|Coin||Silver Five Ounces 2022 Chinese Zodiac - Twelve Lunar Animals|
The Tuvaluan Dollar is the currency of Tuvalu - a small nation in the Pacific Ocean. Tuvalu has never had banknotes of its own, and has been issuing coins since 1976; these circulate together with coins of the Australian Dollar, which is also legal tender in the country, and to which the Tuvaluan Dollar is pegged.
The Australian Perth Mint issues a large variety of non-circulating legal tender coins under the authority of Tuvalu. Some of these are in the silver five-ounce format (abbreviated as 5 oz). Strictly speaking, they are not bullion as they are priced at a premium and are targeted at collectors who appreciate them for their artistic merit and collectable value and not just for their precious metal content.
The Mint says about this coin:
Thousands of years old, the Chinese lunar calendar measures time based on the cycles of the moon. Influential in the decisions and beliefs of millions of adherents over time, it is associated with many myths and legends - including The Great Race, in which 12 animals race each other to determine their zodiac position.
||Mint Mark||No mint mark
The obverse of the coin shows the crowned mature head of Queen Elizabeth II facing right (her effigy known as the "Fourth Portrait"). The Queen wears the "Girls of Great Britain and Ireland" diamond tiara, a wedding gift from Queen Mary (Her Majesty's grandmother) in 1947 - which she also has on the Machin and the Gottwald portraits.
In small letters below the head, the artist's initials IRB (for Ian Rank-Broadley).
Around the effigy is the monarch's legend, the date of issue and the value: QUEEN ELIZABETH II 5oz 9999 SILVER 2022 TUVALU 5 DOLLARS.
The inscription around the rim also incorporates the precious metal content: five troy ounces of 99.99% silver.
The coin portrays the twelve lunar animals from the Chinese Lunar Calendar in colour. Included in the artistry are representations of sacred mountains, clouds symbolising good fortune, and plants including bamboo, daisies, sunflowers, peonies and pine trees, longstanding floral motifs in traditional Chinese art.
The lunar animals surround a "bagua" symbol with a black and white yin yang symbol in the middle.
The designer's initials NM (for Natasha Muhl) are below right, on the ground between the rooster and the monkey. There is no inscription.
Silver content (Troy oz): 5.000
Finish: antiqued, coloured.
Packaging: in classic black display case and illustrated shipper, with a numbered Certificate of Authenticity.
Perth Mint SKU: 22P55AAA
Release date: September 2022.
Release price: AU$ 658.00
Coins in the Chinese Myths and Legends series issued for Tuvalu include:
- 5 oz Silver, Chinese Mythical Creatures, 2015
- 5 oz Silver Coloured, The Dragon and His Nine Sons, 2015
- 5 oz Silver, The Dragon and His Nine Sons, 2016
- 5 oz Silver Antique, Dragon, 2018
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Fu, Lu and Shou, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Chinese Mythical Creatures, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Zhao Yun, 2021
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Twelve Lunar Animals, 2022
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Double Dragon and Double Tiger, 2023
- 5 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Fu, Lu and Shou, 2023
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Double Dragon and Yin Yang Koi, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Double Dragon and Double Phoenix, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique, Dragon and Tiger, 2021
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, White Tiger, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Chinese Dragon, 2022
- 2 oz Silver Antique Coloured, Dragon and Qilin, 2022