The Year of the Mouse Silver coin design is part of the limited Perth Mint Australian Lunar Silver Coin Series II collection, celebrating the Chinese Lunar’s Year of the Mouse. The entire collection was inspired by the ancient Chinese Lunar Calendar and each of the 12 animals featured in the calendar.

The Chinese Lunar Calendar is different from the traditional Gregorian calendar in that it is based on precise astronomical observations of the sun and the moon. According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, individuals born during the Year of the Mouse are quite the charmer, ambitiously driven, of high intelligence, artistic, meticulously and classy. The lunar month of the mouse is the eleventh month and its element is Water.

If you were born between any of the following years, you were born during the Year of the Mouse: February 5, 1924 – January 23, 1925; January 24, 1936 – February 10, 1937; February 10, 1948 – January 28, 1949; January 28, 1960 – February 14, 1961; February 15, 1972 – February 2, 1973; February 2, 1984 – February 19, 1985; February 19, 1996 – February 6, 1997; February 7, 2008 – January 25, 2009.

Future predicted Mouse Years include: January 25, 2020 – February 11, 2021; February 11, 2032 – January 30, 2033. Lucky colors of the Mouse Year include the colors blue, green and gold. Lucky numbers are 2 and 3 with numbers 5 and 9 as the numbers to avoid. Lucky flowers of the Mouse Year include the lovely lily and the African violet.

Obverse Design

On the obverse side of the lovely Year of the Mouse coin, you’ll find Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, an effigy designed by artist Ian Rank-Broadley. The Mouse coin’s obverse side also shows the year it was minted, 2008, and its face value.



Reverse Design

The reverse side of the Year of the Mouse silver coin features a “P” mint mark representing Perth Mint, two little mice standing on a bed of straw, and two autumn pumpkins in the background behind the image of the mice. Also featured on the reverse side of the coin is the included inscription of “Year of the Mouse” located at the bottom, with the Chinese character symbol for “Mouse” at the top.

2008 Silver Mouse Coins

A Lucky Gift

While the birth date years of the Year of the Mouse seem to range from January to February, the lunar calendar month is the eleventh month, making this coin a wonderful gift to give any time of year.

Due to the autumn-like design on the obverse side of the coin, it could be given during the Harvest moon phase of the year, on the birthday of a loved one with a Lunar Mouse birth year or at any time of year for the coin collector in your life.