The Year of the Horse is the seventh animal to represent the Chinese Lunar Calendar inspired series of Australian coinage. If you’re not familiar with the Chinese Lunar Calendar, it’s a calendar that’s been used for centuries to predict personality traits in people, luck, the sex of a baby, and more.

The calendar itself is based on precisely calculated astronomical measurements, including solar and lunar phases. The gallant horse symbolizes the 5th lunar month of the calendar and it represents the element Fire of the five elements.

The birth years of the Horse include: January 30, 1930 – February 16, 1931; February 15, 1942 – February 4, 1943; February 3, 1954 – January 23, 1955; January 21, 1966 – February 8, 1967; February 7, 1978 – January 27, 1979; January 27, 1990 – February 13, 1991; February 12, 2002 – January 31, 2003; and January 31, 2014 – February 18, 2015.

Future predicted Horse birth years include: February 17, 2026 – February 5, 2027; February 4, 2038 – January 23, 2039. Predicted personality traits of persons born during a Horse year include straightforwardness, kindhearted, full of energy and life, and rational.

These are kind souls with a zest for life and who see the glass as half full, but who also tell it like it is. The lucky colors of the Horse zodiac include yellows and greens with the lucky numbers including 2, 3, and 7. Numbers to avoid for the Horse zodiac include 1, 5 and 6. If you’re a Horse zodiac, your lucky flowers are the lovely marigold, fragrant lily and inspiring jasmine.

Obverse Design

The obverse of the coin features Queen Elizabeth II, an image crafted by the talented Ian Rank-Broadley. Also featured on this side of the coin you’ll notice the coin’s face value of 50 Cents, 1 Dollar, 30 Dollars, and the year the coin was issued – 2014.

Reverse Design

When adding the lovely Year of the Horse pure silver coin to your Perth Mint Lunar collection, you’ll enjoy a reverse side featuring two beautifully designed horses standing in what appears to be a Chinese landscape. One horse is grazing while the other is gallantly looking off to the horizon.

The coin also features the infamous “P” symbol representing Perth Mint, and inscribed on this side of the coin are the words “Year of the Horse” at the bottom and the Chinese character symbol for horse at the top. Also located on the reverse side of the Horse coin is a “P” for Perth Mint.

Gifting the Year of the Horse

If you’re not a coin collector, the Year of the Horse silver coins make great gifts to give during the holiday season or anytime. Gift them to avid coin collectors, to anyone that can appreciate the beauty in pure silver coins, or to anyone with the Horse birth year for luck.