The Lunar Series II program at Perth Mint rolls on into 2017 with the release of the Year of the Rooster range of Zodiac-themed coins. As the 10th release in the series, the Year of the Rooster coins mark a special landmark as the program nears an end. The 2017 2 oz Silver Australian Rooster Coin is available today on Silver.com in BU condition.
- Ships to you in a protective plastic capsule.
- Tenth issue in the Perth Mint’s Lunar Series II program.
- Consists of Two Troy ounces of .999 fine silver in BU condition.
- Issued a face value of $2 (AUD) by the Australian government.
- Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse bears the Year of the Rooster design.
The Perth Mint unveiled two different designs for the Year of the Rooster release, in keeping with its approach for all Lunar Series II coins. The gold and silver versions of the coin both celebrate the Year of the Rooster on the Chinese Lunar Calendar, but the specific designs have variations that add to the value of each.
For the 2017 Silver Australian Rooster Coin, an entire family of chickens is featured. There is a rooster as the focal point of the design, standing tall and proud, as well as a hen and three small chicks pecking away at food amongst the bamboo foliage and flowers.
Each of the 2017 2 oz Silver Australian Rooster Coins in this Silver.com listing earned a BU grade. Coins in Brilliant Uncirculated condition exhibit no signs of wear and tear, however you may notice issues such as breaks in the luster, spotted surfaces, or contact marks.
The obverse side of all 2017 Silver Australian Rooster coins features the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty’s image is surrounded by engravings that include her name, the nation of issue, year of issue, face value, and the coin’s weight, purity, and metal content.
On the reverse of each 2017 2 oz Silver Australian Rooster is the Year of the Rooster design mentioned above, along with engravings that read “Year of the Rooster,” a “P” mint mark from the Perth Mint, and the Chinese symbol for rooster.
The Perth Mint is a state-owned facility of Western Australia. Though it is the nation’s oldest operating mint, founded in 1899, it is not the sovereign mint of Australia. The Currency Act of 1965, which established legal tender status for Perth Mint coins, also marked the founding of the Royal Australian Mint in Canberra as the sovereign mint of the nation.
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