Perth Mint issues range of 'Year of the Pig' coins


26 November 2018
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The Perth Mint has issued a range of coins to coincide with the Chinese lunar Year of the Pig, including a special coin depicting Warner Bros cartoon character Porky Pig

The Perth Mint in Australia has issued a range of coins to celebrate the 2019 Chinese New Year which will be the year of the pig.

The Porky Pig coin, issued on behalf of the Government of Tuvalu, features the cartoon superstar, who appeared on Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shows and made his debut in 1935.

The coin’s reverse portrays Porky Pig in colour with his arms outstretched beneath the inscriptions “That’s all Folks!” and “PORKY PIG”, as well as The Perth Mint ‘P’ mintmark. Celebrating the fact that the lunar Year of the Pig falls in both 1935 and 2019, the design also includes the Chinese character for ‘pig’.

The 1oz Silver Proof Coin has a maximum mintage of 5,000.

A proof quality 99.99% pure gold coin featuring 'a representation of a pet pig amid stylised rocks and foliage including a peony flower' has also been released.

The coin, which is limited to just 388 copies, features a high relief reverse and obverse on concave surfaces, which is said to 'ensure the optimum flow of metal is achieved by the strike of the die.'

A 1oz silver proof two-coin set is the third offering from Perth Mint. One coin is said to be for wisdom, the other for wealth.

The wealth coin’s reverse depicts a representation of a domestic pig atop a mound of coins and the wisdom coin’s reverse depicts a domestic pig surrounded by traditional symbols of knowledge and learning including scrolls of paper, Chinese bruches and a pot of ink.

Each coin has a mintage of just 1,500.

Limited to 500 copies, the 1 kilo of 99.99% pure silver coin features a 'spectacular golden citrine', a small gemstone which is set in the pig's eye.

The design shows a pet pig along with four piglets, amid stylised foliage. The adult pig has a golden citrine gemstone set into its eye. The Chinese character for ‘pig’ and the inscription ‘Year of the Pig’ appear in the design with The Perth Mint’s traditional ‘P’ mintmark.

Those born under the sign of the pig are said to be honest, loyal, sincere and generous, with a calm temperament.