The Perth Mint’s popular Lunar Series II coin program features impressive images honoring the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Australia’s oldest mint first introduced lunar-themed designs in 1996 with the Year of the Rat design for the original Lunar Series coins. Today, that tradition carries on in a second-generation program. The 2011 1 Kilo Silver Australian Rabbit coin is now available on Silver.com.
- Fourth release in Lunar Series II!
- Arrives in an individual plastic capsule.
- Consists of one kilogram, or 32.15 troy ounces, of .999 fine silver.
- Commemorates the Year of the Rabbit.
- Features an all-new rabbit design on the reverse.
- Queen Elizabeth II’s effigy on the obverse.
Lunar Series II coins followed the success launch and delivery of the Lunar Series coins over the course of 12 years. The program coincides with the 12-year Zodiac cycle, and the original series started in 1996 with the Year of the Rat, covering all 12 animals over the course of the next 12 years.
Immediately following the conclusion of Lunar Series I in 2007, the Perth Mint launched the Lunar Series II program in 2008, again starting with the Year of the Rat. These 2011 1 Kilo Silver Australian Rabbit coins are the fourth release in the Lunar Series II program, and were available in 1 oz, 10 oz, and 1 Kilo weights.
These 1 Kilo Silver Australian Rabbit coins feature the unique Year of the Rabbit design on the reverse. In the image, an adult rabbit and young bunny are featured amidst a thicket of branches and shrubs in the wild. Engravings on this face include the Chinese symbol for rabbit, as well as the “P” mint mark of the Perth Mint and the phrase “Year of the Rabbit.”
On the obverse you’ll find Ian Rank-Broadley’s effigy of Queen Elizabeth II. This depiction of Her Majesty in right-profile relief has appeared on commonwealth currency, including Australian coins, since 1998.
Australia’s Perth Mint is a vestige of the former Royal Mint system established under British colonial rule. Established in 1898, control of the Perth Mint transferred to the government of Western Australia in 1970 and remains a separate entity outside the Royal Australian Mint system formed after independence.
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