The Perth Mint continues with its popular Lunar Series II coin program in 2017 with the release of the tenth design in the second series. The Year of the Rooster has arrived, and the Perth Mint has two different designs available for its silver and gold coins. The 2017 ½ oz Gold Australian Rooster Coin is available as a BU specimen today on Silver.com.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule.
- Tenth design of Lunar Series II.
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .9999 fine gold.
- Issued a face value of $50 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Reverse features the all-new Year of the Rooster design.
- Obverse includes Queen Elizabeth II’s portrait.
- BU specimens.
All of the coins in the Lunar Series II coin program represent a different animal from the Chinese Lunar Calendar. The Zodiac, as it is known, has 12 different animals assigned to each of the years in the 12-year cycle. The 10th animal in this cycle is the rooster, which represents loyalty, honesty, hard work, and a social nature.
The 12-year coin program known as Lunar Series II debuted in 2008 following the conclusion of the Lunar Series from Perth Mint, which ran from 1996 to 2007. Gold Australian Rooster coins are available in weights from 1/20 Troy ounce up to 1 Kilogram.
On the obverse of all 2017 ½ oz Gold Australian Rooster Coins is the image of Queen Elizabeth II. This right-profile portrait of Her Majesty is the fourth-generation depiction of the Queen since her coronation as Queen of England.
The reverse of all 2017 Gold Australian Rooster Coins includes a depiction of the rooster. This all-new design features just one rooster in the middle of the design field, with engravings surrounding that read “Year of the Rooster,” “P” for the Perth Mint’s mark, and the Chinese symbol for rooster.
All 2017 ½ oz Gold Australian Rooster Coins in this product listing are BU coins. A Brilliant Uncirculated specimen exhibits no signs of wear and tear, but you may notice flaws ranging from breaks in the luster and spotted surfaces to contact marks from the coining process.
Lunar Series II coins are produced by the Perth Mint. A state-owned entity of Western Australia, the Perth Mint is the oldest operating facility in the country. The Currency Act of 1965 gave Perth Mint coins legal tender status, but also established the federal sovereign mint at the Royal Australian Mint.
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