Winner of Royal Australian Mint’s Gold Lunar Year of the Rat Coin Announced at Chinatown Melbourne

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To celebrate the upcoming Chinese New Year, the Royal Australian Mint has announced three lucky winners of its nationwide Lunar Year of the Rat coin competition at a pop-up in Chinatown Melbourne.

The Minister for Housing and Assistant Treasurer, the Hon Michael Sukkar MP, today joined Royal Australian Mint staff and Melbourne’s Chinese community to celebrate the Lunar Year of the Rat and the start of the new twelve-year lunar calendar cycle.

“It is great to be celebrating the Lunar New Year with Melbourne’s vibrant and long standing Chinese community. The Royal Australian Mint has put together a great range of commemorative coins to mark the occasion and I hope the New Year will be lucky and prosperous for all,” Minister Sukkar.

Leading up to Chinese New Year, the Mint’s competition garnered entries from across the country.

In order to win a limited edition gold proof domed coin, Tina Andrews shared a photo featuring her Lunar Year of the Rat coin, herself and her favourite lunar year animal, the pig.  Tina shared that her winning photo was taken on a farm in Northern Queensland.

The second prize winner was Fraser Fyfe from SA and the third prize winner was Dennis Chung from NSW.

The competition followed the release of the Mint’s new coin collection celebrating the 2020 Year of the Rat, the first sign of the Chinese lunar zodiac and the start of the twelve-year lunar calendar cycle.  The artistic coins are a special tribute to the clever, outgoing and sensitive people born under the first sign of Sheng Xiao, the Chinese Zodiac.  For people born in the Year of the Rat, the number 2 is believed to be lucky – so 2020 is a particularly fortunate year.

In the new collection, designs featured on the coins include the sharp-witted Rat surrounded by the lucky lychee, the symbol Fu meaning happiness and the lunar calendar wheel, which reflects the traditional story of the race between the twelve animals of the Chinese zodiac.  According to Chinese tradition, the Emperor of Heaven challenged the animals to a race.  The smart, persuasive Rat hitched a ride with the Ox and won the honour of being the first sign of the twelve-year lunar calendar.

The Lunar Year of the Rat – 2020 $100 Gold Domed Proof Coin, 2020 $5 Fine Silver Domed Proof Coin, 2020 $1 1/2oz Silver Frosted Ingot, 2020 $1 Uncirculated Two-Coin Set and 2020 50c Tetra-Decagon Uncirculated Coin can be purchased from the Mint’s website or Contact Centre (1300 652 020).  The coins are Australian legal tender.

Watch out for your next chance to take part in the Mint’s exciting upcoming competitions later in the year.

Media Enquiries:

Royal Australian Mint: Heather McGirr, Heather.McGirr@ramint.gov.au, 0418 164 769

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