In 2022 we celebrate the Year of the Tiger, the third sign of the twelve-year Chinese lunar cycle.
These special one-dollar coins celebrate both the year of the Tiger and the start of a new calendar cycle.
To celebrate the Lunar Year of the Tiger, the Royal Australian Mint has released this 2022 $1 Uncirculated Two-Coin set. The set, which features the powerful and charming Tiger and the lunar calendar wheel, is designed to appeal to collectors or those seeking an auspicious and traditional gift for Chinese New Year.
Tiger is the third of the twelve signs in the Chinese Zodiac. According to legend, the Jade Emperor announced a Great Race to establish the first twelve signs of the Zodiac. At the end of the race the animals had to cross a fast-flowing river and the first twelve would take their place in the Zodiac.
The confident tiger was a likely contender to win but kept getting swept downstream by the strong currents. Showing the determination and strength synonymous with those born under the sign, the Tiger finally made it to shore after the Rat and the Ox.