bravery and resourcefulness. Additionally, the “Five Tigers Generals” are famous characters in Chinese folklore who are often associated with bravery and valor.


Every 1998 Australian Lunar Tiger 1 oz Gold Coin available here at Provident Metals is individually protected by acrylic capsules. This coin marks the third design in the Lunar Series I program and has a final mintage of just 16,907 coins. This mintage number stands as the highest among coins produced in this young program, which had a maximum mintage of 30,000 coins.

If you have any inquiries or require assistance in purchasing gold, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Provident Metals at 1-800-313-3315. Our dedicated team is here to assist you.

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Product Details

Year 1998
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 16,907
Packaging Plastic Flip
Metal Content 1 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Provident ID 4031797