Australian Lunar Series III 2020

Year of the Mouse 1/2oz Silver Proof Coin

The first release in the third series of The Perth Mint's landmark Australian coin program celebrates the 2020 Year of the Mouse with an original design expertly struck from pure silver.


  • Proof quality 99.99% pure silver
  • Endearing 2020 mouse design
  • First animal in Australian Lunar Series III
  • Australian legal tender
  • Shipper designed to link to future Lunar Series III releases

A landmark Australian coin program begins its third cycle with the release of the 2020 Year of the Mouse coins, available in pure silver, gold and platinum in a multitude of sizes. 

Those born under the sign of the Chinese lunar mouse in 2020, 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972 and every 12th preceding year are said to be smart, resourceful, adaptable and kind, possessing a rich imagination and strong intuition.

This endearing mouse design is flawlessly struck with renowned proof standard combining a mirror-like polished background with delicately frosted relief and crafted from 99.99% pure silver.

Year of the Mouse design

The coin’s reverse portrays two mice foraging on husks of corn. Also included in the design is the Chinese character for ‘mouse’, the inscription ‘MOUSE 2020’ and The Perth Mint’s ‘P’ mintmark.

Collectible themed shipper

As an exciting new addition, each shipper in the series will tell the story of how each animal came to occupy their position in the zodiac. When arranged in order they will form a diorama of all the animals in The Great Race, the ancient myth that tells how the Chinese zodiac came into being.

Each coin is housed in a classic display case with a clear lid decorated with a silver geometric design.


Year Date  2020
Silver Content (Troy oz) 0.500
Monetary Denomination (AUD) 0.50
Fineness (% purity) 99.99
Minimum Gross Weight (g) 15.553
Maximum Diameter (mm) 32.60
Maximum Thickness (mm) 2.60
Maximum Mintage 5,000
Finish  Proof
Legal Tender Australian Legal Tender
Effigy    Jody Clark design of H.M. Queen Elizabeth II


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