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Vietnam's 2003 Year of the Goat Coins Feature Holograms and Dazzling Color
Vietnam has issued 2003 coins commemorating the "Year of the Goat." Three innovative varieties are offered on these legal tender coins produced for Vietnam by the Singapore Mint - latent images, dynamic hologram, and color - in addition to traditional brilliant uncirculated and proof examples.

A silver coin featuring a trio of goats (20 gm. 999 fine silver) has been produced with four latent images, whereby the Chinese character symbolizing good luck appears in four different formats depending on the viewing angle; this is a security feature to prevent counterfeiting. Only 6,200 of these proof coins are available at the issue price of $55.

The hologram that appears on silver (20 gm. 999 fine) and gold (1/2 oz. 9999 fine) proof coins is called "dynamic" by the mint - and so they are, displaying a multitude of dazzling psychedelic colors around a running goat in the center, surrounded by the other eleven lunar zodiac animals. Mintages are 6,200 silver and 3,800 gold, priced at $68 and $395, respectively.

The multi-colored silver (20 gm. 999 fine) proof coin pictures peach blossoms, that are believed to bring good luck and happiness. The mintage is 6,200, priced at $55 each.

The traditional 9999 fine gold "Year of the Goat" coins are 1/25 oz. Brilliant Uncirculated (28,000 made, priced at $39), and a Proof ¼ oz. 9999 fine gold (1,800 minted, priced at $195).

Of particular interest, is the fact that the lunar-zodiac animals surrounding the goat on the holographic coins include a cat in the traditional position of the rabbit. This is the major difference between Vietnamese and Chinese astrology.

Vietnam's Year of the Goat coins are available from PandaAmerica, 3460 Torrance Blvd., Suite 100, Torrance, CA 90503. Add $5.50 per order for shipping. Credit card orders can be placed by calling (800) 472-6327 or e-Mailing

Prepared by Mel Wacks on December 11, 2002
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