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The 2003 Goat is the eighth coin in the Perth Mintís 12-coin Lunar Series.

The image of Queen Elizabeth II graces the obverse (front) of all the coins of the Perth Mint's Lunar Series.

Persons born in the Year of the Goat are peaceful, gentle, and artistic.  Goats persevere and usually win their battles.
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The 2003 Goat is the eighth coin in the Perth Mintís 12-coin Lunar Series.  As with all the 1-oz gold Lunar Series coins, production is limited to 30,000 coins.

CMI recommends that investors seriously consider the Lunar Coins when investing in gold. In the past, collectible coins have risen to very high prices during precious metals bull markets. Actually, sometimes those markets have overheated, and collectibles have achieved unrealistic prices.  

Because the Perth Mintís Lunar Series coins are among the most exquisite coins being minted, because the 1-oz coins are limited to 30,000, and because of the timeliness of the Lunar Series, CMI believes the Lunar Series 1-oz gold coins hold the potential to become sought after collectibles.  We highly recommend them while they sell at only a few dollars more than the popular bullion coins.

We are confident that the metals have turned the corner and are headed upward. If we are right, the Lunar Series coins could do very well.  The Lunar Series 1-oz gold coins sell at only a few dollars more than current year 1-oz Gold Eagles and 1-oz Gold Maple Leafs, both of which are unlimited production coins.

Other Goat Years include 1991, 1979, 1967, 1955, 1943, 1931, 1919, and 1907.

Investors have the opportunity to profit two ways by going with the Lunar Series 1-oz gold coins, by an increase in the price of gold and by an increase in the premiums. Going in, investors pay only a few dollars more than they would for Gold Eagles. However, Gold Eagles have little, if any, potential for premium increases. They are strictly bullion coins. The Lunar Coins, on the other hand, are sold mostly to collectors who are used to paying premiums for collector coins. CMI believes there are several reasons to expect the Lunar Series coins to achieve premiums.

First, the Perth Mint produces the most exquisite coins in the world. The Mint's coins are renown among collectors. In fact, CMI can categorically say that not one of its clients has been dissatisfied with the quality of Lunar Series coins that they have purchased.

Second, Lunar Calendar animals are immensely popular with Asians. All Asians know what Lunar Calendar year in which they were born. As Asians discover to Lunar Series coins, prices could be pushed higher in the secondary market as many of the coins will be collected, used in jewelry, and turned into novelties. 

Further, in 2008, China will host the Summer Olympics. As those Olympics approach, we can expect a torrent of media hype about China, its land, people, and culture. More people will learn about the Lunar Calendar, and we can expect Lunar Calendar promotions of everything from trinkets to gold coins. The Perth Mintís Lunar Series coins could become extremely popular in such a climate.

[The 1-oz Dragons, which reached their 30,000-coin cap and are no longer available from the Perth Mint, are selling at significant premiums in the secondary market.  CMI believes all the 1-oz Lunar Series gold coins hold the potential to sell out and achieve premiums in the collector market.]

Rat | Ox | Tiger | Rabbit | Dragon | Snake | Horse | Goat | Monkey


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