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The Chinese Zodiac, Sheng Xiao, has its basis in a twelve-year cycle. Each year is represented by one of twelve animals with unique personality traits, with these characteristics being passed on to people born in that year.
In 2015, we celebrate the eighth animal in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. The birth dates for people ruled by the Chinese Lunar goat include 1919, 1931, 1943, 1955, 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003 and 2015. Those born under the influence of this sign are said to be elegant, charming, artistic, gifted and calm.
The obverse side of each coin features Queen Elizabeth II’s right-profile portrait. Engravings on this side include “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” and the coin’s weight, purity, metal content, year of minting, and face value as “15 Dollars.”
ELIZABETH II AUSTRALIA
The reverse of each coin depicts an adult male goat standing on a ridge in a stylised mountain scene. The Chinese character for ‘goat’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Goat’ also appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.
YEAR OF THE GOAT