There is no series of silver and gold coins in the world more popular among collectors than the Lunar Series II program from the Perth Mint. These coveted coins are highly sought-after each year, and their low mintages and unique designs make them an excellent piece in any collection. Right now, the 2017 ½ oz Proof Silver Australian Rooster Coin is available to purchase on Silver.com.
- Arrives in a protective red-and-black clamshell case, with themed shipper and Certificate of Authenticity.
- Total mintage capped at 8,000 coins for this weight and design!
- Tenth coin in the Lunar Series II release schedule!
- Consists of One-Half Troy ounce of .9999 fine silver.
- Bears a face value of $.50 (AUD) backed by the federal government of Australia.
- Obverse features Queen Elizabeth II.
- Reverse bears the Year of the Rooster design.
- Proof specimens.
The Lunar Series II coin program from the Perth Mint has reached its first major milestone with the 10th release in the series. The coins are released featuring animals on the Zodiac, with each new design devoted to the animal appearing on that given year’s Chinese Lunar Calendar.
2017 is the Year of the Rooster, and the all-new design from the Perth Mint focuses on the rooster. Those born under the sign of the rooster have sociable and loyal tendencies, and are believed to be hardworking and honest.
On the obverse of all 2017 Proof Silver Australian Rooster coins is the right-profile portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. Created by Ian Rank-Broadley in 1998, the image is featured along with engravings of “Elizabeth II,” “Australia,” “1/2 oz. 9999 Ag,” “2017,” and “50 Cents.”
The reverse of the 2017 ½ oz Proof Silver Australian Rooster Coin includes the image of a rooster keeping a watchful eye out while a hen and three chicks eat among the bamboo foliage and flowers. Engravings read “Year of the Rooster,” “P” for the Perth Mint, and the Chinese symbol for rooster.
All 2017 ½ oz Proof Silver Australian Rooster Coins in this listing are proof specimens that are part of the larger series of Lunar II coin releases for 2017. The silver coins include a 1 Kilo, 2 oz, and 1 oz option in addition to this coin, with a 3-coin set featuring the 2 oz, 1 oz, and 2017 ½ oz Proof Silver Australian Rooster.
Perth Mint is the oldest operating facility in Australia. It was once responsible, along with the Melbourne Mint, in the 20th century for striking Australian coinage. The Currency Act of 1965 gave legal tender status to Perth Mint coins, but also founded the Royal Australian Mint as the federal, sovereign mint.
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