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Australia Year of the Goat

2015  One Dollar reverse 2015  One Dollar obverse

2015 One Dollar

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The Chinese Zodiac is an astrological system that rotates through a twelve year lunar cycle. Each of these years is associated with an animal arranged in order from the rat through to the pig. An ancient folk story states that the order was established by a race between the animals that was orchestrated by the Jade Emperor of China. It is believed that each of these animals is associated with a set of characteristics that may serve as an astrological guide to understand the events that occur in the year as well as the personalities of those born in the year. The Royal Australian Mint regularly produces coins celebrating the beginning of a new Chinese Lunar Year.

This dollar piece was issued in 2015 to celebrate the beginning of the Lunar Year of the Snake. It is part of the annual Lunar Series. The reverse depicts three goats, a symbol of good fortune, surrounding a plum blossom which is emblematic of purity and hope. The Chinese lunar character for goat is located on the right, the year of issue "2015" is located at the top and the caption "YEAR OF THE GOAT" is positioned on the bottom of the reverse. The obverse has the Ian Rank-Broadley portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II with the legend "ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA 2015" and the denomination "1 DOLLAR".

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