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1996 Australian Lunar Rat 1 oz Gold Coin NGC MS70

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The Perth Mint has a diverse array of precious metals. One of their most popular options amongst collectors and investors is the Lunar Series which made its debut in 1996 with the Year of the Rat Gold Coin. The Year of the Rat celebrates one of the twelve animals who came to bid Buddha farewell before he made his way to heaven. Today, Provident Metals offers you the 1996 Australian Lunar Rat 1 oz Gold Coin!

Coin Highlights:

  • Coins are delivered in a protective plastic slab from the NGC!
  • 1st year of availability in the Lunar Series I program!
  • Issued in 1996 by the Perth Mint!
  • Contains 1 Troy oz of .9999 pure gold.
  • Bears a face value of $100 (AUD) fully backed by the Australian government.
  • Issued a MS70 grade by the NGC.
  • On the obverse is the iconic effigy of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II
  • The reverse features the image of a rat.

The gold coin is part of Perth Mints praised chronological gold bullion collection, the Australian Lunar Series I, where each coin in the series is only minted once every twelve years in accordance with the ancient Chinese lunar calendar. The Year of the Mouse gold coin contains 99.99% pure gold and is in perfect condition. Mint State 70 coins exhibit full, original mint luster with no detracting flaws.


Featured on the obverse field of the 1996 Australian Lunar Rat 1 oz Gold Coin is Queen Elizabeth II. She has served as the iconic effigy of the Lunar Series for decades. This is the design curated by Raphael Maklouf and he depicts her in a right-facing profile that highlights the George IV State Diadem Crown.


For the reverse field of the 1996 Australian Lunar Rat 1 oz Gold Coin, a gorgeous design featuring the star of the year is featured. This is the image of a rat who stands on the edge of a rock, gazing off to the right towards something in the distance.


If you have any questions, please reach out to our customer service team at Provident Metals! Our verified contact line is 800-313-3315, or we can be reached via email, or through our online live chat.

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Product Details

Year 1996
Condition MS70
Grading Service NGC
Mint Mark P - Perth Mint
Metals Purity .9999
Producer Perth Mint
Thickness 2.8 mm
Diameter 32.1 mm
Condition Brilliant Uncirculated
Denomination $100 AUD
Country Australia
Edge Style Reeded
Product Series Lunar Series
Certificate of Authenticity No
Packaging NGC Plastic Slab
Metal Content 1 Troy Ounce
Shipping Orders over $199 Ship Free
Designer (Obverse) Raphael Maklouf
Provident ID 3979449