|Size||Fine Metal Content||Diameter||Weight||Fineness|
|1/20 Troy oz.||.9999||14.60 mm||1.555 grams||99.99% fine gold|
|1 oz||.9999||39.34 mm||31.107 gram||99.99% fine gold|
|1/2 troy oz.||.9999||30.60 mm||15.553||99.99% fine gold|
|1/4 troy oz||.9999||22.60 mm||7.777 grams||99.99% fine gold|
2020 is the Year of the Rat or Mouse in the Chinese Lunar calendar. The Perth Mint continues its Australian Lunar series with the 2020 designs in each 99.99% fine gold coin. The series changes each year to depict the animal that represents that year.
Perth Mint was the first major mint to create an original precious metal coin program that celebrates the Chinese lunar calendar. The first in the series was struck for the Year of the Mouse in 1995.
The reverse of the 2020 coin depicts a field mouse with a wheat stalk. The design also incorporates the Chinese character for ‘rat’, the inscription ‘Year of the Mouse’ and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark. The Australian Lunar series also includes silver coins.
Chinese New Year for 2020 starts on January 25th. In Chinese culture, rats are a sign of wealth and surplus. Chinese Zodiac descriptions say that “Rats” are optimistic, energetic and likable. They are sensitive to other’s feelings, but stubborn. Those born in 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008, and 2020 are born in the year of the Rat.