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2024 1 oz Canadian Silver Treasured Maple Leaf Lunar Dragon Privy Coin (New w/ Assay)

The Canadian Silver Maple Leaf stands out as a top choice among silver coin enthusiasts globally. Typically available as a BU specimen, the Royal Canadian Mint introduces special privy marks to the Silver Maple Leaf regularly. In the 2024 release cycle, experience the debut of the King Charles III portrait in the series, along with u... Read More

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2023 1 oz Antique Tuvalu Year of the Rabbit Rotating Charm Silver Coin (Box + CoA)

Join us in celebrating the Lunar New Year with a remarkable coin from The Perth Mint adorned with a rotating rabbit charm. These captivating coins feature a rotating charm made of sterling silver coated in 18-karat gold, set on a pin at the center of the coin's field. This innovative design pays homage to the Year of the Rabbit in a truly creative and symbolic manner. As a... Read More

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2024 1 oz Tuvalu Silver Lunar Dragon Quadrant 4-Coin Set (Box + CoA)

Introducing the captivating 2024 1 oz Tuvalu Silver Lunar Dragon Quadrant 4-Coin Set from BullionMax! This unique release from the Perth Mint for the nation of Tuvalu is truly special. The set features a singular, circular coin that can be easily separated into four individual quadrants, each boasting its own distinctive dragon design with vibrant colors. You can now own t... Read More

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2024 1 oz Proof Australian Silver Lunar Dragon Coin (High Relief)

Discover the beauty and significance of the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series with the 2024 1 oz Proof Australian Silver Lunar Dragon Coin, now available at BullionMax. This ongoing series, initiated in 1996, presents fresh designs for gold, silver, and platinum coins with each Zodiac cycle. Continuing this tradition, the Lunar Series III program introduces the captivating 2024 ... Read More

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2024 2 oz Antique Australian Silver Lunar Dragon Coin (Box + CoA)

Discover the Lunar Series III program at Perth Mint, a beloved collection of lunar-themed coins dating back to 1996. Beyond the standard BU Lunar Series III coins, Perth Mint presents unique options such as coins with high-relief strikes, colorized fields, and antique polishes. Now, you can own the 2024 2 oz Antique Australian Silver Lunar Dragon Coins, available for purch... Read More

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Although many parts of the world mark January 1 as the first day of the new year (by the modern Gregorian calendar), a number of Asian nations use a different, lunisolar calendar. In 2023, January 22 marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year (also called Chinese New Year, even though it’s celebrated in Singapore, South Korea and Vietnam, too).

Chinese New Year: Chunjie, 春节 or the Spring Festival

In China, the start of the new year marks the beginning of a 15-day celebration. Virtually everyone in the nation travels home to spend the period with their families at the same time. Traffic is horrible, so bad it’s earned its own phrase,  春运.

Traditionally, older family members gift their children, nieces, nephews and grandchildren with red envelopes stuffed with cash or gold and silver coins. Chinese children look forward to the Lunar New Year with great anticipation, because, for a few days at least, they all become wealthy. In fact, these gifts are often called “lucky money,” even though it’s the traditional red envelope, not what’s inside, that’s considered lucky.

The Chinese New Year also welcomes a new animal from the Chinese zodiac (a repeating 12-year cycle where each year is represented by an animal and its attributes). The new year 2023 ushers in the Year of the Rabbit. Preceding the rabbit, 2022 was the Year of the Tiger (and we still have a handful of Year of the Tiger coins in stock).

Lunar New Year traditions regarding gold and silver coins

Buying “something gold” is a long-standing Lunar New Year tradition in China. 

Gold has been considered a sign of good luck or fortune for millennia in traditional Chinese culture. Gold is considered a significant contribution toward good fortune as hundreds of millions of families look forward to what the new year will bring. Interestingly, gold and its unmistakable color represented the authority and supremacy of emperors throughout China’s history (at least up until 1912, when the last emperor of China abdicated his throne). 

Even so, China’s citizens still consider gold symbolic of that same level of sumptuousness and luxury that surrounded the emperors – as well as an omen of prosperity for the year ahead.

Because of the calendar differences, China’s workers receive their year-end bonuses just before the Lunar New Year. Therefore, Chinese consumers’ purchasing power is usually the highest just before Lunar New Year. 

Just to show you how firm a place gold and silver have in Lunar New Year traditions, Chinese families enjoy dumplings during their holiday. Eating dumplings is believed to bring prosperity in the year ahead – because their shaped like gold and silver ingots, an ancient form of currency in China.

Lunar New Year Gold and Silver Coins at BullionMax

Every year, world mints (especially those whose home nations have a significant Chinese population) produce a number of gold and silver coins to honor the Chinese New Year. 

Perth Mint’s Lunar New Year coins are probably the most well-known – they’ve been producing annual Chinese zodiac coins to celebrate the new year for over two decades. 

BullionMax stocks a variety of gold and silver Lunar New Year coins. You’ll find something for every budget. And just imagine the smile on your loved one’s face when they open their lucky envelope and see real precious metal gleaming inside…