Year of the Monkey Coins
though the Chinese Year of the Monkey doesn't begin until
January 22, 2004, Australia's Perth Mint has already issued
2004-dated Brilliant Uncirculated silver and gold coins
to commemorate the occasion.
silver design features a monkey sitting on a branch of a
tree surrounded by bats symbolizing health, peace and prosperity;
the other side is a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth
II. Seven sizes of pure (999 fine) silver coins are available:
1/2 oz., 1 oz., 2 oz., 5 oz., 10 oz., 1/2 kilogram, and
1 kilogram. Face values range from 50 Cents to 30 Dollars.
This is the first time that the 5 oz. and 1/2 kilo
sizes have been offered in this popular series.
sizes of pure (9999 fine) gold coins depict a monkey walking
on a branch. 1/20 oz., 1/10 oz., 1/4 oz., 1/2 oz., 1 oz.,
2 oz., 10 oz., and 1 kilo. Denominations of these legal
tender coins range from 5 to 3000 Dollars. The 1/2
oz. gold coin is being offered for the first time.
Year of the Monkey coins are available from official distributor
PandaAmerica, 3460 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance,
CA 90503. Credit card orders can be placed by calling
(800) 472-6327 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
here to shop for these coins online.
born in the Year of the Monkey (1932, 1944, 1956, 1968,
1980, 1992 or 2004) are said to be intelligent, successful
has it that the 12 lunar-zodiac animals were selected
by the Jade Emperor. He conducted a race of all the animals,
and named years in the order that they finished. During
the race across the countryside, the rat hitched a ride
on the back of the slow but persistent ox. When the ox
was a few feet from the finish line, the rat jumped off
and raced ahead to claim the victory and the right to
represent the first lunar-zodiac year. The rat also fooled
the cat into believing that the race was to be held a
day later, so the cat missed the race entirely. As a consequence
of this trickery, the cat still chases the rat.